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Get Local for Thanksgiving: Holiday Markets Present 60 Vendors this Weekend

You’ve probably seen the announcement somewhere already (we hope)… but we wanted to make sure you knew WHO was going to be there so we can make sure YOU get there.

GOING LOCAL FOR THANKSGIVING

There aren’t many one-stop shopping opportunities to buy all-local ingredients for your Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, it’s a rare occurrence to be able to purchase everything you need for a locavore meal in one place at ANY time of year. The biggest complaint we hear from folks who can’t commit to a local diet is driving from farm to farm to buy every item they need just isn’t very convenient — or sustainable. We get that. So, these holiday markets leave you with no excuse.

Thanksgiving is the ideal holiday to start with an all-local menu revealing an interesting mix of tradition, creativity and individual statement. Steeped in the history of our great nation where everything served for that first Thanksgiving meal could only BE local, there was no recorded menu for this most famous of all-American dinners. We do know however, the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving meal was an eclectic assortment of indigenous foods and European tradition.

And speaking of an eclectic assortment of indigenous foods… Berkshire Grown will present more than SIXTY regional farmers and food producers to the Berkshires this Saturday — the weekend before Thanksgiving — at two locations (Great Barrington and Williamstown.)

Even if going all-local isn’t in the cards, you can start with a few items. Maybe potatoes and carrots, some beautiful Brussels sprouts on the stem, locally made cheeses and breads, a pie… or three. Just a handful of things. But, give it a whirl. The food will be delicious and you’ll be supporting your local farmer and food producer which can only mean more delicious food opportunities in the future for all of us.

THE LIST

Based on feedback received last year, Berkshire Grown will feature several farmers who raise livestock for meat production. Many vendors will be offering items only available at this time of year or that have been created for these markets specifically. All participants will feature locally grown and locally produced products.

Vendors at the Williamstown market include Appletree Hill Organic Farm, Baby Cakes, Bee Sweet, Berkshire Organics, Berle Farm, The Berry Patch, Black Queen Angus Farm, Chocolate Springs, Cricket Creek Farm, East Mountain Farm, Gammel Garden, Goat Rising, Hidden Pasture Farm, Holiday Brook Farm, Ioka Valley Farm, Jaeschke’s Orchard, The Market of Pittsfield, Mezze Catering, Mighty Food Farm, Mission Bar + Tapas, Ooma Tesoro, Peace Valley Farm, River Valley Farms, Shaker Mountain Canning Company, Sol Flower Farm, Sweet Brook Farm, Wee House Bakery, Wild Oats Market, Wildstone Farm and Zucchero Dolce. Williams College Dining Services will be offering samples of their local gelato. Berkshire Grown, Hancock Shaker Village, Mezze Restaurant Group, The Red Lion Inn and The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program at Zilkha Center will also be present.

Vendors at the Great Barrington market include Allium Restaurant + Bar, Asia Luna, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Berkshire Orchids, Berkshire Organics, Berkshire Wildflower Honey, Cedar Farm, Consider Bardwell Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Earthborn Garden, Farm Country Soup, Farm Girl Farm, Farm House Bakers, Foggy River Farm, Good Dogs Farm, GooGoo Gourmet, Indian Line Farm, Jaeschke’s Orchard, Justamere Farm, Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, Leahey Farm, Lorna Herbals, Maiden Flower Farm, Markristo Farm, Mayflower Farm, Maynard Farms, Moon in the Pond Farm, North Plain Farm, Ooma Tesoro, Shaker Mountain Canning Company, Taft Farms and Zehr & Sons Mushrooms. Berkshire Grown will also be present.

THE DETAILS

There will be one market in Williamstown and another in Great Barrington on Saturday, November 20. (A second market is scheduled for the Saturday before Christmas on December 18.) Entertainment for the whole family includes live music at both venues and lunch items will be available for purchase.

Holiday Farmers’ Markets will take place at the Williams College Field House on Latham Street in Williamstown (10 am – 2 pm) and the Searles School Gymnasium on Bridge Street in Great Barrington (9 am – 1pm.) PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE GREAT BARRINGTON MARKET.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

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.