Berkshire Farms and Friends
- Stonehedge Farm
- Lowland Farm
- Pigasso Farm
- Rawson Brook Farm
- Sol Flower Farm
- Taft Farms
- Thompson-Finch Farm
- Turner Farm Maple Syrup
- Blue Hill Farm
- North Plain Farm
- Markristo Farm
- Wild and Cultivated
- Windy Hill Farm
- Zehr and Son’s Mushroom Farm
- Threshold Farm
- Berkshire Mountain Distillers
- Farm Girl Farm
- Berkshire Grown
- Berle Farm
- Chaseholm Farm Creamery
- Indian Line Farm
- Hilltop Orchards
- Blueberry Hill Farm
- Equinox Farm
- Farm at Millers Crossing
- Feather Ridge Farm
- Foggy River Farm Vegetables
- Good Dogs Farm
- Herondale Farm
- High Lawn Farm
- Holmquest Farm
- Honey Dog Farm
- Howden Farm
Laura Meister worked part-time at small farms all over New England with her farm-dog-in-training, Emma Bean, before co-founding Farm Girl Farm with Rory O’Dwyer. She is also co-producer of local cult classic, Sweet Soil: Local Farmers and the Berkshire Coop Market. This land has been in agriculture for generations—as a family farm, cornfield, horse pasture, and now Farm Girl Farm.
Berkshire Grown supports and promotes locally based agriculture as a vital part of a healthy Berkshire community, economy and landscape. Berkshire Grown pursues this mission by increasing public awareness of eating locally and healthily through education and outreach; by encouraging supportive agricultural programs and public policies; by establishing local food and farm networks; and by promoting the growing and marketing of locally grown foods.
Berle Farm embraces a low outside input style of farming and is certified organic by Stellar Certification Services Inc., and Aurora. Located amidst the Green Mountains of Hoosick, New York, their 600 acre, 1840′s farmstead produces artisan cheeses, yogurt, organic beef and other farm goods. Propieter Beatrice Berle, has been entirely dedicated to pursuing and executing the most environmental and healthful farming practices since 1995. She comes from a lone lineage of New England farmers and is constantly working to care for her land, her animals, her family, and her community.
Amazing Real Live Food Co
Amazing Real Live Food Co. is committed to producing restorative food and drink at its home… the Hudson Valley. Their goal is to make vital products that honor the body as a living organism and promote its good health.
Their philosophy is to make delicious, wholesome ‘vittles’ (foods) & ‘elixirs’ (drinks) for their friends and neighbors. Products containing essential probiotic beasties, dense nutritional values, and key digestive enzymes, which the human body naturally thrives on, so they are able to feed our dear ones well, while helping their bodies become healthier.
Farmers Elizabeth Keen and Al Thorp, have been growing at Indian Line Farm since 1997 when they first leased the land. In 1999 they formally purchased the farm using a unique partnership model with the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires and The Nature Conservancy. Now they operate the farm with the help of dedicated apprentices who work full time with them throughout the season. In addition they have members who help them accomplish the work through their Working Share option.
Indian Line Farm is a 17 acre farm located in South Egremont, Massachusetts. They grow over 60 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs as well as a variety of beautiful cutting flowers. In addition they have laying hens that provide eggs as well as one or two steers.
Hilltop Orchards — a historic apple orchard in the Berkshires and home to award-winning Furnace Brook Winery – invites you to visit and explore our 200 acre property.
The Vittori family celebrates over two decades owning this property and is proud to preserve this farmland and open it to the public for apple picking, hiking and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in season.
They have been growing blueberries at Blueberry Hill Farm for over 65 years. The blueberry bushes were planted in 1941 by Robert W. Austin (1908-1986), an attorney and professor at Harvard Business School. After much study of the soil in Mt. Washington, he determined that the only viable crop that would grow there in the highly acidic soil was blueberries; he was correct. The berries have thrived since that time.
Blueberry Hill Farm grows primarily three varieties of highbush blueberries: Rancocas, Jersey and Rubel (with a handful of Bluecrop and Berkeley Bluebay bushes replanted in the early 1990s).
Equinox Farm is a 15-acre operation specializing in mesclun salad greens, baby arugula, micro greens and greenhouse heirloom tomatoes. They sell its greens to local restaurants, grocery stores, schools and institutions as well as to restaurants in Northampton, Williamstown, Boston and New York City.
In the winter, they continue to distribute high quality greens to local markets by collaborating with other independent growers who supply them with fresh product through early spring.
» Equinox Farm, Sheffield MA, (413) 229-2266
The Farm at Miller’s Crossing is a beautiful 200-acre farm situated in the Hudson Valley of New York. The Ockawamick Creek divides the farm providing water for the animals and plants that are raised there. The old Albany-Boston Rail bed remains on the northwestern end of the property, providing the name Miller’s Crossing, which was the stop and original address of this 200 year old farm.
They grow certified organic vegetables, plants and flowers as well as raising a small beef herd. The farm has 30 acres of vegetables within a 60-acre rotation, as well as 75 acres of pasture for our cows. Their greenhouse provides room to grow the farm’s transplants and bedding plants for sale. Their produce is marketed through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), three local farmers’ markets, and numerous wholesale accounts. Such diversified markets allow them to grow many different types of vegetables all season long.
Feather Ridge Farm is nestled atop the beautiful hills of southern Columbia County, New York. Four generations of their family have worked the land since 1938. Currently there are three generations working together.
The secret to providing you with the finest quality eggs is this… they are a start to finish operation. Starting at day 1, they raise their baby chicks on our feed. Eggs are hand-gathered from nests, washed, graded and packaged in biodegradable pulp containers.
Foggy River Farms is run by Rachel Fletcher.
» Foggy River Farms, Great Barrington MA, (413) 717-1735
Good Dogs Farm is run by Maria Nation & Roberto Flores.
» Good Dogs Farm, Ashley Falls, MA, (413) 229-8558
Herondale Farm raises 100% Grass Fed Beef and Lamb, and Pasture Raised Chicken and Pork.
They pursue sustainable farming practices through holistic management. By managing land resources in partnership with grazing animals, they strive to increase land productivity, optimize water resources, preserve food sources, create sustainable livelihoods and remove carbon dioxide from their atmosphere—oh they have some fun!!
High Lawn Farm has been in continuous operation since before 1900. The proprietorship was assumed by Colonel H. G. Wilde and Mrs. Marjorie Field Wilde in 1935 from Mrs. Wilde’s family, and today it continues under the ownership and guidance of the next generation. It is the last remaining, complete dairy farm in the Berkshires – producing, bottling and delivering its own milk – representing over 100 years in the same family.
The Jersey herd, for which High Lawn Farm is nationally recognized, dates to at least 1918, with official production records continuous from 1923. Certain cow families in the present herd trace direct lineage across 15 generations to the original herd of 1918.
Holmquest Farm is a family owned and operated business offering greenhouse plants, strawberries, sweet corn and a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables, including okra, swiss chard and chinese cabbage.
Sunflowers, honey, tomatoes, peppers, beans, garlic, scapes, and radishes.
» Honey Dog Farm, Hillsdale NY
Howden Farm’s mission is to maintain the agricultural integrity and heritage of this farm, by raising the Howden pumpkin varieties and other quality produce; and to give B&B guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed casual atmosphere in the beauty of this open agricultural land.
Lila’s Mountain Lamb
Lila Berle, 64, was born to farming. She and her family own vast tracts of protected land in the Berkshires, though none where sheep graze. People out here say that her family’s land is some of the most beautiful acreage in the state. But when Berle saw this defunct dairy farm, overgrown and badly in need of a cash infusion, she decided to buy it, fix it up, raise sheep, and bale her own hay. She named it Stonehedge Farms and it is protected by a Massachusettes agriculture Protection Restrictions. Five hundred Rambouillet (some crossed with Romneys and Border Leicester) graze on 400 acres. The lamb goes to specialty butchers; the wool is made into blankets and yarn. Berle works from 7 a.m. until sundown.
» Stonehedge Farm, Great Barrington, MA. 644.9562
Lowland Farm is a mixture of rolling upland pastures and woods, and bottom land (“lowland”) along Pochuck Creek, part of the Walkill River system, which flows north into the Hudson River. It is bordered by a large area of undeveloped land that stretches south to the Appalachian Trail and Wawayanda Park, and is home to a wide range of wildlife in addition to our cattle.
They rotationally graze their rolling pastures, which keeps them healthy and minimizes the need for tillage and risk of erosion and silting of Pochuck Creek.
They fence the cows back from streams and wetlands to further protect these important resources.
They hay the bottom land to provide winter feed.
Founded in 2006, Pigasso Farm’s mission is to provide the highest quality meat. They have pasture raised meats; pork, lamb, beef, chicken and eggs. You can frequently find Pigasso Farm at the Hudson Farmer’s Market. Operated by Robert Kitchen, the farm is located on the Farm Road and Route 22 intersection in Copake, NY.
Across the verdant landscape of Monterey, and a little off the beaten track, lies Rawson Brook Farm. This small family-run farm, with its low-fenced paddocks and unassuming barn and outbuildings, is the birthplace of Monterey Chevre. The cheese can be purchased at the farm and also at local stores and restaurants.
Sol Flower Farm is a diversified market garden and CSA growing high quality vegetables and cut flowers. Located 2 hours north of NYC in Ancramdale, NY, Sol Flower Farm is happy to find it’s home in the beautiful Oblong Valley. The river and hills define our fields and give us the fertile soil necessary to grow our nutrient dense crops. Their attention to detail and dedication to holistic farming practices allows them to offer our customers the freshest, healthiest and most beautiful food available. They combine their forces with Herondale Farm and sell the best in sustainably grown produce, flowers and pasture raised meats. They look forward to seeing you on the farm!
Taft Farms produces the finest vegetables without the aid of pesticides. They grow their products without adding harmful chemicals to your food or adversely affecting the environment. Today their crops would meet the qualifications of “organically grown” produce by any definition now existing.
Thompson-Finch Farm is a family-run fruit farm that specializes in growing certified organic strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and apples. The farm is known region wide for high quality fruit and their season long “Pick-Your-Own” operation.
“We opened our doors in the Spring of 1988, in the southern most corner of the Berkshires of Massachusetts. We produced 25 gallons of syrup that year on a “Back Yard ” rig and and sold the syrup by placing a sign in a 5 gallon bucket at the end of the road. All the syrup was sold by May and the term “syrup fever” had officially hit. At this point there was no going back.
We now have 4300 taps but more important we’ve created a wonderful livelihood.”
Occupying 138 acres in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Blue Hill Farm has been in the Barber family for three generations and served as the inspiration behind both Blue Hill restaurants.
Originally a dairy, the farm was converted into a cattle-grazing operation by the current owners, Dan and David’s, grandmother in the 1960s. Her belief in the importance of land preservation and the intimate connection between great farming and delicious food was passed on to them; Dan began farming and cooking for family and friends at the farm, and it is there that he acquired his passion for locally grown and seasonal produce.
North Plain Farm is a small, sustainable farm tucked away in the foothills of the Berkshires, in the town of Great Barrington.
At North Plain Farm, they are committed to their principles of sustainability and they are proud of everything they produce. You can taste that commitment in every bite of their food. From their pasture-raised chicken and their eggs to the decadent and creamy raw cow’s milk from their 100% grass-fed cows.
All of the animals on North Plain Farms are fed their natural diets and spend their days in their natural environments outdoors.
Markristo Farm is a certified organic family owned market garden. Since 1988, Martin and Christa Stosiek, have grown from a couple of acres to over 20, producing a diverse crop of vegetables, cut flowers, and bedding plants. They market all of their products locally through restaurants, farm stands, resorts, conference centers, an independently run organic wholesaler, and 2 Farmers’ Markets. They work to support the ideals of a local food system and enjoy connecting with those who purchase our products. They believe that sustainability by necessity depends on its economic success and they have the experience, equipment and farm systems to achieve this.
Wild and Cultivated is run by Anna Mack
» Wild and Cultivated, Sheffield MA, (413) 229.5929
Windy Hill Farm is a diverse horticultural operation serving Berkshire, Litchfield and Columbia counties and consisting of a 7 acre apple orchard, a 1 acre blueberry field, 8 acres of field-grown specialty ornamental nursery stock, a retail garden center, and a full service landscape department.
The farm was started in 1980 as a part-time venture on an abandoned dairy farm by Dennis and Judy Mareb, and was ready to open to the general public in 1986. Dennis attended both the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelors Degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Windy Hill Farm incorporated in 1996 and continues to be family owned and operated.
The farm is run by Jeremy and Doreen Zehr
» Zehr and Son’s Mushroom Farm, Ghent NY, (518) 672-4869
Threshold Farm is located in Columbia County’s mid-Hudson Valley about 2 1/2 hours north of NYC. The farm has never been sprayed or treated with chemicals since its founding in the late 1700′s. It is a strictly biodynamic farm, with a vegetable production, 600 bearing fruit trees, mixed livestock operations, internships, seed saving. Biodynamic apples, peaches and pears (and depending on the season possibly garlic, carrots & winter squash) for sale either through mail-order, retail or whole sale.
» Threshold Farm, Philmont, NY, (518) 672-5509
Established in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits which include Greylock Gin, Ethereal Gins, Ragged Mountain Rum, Ice Glen Vodka, Berkshire Bourbon and New England Corn Whiskey. All products are handcrafted in small batches at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition. Located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the farm and distillery are home to historic spring waters that flow from deep within a protected granite mountain bordering the Appalachian Trail and are used in the production of our quality spirits. As supporters of local agriculture and business, Berkshire Mountain Distillers uses regional materials in many of their products, creating a truly authentic artisanal brand.