Restaurants in the Berkshires typically source their ingredients from local farms, with close ties between the farmers and CHEFS. Pictured above: Peter Platt/ The Old Inn on the Green and Dan Smith/ John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant

Interviews with FARMERS from the Berkshires, revealing an integrity of place. Pictured above: Anne Banks/ Earthborn Garden and Sean Stanton/ Blue Hill Farm

Recommendations for shopping and restaurants, with ITINERARIES. Pictured above: Foraging Walks and Pizza at Bizalion.

CHEESE and BREAD are among the artisanal products produced in the region. Pictured above: The Old Chatham Sheepherding Company; making chevre at Rawson Brook Farm; kneading dough and loaves rising at Berkshire Mountain Bakery.

Leahey Farm in Lee, MA, produces cuts of beef and pork, and the farm now makes yogurt, which can be purchased at markets locally. Whippoorwill Farm in Lakeville, CT, is stocked with grass-fed beef which can be purchased on the farm.

Gardening and antiquing are of special interest here. Pictured above: Pots from Campo di Fiori in Sheffield, MA, as photographed at Berkshire Botanical Garden. In Hudson, Red Chair on Warren Street is one of many spots listed on our Hudson Itinerary.

Sampling beans and roasting at Barrington Coffee Roasting Company; over 250 varieties of tea from Harney & Sons, some packaged in sachets.