GREAT BARRINGTON + WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (November 13, 2009) – Berkshire Grown will present more than 50 regional farmers and food producers to the Berkshires at the first annual Holiday Farmers’ Markets, scheduled for Williamstown and Great Barrington on November 21, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Holiday Farmers’ Markets will take place at the Williams College Field House on Latham Street in Williamstown (10 am – 2 pm) and the old firehouse on Castle Street in Great Barrington (9 am – 1pm.) The two events will create a community marketplace to extend the selling season of farmers as well as invite community members to join in celebration of the wide array of farms and food producers available in the region.
Many components for the Thanksgiving holiday meal will be offered including produce, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry and baked goods. Entertainment will feature live music at both venues and the events are free and open to the public.
The Williamstown market will feature Appletree Hill Organic Farm, Baby Cakes, Berkshire Organics, Berle Farm, The Berry Patch, Chocolate Springs, Cricket Creek Farm, Elf Parlor, Gala Restaurant in partnership with Green River Farm, Hidden Pasture Farm, Jaeschke’s Orchard, The Market of Pittsfield, Mezze Catering, Mighty Food Farm, Naga Bakehouse, Peace Valley Farm, Sidehill Farm, Sleeping Dog Farm, Sol Flower Farm, Sweet Brook Farm, Wild Oats Community Market and several independent bakers and florists. Williams College Dining Services will be offering samples of their pumpkin, apple-cinnamon and maple gelato. Berkshire Grown, Berkshire Natural Resource Council and The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program at Zilkha Center will be present, and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will present instruction for churning butter as a children’s activity.
The Great Barrington market vendors include 3-Corner Field Farm, allium restaurant + bar in partnership with Farm Girl Farm, Amy Cotler, Asia Luna, Berkshire Grown, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Berkshire Orchids, Berkshire Organics, Blue Moon Shrooms, Cardinelle Jackson, Cedar Farm Flowers, Consider Bardwell Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Dutch Desserts, Farm Country Soup, Farm at Miller’s Crossing, Farm House Bakers, Garlic Headz, Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, Indian Line Farm, Leahey Farm, Lorna Herbals, Maiden Flower Farm, Markristo Farm, Maynard Farms, Moon in the Pond Farm, Peace Valley Farm, Pittsfield Rye, R&G Cheese, River Valley Farm, Stagecoach Tavern and Taft Farm.
In support of Berkshire Grown, this event is sponsored by Williams College (The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program in conjunction with Dining Services), Mezze Restaurant Group and Slow Food of Western Massachusetts. Visit www.berkshiregrown.org for additional details.