You’re Lookin’ At Country

Please excuse this brief jaunt into more familiar territory…

During my three weeks in the Berkshires, in between my summer in Brooklyn and the coming winter in Barcelonnette, I had the pleasure of doing everything a country girl could wish for.  The beginning of September is really the best time to be in the Berkshires, what with town fairs, harvest dinners, and the return of the BTUs to Castle Street, and I feel like I got to experience it all.

Eliza’s playdate at Pearl’s house provided the ingredients for grape- and tomato-rosemary focaccie as well as for a crème fraîche and peach pie, while my own rooting around in the garden yielded a healthy handful of beets.

On my first weekend back home, the Maggio gang joined forces with the Elsbach gang at the Goshen Fair to admire chickens and pigs and cows and tractors and to eat onion rings.

The following weekend, the Elsbach gang showed up at the Sheffield Town Fair just in time to join Maggio sisters + Mia for the last hayride of the day.

The week before my departure included both tossing hay bales and reaping the benefits of Berkshire Grown membership at the annual Berkshire Grown Harvest Dinner.  To top it all off we had a chicken successfully brood four bantam chicks, which I suppose makes her a surrogate mother since she didn’t lay the eggs.

My few weeks at home also included many pies.  I couldn’t help myself.  My mom even said that the one good thing about me going to Barcelonnette is that there would no longer be the constant temptation of pie after dinner, for breakfast, or at lunch.  When you have no commercial outlet for a pie-baking obsession your family’s health can definitely suffer.  And when you get distracted so often that you burn two batches of caramel before you get a good one you can end up buying a lot of butter.

Here’s my recipe for making too many pies in the space of a few weeks:

2 rhubarb pies

5 salted caramel apple pies

1 lemon chess pie

1 peach and crème fraîche pie


About adventuresofaleece

Senior Project Manager at The Working World, a non-profit CDFI with an investment fund that focuses on loans and equity investments for worker-owned cooperative businesses. Recently graduated with an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Formerly Executive Director of the BerkShares local currency program in Western Massachusetts and Director of Programs at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Former line cook and prep cook at Txikito Cocina Vasca. Writer, teacher, and traveler.
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3 Responses to You’re Lookin’ At Country

  1. ellen says:

    I love the photos Alice. As well as the Loretta Lynn reference. (Is that correct?)
    Love, Mom

  2. Carol & Steve Ide says:

    Hi Alice,
    Carol and I are loving this blog. Thank you so much for posting your thoughts about coming to hear the band at Castle Street. It always so good to see you there when you’re home. It’s also nice to know about your pie baking obsession. You know you can always count on us to help if you ever wind up with more than you can handle…
    Be safe. We love you…

  3. Carol & Steve Ide says:

    Carol and I are loving your blog. It was so sweet of you to mention coming to see the The B.T.U.s when you are home as one of your favorite things to do. It’s always so good to see you there. It was also nice to learn about your pie baking obsession. You know you can count on us if you ever go overboard and wind up with more than you can handle… 😉
    We love you. Be safe and well. We’ll look forward to keeping an eye on your blog.

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