Keep Berkshires Farming, with the support of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and Berkshire Grown, is hosting a meeting Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield (413 499-9483, pittsfieldlibrary.org) for Central Berkshire residents who live between Stockbridge and Richmond as far east as Peru and Windsor.
It is for those interested backyard and community gardens, community meals, farmers' markets, food pantries and school lunches, the local farm economy and urban farming.
Keep Berkshires Farming asks what local farms and food mean to you?
This is the kickoff event of a countywide initiative to help support local farms and local food access.
Call Melissa Adams at Glynwood (413) 268-8269 or Amy Kacala at BRPC (413) 442-1521 for details.
Thursday night, Berkshire Organics (813 Dalton Division Road at the old Burgner's Farm Store, Pittsfield, (413) 442-0888, berkshireorganics.com) will present the film "Genetic Roulette: The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods" at the Beacon Cinema (57 North St., Pittsfield).
The evening will start with cocktails and tastings at 6:30 p.m., the film at 7 p.m. and a question-and-answer session with Plainfield organic farmer and food activist Ed Stockman.
Tickets are $7 and are available only at Berkshire Organics store.
Guido's Fresh Marketplace stores at 760 South Main St. in Great Barrington and 1020 South St. in Pittsfield, are presenting their fifth annual gluten-free weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be a gluten-free presentation by their in-house dietician Rachel Alves. Friday at 3 p.m. in Pittsfield; Saturday at 10 a.m. in Great Barrington. Reservations are recommended.
There will be gluten-free cookbook authors' booksignings. And a gluten-free baking contest at both stores on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Go into the stores or check for details online.
The Meat Market (389 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-2022, www.themeatmarketgb.com) is offering classes many Sundays at 1 p.m. Topics will be chuck tasting this Sunday ($40); sausage-making on Nov. 4 ($35) and sirloin tasting Nov. 11 ($40).
Sunday dinners ($16/entrée and sides; $6 dessert) have joined the lunch offerings. The last lard-fried chicken Thursday of the year is tomorrow night.
On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., they host a pumpkin-carving contest. And on All Hallow's Eve, Thursday, Nov. 1, they are serving an offal dinner: platters of deviled kidneys, pickled tongue, fried gizzards and hearts on a stick with a blood and chocolate dessert. It is $12 for a sampler platter and dessert.
On Friday, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Berkshire Grown's Preserving the Bounty will present an apple-tasting and cooking class with former Berkshire Grown director, chef and food activist Amy Cotler at her home in West Stockbridge.
Attendees will taste and compare this season's local apples. They will then make apple sauce to take home and an apple galette (rustic open-face tart) with organic Berkshire Ice Cream to eat at class. The cost is $55. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to register.
On Saturday, at 11 a.m., there will be a kid's cooking class at the Berkshire Co-op Market (42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-9697, www.berkshire.coop). On Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Alana Chernila, local cook, food blogger and cookbook writer of "Homemade Pantry" will be teaching a cooking class. Cost: $25/BCM owners; $35/all others.
The Chef's Shop (31 Railroad St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0135, thechefsshop.net) is hosting an apple sauce demonstration using local apples this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Yoked Parish of Becket will serve its monthly breakfast Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is an all-you-can-eat church-made, hearty breakfast -- juices, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, home fries, coffee, tea -- open to everyone. Cost: $6.