Berkshire Grown will host the Holiday Farmers’ Market from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18 at Williams College Towne Field House (82 Latham Street in Williamstown). This popular event features locally grown and produced foods and gifts, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children. Admission is free.
The December market will showcase the late fall crop of squashes and root vegetables, as well as locally-roasted coffee, baked goods, meats, cheeses, apples, jams, chutneys, pickles, cordials, cider, maple syrup, and honey. Artisan-made gifts will include cutting boards, jewelry, scarves and hats, yarn, soaps, lotions, candles, dried flower arrangements, and wreaths.
Deanna Cook will be promoting her book, Farmers Market Create and Play Activity Book, for Storey Publishing. She will offer garden crafts for kids to learn about food and pretend fruits, veggies, money and a scale for them to play shop. Storey Publishing, based at MASS MoCA in North Adams, will also be at the markets to sell books on cooking, gardening, food preservation and other Do-It-Yourself activities.
Students from the Mt. Greylock High School Spanish Club will have a fundraising table at the December holiday market. They are raising funds to sponsor a child in Cuernavaca México through a group called the Cuernavaca Children’s Mission. This group provides a wealth of supportive services to children and families such as tutoring, schooling, literacy work, holiday gifts, clothing and food.
Berkshire Grown is grateful for generous support from Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Williams College’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Ed Herrington Inc. and the Berkshire Co-op Market, Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Kimball Farms, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Rolling Rock Salt, Sweet Brook Farm, and the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College.