Moving to the Berkshires- ISO Best Farmers Market and more
We are moving to the Lee-Lenox area. As visitors to Tanglewood over the years we have eaten out, mostly breakfasts and lunches, and shopped for wine and cheese in the area but now we are moving there permanently we are ISO Farmers Markets and the local vendors that sell to the public. We are especially interested in eggs, cheese, meat and bread and Farmers Markets that are worth the drive. There are so many of them! Organic is good but local is what we really want.
We also just discovered Guido's in Pittsfield. Is it worth the extra $$?
Thanks in advance for any replies.
I want to thank all the hounds who replied. We are still in a daze of getting our place together but have been to 4 Farmers Markets and Guido's in Pittsfield for meat. Also made a run to Berkshire Mountain Bakery after having a loaf from the Lanesboro market. The Lenox Market was hot and crowded but they had the most interesting variety of stuff so far. Will definitely go back there and to Pittsfield Saturday Market. The produce is still limited- we are looking forward to August. Also to heading south to the Great Barrington area.
Have to give a shout out to Berkshire Mountain Bakery. Breads are made from really healthy grain, even the white ones, and naturally yeast fermented. Plus they have a very talented pastry chef who makes excellent croissants. I like their pizza too......pastries and pizza available at the bakery, breads available at many markets, plus bread and pastries at Lenox and one of the two Pittsfield Farmers Markets.
I think Guidos is a decent market, though you need to shop selectively. Some stuff worth the price. Happy hunting....by the way, there are little farm stands everywhere, and it's almost time for sweet corn.
Guido's I agree the produce is sometimes not that different from what you would get at the supermarket. But, the meat dept. is very good and they tend to have what you need if looking for a more obscure ingredient.
Taft farm market in Great Barrington may also be worth checking out, they sell produce some of their own or form other local places, and also have pies, sandwiches, etc.
Also nearby for bread is Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Housatonic.
Pittsfield Rye Bakery is up on the hill behind Guido's in Pittsfield. They're wholesale suppliers but Fri and Sat mornings from ?? until 1 pm you can buy direct from the bakery. Their "Farmer's Market" bread is over the top, the best! Their rye is excellent also. But try for yourself, they have samples.
Their bread also used to be available at some of the farmers' markets.
Guido's has my favorite bread - Rock Hill Sourdough. It comes in 2x/week, and does run out. If you call they'll hold one at the deli.
For cheese, eggs and some meats we love Cricket Creek Farm store in Williamstown (by 5 corners). They also sell their cheese at many farmers markets.
Guido's is not necessarily the best. The supermarkets' organics are growing. Lenox has a Farmer's Market on Fridays at Shake and Co. Pittsfield has a farmers market on saturdays(not sure where) that is pretty good. Then there are farmstands like Overmeade Gardens on East st in Lenox. The Meat Market in Gt Barrington does a fine job of locally sourced meats albeit they are quite expensive.