Wednesday January 9, 2013

Berkshire Grown’s 2012 Holiday Farmers Markets generated more than $133,000 in sales for participating vendors, a 33 percent increase from the previous year.

The four markets were held on two weekends in November and December in Great Barrington at the Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School and in Williamstown at the Williams College Towne Field House.

Nearly 70 regional vendors participated in November and 85 vendors in December. Each market ran for four hours.

More than 2,800 people visited the two pre-Thanksgiving markets, generating more than $65,000 in vendor income, Berkshire Grown reported.

The pre-Christmas December markets were attended by more than 2,500, and generated over $68,000 in vendor income.

"We’re thrilled by the success of the Holiday Farmers Markets," said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown. "Berkshire Grown’s farmers markets provide a great opportunity for farmers and local food producers to sell directly to community members at a fun event."

Berkshire Grown plans to produce similar markets this fall in Great Barrington and Williamstown with markets scheduled on weekends before Thanksgiving and before Christmas.

For more information visit www.berkshiregrown.org or call (413) 528-0041.