September 27, 2011
A Guest Blog From the Berkshires of Massachusetts
Khalil Hymore, an Associate Food Editor for Everyday Food offered a guest blog from a trip he took to the Berkshires in Massachusetts this past summer. I have actually spent a good deal of time in the Berkshires, as I used to have a country house there and it is, indeed, a lovely place to be. Enjoy Khalil’s posting and also try his turkey and white-bean chili recipe in the October issue of Everyday Food. You won’t be disappointed!
The Berkshire region in Western Massachusetts is a wonderful weekend escape for many busy New Yorkers, like myself. The lush and rugged landscape is great place to enjoy many fun outdoor activities. I recently spent a long weekend there, in the town of Great Barrington, with my husband, daughter, and cousins, hiking, berry picking, and of course, cooking! We even visited an organic dairy farm and got to hang out with some newborn calves—a big treat for us city slickers!
1 It was so nice to be out of New York City for a few days. The drive to the Berkshires was so lush and green.
2 One morning, we visited an organic dairy farm that supplies milk for Organic Valley dairy products.
3 Our little cousin, Nathan, got a real kick out the calves.
4 After visiting with the cows, this was a welcome sight—farm fresh produce!
5 My husband Scott baked this peach upside down cake with the peaches we bought at the farm stand.
6 The next day we all went blueberry picking.
7 The bushes were heavy with bright blueberries!
8 Nathan was excited to fill his bucket. Obviously, these blueberries are a high bush variety.
9 Our daughter, Norah, was happy to eat them right from the bushes.
10 In the end we picked about 14-pounds of blueberries…
11 …which I used to bake a pie!
12 For dinner that night we made a couple fresh salads with the veggies we picked up at the farm stand and…
13 …hauled out the biggest pot—the one used to deep fry the turkey at Thanksgiving—to…
14 …steam Maine lobsters and littleneck clams.
15 Slicing into the blueberry pie for dessert
16 To work off our lobster-fest, we got up early the next morning for a hike.
17 Looking up at the forest canopy - such a peaceful morning
18 We came across many types of mushrooms.
19 This one was bright purple!
20 A bright red toadstool.
21 Lush ferns cover much of the forest floor.
22 The view from the top of Monument Mountain—such a beautiful day!