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Blue Ribbon Winner!

By Leanne Curran of Lee, Massachusetts

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The Two-tu Zucchinis

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The hills were alive with the sight of Zucchini

Sadly, after 10 years the Stockbridge Zucchini Festival is no more. The event grew to an unmanageable size for the small village. We offer this 2013 Blue Ribbon winning recipe from the 10th annual festival as a tribute to the hard work of the fine citizen organizers and volunteers for a decade of fun and joy that was shared by all.

RECIPE

Summer Zucchini Fritters With Fresh Zucchini
Salsa & Cilantro Lime Crèma

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EDIBLE NEWS AND NOTABLES SUMMER 2014

 

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The roadside eatery on Rt. 7 in Sheffield, in front of Bogies, has reopened as The Bistro Box. Nick & Birdie, both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, started The Bistro Box as a mobile food business in January 2010. They began their wild ride in Florida for the winter, serving up fresh food at arts and crafts shows, music festivals, farmers’ markets and catered events. This continued as they headed back home to New England for the remainder of the year. Life on the road brought them adventure, freedom, business experience … and a few flat tires! Even though it might have been the hard way, they experienced four successful years. Spotting an opportunity to settle down, they opened The Bistro Box this April. Looks like they’re off to a great start.

937 Main St., M–Su 11am–7pm; 413-717-5958; TheBistroBox.com

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The Patrick Administration has announced statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations to take effect on October 1, 2014. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth’s waste stream. Residential food materials and food waste from small businesses are not included in the ban. The disposal ban affects approximately 1,700 businesses and institutions, including supermarkets, colleges, universities, hotels, convention centers, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and food service and processing companies.… Read the rest

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: Cooking Is Not a Spectator Sport

Food has always been, and will continue to be, a way of bringing people together—connecting us with our future as well as with our past.

If your grandma cooked then maybe your mom cooked too, and if she did then it’s likely that you learned to cook as well. If you grew up in a family where the adults or adult held jobs outside the home, there is a good chance there was not much cooking going on. Stay-at-home moms in the 1950s generally did the meal planning and cooking for the family.

Learning the basic techniques of cooking, boiling, roasting, broiling, frying and stewing was all that was needed to turn raw fresh products into a well-rounded meal, as it was called back then.

Then there were the temptations of frozen already-prepared food. In 1954 Swanson launched its game-changing “TV Dinner,” serving up more than 10 million at 98 cents apiece. In the same year, the Stouffer family built their first plant in Cleveland, Ohio, to produce frozen restaurant-style food, ready to heat and serve to busy American families.

In the early 1960s, as the baby boom generation reached its teens, women started working outside the home in larger numbers.… Read the rest

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DIRECTORY SUMMER 2014

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ADAMS AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Bowe Field—Old Columbia St., Adams
AAFAdams.Tripod.com

BASCOM LODGE
3491 feet atop Mount Greylock, Lanesboro
413-743-1591;
BascomLodge.net

BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN
5 West Stockbridge Rd., Stockbridge
413-298-3926;
BerkshireBotanical.org

BERKSHIRE CO-OP MARKET
42 Bridge St., Great Barrington
413-528-9697;
Berkshire.coop

BERKSHIRES ARTS FESTIVAL
Butternut Ski Area
380 State Rd., Rt. 23, Great Barrington
845-355-2400
BerkshiresArtsFestival.com

BERKSHIRE MUSEUM
39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield
413-443-7171;
BerkshireMuseum.org

CANOE MEADOWS COMMUNITY GARDENS
Holmes Road, Pittsfield
413-637-0320;
MassAudubon.org

COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR
Route 66,Chatham, NY
518-392-2121;
ColumbiaFair.com

CUMMINGTON FAIR
97 Fairgrounds Rd., Cummington
CummingtonFair.com

GREAT BARRINGTON FARMERS MARKET
Rt 7 south, Barrington Fair grounds

HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM
327 County Route #21C, Ghent, NY
518-672-7500;
HawthorneValleyFarm.org

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield
413-443-0188;
HancockShakerVillage.org

LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield
413-499-9348;
DiscoverPittsfield.com

NORTH ADAMS
413-664-6180;
ExploreNorthAdams.com

OLD AUSTERLITZ LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM
11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz
518-392-0963;
OldAusterlitz.org

OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD
OutstandingInTheField.com

PLEASANT VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
472 West Mountain Rd., Lenox
413-637-0320;
Berkshires@massaudubon.org

PROJECT NATIVE
342 North Plain Rd, Housatonic
413-274-3433;
ProjectNative.org

SHAKESPEARE & CO.
70 Kemble St, Lenox
(413) 637-1199;
Shakespeare.org

SPRINGSIDE PARK AT HEBERT ARBORETUM
874 North St., Pittsfield
413-443-5348;
HebertArboretum.org

TANGLEWOOD WINE AND FOOD CLASSIC
Event locations vary, check web:
TanglewoodWineandFoodClassic.com

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IN SEASON SUMMER 2014

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  JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER
Apples    
Blueberries  
Raspberries
Cantaloupe    
Cherries    
Peaches
Pears  
Plums & Pluots  
Strawberries
Watermelon  
Arugula
Beans  
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower  
Chard
Corn  
Cucumbers  
Eggplant
Garlic
Herbs
Kale
Leeks  
Greens
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes
Pumpkins    
Radishes
Spinach
Squash, summer
Squash, winter    
Tomatoes  
Turnips  

Source: FarmFresh.org/learn/harvestcalendar

 

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MARKET WATCH: FARM STANDS SUMMER 2014

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BARTLETT’S ORCHARD, RICHMOND
tomatoes, apples, corn, baked goods;
413-698-2559

BRADLEY FAR, LANESBOROUGH
eggs, honey, plants, seasonal veggies;
413-499-2723

BRATTLE FARM, PITTSFIELD
eggs, seasonal veggies, tomatoes, Merino yarn;
413-499-1476

BERKSHIRE ORGANICS, DALTON
vegetables, baked goods, dairy;
BerkshirerOganics.com

BITTERSWEET FARM, PITTSFIELD
vegetables self-serve;
413-499-0200

BOARDMAN FARM, SHEFFIELD
corn, flowers, vegetables, flowers

CLOVERHILL FARM, RICHMOND
corn, vegetables, squash, pumpkins;
413-698-3800

CRICKET CRICK FARM, WILLIAMSTOWN
cheese, eggs, meat, bakery;
CricketCreekFarm.com

EQUINOX FARM, SHEFFIELD
greens, tomatoes, root vegetables;
413-229-2266

GOOD DOGS FARM, SHEFFIELD
vegetables;
GoodDogsFarm.com

GOULD FARM’S HARVEST BARN, MONTEREY
baked goods, eggs, dairy;
GouldFarm.org

HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM, GHENT, NY
cheese, dairy, vegetables, bakery;
HawthorneValleyFarm.org

HILLTOP ORCHARD, RICHMOND
apples, plums, pears;
HilltopOrchards.com

HOWDEN FARM, SHEFFIELD
corn, pumpkins;
413-229-8481

IOKA VALLEY FARM, HANCOCK
vegetables;
IokaValleyFarm.com;
413-738-5915

JAESCHKE’S ORCHARD, PITTSFIELD
fruit, vegetables;
413-443-7180

JOSHUA’S FARM, SANDISFIELD
eggs, raw milk;
JoshuaFarm.com

OCTOBER MOUNTAIN FARM, BECKET
vegetables;
OctoberMountainFarm.com

OLD CHATHAM SHEEP HERDING CO., OLD CHATHAM, NY
cheese;
BlackSheepCheese.com

OVERMEADE GARDENS, LENOX
vegetables, herbs;
OvermeadeGardens.com

PENVENNE FARM, STOCKBRIDGE
organic produce;
413-298-4641

PROJECT NATIVE , HOUSATONIC
plants;
ProjectNative.org

RAWSON BROOK FARM, MONTEREY
goat cheese;
413-528-2138

SECOND HAND FARM, GREAT BARRINGTON
self-serve;
301 Monument Valley Rd.

STEVE WILLIG’S ROADSIDE STAND, EGREMONT
self-serve;
413-528-2890

STRAWBERRY ACRES FARM, HINSDALE
strawberries;
413-655-2672

SWEET BROOK FARM, WILLIAMSTOWN
vegetables;
SweetBrookFarm.com

TAFT FARM, GREAT BARRINGTON
vegetables, plants, bakery;
TaftFarms.com

THE BERRY PATCH, STEPHENTOWN, NY
vegetables, meat, cheese;
TheBerryPatch.net

THREE MAPLES MARKET GARDEN, WEST STOCKBRIDGE
vegetables, herbs;
ThreeMaplesMarketGarden.com

WEST BRANCH FARM, CHESTER
berries, walnuts, jams;
413-354-6380

WHEN PIGS FLY FARM, SANDISFIELD
self-serve; organic vegetables, eggs;
413-258-3397

WHITNEY’S FARM MARKET, CHESHIRE
berries, pumpkins;
WhitneysFarm.com

WINDY HILL FARM, STOCKBRIDGE
blueberries, apples;
WindyHillFarmInc.com

WOVEN ROOTS FARM, LEE
vegetables, herbs;
WovenRootsFarm.com

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MARKET WATCH: SUMMER CSA’s 2014

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CSAs — Community Supported Agriculture. Farms sell shares of the season’s harvest to prepaid consumers. It is advised to contact farms as early as possible this time of year, as shares are limited to what they can safely produce.

*indicates new addition to summer list, possible limited shares still available.

BERRY PATCH
Stephentown, NY
TheBerryPatch.net  
518-733-6772

*BRATTLE FARM
Pittsfield, MA
Facebook.com/BrattleFarm      
413- 822-1516

CARETAKER FARM
Williamstown, MA
CaretakerFarm.org  
413-458-9691

CHUBBY BUNNY FARM
Falls Village, CT
860-824-4362

CRABAPPLE FARM
Chesterfield, MA
CrabAppleFarm.org  
413-296-0310

CRICKET CREEK FARM
Williamstown, MA
CricketCreekFarm.com  
413-458-5888

COMMON HANDS FARM
Claverack, NY
CommonHandsCsa.com  
518-929-7544

EARTHFIRE FARM
Buckland, MA
EarthFireFarm.Wordpress.com  
413-625-6056

FARM GIRL FARM
Sheffield, MA
FarmGirlFarm.com  
413-528-1952

GOULD FARM’S HARVEST BARN
Monterey, MA
GouldFarm.org  
413-644-9718

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
Pittsfield, MA
HancockShakerVillage.org  
413-443-0188

HAND HOLLOW FARM
New Lebanon, NY
HandHollowFarm.Wordpress.com
518-794-0176

HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM
Ghent, NY
HawthorneValleyFarm.org  
518-672-7500

HILL HOLLOW FARM
Petersburgh, NY
HillHollow-Farm.com   
518-658-0084

HOLIDAY BROOK FARM
Dalton, MA
HolidayBrookFarm.com  
413-684-0444

INDIAN LINE FARM
S. Egremont, MA
IndianLineFarm.com  
413-528-8301

INTERVALE FARM
Westhampton, MA
IntervaleFamilyFarm.com  
413-527-5440

LEAPING FROG FARM
Shelburne Falls, MA
413-489-3152

LITTLE SEEDS GARDEN
Chatham, NY
LittleSeedGardens.com  
518-392-0063

LONGVIEW FARM
Bennington, VT
LongviewLambs.com   
802-442-4998

MAD HATTER FARM
Falls Village, CT
860-824-7635

MAHAIWE HARVEST
Housatonic, MA
MahaiweHarvest.com  
413-274-6859

*MANY FORKS FARM
Clarksburg, MA
ManyForksFarm.com  
413-281-1814

MIGHTY FOOD FARM
Pownal, VT
MightyFoodFarm.com  
802-823-0102

MOON IN THE POND FARM
Sheffield, MA
MoonInThePondfarm.com  
413-229-3092

*MX MORNINGSTAR FARM
Copake, NY
MXMorningstarFarm.com  
518-329-7994

NATURAL ROOTS
Conway, MA
NaturalrRoots.com  
413-369-4269

RUNNING FOX FARM
Worthington, MA
RunningFoxFarm.net  
413-768-9184

SANGHA FARM
Plainfield, MA
SanghaFarm.com  
413-634-0026

SAWYER FARM
Worthington, MA
SawyerFarm.com  
413-238-0173

SOL FLOWER FARM
Millerton, NY
SolFlowerFarm.com  
518-567-1951

SQUARE ROOTS FARM
Lanesborough, MA
SquareRootsFarm.org  
413-446-1446

TAPROOT COMMONS FARM
Cummington, MA
413-634-5452

THE BERKSHIRE BOTANIST
West Stockbridge, MA
413-232-7959

THE ABODE FARM CSA
New Lebanon, NY
518-794-9776

THE FARM AT MILLER’S CROSSING
Hudson, NY
FarmAtMillersCrossing.com   
518-851-2331

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MARKET WATCH: FARMERS’ MARKETS SUMMER 2014

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ADAMS FARMERS’ MARKET
Adams Visitor’s Center
3 Hoosac Street
S 11am–2pm, July 13–Sept. 14
Facebook/AdamsFarmersMarket

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS–CHP
442 Stockbridge Road
Gt. Barrington
Th 3–6pm, June 5–Sept.25
Wic@CHPBerkshires.org

GREAT BARRINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET
Celebrating its 24th season
At the historic Fair Grounds, Route 7 south across from Guido’s.
Sa 9am–1pm, May 10–Oct. 25
GBFarmersMarket.org

LANESBOROUGH FARMERS’ MARKET
Berkshire Mall parking lot
W & Sa 8am–2 pm, May 3–Nov 22
LenitaMarie@comcast.net

LEE FARMER’S MARKET
Green at Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place
Th 2–6pm, June 5–Sept.25
LeeFMarket@gmail.com

LENOX FARMERS’ MARKET
At Shakespeare and Company, 70 Kemble St.
F 1–5pm, May 16–Oct. 10
RoseMaryLevine.FarmersMarkets@gmail.com

NORTH ADAMS FARMERS’ MARKET
Municipal parking lot on St. Anthony Dr.
between Marshall & Holden streets
Sa 9am–1pm, June 14–Oct. 25
ExploreNorthAdams.com

OTIS FARMERS’ MARKET
Parking lot of Papa’s Healthy Food and Fuel,
2000 East Otis Rd., East Otis
Sa 9am–1pm, May 10–Oct. 11
OtisFarmersMarket.Blogspot.com

DOWNTOWN PITTSFIELD FARMERS’ MARKETS
First Street parking lot, across from Commons,
between Fenn & Eagle Streets
Sa 10am–2pm, May 10–Oct. 25
Info@FarmersMarketPittsfield.org

SHEFFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Old Parish Church parking lot, Route 7
F 3–6 pm, June 6–Oct. 10
SheffieldFarmersMarket@gmail.com

WEST STOCKBRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET
Harris Street/Merritt Way in the village center
Th 3–7pm, May 22–Oct. 9
WestStockbridgeFarmersMarket.org

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Spring Street Parking Lot
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Nigerian Goat and Ground Nut Stew

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Here is the recipe Chef Greg Roach adapted from several sources to create his yummy stew.

2–3 pounds diced goat meat
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large yellow or white onion, sliced
6–8 cloves garlic, chopped roughly
1 (3-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced
2 hot chili peppers, to taste, diced, with the seeds left in
2–3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 quart stock made from roasted goat bones
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon ground coriander
Salt and black pepper

Brown the meat in a hot pan with a little salt, pepper and oil. Add the onions and sauté until lightly browned. Then add the garlic, ginger and chilies.

Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring over low heat until combined. Cover and simmer for at least 2 hours, stirring to keep the bottom from burning. Add more stock if the stew gets too thick.

Adjust the seasoning and garnish with a few more peanuts. Serve.

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