Judith Lerner covers best sources for local eggs, breakfast in the Berkshires and restaurants with vegetarian choices. Culinary professional, Amy Cotler, seeks out the area’s best apples, squash and seasonal favorites with recipes.

Judith Lerner has been writing about people and their food traditions for 23 years. Her articles have appeared in the Berkshire Eagle, The Boston Globe, The Advocate, The North Adams Transcript and other publications.       Link to her articles on Berkshire Food Journal below:

PANCAKES BY THE GALORE: Inspired by Shrove Tuesday, Originating from Around the World (posted April 2011)

THE VEGETARIAN CUSTOMER BASE: Taking Them Seriously (posted March 2011)

BREAKFAST IN THE BERKSHIRES (posted February 2011)

STAYIN' ALIVE: Berkshire County winter dining (posted February 2011)

NEW YEAR'S MORNING BREAKFAST (posted December 2010)


TURKEY & HOLIDAY SPECIALTIES (posted November 2010)

LOCAL EGGS: Symbol of Spring, Renewal and Hope (posted in SHOPberkshires/EGG section.)

LOCAL EGGS: The Taste Test and the Quality (posted in SHOPberkshires/ EGG section.)


Amy  Cotler ( brings 3 decades as a culinary professional and farm to table advocate to her books and other offerings. She is the founding director of Berkshire Grown, which became an early model for local farm and food advocacy. She consults, teaches and lectures nationally on food and farm to table issues.

She has written 5 cookbooks, and her new book The Locavore Way, Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Foods is a people’s solution to The Omnivore’s Dilemma, a hands-on guide to seeking out and savoring local foods.

APPLE SEASON (posted November 2011)

WINTER'S GOLD – BUTTERNUT SQUASH (posted November 2011)



FINANCIAL TIMES The Brooklyn of the Berkshires by Mark Vanhoenacker  " … Now, though, Pittsfield is getting plenty of second glances. City planners, abandoning decades of efforts to lure a new generation of industrial jobs, have focused on an arts-driven renaissance. Cultural institutions, new and refurbished, are being joined downtown by new, locally owned restaurants and merchants …"   September 2010  

THE NEW YORK TIMES In the Berkshires, Dinner's Not Far Away by Mark Vanhoenacker  "It's hard to dismiss the current locavore boom in the Berkshires as mere fashion. In fact, the national enthusiasm for eating farm-to-table has roots in western Massachusetts …" August 2010