Bits and Bites: Dinners and farmers market celebrate fall


Fall harvest dinner

A Fall Harvest dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Fire Hall in Stephentown, N.Y.

The dinner, provided and served by Hilltown Country Smokehouse in New Lebanon, includes a serving of roast pork, side dishes and a beverage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children younger than 12. Tickets are required and are available in advance by calling 518-794-7651 or at the door until sold out. Take out will be available.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a baked goods sale.

All proceeds benefit the Building and Grounds Fund for the Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph's Parish.

Farmers market/Harvest Festival

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market's 4th outdoor season comes to a close with a full line up of vendors, demos, activities and opportunities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the First Street Common in Pittsfield.

The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Walk will take place in the morning. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk is set to start at 10 a.m. For more information, visit

In addition to the weekly line-up of farmers, food producers and artisans, the market will host chef demos by Dan Smith, chef-owner of John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant in South Egremont and Anna Gershenson, PCTV's "The Natural Cook."

In lieu of an October Third Thursday, the Office of Cultural Development will host a Harvest Festival at the market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival will feature a Halloween costume parade with giveaways for each participant.

The Roaming Railroad will give free rides to all attendees. There will be pumpkin painting, dancing with tunes from a DJ, interactive hula-hoop demos and performances from Pittsfield City Hoopla.

The Unclaimed Property Division from State Treasurer Deb Goldberg's office will check names of Massachusetts residents to see if they have any unclaimed property. The state Department of Transportation's E-ZPass Van will distribute free E-ZPass transponders to market shoppers.

The farmers market, a year-round market, heads indoors to The Lighthouse of The Boys and Girls Club, the second Saturday of each month, November through April. For more information about the market, visit or email

Turkey Harvest Supper

The Second Congregational Church will host a Harvest Supper on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the church on Hancock Road, Williamstown. There will be only one setting at 5:30 p.m.

The meal will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, harvard beets, squash, coleslaw, rolls, homemade pies, coffee and tea.

Prices are: $12 for adults, $5 for children 11 and younger, free for preschoolers. For reservations, call 413-458-4947.

Urban farmer to speak

Will Allen, farmer, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., will speak at Williams College on Monday, Oct. 17. His talk, "Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution," will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium on the college campus in Williamstown. It is free and open to the public.

A former professional basketball player, Allen is now a practitioner of urban agriculture recognized in the United States and around the world. His methods of composting, vermicomposting, and aquaponics result in remarkable yields of food in small growing areas.

In 1995, Allen founded Growing Power, a not-for-profit center for urban agriculture training and building community food security systems. Based in Milwaukee, Growing Power is involved in more than 70 projects and outreach programs across the United States and throughout the world.

Turkey dinner

The First Baptist Church of North Adams will serve a turkey dinner with all the fixings from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the church, 131 Main St., North Adams. (Enter via the Eagle Street door.)

The price is $10 for adults, $6 for children aged 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are available in the church office or at the door. Takeout will be available. Proceeds will benefit Camp Ashmere.


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