Winter Markets Continue!
Berkshire Grown's Winter Farmers Market

Berkshire Grown's Winter Farmers Market f eatures the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods, plus the yummiest grilled sausages, egg sandwiches, and lamb kebabs. These tremendously popular events take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month - November through April.

Shoppers can find their favorite farmers and vendors from 10 am to 2 pm at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington. The winter markets feature fun activities for kids, food for lunch, and live music. Admission is always free and SNAP/EBT is accepted at all markets.

For more information about this and upcoming markets, visit .
What We Are Reading:
Back to the land: are young farmers the new starving artists?

By: Lucia Graves for The Guardian
Bucking the trend, "millennial farmers" are increasing in number. These young farmers face enormous challenges but " the reality of life on the land isn’t as simple as they had hoped."

What drives these young people to choose farming and how are they different than their predecessors?

Ask your farmer when they started farming and how they made that choice, and read the article here .
Big Y World Class Market Gives Back
Berkshire Grown is very lucky to be the 1st recipient of the Big Y Community Bag Program!

Each time a shopper purchases a reusable Community Bag at the Big Y World Class Market  in Great Barrington Jan 14 - Jan 31, Big Y will donate $1 to Share the Bounty - Berkshire Grown's win-win project that supports farmers by purchasing CSA farm shares and donating the farm-fresh food to local food pantries and kitchens.

Big Y has long been a supporter of local food and farmers and is an ardent supporter of Berkshire Grown. Thanks for choosing Berkshire Grown and for your help in keeping farmers farming!
Recycle your Christmas Tree and Make Goats Happy!
The goats at Dandelion Hill Farm in Sheffield would love to put your Christmas tree to use. 

The goats find them to be tasty treats and the trees help keep the goats healthy!

Call with questions (413-229-6083) or drop off your tree at 204 Hulett Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA (you will see the pile near the green house). The goats thank you, and the farmers will thank you for doing a little shopping at the farm store.
Local Farmer Awards Make a Difference for a Local Dairy
Established by Harold Grinspoon in 2015, the Local Farmer Awards provide farms in the Western Massachusetts region up to $2,500 to fund infrastructure improvements. 

Cricket Creek won one of these awards and invested in a more efficient and cost-effective heating system and pasteurization vat.

Find our more about Cricket Creek's award here and the Local Farmer Awards here .
Indoor Farmers Markets
While Berkshire Grown is hosting more Farmers Markets than ever this year (a total of 8 markets between November and April), other markets have moved inside for these colder months. Check out pages 4 & 5 of this year's  Guide to Local Food and Farms  to find your market and  subscribe to our calendar  to always know when food events are happening. 

Berkshire Grown's Great Barrington Winter Farmers Market is on the 3rd Saturday of each month November through April at Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. Saturdays, 10AM-2PM - January 19, February 16, March 16, and April 20.

Don't forget: Amenia, Bennington, Copake, Millerton, New Lebanon, Norfolk, North Adams, and Pittsfield Farmers Markets are indoors for the colder months - most of them throughout the winter!
Sign Up for a Farm Share - CSA for 2019!  
Check out  Find Food and Farms  for the list of CSAs in the region. Some farms fill up early, so sign up now! 

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture 

If you join a CSA Farm now, you provide the farmer with funds to buy seeds and supplies, and in the season you receive a share of the crops. Some CSAs continue into the winter, check it on  Find Food and Farms
Berkshire Botanical Garden Hosts Winter Events
Curious about bee keeping, ancient grains, maple sugaring at home, making cheese at home, or meal planning with seasonal food in the winter? Check out Berkshire Botanical Garden's winter workshop series.

We have added the workshops to our community calendar (available here) and for more information, visit .
Giving Thanks to this year's Market Sponsors
Thank You to Our Donors!
Our donors are the sweetest!

Whether through membership, annual appeal, ticket purchase, auction bidding, sponsorships, or Share the Bounty gifts - thank you to everyone who gave in 2018!

Thanks to all of you, Berkshire area farmers will spend the year ahead preserving our beautiful region and feeding hungry people. 

Here's to a healthy and delicious 2019!
Support Berkshire Grown, local food, and our farmers.
Stay in Touch
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly. 
Please send information to

Margaret Moulton, Executive Director
Jess Camp, Program Manager
Alicia Rossie, Communications Director

Join Berkshire Grown  here .