Growing community since 1981…
The Williamstown Farmers Market – located in the heart of the newly designated Williamstown Cultural District – provides a lovely setting for community gathering and interaction with local growers, artisans, bakers and chefs. We welcome everyone to share in our vendors’ wealth of knowledge and skills, to support local agriculture and production, and to to partake of our vibrant and friendly atmostphere.
At the market, you’ll find delights for all the senses. See the amazing colors of our fruits and vegetables, pick up a fresh baked scone, a grilled-to-order sandwich or burger with locally sourced ingredients, or a gourmet moussaka dinner, feel the soft yarns of hand-knit hats and scarves, admire the workmanship of functional pottery and smooth wooden bowls, taste samples of maple roasted nuts, hear our fiddlers and acoustic guitarists, and experience so much more!
Listed here are our regular vendors for the 2018 season, with links to any websites and Facebook pages. To learn more about any visiting vendors and the weekly offerings by regular vendors, see our NEWS page.
Alison Kolesar Alison brings a rich background to her artwork, including a history degree from Oxford and a masters in art history in London. After deciding to fulfill her childhood dreams to be an artist, she’s gone on to have her work featured in the Berkshires and southern Vermont. A drawer and illustrator of all trades, Alison has filled more than 100 books and creates everything from vibrant water colors to elegantly painted rock art.
Beach Woodworking, Steve Beach ∼ Steve got started with woodworking when his wife asked him to make a corner cupboard. How sweet is that? Not only are his works hand-made originals, but the wood used comes from old, torn-down buildings. Some of his works are made of two to three hundred year old lumber! A humble man when it comes to his talents, one look at his woodwork and you’ll know why he doesn’t need to brag.
Bear Meadow Farm, Rick & Nancy Intres ∼ Can you say sweet? Rick and Nancy run an apiary, also known as a bee yard. In addition to producing honey and pollen, the duo provides pollination services to growers that don’t have their own bees. How neat is that? Also be on the lookout for the New England Style Hard Cider aged in whisky barrels that this couple brews. Summer never sounded so cool.
Berkshire Mountain Pottery, Anne Hogeland ∼ Lawyer by day (now retired), potter by night…Anne returned to the craft many years ago, and since then has honed her skills and developed wonderful new techniques. Ask and she’ll describe her pottery-making processes. Her mugs, bowls, plates, and other products are both beautiful and functional. They’ll look great on your counter top, but are sturdy enough to use.
Berkshire Stringed Instruments – School of Lutherie, Nick Lenski ∼ Nick harvests local wood from the land in nearby Adams that has been in his family for generations and brings it to the historic Windsor Mill in North Adams, where he teaches small groups traditional methods of string instrument construction. He reclaims wood from old doors to make the tops of his instruments, while the body woods include local maple, walnut, and sycamore. Nick apprenticed with a pioneer of the luthier profession, and continues to collaborate with other professionals. His experience is apparent in the fine workmanship of his handcrafted guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles. We’re thrilled to welcome Nick back after a year’s absence, and he’s always willing to let folks strum a few chords on his gorgeous instruments.
Bigfoot Farm, Brian Cole ∼ Remember the guy with the taco truck in Williamstown a few years ago? Well his name is Brian Cole, who has been a foodie and farmer for quite a while. This year, he has started Williamstown’s newest farm, Bigfoot, on stunning land at Sweet Brook Farm. Brian, with the help of fellow farmer Lucy Rollins, will be bringing heirloom, unique, and uncommon varieties of veggies that complement the offerings of our other farmers. Think ginger, artichokes, asparagus, sweet potatoes, novel salad mixes, curly cucumbers, melons, lemongrass, herbs, etc. All sustainably farmed, and when seasonal, of course!
Blair Farm, Norma and Don Quimby ∼ Blair Farm has been in the family for generations, enduring throughout the swift development of the region and even troubles caused by severe northeastern weather. The Quimbys thrive today, representative of small farm local agriculture. The farm provides fresh eggs (which can also be found at Wild Oats), maple syrup, bright berries, and produce like corn and cucumbers for our local community members.
Busy Bee Honey, Paul Dugal ∼ An experienced bee-keeper, Paul lovingly tends his hives in nearby Florida, MA (really, no jest!) and the surrounding area to bring artisan honey in a variety of sizes. He sells only one product: honey! But he does a brisk business with devotees returning year after year. Try it, you’ll love it!
Caroline’s Scottish Bakery, Caroline Cook ∼ Bringing traditional family recipes from both Scotland and Denmark to her Berkshire kitchen, Caroline brings homemade shortbreads, including pecan, cran-rasberry jam, chocolate and more. Danish pastries are prepared with marzipan and traditional icings. Look for wee lass and big laddie molded shortbreads, perfect for small or large gatherings!
Cindy’s Cookin’ Greek, Cindy Nikitas ∼ Anyone who has lived in Williamstown in the past 40 years has surely tried Cindy’s Greek delicacies, either at the former Michael’s Restaurant or at our market. Her offerings include salad dressings, pastitsio, spanakopita, moussaka, and baklava, it’s best to arrive well before closing time!
Cornucopia Food Truck, Mike Kelly and Shane Doolan ∼ Williamstown’s newest food truck run by locals Mike and Shane is now a regular feature of the market, with a rotating Saturday farm-to-market BRUNCH menu featuring fresh and tasty ingredients from our local farmers and food producers. Creative menu items have included salmon sliders with Hosta Hill kimchi, watercress and lemon turmeric aioli, seared halloumi cheese sliders with picked red onion, arugula and smoked sundried tomato ketchup, little Napa cabbage and apple slaw, short rib steak and cheese, burgers, chickpea balsamic salad, green bee honey sodas, and more. Mike and Shane are happy to prepare gluten-free or dairy-free offerings. Expect to be surprised and delighted every week!
Crow Hill Farm, Merry Anderson ∼ During the school year, Merry is an elementary school teacher (actually, just retired and now a substitute teacher!), helping children develop in the classroom. During summer, Merry continues to foster learning at Crow Hill Farm, where kids enjoy creative activities and fun times. Her craft kits, cute dolls, lovely cards, etc. are inspired by her wonderful experiences with them. The bright colors, variety of shapes and textures are designed to encourage hands-on learning and discovery.
Dancing Bare Soap, Maud Geng ∼ To say that Dancing Bare Soap delivers a high quality, ethically sourced product is an understatement. Using organic, vegan, and fair trade materials, their soaps are made using the cold process method and cured for six to ten weeks. Likening it to crafting artisan cheese and vintage wine, this process gives the soap a luxurious lather and makes it both firmer and longer lasting. Featured in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut, Dancing Bare Soap brings to the market a real treat for the skin.
East Mountain Farm, Kim Wells ∼ Raising livestock since 1984, Kim has built a comfortable farm for his animals. The cows, chickens, and pigs at Kim’s farm enjoy the tall trees, cool grass, and plentiful space. They are agreeable and content, reflecting Kim’s warm and friendly attitude. The farm offers a wide selection of meat products, including steaks and chops, smoked meats, whole chickens, ground beef and pork, etc. You can get a taste of Kim’s amazing meats at the market, since his deli ham, bacon, and breakfast sausages are featured in Robin’s grilled-to-order sandwiches!
Grateful Greens, James Mayer ∼ We’re fortunate that local James Mayer decided to start his new chemical-free microgreens farm in nearby Stephentown NY and has selected Williamstown for his Saturday market presence! In operation since January 2018, Grateful Greens produce is already making a splash at local restaurants and gourmet stores, as a highlight of salads and sandwiches. These two-week old seedlings are packed with flavor and nutrition, and so easy for kids to love! Look for sunflower, radish, wheatgrass, and peas. Can’t decide which? No worries, salad mixes are offered too!
Hay Berry Farm, Lawrie Nickerson ∼ At her farm in nearby Hoosick, N.Y., Lawrie has been cultivating blueberries for the past nine years – now boasting eight varieties harvested over a stretch of many weeks. She also brings early favorites rhubarb and asparagus, as well as shiitake mushrooms and honey. An expert in all things lavender, she sells buds, seedlings, and arrangements. Lawrie is happy to share her expertise as to which of her several lavender varieties are best for each use. Her dried floral arrangements and wreaths are stunning!
Heritage Artisans, Beatrice Gawron & Isabel Krebs ∼ For decades, these guild members have provided showcases and workshops at schools and museums, and now have come to Williamstown to show their traditional crafts. The artisans are skilled in weaving, spinning, knitting, and fine basketry – what can they not do? They use local and natural materials, including their own wool and alpaca fibers. They’ll have a new demonstration each week at the market.
Hosta Hill, Maddie Elling and Abe Henrichs ∼ A Berkshires favorite farm and local food producer from Housatonic, MA, Maddie and Abe bring a delicious variety of raw, naturally fermented veggies, including sauerkrauts, kimchi, and hot sauces. Want to sample a taste before buying — you’re in luck!
M and A Farm, Michelle Todd and Autumn McManus ∼ Located on a beautiful piece of land in Petersburg, New York, the folks at M and A Farm bring fresh vegetables, pork, eggs, cut flowers, and goat’s milk soap to the market. Although they may be young compared to other vendors, these farmers show the firm resolve of ethical growers. In addition to chemical pesticide and fertilizer free veggies, you can be sure that their livestock are given ample room to roam and be themselves.
Memphremagog Studios, Emily B. Errion ∼ Emily’s studio overlooks the Green Mountains of Vermont, and in this idyllic place she fabricates original, one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. Creating both decorative and functional pieces, Emily reveals great artistry and technique in her delicate jewelry, finely etched stemware, and specialty gifts. Not surprisingly, her designs are award-winning and privately collected both nationally and internationally.
Mighty Food Farm, Lisa MacDougall ∼ New to the market in 2017, but certainly not new to the area, Lisa’s certified organic produce has long been beloved by many. She brings a full selection of veggies, herbs, and flowers, as well as mouth-watering strawberries. For members of Lisa’s popular CSA, pick-up of weekly shares is now conveniently available at the market.
Mountain Girl Farm, Jen and Katie Barbeau ∼ Mother daughter duo Jen and Katie started their North Adams farm several years ago, and ever since then they’ve been working nonstop to produce some of the tastiest and most creative local foods in the region. Their preserves include banana rum, rhubarb smash with Kentucky bourbon, and strawberry thyme. Red beet relish and pickled garlic scapes (also early season pesto made with garlic scapes). On-farm bakery features in-season fruit crumbles and sinful sugar cookies. About a dozen varieties of goat’s milk soap. Eggs from free-range chickens and ducks.
Peace Valley Farm, Bill & Susie Stinson ∼ Since Peace Valley’s start in 1977, Bill & Susie have increased production through innovative farming methods. They strive for sustainability, farming without the use of pesticides or herbicides and using compost to replenish soil. Despite their small acreage, they provide vegetables like squash, kale, chard, and tomatoes for our local community, including several businesses around Williamstown and Williams College.
Peterman’s Bowls and Boards, Spencer Peterman ∼ Spencer actually began as a basket weaver; while doing shows he became interested in turning bowls. Eventually he learned the craft and even designed his own lathe to produce a more natural and rugged bowl. Spencer uses wood from locally fallen trees in western Massachusetts, turning discarded logs into useful and beautiful items. His products can also be found at businesses like Calvin Klein, Dean & Deluca, Loaves and Fishes, and more.
R&G Cheese Makers, Sean O’Connor ∼ R&G products are made in Troy, NY by cheese maker Sean O’Connor, and are named for his boys Ryan and Gavin. Sean is a native of Troy and is proud to be a business owner there as well. He offers a full line of hand crafted artisan cheese, including chevres (garlic/herb, honey, and maple/chipotle, among others), ripened goat camemberts – including blackbert and trufflebert, and selected mozzarellas and hard cheeses made from both cow and goat’s milk, as well as yogurt. Sean has been a cheesemaker for more than 10 years and opened his own creamery 7 years ago. The milk used is sourced by local farmers primarily in Saratoga County. Free samples are available at the market, and you can taste R & G cheeses in Robin’s gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches!
Robin’s, Robin Lenz ∼ Robin grew up on a cattle ranch in northern California. While attending Berkeley, she apprenticed in a French restaurant in California. Since moving to Williamstown thirty years ago, She has both had her own restaurant and enjoyed working in many local kitchens. Because of her work with local farmers, and her delicious food, she received the Chef of the Year Award from the Berkshire Regional Land and Food Council. At the Farmers’ Market, she cooks a selection of gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches and baked goods, while connecting with farmers, cheese makers and friends. Her gourmet grilled sandwiches feature market vendor products such as R & G cheeses and East Mountain Farm deli ham, bacon, and breakfast sausages – what a great way to sample the tasty offerings of our vendors!
Serendipity Quilt Design & Chris’ Kitchen, Christine Bradich ∼ Chris gets the award for bringing the most diverse set of skills to the market. Her jams, jellies, and preserves prepared are famous locally and regionally. She offers classics such as strawberry and raspberry, but also more unusual choices including carrot cake and jalapeno. All are available for free tastings. When at her booth, you can’t miss the beautiful examples of her other impressive skill: quilt-making. Whether you’re seeking a table runner or a quilt fit for a queen, Chris uses her 40-year old Singer machine to craft quilts from smooth and colorful batik fabrics blending traditional designs with a contemporary flair.
Shaker Hill Orchard, Tom Pizzuto ∼ If you’re in the mood for a sweet, juicy, crisp apple – or perhaps a tart apple to make a perfect fall crisp – look no further! Tom is an experienced and passionate fruit grower in his nearby Hancock, MA orchard. In high season, the variety of apples is dizzying. Earlier harvests include blueberries and stone fruits including peaches and plums.
Sweet Brook Farm, Pete Phelps ∼ Sweet Brook Farm became home to a happy herd of fluffy alpacas when the Phelps’ dream of building a homestead finally came true. Pete long since quit his daytime job to farm full-time, and has enjoyed newfound involvement in the community after doing so. The farm offers soft yarn products and knit cold-weather gear, and you can also satisfy your sweet tooth with their maple syrup products. The maple roated nuts are divine!
Windswept Farm, John Senger ∼ Coming from nearby New Lebanon NY, John joins our local farmers in providing vegetables for our local community. Enjoy a chat with him as you appreciate his fresh-picked selection – learn about his farm, food, and even talk about life in general. Products include peppers, garlic, squash, and cucumbers, plus sunflowers and gladiolas for all flower lovers.
Yarnwork, Nora Phykitt ∼ No one knows knitting like Nora, our resident knit and crochet queen. She uses natural fibers to hand make a wide variety of clothes and accessories, including hats, scarves, gloves, and bags. Her designs are classic, contemporary, and sometimes quite cute (the kids’ items). They also often have whimsical elements to them, like vintage buttons. If you’re in need of a sweater for that annual office holiday party, you’ll find it at Nora’s booth.