By Benjamin Lamb, Director of Economic Development for 1Berkshire
In the Berkshires, we are blessed with a long history of agriculture and food production. From kale to cattle, CSAs to farm-to-table, the local food supply chain has not only nourished our communities but set a precedent for what a food economy can look like in Massachusetts. The food and agriculture cluster is one of the six primary economic drivers in the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, Yet, the media often fails to recognize this critical vein of commerce and vitality that runs throughout each of our 32 cities and towns. Fortunately, thanks to the work of regional partners like Berkshire Agricultural Ventures and Berkshire Grown, the Berkshire bounty is enjoying a renaissance focus, innovation, and investment. And our regional beverage industry has seen an especially robust bolstering of activity in recent years. Berkshire beverage industry participants are developing, producing, distributing, and advancing a robust revenue pipeline of high-quality products that enhance the quality of life for residents, and draw visitors to our region. Read on to join us for a tour of a few of our wonderful local beverage crafters.