Bits & Bites: Celebrate the harvest at Berkshire Fermentation Festival, Berkshire Grown supper

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The Cheshire United Methodist Church will hold a pork chop dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church hall, 197 Church St., Cheshire.

The menu is breaded pork chops, broccoli, roasted potatoes, applesauce, biscuit, beverage and banana split cake for dessert.

Take-out dinners will be available.

The cost is: Adults, $12; children, $5. A portion of the proceeds will go to missions.

To reserve dinners, call 413-663-3630 by 5 p.m. Friday. Leave your name, phone number and the number of dinners needed (whether adult or child).

All are welcome.


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The 5th Annual Berkshire Fermentation Festival, hosted by Berkshire Ferments, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington.

The festival is a free, family-friendly, day-long celebration of the diversity of all things fermented and crafted. Each year there is an array of local cultured vendors sampling and selling their products along with prepared food and drink, presentations, demos, a culture swap, science corner, book signings, children's activities, stilt walkers, raffle, live music, bubbles and more.

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Ski Butternut is at 380 State Road, Great Barrington.


Berkshire Grown's 21st Annual Harvest Supper puts local food at the center of the celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington.

More than two dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on-hand to share a wide selection of tastings — all featuring fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction with favorites like dinner at Blue Hill New York City, a cozy sheepskin from Mayflower Farm in South Egremont, and apple trees from Windy Hill Farm.

The dinner is by reservation only. Tickets are $75 for Berkshire Grown members and $100 for non-members. For those younger than 40 and Farmer Members of Berkshire Grown, $40 tickets are available. Tickets are available online at or by calling 413-528-0041. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Grown, supporting its Buy Local campaign as well as its Share the Bounty project, which buys shares in local farms and distributes the fresh food to food pantries.


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