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8 Outstanding Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Western MA

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Posted by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

More than ever, it’s important to know where the food on your plate comes from. The good news for all you foodies out there is that Massachusetts boasts some truly outstanding farm-to-table restaurants.

We recently shared 10 spots in Western Massachusetts that are popular among farm-to-table fans. Today, based on your recommendations, we’re shining a spotlight on eight more farm-to-table, sustainable restaurants in the area serving up local, farm-fresh ingredients.

Allium Restaurant and Bar in Great Barrington, MA

Awarded Boston Magazine’s Best New Restaurant, bistro-style Allium Restaurant + Bar serves a seasonal menu that changes daily with ingredients purchased from local farms. The owner, Nancy Thomas, also created the original Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, MA.  For Allium’s hours and directions, click here.

Nudel in Lenox, MA

Nudel is a self-described “creative American pasta bar” with a dinner menu that varies daily, offering seasonally inspired food provided by Berkshire County’s local farmers and producers. Dinner is first come first serve, and visitors eagerly anticipate the fluid menu. Check out the location and hours on the website here.

Nudel Foie Gras

Photo: Seared Foie Gras, pain perdu, papaya and smoked maple jam at Nudel via Facebook

Brick House Pub in Housatonic, MA

Located in North Housatonic, the Brick House Pub has it all when it comes to local pub fare, from fried pickles (yum!) to the hot Five Alarm Burger, which is served on a local Berkshire Mountain Bakery jalapeno ciabatta roll. They’ve got craft beer on tap, plus trivia night every Wednesday. Cool by us. To get there, click here.

Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington, MA

Chef Michael Ballon serves up an amazing dinner menu at Castle Street Café, with specialties like a Berkshire & Regional Cheese Board and an Ioka Valley Grass Fed Steak, plus a separate bar menu that features smaller plates. With 24 years in business and live jazz music every Friday and Saturday night, Castle Street Café is a great place to stop for fresh, delicious food and a fun night out. Find them at 10 Castle Street.

Rouge Restaurant & Bistro in West Stockbridge, MA

“Rouge! Cʼest la couleur dʼamour.” Owners Chef William Merelle and Maggie C. Merelle created Rouge to reflect an ambience of romance and passion, just as the name implies. This unique French-style restaurant, located in the heart of the Berkshires, is open for dinner five nights a week, serving cuisine with local ingredients, and hosting fun events, like a Bordeaux Wine Dinner. For directions or reservations, check Rouge out here.

Wheatberry Bakery and Cafe in Amherst, MA

Founders Ben and Adrie Lester created Wheatberry to share their passion for real, delicious, and healthy foods with their community. Their 4.5-acre farm in Shutesbury, MA stewards many local and organic growers. These fixings are cultivated and served on extensive breakfast and lunch menus that are sure to satisfy. You can find hours and directions here.

Wheatberry Food

Photo: The popular Wheatberry ‘Rooster’ breakfast via Facebook

Burgundy Brook Cafe in Palmer, MA

Often referred to as “one of the jewels of Palmer,” locals love this café and with good reason. Whipping up breakfast and lunch every day of the week, Burgundy Brook serves farm-fresh vegetables and also has a full bakery. The daily specials are found on its Facebook page and the full breakfast and lunch menu can be found here. Plus, they serve breakfast all day on Sundays. What’s not to love about that? For more contact information, click here.

Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls, MA

Chef Michelangelo Wescott dishes out a unique culinary experience in this French-influenced bistro located at 65 Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls. The signature filet mignon plus escargot and Michelangelo’s famous crab cakes are just a few of the menu items that make this a favorite among guests. The menu is always changing, so give them a call to find out more at 413-625-6345.

Gypsy Apple

Photo: Pan seared scallops at Gypsy Apple via Facebook

That about wraps it up for these eight delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Western Mass! If you’re seeking out more restaurants in Massachusetts, be sure to check out our “Eat” section for some inspiration.

So, what do you think? Are we missing any of your favorite farm-to-table restaurants in the area? Which of these spots is first to try on your list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Photo at the top: Braised Pork Belly, Pickled Carrot, Ramps + Hoisin at Allium Restaurant + Bar via Facebook

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  • Craig Swinson

    Used to love Rouge, not so much anymore after their expansion. Nudel is fantastic.
    I’m glad it made this list.

    When is farm to table going to switch to farm to fork? That’s trendier.

  • Dan

    Starving Artist Creperie in Lee is a great one.

    • MassVacation

      Definitely, Dan! Thanks for adding that.

  • Anonymous

    Burgundy Brook is not a farm to table restaurant. The folks that run the restaurant have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the farm that surrounds the place. It is simply rented space. Whoever wrote this article didn’t do their research.

    • Anonymous

      Farm to table doesn’t necessarily mean the food is from the closest or surrounding farm, it just means that the ingredients are not packaged processed foods and are hopefully locally sourced. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2010/11/09/clarified-farm-to-table/

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you. But the article says it serves vegetables from its own farm. That is false. The article should should credit Blue Star Equiculture for the fresh vegetables if that’s is in fact where they came from.

    • Keith Gordon

      Blue Star Equicultre horse rescue is on Burgundy Brook and has farm share which the cafe is proud to be a part of. The crop this summer and fall was beautiful and we love to use fruits and vegetables from the farm share in our breakfast and lunch specialties. We also use beef and sausage from the cattle that grazes right on the farm that Burgundy Brook Cafe sits on. All our welcome to come visit and see how everything is done . Keith Gordon & Inna Gordon (owners)of Burgundy Brook Cafe also adopted a horse we now own next door. Family kid friendly environment. It’s worth the trip come visit the beautiful Draft horses and amazing food.

      • Anonymous

        I enjoy eating breakfast at your establishment. But I don’t appreciate the false advertisements. You do not use the beef from the cows at the farm. I know that for a fact. None of that beef is turned into sausage either. Plus, you serve pork sausage.

  • Colleen

    The Farm Table in Bernardston is fantastic! Also, I believe People’s Pint in Greenfield is farm to table. They use locally farmed anf seasonal veggies and have local grass fed meats, etc… And of course, good local brew!

    • MassVacation

      It is indeed, Colleen! We included that one in our first post :)

    • Tara

      The Farm Table is delicious! I think I had my very favorite meal ever there a month ago. It’s heavenly and so relaxing in there too!

  • jliz

    Gill Tavern, Gill MA. Recommend it highly

  • Renee Lascala

    Sorry, Nüdel, but Fois Gras is an evil product, the height of cruelty to animals. It’s banned in California restaurants. I think it’s time for MA to follow that lead.
    Why don’t you take it off your menu and out of your adverts now? Be leaders. It’s the right thing to do.

  • Meghan

    The Blue Heron in Sunderland – amazing fresh local food. http://www.blueherondining.com/

  • Alexandra

    Some additions for the list:

    • MRKT in South Deerfield, MA – http://www.mrktrestaurant.com/
    • Bistro Les Gras in Northampton, MA – http://www.facebook.com/bistrolesgras
    • The Green Bean in Northampton, MA – http://www.greenbeannorthampton.com/
    • Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA – http://www.northamptonbrewery.com/
    • Chez Albert in Amherst, MA – http://www.chezalbert.net/
    • Esselon Cafe in Hadley, MA – http://www.esselon.com/Local_Heroes.html
    • Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland, MA – http://www.blueherondining.com/
    • Hope & Olive in Greenfield, MA – http://www.hopeandolive.com/
    • The People’s Pint in Greenfield, MA – http://www.thepeoplespint.com/
    • The Farm Table in Bernardston, MA – http://kringlefarmtable.com/

  • RJW

    People’s Pint in Greenfield!

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