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Posted 2/4/2020 11:22am by Farmers.

Holiday Brook Farm is a diverse farm located in central Berkshire county growing organic vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pigs, and laying hens. We make our own hay and compost. We are hiring crew members for the 2020 growing season to assist with our 5 acres of organic vegetable production from April/May through mid-October. We grow a diverse selection of vegetables for a small CSA, a farmers’ market and daily farm stand, as well as local restaurants.

Daily tasks would include seeding (both outside and in our greenhouse), weeding, watering, transplanting, pruning, trellising, mulching, harvesting, washing and prepping vegetables for market, maintaining our farm stand, and assisting at farmers markets. Occasional assistance with livestock will be required (egg collection, food/water, etc).

Applicants will be expected to:

  • Have a minimum of one season of farming experience, preferably with vegetables. 
  • Be in good physical shape and be able to lift 50lbs
  • Be able and willing to work in all weather conditions
  • Have a drivers’ license (experience driving a truck w/trailer a plus!)
  • Be able to take instruction and work productively by themselves or in a group
  • Handle equipment such as a walk-behind rototiller, weedwacker, lawn mower, etc

Along with a resume, please provide us with a brief essay of who you are and what motivates you to want to farm. The days are long, and the work is hard; we want to know why you are the right fit for this environment. 

Contact Information:

Kate Pike                                                                                              100 Holiday Cottage Rd                                                                      Dalton Ma 01226            

Posted 11/22/2019 9:46am by Farmers.

Fresh, local trees that smell divine!

$45 for 8 foot and under

$55 for over 8

We're here Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9-5 and on Sundays from Thanksgiving thru Christmas we're here from 11-4. Other afternoons just shoot a text if you want to come by 413*441*4597. See you at the farm!

Posted 4/18/2019 11:47am by Farmers.

Sunday ~ May 12, 2019 - Mother' Day Brunch at Cooper Barn

Two seatings by reservation only 10:00 and 12:30.

*Live music provided by the one and only Tom Corrigan

*Delicious brunch buffet featuring the farm's own bacon, sausage and   Maple Baked Ham

*Complimentary Mimosa with your meal

*Tractor drawn wagon ride to Cooper Barn (weather permitting)

Adults $32 and Kids 15 and under pay their age.

Call 413-684-0444 to reserve now!



Posted 3/20/2019 10:03am by Farmers.

Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm during Maple Sugaring season.

Pancake Breakfasts being served in our new dining area at the farm (the old store space - store now behind dining area). 

Our buffet will serve Pancakes - French toast - Eggs - Maple Bean/bacon casserole - breakfast sausage from the farm - and other chef inspired dishes that will change weekly. 

We'll be doing demonstrations in our sugar house and you can taste freshly made maple syrup! You can also visit our barn and see all the baby lambs hopping around, goats, chickens, turkeys, horses, mini pig "Sadie" and others. Walk off your pancakes with a hike around the beautiful farm road and trails.

Posted 10/31/2018 1:07pm by Farmers.

This year was SO WET that we weren't able to make the normal amount of dry hay. This means that we have already sold any available hay and do not have any extra to sell. If you're still in need of hay, we've heard that the farms in the Pioneer Valley have a good supply. We're crossing our fingers and hoping that we have enough to feed our own animals this year! 

Posted 10/10/2018 2:32pm by Farmers.

Yes, we're still gladly taking your loose leaves to add to our compost making mix. What has changed is that the site is moving - beginning on 10-20-18, you will drive past the usual compost driveway and continue on Route 9 for about another 1/2 mile and turn in at the Dalton Hardwood sign on your left. Follow the signs to the drop-off area. 

Thanks so much for all your leaves and cooperation!

Remember: please, NO bags and NO brush (you can bring your brush to Covanta in Pittsfield, on Hubbard Ave).

Posted 10/10/2018 2:28pm by Farmers.

There are so many ways to use Maple Syrup that you may not have thought of. Follow the link below for some recipes compiled by Epicurious, I can't wait to start trying them myself.

This time of year I'm always looking for some new recipes and reasons to turn  on the oven and take the chill off. You'll find a bunch of warming recipes here, as well as some on the cool side. Enjoy!

Posted 3/22/2018 2:28pm by Farmers.

Heritage breed, pasture raised, clean, (no antibiotics or growth hormones) PORK! We will have pork available in either whole, half, hams or cuts coming in next week. If you'd like to place an order for any special cuts or bulk purchase, please let us know ASAP - all whole or half MUST be pre-ordered. I need all orders in by Saturday 3/24 at 4. You can email me at  or call farm number - 413-684-0444.

Posted 3/10/2018 3:46pm by Farmers.

MARCH 17th and 18th, 2018 is Mass Maple Weekend! Our sugar house will be open and we'll be giving maple syrup making demonstrations, giving samples and offering all things maple! We'll have free wagon tours around the farm - weather permitting. Come see the baby lambs too! Both days we'll be open from 10 - 4, so we hope to see you at the farm.

Posted 12/28/2017 3:39pm by Farmers.

Our winter hours are Thursday thru Saturday 9-5. We are often nearby however, so if you need something, don't hesitate to call and ask if we're around. 413-684-0444. Keep warm Folks!