Holiday farmers markets under way this weekend

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers Markets this weekend will be the largest the organization has sponsored in the four years they have been held

This year a total of 69 regional vendors will take part in the markets in Great Barrington and Williams town on Saturday and Sunday.

Additional markets will be held on Dec. 15 and 16 at each location.

The Saturday market will be at the Muddy Brook Elementary School Gymnasium, 318 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, and the Sunday one at the Williams College Towne Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown.

Each will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music at both venues and a selection of lunch items will be available for purchase.

"Berkshire Grown’s aim is to keep our farmers farming," says Barbara Zheutlin, executive director. "Our Holiday farmers markets extend the season for Berkshire area farmers. The markets are the most delicious way to strengthen our local economy because when we buy from farmers the money goes directly into their pockets and we get to eat locally grown food. It’s a win-win."

Shoppers will find locally grown eggs, meat, poultry, produce, micro greens, and prepared foods such as handcrafted cheese, wine, pickles, kim-chee, sauerkraut, tempeh, marinara sauce, condiments, preserves, bread, pies, cookies, honey and maple syrup.

In addition to edible items, the markets will feature locally made and produced candles and candle holders, dried flowers and wreaths, gift baskets, goat pelts, and hand-spun yarn.

Major sponsors are the Massa chusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Williams College.

For more information or to become a member of Berkshire Grown, visit or call (413) 528-0041.


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