A market place for local producers from the region to advertise locally-made products. We appreciate their support and ask that you keep these businesses in mind as you shop. Resource these products through their sites (linked here) or in stores listed on the SHOPberkshires page.
It’s easy to notice Ellen Grenadier’s stoneware in shops around town, like at Haven in Lenox – the café often uses her large hand-thrown cups for serving tea or coffee, and the cups are so large and beautiful, you notice! Ellen’s bowls and dinnerware are easily distinguishable because of the natural green glazes, and she impresses leaves into the surface of the pieces, so they’re embossed with natural elements and the designs are rich and organic. Her studio is in Monterey, MA, where you can see a range of plates, vases, sushi platters and, my favorite – the large cups. Find her shop online for directions and studio hours, or shop at www.grenadierpottery.com.
Local baker Mat Hauck creates Biscotti Babies in a small bakery in Great Barrington. These bite-sized biscotti are whole wheat based with zero trans fat and come in great combinations: Orange Almond, Cranberry Walnut, Cinnamon Hazelnut and Double Chocolate.
Mat also makes Gluten Free cookies: Yummy Lemon White Chocolate Chip, Yummy Cranberry Walnut and Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can order wholesale or gift package orders online at www.edibleadventuresllc.com or find them on Facebook. Biscotti Babies and Cookies can be found at Whole Foods and Wegmans markets and in gourmet markets, co-ops and coffee shops.
Sandra and Amanda Walley are the mother-daughter team behind Tortured Orchard – a Berkshires-owned company featuring unique seasoning sauces. Spiced Pineapple Zinger, Sweet Apple Blush, Lemon Ginger Twist, Garlic Balsamic Drizzle and Golden Sauce inspire culinary creativity – the more you use them, the more you want to try new recipes! Look for ideas on www.torturedorchard.com. Pictured: (clockwise) Amanda and Sandy, Golden Sauce bruschetta, Danish style ham & cheese with Spiced Pineapple Zinger, Mesclun green salad with Garlic Balsamic Drizzle, Seared tofu with peppers, onions & Garlic Balsamic Drizzle, Fish cake with Spiced Pineapple Zinger, Spinach angel hair pasta with Lemon Ginger Twist and lemon zest, Baked sweet potato rounds with Sweet Apple Blush, and (center) Greek yogurt with Lemon Ginger Twist.
3-CORNER FIELD FARM
Karen Weinberg and Paul Borghard, along with their daughters Emily and Zoe, raise more than 150 sheep and over 300 lambs at 3-Corner Field Farm. The Farm provides wholesome lamb and sheep goods, including fabulous sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurts, pasture-fed lamb, yarn, sheep and lamb skins, and even soap! They produce several cheeses, including: Shushan Snow, which is similar to camembert; Sheep’s Milk Feta, including a feta marinated in olive oil and herbs; Frere Fumant – an American Cheese Society winner; Batttenkill Brebis – another American Cheese Society winner; Sheep’s Milk Ricotta; and American Cheese Society winner Brebis Blanche. 3-Corner Field Farm is located in the beautiful rolling hills of
Washington County, NY, and Karen and Paul can be found at farmers markets in the region, including the Greenmarket in . Orders can be placed on their Web site, listing thorough descriptions of products: www.dairysheepfarm.com. New York City
JUSTAMERE TREE FARM
Marian and J.P. Welch produce one-of-a-kind brooms and artisanal organic maple syrup products at Justamere Tree Farm in Western Massachusetts. Everything they make is beautiful in quality – the brooms are all handcrafted and they're functional and gorgeous. Martha Stewart buys them and has documented J.P. working on them on her show. The maple syrup is made in Justamere's sugar house, and they've perfected a spread called Maple Cream that's thick, creamy and irresistible.
Attention to detail and commitment to making a quality product is their number one priority. Marian has even posted a number of recipes on their site featuring maple syrup, and we highly recommend you take a look. You can order online or find Marian and J.P. at various farmers markets throughout the Berkshires in spring, summer and fall. You can also find them on Facebook. www.justameretreefarm.com
Berkshire Blue cheese is made in Berkshire County from whole, unpasteurized cows' milk. It's got a creamy blue cheese consistency because cheesemaker Ira Grable uses milk from Jersey cows, with high butterfat, protein and calcium content. This rich, artisanal cheese is produced in Great Barrington and distributed to stores nationally. For more information see www.berkshireblue.com.
It's a beautiful drive to Whippoorwill Farm in Lakeville, CT, and visitors to the shop are welcome Fridays and Saturdays from 10-5 year round. Robin and Allen Cockerline raise grassfed beef, pigs and chickens and no hormones or antibiotics are used. The beef is dry aged then vacuum wrapped and frozen for freshness. When you visit the shop, there's a freezer full of cuts of beef and another freezer with cuts of pork, chicken and sausages. They also sell eggs and have raw honey from Vermont. Whippoorwill has been chosen as 'Best Farmstand' in Connecticut by "Editor's Choice in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Travel Guide to New England." It's worth the trip! www.whippoorwillfarmct.com
Klara's Gourmet Cookies are handmade in the Eastern European tradition. Klara Sotonova, owner and baker, was inspired by her grandparents and began baking and distributing her cookies in 2006. She uses quality natural ingredients, such as Cabot butter and King Arthur flour from Vermont and Guittard Chocolate from San Francisco. In summer, Klara sells her cookies at Guido's and at the Farmers Market in Lenox, and during the holidays she can be found at holiday markets in the region, including the Great Barrington Holiday Farmers Market. www.klarasgourmetcookies.com