SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods, of Springfield, which operates four markets in the Berkshires, has been recognized by Forbes as a best-in-state employer in Massachusetts and Connecticut for the third consecutive year.

Forbes’ selections are based on independent surveys of employees who anonymously recommend their employers for the award.

The company operates 85 total locations across Massachusetts and Connecticut, including Berkshire markets in Great Barrington, Lee, North Adams and Pittsfield, and convenience stores/gas stations in Lee and Pittsfield.