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Francesca Olsen shares some important lessons learned over the last seven years as a food columnist for The Eagle.
Berkshire Agriculture Ventures, a Berkshires-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting local farmers and food entrepreneurs, is attempting to address the processing bottlenecks for livestock farmers in the Berkshires with its new Local Meat Processing Support Program. The short-term goal of the program is to increase processing capacity by 25 percent for existing USDA-inspected processors, which will help Berkshire farmers get more locally-raised meat to the community.
SPONSORED CONTENT: Lucky enough to be in the Berkshires this summer? Plan a trip to your local food co-op — Wild Oats Market in Williamstown and Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington — and head straight to the freezer section where a trio of sweet, frosty treats (each of which travelled 80 miles or fewer to get there) awaits. Go ahead, taste the difference local makes: Less time on the truck and more time in the field is enough to make everyone scream for local ice cream — All. Month. Long.
EGREMONT — Elizabeth Keen stands in a muddy tire rut near a greenhouse fragrant with basil and unripe tomato plants, talking with the state’s …
SHEFFIELD — Isabella Cardinali Kemp is passionate about local food, composting and recycling. Anything that makes the Earth cleaner.
GREAT BARRINGTON — They kept walking past the shuttered Railroad Street cafe that was for sale, wondering if they should do it.
Berkshire County is getting a new freezer to help feed hungry local families.