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Unsung Eats: Berkshire Palate
Williamstown—Little Bun, Chicken & Waffle

Ordering up both the "Little Bun" cheeseburger and the "Chicken and Waffle" sandwich with a side of salt and vinegar fries turned out to be a good way to size up Berkshire Palate, this week's Unsung Eats; photo by James Kennedy.
Ordering up both the "Little Bun" cheeseburger and the "Chicken and Waffle" sandwich with a side of salt and vinegar fries turned out to be a good way to size up Berkshire Palate, this week's Unsung Eats; photo by James Kennedy.

Unsung Eats is all about finding great food for a great value all over North county, and today we find ourselves in picturesque Williamstown at a cool little eatery called Berkshire Palate. 

Berkshire Palate is located in the Colonial Plaza on Route 2 where there is plenty of parking.

Once inside, I sat down in the front window at the high counter and looked around. The place is cozy and clean with an upscale feel, and there were other diners there happily chatting away. A man named Paul came to greet me and take my drink order. We talked a bit and I discovered that Paul was part owner, going into business with his sons, opening Berkshire Palate less than a year ago.

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Our daily bread

The rewards of homemade bread really do outweigh the work; photo by Kasey Rogers.
The rewards of homemade bread really do outweigh the work; photo by Kasey Rogers.

I’ve been thinking a lot about bread lately. As a child, I use to pester my neighbor Mrs. Swanson for bread and butter. Somehow, hers always tasted better than my mom’s. She coated each piece with a thick layer of butter. It was heaven to me.

My love affair with bread never ended. No matter how many loaves I bake, there’s still an excitement when I take a loaf out of the oven. I can almost hear the steam that escapes when it’s sliced. The long, cold nights in the Berkshires where I live might be one reason I have bread on my mind. Is there anything better than dunking a piece of chunky buttered bread into the bowl of soup? It’s so much better than using a spoon to get the last of the liquid.

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HEIRLOOM by design, at Greylock WORKS

Join us as we celebrate the Berkshires’ passion for authentic, handcrafted design and local food.
Heirloom by DESIGN - Valuing what we make and grow.

 

Join us as we celebrate the Berkshires’ passion for authentic, handcrafted design and local food.

Set in Greylock WORKS’ expansive, light-filled weave shed, this unique marketplace brings together regional artisans, curators, chefs and farmers, to delight guests of all ages and interests.

Peruse and procure quality local crafts and discover exciting new flavors with demos, talks and tastings curated by our friends at Berkshire Grown.

Apply to sell your handcrafted goods or bites! To review our vendor information and application, click here.

 

WRLF announces its Sheep to Shawl Festival

On Saturday May 5th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will host a Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown. *

Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies.
Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies; submitted photo.

The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. The legendary Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools. Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies. Local farms will bring sheep and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.

The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day. Blacksmithing and traditional building techniques will also be showcased. There will be fiber-arts and crafts projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local farmers and artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, maple syrup, pastured meats, and fiber products.

Cricket Creek Farm and the Store at Five Corners will offer, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.

Admission is $7 per individual, $12 per family and $5 per individual and $10 per family for WRLF members. Those who come by bicycle get in free! Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission! All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org) and its public programming.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of the north Berkshire region. It offers programs in natural and cultural history year-round at Sheep Hill and other conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road.

For more information, visit our website at www.wrlf.org or call Sheep Hill at 413-458-2494. WRLF is grateful for the support of Nature’s Closet for underwriting this event.

 

* This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.

Plenty #1 — Hard Cider Tasting at MASS MoCA

SIX Western Mass grower/fermentors offer their wares at the hard cider tasting in the Chalet 08/28

Bins will soon be full as apples near ripening in September; photo courtesy Headwater Cider.
Bins will soon be full as apples near ripening in September; photo courtesy Headwater Cider.

 

 

Don’t miss the hard cider tasting at the Chalet at MASS MoCA on August 28 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. that features SIX local cider growers/fermentors.

Bear Swamp Orchard, 
Carr’s Ciderhouse,
 Headwater Cider,

Hilltop Orchards
, Newhall Farm, 
West County Cider

On this, our first episode of “Plenty,” Pete Mitchell of Headwater Cider in Hawley, Mass., joins us to discuss the process of making hard cider, from selection of apple varieties to the bottling process. Also, we are joined by Jen Williams of Bear Swamp Orchard in Ashfield, Mass., who discusses their choice to offer organic cider (both sweet and hard). Robert Martell, from Hilltop Orchards and Furnacebrook Winery in Richmond, Mass., describes cider and wine, but also some of the recreational opportunities available on the farm operated by the Vittori family.

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