August 20th at the Market

Come shop for fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, bread and baked goods, wine, coffee, artisan goods and more. SNAP proudly accepted.

Find us
Every Saturday, now through October 15, 9am to 1pm
The Common, First Street, Pittsfield

Live Music
Join us from 11am to 1pm for live music with Christina Dellea.

Special Guests

  • Come on down and meet The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary- America’s Life Savers!

strawberry rhubarb

Farmers and food producers
Assembly Coffee Roasters: bagged coffee beans, hot and iced coffee
Balderdash Cellars: wine
Brattle Farm: vegetables, meat, honey, wool
Cricket Creek Farm: artisanal cheese, meat, bread, grilled cheese sandwiches
Elmartin Farm: meat, grilled hamburgers
Four Courners Farm: fruit and vegetables
Hilltop Orchards: fruit, baked goods, preserves, spreads, pickles, honey, cheese, cider, wine and more
Mountain Girl Farm: eggs, preserves, goat’s milk products
Nourish The Sheep: paninis, wraps, fresh-made drinks, low-sugar desserts, vacuum-sealed freezer meals
Pittsfield Rye & Specialty Breads Co: freshly baked bread and rolls
Square Roots Farm: meat, vegetables, eggs, sheep skins
Taft Farms: vegetables, fruit, seedlings, baked goods, cut flowers
The Sweetish Baker: baked goods
Trusted Roots Farm: vegetables, seedlings, eggs
Uprising Farm: vegetables, fruit, wild foods, herbs, cut flowers, eggs
White Goose Gardens: vegetables, microgreens, maple syrup
Windy Ridge Farm: vegetables, fruit, microgreens, seedlings

Artisans
Galleria Cecilia: original art, coasters, notecards
Soasa: handmade beaded jewelry and accessories

tomatoes

Secrets of a Seasonal Cook:
{Summer} Tomatoes

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins,” according to the writer Laurie Colwin.

Of course she was talking about backyard garden and farmers’ market tomatoes-all those luscious local tomatoes that provide a bright symphony of flavors. And now is the time to seek out every theme and variation on tomatoes: hybrids, heirlooms, cherry, pear, plum, even the diminutive currant tomatoes. The rainbow names of the heirlooms are enough to set your mouth watering: Sun Gold, Green Zebra, Pink Accordion, Prudens’ Purple, Striped Roman, Purple Calabash, Orange Oxheart, Black Trifele, Great White, and the ever-popular Brandywines (pink, red, and yellow)–to name just a few.

AN ORCHESTRA OF FLAVORS
Tangy, bright, and explosively ripe, an in-season tomato is any cook’s dream. You can do almost anything, or almost nothing, and either way, the result will be mind-blowingly delicious.

THE MELODY OF SUMMER YEAR ROUND
And after you slice ’em, dice ’em, sauce ’em, salad ’em, and slurp ’em down shamelessly, be sure and put some up for winter. Tomatoes are one of the few vegetables that you can simply wash, cut into chunks, and slip into a zip-lock freezer bag. Nothing could be easier, or more rewarding come winter.

Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad
Ingredients:

  • heirloom tomatoes
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • herbs

Instructions

    1. Gather up 2 pounds of the most beautiful heirloom tomatoes you can find, choosing a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Cut them into wedges or thick slices. If you have cherry tomatoes, leave them whole. Arrange them on a chilled plate and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    2. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and your favorite vinegar. Top with a sprinkling of fresh, torn herbs like tarragon, basil, chives, and/or Italian parsley. Serve immediately.

NOTE: Tomatoes this good deserve your best extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, and even some highfalutin’ salt because each of this salad’s few ingredients defines the final flavor. Of course, the most important element is ripe, beauteous tomatoes, so hunt some down at your local farmers’ market.

Did you know?
The Guinness World Record for most tomatoes harvested from a single plant over one year weighed 522.464 kg (1151.84 lbs) with 32,194 tomatoes harvested between May 2005 and April 2006. The tomato plant was at the Epcot Science project at Walt Disney World Company, Florida, USA.

* Photo and recipe by Cara Cummings at The Land Connection

Musical Instrument Drive

Back to school time is here! There are 50 students in our Pittsfield Public Schools eager to learn to play music but whose families cannot afford to buy or rent instruments.

Music matters.

Let’s make sure all youth in our community have the opportunity to become a music maker!

Raid your garage, attic, thrift stores… we will be hosting a Musical Instrument Drive on September 10th!
Instrument Drive Poster 2016 rev

Save the Date

You can find us at the Discover Tyler Street Celebration on September 25th. We are so excited about this year’s line-up… check it out HERE!
Discover Tyler St