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THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of May 29, 2024

Sometimes the lazy gardener must choose what can be done in the time available.

Local takeout: Supporting the big picture

“We’re accustomed and willing to be creative with what’s available,” said Cantina 229 chef/owner Josh Irwin, who hopes current times will create new ways of life for many.

Celebrating the bounty at Berkshire Grown’s 21st annual Harvest Supper

Regardless of what chef Josh Irwin makes for the Harvest Supper, it will utilize in-season produce grown on the premises of his restaurant or gleaned from a cache of about five local farmers he tries to support as much as possible.

Farmer’s ‘dream come true’: Great Barrington cannabis retailer gets final state license to grow outdoors

Dobson has two greenhouses already up and is building a third. That way, he can continue to grow over the winter. But the bottom line is there won't be as much outdoor product as there would be in a normal growing season.

Business Briefs: WAM Theatre donations; Jane Iredale joins Bergforf Goodman; Local Farmers Awards; Goodwill grand opening; Race Mt. Tree Services Career Day

The Local Farmer Awards recently gave $142,500 in amounts up to $2,500 to 62 farmers in western Massachusetts and eastern New York for materials and equipment to make infrastructure improvements.

‘Grown in the Berkshires’: First outdoor cannabis growing facilities in the state planned for Sheffield

Theory Wellness, which opened its doors in 2017 in Great Barrington as Berkshire County’s first medical pot dispensary and earlier this year began selling the recreational variety, is partnering with organic farmer Ted Dobson to open an outdoor grow facility at Dobson's Equinox Farm on Bow Wow Road.

Wintertime produce: Mill River Farm extends the growing season with right combination of conditions, plants

Feb. 2 marked the return to 10 hours of daylight; as a result, Johnson’s seed house is currently brimming with all varieties of microgreens that are lush, healthy and being consumed at a rapid clip at the myriad local restaurants for which she is the supplier.

Mill River General Store changes hands, but not its unique community role

Built and opened in 1840, the Mill River General Store is the longest continuously operating general store in the Berkshires. "I'm a New Englander," said new owner Jessica Holcomb. "And this is an old-school New England concept."

Bits & Bytes: ‘Icons, Artists & Divas’ at Sohn Fine Art; ‘An Evening in the Country;’ Rita Rudner at the Colonial; Susan Dworkin book...

Pythagoras Theatre Works will present two plays adapted from short stories by Edith Wharton and adapted by playwright and Shakespeare & Company founding member Dennis Krausnick, including cast members Corinna May, Diane Prusha, and David Joseph.

Bits & Bytes: Native American Festival; the Skivvies at the Colonial; Diane Taraz at the Bidwell House; expansion grant for CHP; 2016 Local Farmer...

The goal of the Local Farmer Awards is to strengthen farmers’ abilities to compete in the marketplace so that the region benefits from the environmental, health, and economic advantages of local farming.

Jan Johnson at Mill River Farm: The four-season farmer

By helping to control the internal temperature of the greenhouse, plants that would otherwise remain dormant grow happily. The heated greenhouse also opens up a new category of plants that can tolerate darkness but not frost.

Bits & Bytes: MLK open sing; BBG winter programs; Berkshire Grown winter farmers’ markets; Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Club Helsinki Hudson; Sienna Patti in...

The Berkshire Grown January and February markets at Monument Valley Regional Middle School in Great Barrington will showcase the Berkshire winter bounty.

FARM TO TABLE: Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers Markets

There will be more than 40 vendors at the holiday markets. Booths for farmers are so popular that there is a waiting list.

Agricultural Adventures: Mill River Farm

“Farming has been the most challenging and demanding endeavor of my life. “ -- Jan Johnson, owner of Mill River Farm
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