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Living like a locavore is easy in the Berkshires and Western Massachusetts. The area's many farms, farm stands, and farmers' markets make everything from produce, dairy, and meat to maple syrup, flowers, and Christmas trees. There's spinach, asparagus, maple syrup, and flowers in the spring, an endless array of fruits and veggies at every farm stand in summer, and apples, cranberries, pumpkins, and squash seem to mimic the palette of the fall foliage.
A great place to find farm stands is south of Routes 7 and 8. More than 30 run along or just off these routes.
Whitney's Farm. Whitney's Farm sells fresh produce, plants and flowers, herbs, and dairy products. There is also a deli and bakery in the main building. 1775 S. State Rd., Rte 8, Cheshire, MA, 01225. 413/442–4749. www.whitneysfarm.com. Mon.–Sat. 8–7, Sun. 9–6.
Sidehill Farm. Sidehill Farm, a little farther east (closer to Route 2 and Interstate 91), has yogurt (year-round) and raw milk (April through November) from grass-fed cows. Vegetables are generally available year-round, although veggie production went on hiatus in 2012. 137 Beldingville Rd., Ashfield, MA, 0133. 413/625–0011. www.sidehillfarm.net.
Farms where you pick your own produce are very popular in Massachusetts. It's often berry farms and fruit orchards, but there are also many pick-your-own pumpkin patches, cornfields, and other vegetable farms.
Blueberry Hill Farm. Blueberry Hill Farm offers blueberries for the picking in late July and August. Bring your own container for berries, and they'll be priced at $2.50 per pound. 100 East St., Mount Washington, MA, 01258. 413/528–1479. www.austinfarm.com. Free. Late July–Aug., daily 9–5.
For More Information
Berkshire Grown. To learn more about Berkshire farms, food producers, farm-to-table restaurants, workshops, and other events, check out Berkshire Grown. 314 Main St., Great Barrington, MA, 01230. 413/528–0041. www.berkshiregrown.org.
Northeast Organic Farming Association. This organization offers a comprehensive resource for organic produce in Masssachusetts, including an interactive map. 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre, MA, 01005. 978/355–2853. www.nofamass.org.
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