Pittsfield Farmers Market To Open In Person

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a year running their Virtual Farmers Market, Roots Rising announced that their in-person Pittsfield Farmers Market is back. 
 
The opening of the outdoor season kicks off on Saturday, May 15. It will run weekly, rain or shine, from 9am to 1pm in the First Street Common through Oct. 9. 
 
"We couldn't be more excited to have our in-person market back in action. Our Market Crew is ready to get to work in expanding food access and building community through their teen-powered farmers market," Jamie Samowitz, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Roots Rising.
 
Roots Rising has set up some pandemic protocols to further decreases the chances of the transmission of the virus. They will continue to evolve in accordance with government guidelines. These pandemic guidelines include:
 
  • Stay home if you're sick, or under quarantine.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • There will be no eating or drinking allowed at the market. Any prepared food that is purchased must be eaten outside of the market.
 
Vendors may not handle or fill reusable bags, but shoppers may put their purchases in their own reusable bag.
 
Shoppers will find fresh, local and seasonal fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, flowers, artisan goods, and more. 
 
Farmers and food producers include: Abode Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Green Heron Farm, Holiday Brook Farm, JC Bakes, Lion's Tooth Farm, Square Roots Farm, Uprising Farm and Windy Ridge Farm.
 
Artisans change weekly, but those who will vend monthly or for a half season include: Gilded Rose Thrift, Pepper Plant Studio, Shire Fire Candles, Stephen's Pen Turnings and The Berkshire Pine.
 
SNAP, HIP, WIC and Senior FMNP benefits as well as debit and credit cards will be accepted at the Pittsfield Farmers Market. The market will also run Market Match, a nutrition incentive program for low-income residents using SNAP, WIC, and Senior FMNP benefits. This program doubles the purchasing power of those benefits and makes nutritious, local food affordable to everyone in our community. 
 
"This past year has highlighted the inequities in our food system. Massachusetts saw the largest increase in childhood food insecurity in the nation, more than doubling pre-pandemic numbers. Roots Rising is committed to ensuring that access to fresh, healthy, affordable food is a right and not a privilege," Jessica Vecchia, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Roots Rising. 

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BRTA Service Changes Start July 1

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After rider feedback, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has made some service changes.
 
The service changes are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2021. 
 
To view a copy of the effective service changes, go to www.berkshirerta.com, click Announcements to see the service changes.
 
Summary of Service Changes
  • Transfers:  Amend transfer policy to allow for more travel flexibility.
  • Route 1:   Weekday evening schedule adjustments.
  • Route 2:  Travel pattern change around Pittsfield ITC.
  • Route 3:  Bus stop location change at Big Y North Adams.
  • Route 4:  Weekday morning schedule adjustment.
  • Route 5:  Travel pattern change between ITC and Hancock Road.
  • Route 11N:  Discontinue pilot evening service.
  • Route 12:  Change Federico Drive to a Demand Service location.
  • Route 14:  Begin pilot weekday evening service.
  • Route 15:  Weekday and Saturday schedule adjustments.
  • Route 21X:  Travel pattern change around Pittsfield ITC.
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