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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. In addition to offering seasonal pick-your-own blueberries and pumpkins, Whitney's Farm sells fresh produce, herbs, and dairy products. There is also a deli and bakery in the main building. 1775 S. State Rd., Cheshire, MA, 01225. 413/442–4749. www.whitneysfarm.com. Mon.–Sat. 8–7, Sun. 9–6.
Sidehill Farm. This farm sells yogurt and cheese (year-round) and raw milk (April through November) from grass-fed cows. Vegetables and fruits are generally available throughout the year. 58 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA, 01339. 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. Blueberries are ripe for the picking in late July and August. Bring your own container 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 and Aug., weekends 9–5.
For More Information
Berkshire Grown. To learn more about the region's farms, dairies, and farm-to-table restaurants, check out Berkshire Grown. 413/528–0041. www.berkshiregrown.org.
Northeast Organic Farming Association. This organization is a great resource for organic produce in Massachusetts. 978/355–2853. www.nofamass.org.Updated: 08-2013
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