Preserve Swap at the market

Preserve Swap : October 1st

Bring YOUR goods to the market this Saturday for a good old-fashioned preserve swap. No money exchanged- just a chance to expand your pantry offerings. Trading begins at noon!

A little FAQ:

1. How does the swap work?
People bring items to the market to trade with others. We start setting the table at 11am (and add items as people arrive) to give you a chance to survey the bounty and come up with a strategy. Some people pre-arrange trades while others prefer to wait and see what options arrive. We announce trading at 12pm and you find people to trade your goods with. You work out the trade with others- whether it is a 1:1 value or different amount depending on what is traded.

2. What can I swap?
We aren’t terribly strict with rules, but items should be homemade (or homegrown) food/drink. Think pesto, jam, sourdough starter, dried fruit, mustard, kombucha, etc…

3. What if I don’t preserve?
Come and meet people. Ask questions. It’s a great way to learn if preserving is something you’d enjoy!

4. How much should I bring?
As much as you want. Swap ’til you drop!

Check out Preserving the Harvest by Gina Hyams with a little shout-out to our Swap!

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Live Music
Join us from 11am to 1pm for live music with Jordan Franklin.

Special Guests
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting communities with a shared determination to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Learn about their October 15th walk (starting at The Common) and register at the market!

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Farmers and food producers
Assembly Coffee Roasters: bagged coffee beans, hot and iced coffee
Balderdash Cellars: wine
Cricket Creek Farm: artisanal cheese, meat, bread, grilled cheese sandwiches
Elmartin Farm: meat
Four Courners Farm: fruit and vegetables
Hilltop Orchards: ruit, 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
Square Roots Farm: meat, vegetables, eggs, sheep skins
Taft Farms: vegetables, fruit, seedlings, baked goods, cut flowers
Trusted Roots Farm: vegetables, seedlings, eggs
Uprising Farm: vegetables, fruit, wild foods, herbs, cut flowers, eggs
White Goose Gardens: vegetables, microgreens, maple syrup, grilled breakfast sandwiches and hamburgers
Wild for Greens: microgreens, fresh-pressed juices

Artisans
Soasa: handmade beaded jewelry and accessories
Things That Work: naturally derived home and body care, naturally handspun yarn and wool products

Jane handsphoto by Justin Allen

Farm to Glass Throwdown

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in and supported our 2nd annual Farm to Glass Throwdown. What a night we had!

Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ spirits were combined with carrots, apples, chili peppers, tomatoes and nasturtium flowers from our farmers market to make the most delicious farm-to-glass cocktails.

Kayla judges

photo by Berkshire Farm & Table

After much tasting, the judges voted “Farmhouse Apple Fizz” by Kayla Zigmand of John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, “Roots and Fruits” by Jesse Hunter of The Dream Away Lodge and “The 21st Night of September” by Jesse Lee Egan Poirer of Public Eat + Drink their favorites and moved the three competitors on to Round Two.

The People’s Choice Winner was Jesse Hunter with his “Roots and Fruits,” a cocktail made with Ragged Mountain Rum, apple juice, carrot juice, orange ginger simple syrup, lime and his own bee balm bitters!

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photo by Rachel Boroniec

After much anticipation, Joe Scully, last year’s Throwdown Champ, revealed the mystery ingredient – a simple syrup he concocted with shiso, tarragon and mint from the Prairie Whale garden! The competitors had just two minutes to create a cocktail to wow the judges.

Jesse Lee Egan Poirer did just that, earning him the title of 2016 Farm to Glass Throwdown Champ!

Curious to try his cocktail? Check out his recipe on our blog!

photo booth

So many fun photos from Berkshire Photo Booth… go on and find yours HERE!

Thank you to our generous Throwdown sponsors:

Berkshire Mountain Distillers  |  Classical Tents and Party Goods  |  Hotel on North  |  Berkshire Photo Booth  |  Encore Audio Event Services  |  Hosta Hill  |  Fire Cider  |  Blue Q

and participating farms:

Cricket Creek Farm  |  Four Corners Farm  |  Hilltop Orchards  |  Square Roots Farm  |  Taft Farms  |  Trusted Roots Farm  |  Uprising Farm  |  White Goose Gardens