The Great Barrington Farmer's Market
The Great Barrington Farmer's Market offers the freshest natural offerings in the Berkshires. Located this year at the Old Railroad Station at Castle Street in Great Barrington.
The Great Barrington Farmers' market is approaching it's 10th year in operation. For the first time, the market opened in May rather than mid-June. The farmers offer perennials, bedding plants, vegetable plants, early spring greens, potted herbs and, hanging plants, herbal vinegar, cooking oils, soaps and candles, pork products and braids of garlic as well as freshly baked organic sourdough bread loaves, baguettes and dinner rolls. The farmers also harvest different fruits and vegetables each week as they ripen in the fields.
Several new farmers and vendors will add to the already vibrant and abundant farmers' market. The new faces include a farmer that grows hydroponic greenhouse tomatoes, a local pork producer and a traditional soap and candle maker who mixes fresh, local herbs into her wares.
Close to one hundred farmers' markets prepare to open their doors across Massachusetts. Farmers' markets are, in general, open-air market places consisting of an organized group of local farmers who enjoy the many benefits of selling their fruits and vegetables, as well as farm products, directly to the public. This manner of selling allows farmers to share their love of agriculture with the consumer one-on-one as well as share their knowledge of the product and how it is grown. Farmer's are also able to sell their wares at retail prices, instead of selling to wholesalers. This more cost effective method of sales is helping many Massachusetts farmers continue to operate their family farms and in some cases, is encouraging young people to either continue the farming tradition or to take up farming for the first time as a vocation.
The Great Barrington Farmers' Market is sponsored by the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers' Markets. For more information, please call 413-527-6572.
Editor's Note: Much of this feature was exerpted from an article written by Christine Wychorski of the Great Barrington Farmers' Market.