Berkshire Organics was created with the intention of making it easier for the consumer to obtain local and organic food. Aleisha Gibbons is the creator and co-owner of Berkshire Organics Market & Delivery Service. In 2007, she decided to take a chance and left her full time job to start the business from her home with less than $1,000. Berkshire Organics grew from a home delivery business of 35 weekly customers to over 300 which the business consistently maintains today year-round. Delivery customers can do all of their grocery shopping online through www.berkshireorganics.com.
In 2009, a small market was developed so customers, who did not live in the local delivery area, could pick up their baskets along with some local bread and farm eggs. Today the Berkshire Organics Market occupies over 6,000 square feet at the former Burgner's Farm location in Dalton, Massachusetts. The markets emphasis on local & organic produce is still the core focus, however, over 5,000 local, organic and non-gmo groceries have been added to the offerings along with a bulk section, cheese counter, olive bar and beer & wine department. In 2012, Berkshire Organics Market was named a top 12 grocer in North America by the Organic Consumer's Association for leading the natural food industry by working with manufacturers and local producers to transition to non-GMO ingredients and by advocating for GMO labeling.
A core mission for Berkshire Organics Market & Delivery Service has always been to try and make organic food more affordable for the local community. 20-30% off produce sales are offered on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays. In 2015, a Second Chance Produce rack was offered in the market, where items that are not perfect are sold for $1.00/lb. This rack is available to market shoppers Sundays and Mondays (while supplies last). Whatever produce is left is donated to local food pantries and any compost is donated to local farm animals. Currently, Berkshire Organics employs over 20 staff members and is an active member of the community by taking part in many community events and making donations to as many charitable causes as possible.
Aleisha's husband, Brian came on board as co-owner in 2009. Brian has a degree in horticulture science which has helped greatly in knowing how to handle produce and work with the local farmers. Both Aleisha and Brian grew up in the Berkshires. Both of their parents were high-school teachers. They both graduated from college, traveled, and worked outside the area separately before deciding to return to and establish their home in Dalton. They continue to run the business together.