The good news in these challenging times is that we don’t have to do without the wonderful produce from Berkshire farms that always makes this season so special here.
Virtually all the farm stands, farmers markets, pick-your-own farms and orchards, as well as many restaurants and other retailers, are still offering products grown and otherwise sourced in the Berkshires. The process of purchasing has changed a bit — each of these sellers has developed new rules of engagement to get their products to you safely — but, hey, who’s complaining? As long as we can lay our hands on these local specialties, we’re happy.
For example, Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, Mass., is relying more heavily this year on selling through its online store, but it also joins scores of other local producers at weekly farmers markets where locals and visitors alike can still come to buy even though strict rules of social distancing are observed.
Berkshire Grown, a leading local non-profit that supports and promotes local agriculture, has produced its annual, definitive guide to local farms, farm stores and markets as well as locally sourced retailers and restaurants. We are happy to support Berkshire Grown, and to make the digital version of this guide available to you here. As Berkshire Grown Executive Director Margaret Moulton observes, “Now more than ever, connections to local food and farms hold our community together.”
To find all the sellers in your area, check out the Berkshire Grown 2020 Local Guide to Food and Farms. Be safe, be well, enjoy and keep farmers farming!