Hosta Hill creates distinctive lacto-fermented vegetables and handmade unpasteurized tempeh on a small family farm in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Workers at At Hosta Hill are not just fermenters, they're farmers, too, and each year they get closer to their long-term goal of growing all their own ingredients in nearby fields here in the Berkshires. They call this their Field To Ferment Project.
In 2015, Hosta Hill purchased a vintage tractor, acquired the use of additional farmland, and grew more vegetables, garlic, soybeans and grains than ever before. They also earned two farming grants, the Harold Grinspoon Award and a Beginning Farmer Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, to help them expand their operation.
But their love of local agriculture doesn’t stop in their own fields. As members of Berkshire Grown and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), they're also longtime supporters of other organic farmers in the region and they're privileged to have worked closely with Abode Farms CSA, Alprilla Farm, Markristo Farm, Red Fire Farm, and Winter Moon Roots among others to source most of their ingredients.
They’ve been hand-making small batches of lacto-fermented vegetables here in the Berkshires since 2011.
From the start they’ve used local ingredients, working closely with nearby organic farms to source whatever they can’t grow themselves in their own fields in and around West Stockbridge.
It’s these ingredients that have helped them earn two consecutive Good Food Awards, recognizing “the most conscientious and talented craft food producers in the United States.”
They’re proud to be part of the vibrant local food scene in Western Massachusetts, where their probiotic-rich foods are available on the menus at prominent cafés, restaurants and wellness centers as well as at farm stands and independent grocery stores from the Berkshires to Boston.
When will Hosta Hill be at the Farmers Market?
May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18.