The numbers are in. Well… just one or two missing from vendors who don’t check their email, but that means the total figure is even higher than what was reported, which is amazing!
More than 2,500 community members attended the second annual Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Markets on Saturday, November 20, the weekend before Thanksgiving. The two markets in Great Barrington and Williamstown generated $40,000 in combined income in just four hours. A significant economic impact for our farmers and food producers at this time of year.
Heck, that’s considerable at ANY time of year.
Bringing together more than 60 regional farmers and food producers in the Berkshires is no small task. And, having the community come out in droves to support them is even more remarkable. We’re so very lucky to live in a region that really gets it. Local food is all around us and we’re embracing it in full force. Let’s keep the momentum going.
Be sure to join us for the last Holiday Farmers’ Markets of the season on Saturday, December 18!
Most of the November market vendors will be back and we’ve added even more. Berkshire Grown will present more than 75 regional farmers, food producers and artisan crafters to the Berkshires, scheduled for Williamstown and Great Barrington on December 18, the Saturday before Christmas. All vendors will feature locally grown, produced and crafted products. Given the timing of this market, we thought adding a few locally made crafts from local artists would be a nice addition for holiday shoppers looking for distinctive, local gifts.
(If you’d like to see the full list of vendors who participated in the November 20th market, read this blog post.)
The Great Barrington market will host additional wares including wool, pottery, candles, soap, lotions and herbals with new vendors Allium (Whippoorwill Farm chili + house-made cornbread for lunch), Janet Elsbach (wool), Ooma Tesoros (canned tomato sauce) and Leahey Farm (beef.)
The Williamstown market will feature new products/vendors including cordials from Bug Hill Farm, traditional dyeing, spinning and felting (plus a spinning demo) from Mountain Sea Wearables, handmade herbal soaps from Dancing Bare, gingerbread and canned goods from SoMA, glassware from Memphremagog Studios, award-winning sheep’s milk cheese from 3-Corner Field Farm, handmade bags from Erin Kaukus Design, floral designs by Lydia Mongiardo, jewelry from Luna Moth Designs plus Happenchance Farm and Tortured Orchard. Gramercy Bistro will offer samples from their pastry chef and take pre-orders for holiday desserts. And, Mezze Catering will be there again with something local and delicious for lunch.
DECEMBER 18 HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKETS
Great Barrington: The market will take place at the Searles School Gymnasium on Bridge Street from 9 am – 1pm. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE GREAT BARRINGTON MARKET. The Great Barrington market will feature a visit from Santa for the kids from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.
Williamstown: The market will take place at the Williams College Towne Field House on Latham Street from 10 am – 2 pm. The Williamstown market will highlight the Berkshire Chorale from 11 am – noon to ring in the holiday spirit.
In support of Berkshire Grown, this event is sponsored by Massachusetts Grown…and Fresher, The Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Mezze Restaurant Group, Mission Bar & Tapas/The Market, The Red Lion Inn, Storey Publishing and Slow Food of Western Massachusetts. Visit www.berkshiregrown.org for additional details or call 413.528.0041.