SWYF Find: Berkshire Co-op Market

Image from the Berkshire Co-op Market site.
I've been going up to Great Barrington ever since I was little. However, I recently discovered the Berkshire Co-op Market, and, now, I can't imagine a trip to the area without going there.

What's so great about it? Well, first, it's a co-op and all the cool things that comes with belonging to or shopping at one. There's some amazing deals on natural and organic foods, including many terrific local and regional produce, cheeses, meats, dairy and other goods from small producers. The main reason I went: The bulk section.

A few weeks ago, I embarked on this plastic-free lifestyle.** Perhaps I was a little overzealous with my pronouncement, but I've tried my best and have been really conscious about how food and other goods I purchase are packaged - if at all. (**I'll address this issue in an upcoming post, and I'll be updating a new page on this latest venture.)

Long story short: Anyone trying to live with little to no plastic (or on a budget) will agree that bulk food sections are a true lifesaver, and, the Berkshire Co-op has been one of the most impressive that I've seen so far. In addition to grains, beans and the other standard items, it also carries maple syrup, laundry detergent, castille soap, oils, seed and nut butters. In a word: amazing.

Also, cheese seems to be an item that is always wrapped in plastic. Fortunately, the Market sold a few types - including local options - wrapped in wax.

Another reason to visit is the Market's in-store cafe and sitting area for its extensive take-out or eat-in buffet.

Great Barrington is an excellent day-trip town if you live in or are visiting the Connecticut, Massachusetts or New York area. The Berkshire Co-op Market should most definitely be on your list of stops.

**Berkshire Co-op Market: 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA; (413) 528-9697
Hours: M - Sat.: 8am-8pm; Sun.: 10-6