August 27th at the Market

From melons and peaches to tomatoes and corn, from okra and carrots to cucumbers and zucchini, it feels like everything is in season right now! We also have pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, bread and baked goods, wine, coffee, artisan goods and more. SNAP proudly accepted.

Get yourself down for the best in fresh, local and seasonal eats!

Find us every Saturday, now through October 15, 9am to 1pm in The Common on First Street, Pittsfield.

linda worster

Live Music
Join us from 11am to 1pm for live music with folk songstress Linda Worster.

Elderberries

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
First-Flower Farm: fresh cut flowers and bouquets, jams, jellies, pickles, flower sugars and syrups
Four Corners Farm: fruit and vegetables
Green Meads Farm Herbals: herbal products, succulents and floral bouquets
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

Artisans
Amrita Lash Pottery: functional pottery
Galleria Cecilia: original art, coasters, notecards
Hey Kate Kimball!: notecards, prints, onesies
Julie’s This & That: crocheted, knitted, woven rugs and dog beds and more

cucumber salad

Secrets of a Seasonal Cook:
{Summer} Cucumber

A TALL, COLD…CUCUMBER?
Because cucumbers are mostly water, they are refreshing and cooling. Once thought to be largely devoid of nutrients, food scientists have found that cucumbers do in fact have significant amounts of nutrients, especially in their skins. For starters, they contain vitamins C and A, folic acid, iron, potassium, manganese, and silica. Silica works synergistically with calcium and vitamin D to increase collagen production, promoting healthy skin and connective tissue-so go ahead and put those cucumber slices on your eyes like they did in the old movies!

HEALTHY INSIDE AND OUT
In addition, cucumbers are a good source of molybdenum-which is not only fun to say, but is vital for many brain functions, including memory. Finally, cucumbers are one of the very few vegetables that contain the amino acid tryptophan, which can convert into the neurotransmitter serotonin, and may function as a natural mood-lifter and appetite-curb.

Cucumber skin contains large amounts of caffeic acid, an antioxidant that mops up free radicals and prevents cell damage. The skin also contains high amounts of fiber, potassium, magnesium and silica.

Asian Cucumber Salad
Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 pound cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dashi granules (optional; available in many grocery stores)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil, or to taste

Instructions

    1. In a dry heavy skillet, toast sesame seeds over moderate heat, shaking skillet, until golden. Let cool.
    2. Cut cucumbers into very thin slices. Sprinkle with salt and drain in a colander 10 minutes.
    3. In a bowl stir together vinegar and dashi granules until granules are dissolved. Add cucumber and oil, tossing to coat.
    4. Serve at room temperature or chilled, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Notes: Seasonal Cook’s Notes: You can use any variety of cucumber for this salad, but the long, thin Japanese or English cucumbers have thin skins, and fewer seeds.

Did you know?
Water makes up 90 percent of a cucumber’s weight, which makes them low in calories and good for making sure you’re hydrated. So instead of toting a bottle of water this summer, carry a crunchy cucumber from your local farmer!

* Photo and recipe by Cara Cummings at The Land Connection

amrita lash Vendor Spotlight:
Amrita Lash Pottery

We love when Amrita Lash visits the market– whether it’s vending as Amrita Lash Pottery or singing with Long Journey, she always brings her beautiful and inspiring energy along!

“When working with clay, I try to bring integrity, beauty and a sense of the natural world into my pieces. For many years I only made sculptural ceramics. At this point, all of my work is functional but I find that I still relate to them as sculptures. They are something to connect with in a visual, visceral and very physical way. Something tangible and alive. Something beautiful and intimate.

I get to teach amazing high school students at a boarding and day school in Williamstown, Ma called Buxton School. During the summer months I teach ceramic camps for local families, toddlers and young people of all ages. Life is full with my family, job and treasured community here in the beautiful Berkshires.”

Save the Dates…

Discover Tyler St

Discover Tyler St

Tonight (August 25th) from 5-8pm, find us at the Discover Tyler St Celebration! We will be joined by Nourish the Sheep (and their tasty, healthy treats) and Anna Gershenson who will provide a chef demo. We will also have seasonal recipes, games and give-aways!

Instrument Drive

Instrument Drive

There are 50 students in our Pittsfield Public Schools who are eager to learn to play music but whose families cannot afford to buy or rent instruments. 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 the Pittsfield’s School Committee with their Musical Instrument Drive on September 10th.

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Farm to Glass Throwdown

Our annual market fundraiser – this party is not to be missed! On September 25th, six local bartenders compete to craft the best cocktail from Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ spirits and ingredients from the farmers market. Drinks are judged by an all-star panel of judges as well as the “people’s choice.” Stay tuned to get your tickets… it will sell out!

preserve swap

Preserve Swap

On October 1st, bring YOUR goods to the market for a good old-fashioned preserve swap. No money exchanged- just a chance to expand your pantry offerings! Get all the details HERE.

harvest fest

Harvest Festival

On October 15th, in collaboration with our last outdoor market this season, Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development will be hosting a Harvest Festival from 11am to 1pm. Get your kiddos dressed for the costume parade and a day of free family friendly activities, including the roaming railroad, face painting, bounce house and more! Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.