The Berkshires Blog

April 2014 TasteBerkshires Spotlight

Featured Chef: Michael Ballon of Castle Street Cafe

Michael-BallonChef Ballon opened the Castle Street Cafe in 1989. Prior to moving to Great Barrington, Ballon cooked for over 10 years in New York City. While there he was Executive Chef at Lavin’s, Sofi, Wood’s, The New York City Bar Association, and Plum’s, a full service catering company. Ballon is also The Roundtable Chef on WAMC Public Radio, where he hosts a bi weekly cooking show which is broadcast over a large area of new York State and western New England.



Featured Farm: Mill River Farm

Mill-River-FarmMill River Farm is a beautiful certified organic farm in Mill River, MA. At the farm you will find laying hens, goats, honeybees & broad array of vegetable gardens. You can enjoy their produce on a weekly basis by being part of their CSA Program. They offer farm tours and an onsite farm store.




Featured Product: Mary’s Carrot Cake

Marys-Carrot-CakesFor years, Mary McGinnis has had a passion for carrot cake, attempting to perfect her personal recipe. McGinnis, along with family, friends and coworkers on the Respiratory Care Unit at Berkshire Medical Center, taste-tested the carrot cake through trial and error until her current, prize-winning recipe was formed. Stop by Mary’s Carrot Cake and try a slice for yourself.