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Festive Holiday Market Brings Artisans, Good Food, to Greylock Works

Some 60 vendors and artisans will be showing their wares in the spacious Weave Shed at Greylock Works on Saturday. But this isn't your typical farmer's market or craft bazaar.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Farm & Table, Alchemy Initiative Team Up to Aid Farmers Markets

The project will build capacity, address market challenges, provide an ongoing support network to farmers market managers, increase customer volume and sales, and ultimately contribute to economic development in the region.

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Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food

If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.

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Farmers Market Coupons Distribution for Eligible Lenox Seniors

Applicants must sign for the coupons, but proxy forms for those unable to attend are available at the Lenox COA office and are to be completed prior to July 28

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Pittsfield Kicks Off 2016 Mayors' Fitness Challenge

It may be a challenge with no losers, but Pittsfield wants to win it. The city kicked off its mayor's fitness challenge, a friendly competition with the city of North Adams. Residents in each city are asked to track health and fitness goals, earning points for such things as attending a farmer's market, eating healthy foods, and exercise. The city whose residents gain the most points wins the challenge.

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Adams Farmers Market Canceled

Even with efforts to continue the Adams Farmers Market privately this summer, the new organizers could not garner enough support from vendors. The group posted on its Facebook page this week that because it could not get any farmers or vendors to commit to the market, the market will be canceled this summer.

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Adams Gets Green Communities Check, Changes Town Hall Hours

The town has gotten a big payback for going green: $166,865 Green Communities check from the state to undergo clean energy and energy efficiency projects. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco presented the "big check" to the Selectmen at Wednesday's meeting.

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Adams Suspends Summer Farmers Market

The Adams farmers market is folding after three summers at the Visitors Center. Town officials don't want to be responsible for running the summer operation anymore, but say they will provide support if a group wants to take it over.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshire Grown Market, Ramen Nights

The farmers' market will take place this Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 to 2 in Great Barrington. About two dozen farmers, food artisans and activists will be there with beets, carrots, garlic and onions, greens including kale, mushrooms, potatoes, winter squashes, turnips and other root vegetables. "We'll be selling lettuce heads, mesclun mix, mustard mix, braising mix, arugula, pac choi, and spinach, which we grow in an unheated greenhouse, along with vegetables grown in our field under low tun

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Berkshire Tidbits: Food Pantry Donations Sought, Farmer's Market Returns

"We are focusing on nutritious food ... We do not want to offer empty calories." — Michelle Derr, CHP's director of family services

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