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Berkshire Grown Sets Annual Holiday Farmers Markets

10:14AM / Friday, October 19, 2012
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown will host its Holiday Farmers Markets in Great Barrington and in Williamstown from Nov.17 -18 and Dec. 15 -16. The markets feature locally grown and produced food during months when farmers markets are not open in the region and extend the opportunity for community members to purchase directly from area food producers and farmers.

"We're thrilled to host our fourth annual farmers’ markets," said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown. "We're extending the season for our local farmers, and offering the community an opportunity to support our local farmers and food producers. The success of these markets depends on everyone participating – we count on the community to celebrate our local food and farmers."

The Thanksgiving markets will be held from 10 to 2 on Saturday, Nov.17 at Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School, 318 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, and Sunday, November 18 at Williams College Towne Field House, 82 Latham Street, in Williamstown.

Holiday Farmers Markets
All from 10 to 2

Thanksgiving
Muddy Brook Elementary, Nov. 17
Williams College Towne Field House, Nov. 18

Christmas
Muddy Brook Elementary, Dec. 15
Williams College Towne Field House, Dec. 16
Locally grown, produced and prepared foods for the holiday table will be offered from farmers and food producers in the region including produce, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pies and other baked goods, and preserves, including pickles and jams.

The Christmas markets will run from 10 to 2 on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Muddy Brook Elementary School and Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Towne Field House

Pre-order pickups will be available at the markets as well as lunch items and live entertainment. Activities for children will be offered at the Williamstown markets, including crafts, face painting and a scavenger hunt. Admission to the markets is free of charge. Visit berkshiregrown.org/holiday-farmers-markets-2012 or call 413-528-0041 for additional details.

The Holiday Farmers’ Markets began in 2009 with two market locations and were held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Last year, the four markets were attended by 5,100 people and generated more than $100,000 in revenue for local vendors, a 9 percent increase over the previous year’s figures.

Sponsors are the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program and Zilka Center for Environmental Initiatives, as well as the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Co-op Market, Berkshire Organics, Kimball Farms, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Mezze Bistro and Bar and Allium Bistro and Bar, Sweet Brook Farm and The Red Lion Inn.

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