Berkshire Emporium & Antiques News, Events, & Tid Bits

In 2009, former archaeologists, Nancy & Walter relocated to Vermont where Nancy’s passion for local & wild food pushed her canning hobby to the next level.


Jamming and canning everything in sight, Nancy eventually ran out of fruit & veggies. Turning to the cupboards for inspiration and ingredients, Nancy developed Potlickers’ signature Beer Jelly.


In 2011 with bills to pay, and a cupboard full of canning, Nancy went to market. Her original Beer Jelly and other unique flavors caught the attention of food lovers and taste makers across the country.



It's that time a year when chowder recipes fill our downtown. Save the date on your calendar for North Adams Winterfest 2018 Berkshire Emporium & Antiques will sponsor another ice sculpture, and offer samples of some of their edibles inside.


Several restaurants will square off in a chowder competition, while quests can toast marshmallows, and participate in other activities to be announced.


More information will be added as we receive it, or contact the North Adams Tourism & Cultural Office at (413) 664-6180.

Winterfest - February, 2018

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More than berries can make jam

Recognized for excellence, Potlicker jams have received national awards & international attention. Today Nancy & the Potlicker Kitchen crew can up jams, jellies & pickles in Stowe, Vermont and distribute them across the country.


CRAFT Magazine:

"Food and booze go together like love and marriage, and Nancy and Walter Warner have been combining the two since they opened Potlicker Kitchen. Their food and wine jellies are inspired by Vermont's food culture and are a welcome addition to any kitchen. Pick up a six-pack today!"


Food Loves Beer Magazine:

"We first met Nancy and Walter at the NYC Craft Beer Festival, and their beer-infused jellies left us immediately smitten. The jelly was rich and fruity with a blast of hop flavor and a hint of malt sweetness. We recently chatted with Nancy again, and she is as sweet as her delicious beer jellies. A food and craft beer lover after our own hearts, Nancy has succeeded in creating jellies that taste like beer; so much so, we almost can't believe our taste buds. When we finally stopped eating beer jelly with a spoon, we made Oven Barbecued Spareribs with Porter Jelly Glaze."




Potlicker Kitchen products available at Berkshire Emporium specializes in beer jelly, wine jelly, unique small-batch jams, and seasonal pickles.

Another reason to shop local businesses

Significantly more money re-circulates in your community when you buy from locally owned, rather than nationally owned, businesses: More money stays in the community because locally owned businesses purchase from other local businesses, service providers, and farms. Purchasing locally helps grow other businesses as well as your community’s tax base.


Local businesses provide most new jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in most communities provide the most new jobs to residents.

What started in Rochester Vermont back in 1978 when artist Helene Lehrer created simple silkscreen cards featuring her pet rabbit Oatmeal, has grown into one of the top humorous greeting card companies in the world.


Oatmeal Studios continues to delight shoppers with unique cards that feature bright, colorful artwork and on-the-mark humor. With over 250 designs and frequent new releases covering numerous occasions, they help you say Happy Birthday, Get Well, Happy Anniversary, etc. your way!


Oatmeal Studios was purchased by the North Adams Massachusetts based printer Excelsior Printing Company in 2011, which has moved it's facility to Connecticut since.


Oatmeal Studios brings lots of unique, hilarious cards to market with new releases almost every month of the year.


Oatmeal - not just for breakfast. It makes a fun card

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