Farmers markets in the Berkshires are rich with local foods, culture

Cyr Arena at Forest Park Springfield, MA Phone: 413-737-1724

Rain or shine, this market brings you organic, and conventional produce, bread, honey, goats' milk soap, grass-fed beef, hormone free pork, and much, much more.
Dates and Hours: May 3-October on Tuesdays, 12:30 to 6 p.m.

Court Square Greenfield, MA Phone:

This market features fresh, locally grown food with local craft vendors such as herbal ointments and salves, hand-thrown pottery, handmade portable chicken coops, cutting boards and custom-made furniture pieces, hand-crafted jewelry and more.
Dates and Hours: April 29-end of October on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

18 Church Street (one-half block from Main Street) Great Barrington, MA Phone: 413-528-2662

This is a producer-only market, which means that you'll only buy food and products straight from the hands that grew or made them. Featured products include lavender, veggies, meats, and much, much more.
Dates and Hours: May 13 to October 28 on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer at The Common on First Street; winter at Zion Lutheran Church Pittsfield, MA Phone:

Come get fresh with us every Saturday-rain or shine! More than 25 farmers and artisans selling fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, baked goods, flowers, crafts, and more. Live music, workshops, chef’s demos, special events, and family activities. A producer-only market. SNAP accepted.
Summer Dates and Hours: May-October; Saturdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Winter Dates and Hours: November-April; the second Saturdays of the month; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street.

Spring Street and Boltwood Avenue Amherst, MA Phone: 413-768-0781

Rain or shine, the Amherst Farmer's Market has served the community for over three decades, and it only gets better with time as chefs and artisans perfect their recipes and crafts to share with you at this community event.
Dates and Hours: April 22-November 18 on Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street Amherst, MA Phone: 413-230-5920

Fresh vegetables, pasta and fish, local meat, bread, cheese, apples, mushrooms preserves and ferments, soap and herbal products, plants and crafts. Also featuring live music, kids' activities, hot coffee and prepared food to eat there or take away. Email: manager@amherstwintermarket.com.
Dates and Hours in 2015: December through March except Martin Luther King weekend; Saturdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Greenfield Middle School, 141 Davis Street Greenfield, MA Phone:

Throughout the winter you will find a wide variety of food including fresh and frozen vegetables, fruit, meat, honey, maple products, fresh bread, handcrafted items, and much more. There is parking on both the North and South sides of the school. As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits, credit and debit cards.
Dates and Hours in 2015: January 3, February 21, and March 7; Saturdays; 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.