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A Chef’s Tour of the Berkshires

An early morning mist rose over the fields at the Equinox Farm in Sheffield. It was a pretty picture: fluffy clouds floated overhead, tall trees punctuated the horizon, and rows of lush lettuces and greens stretched across the farmlands. Ted Dobson, founder and self-described farmer-in-chief of Equinox Farm (413-229-2266, was explaining how the lettuces he grows here on his 15-acre or so farm, the first organic market farm in western Massachusetts, taste different than the farmer’s greens up the road. It’s all about the soil, the terroir, he explained. “The taste is a reflection of the farm and the farmer,” he said, pointing to the orderly raised beds of greens, baby lettuces, mustards, and kale. Read more about local farms and food in the Berkshires >>