Farm-to-table is a familiar adage. Now farm-to-flight might be the new catchphrase, at least if Berkshire Farms Market has anything to say about it. Opened on April 30 in the newly renovated Terminal B at Logan Airport, the 1,200 square-foot market sells products made by Western Massachusetts artisans, including Berkshire Cheese, Berkshire Bark chocolates, Sweet Brook Farm maple syrup, Katalyst Kombucha, and Bola Granola. Food producers hope the shop will raise awareness of quality products from the Berkshires, and make it a culinary destination for tourists. “Some people think Western Massachusetts ends at Springfield,” says Beth Phelps of Sweet Brook Farm. Adds Kevin Schmitz of Berkshire Bark, “People can bring a little piece of the region with them.”
The market also serves freshly made, healthy grab-and-go meals, like kale and quinoa salads, sandwiches with free-range chicken, charcuterie with cured meats from New England Charcuterie in Waltham, and desserts from local bakeries such as Salem’s Melita Fiore. With organic juices, smoothies, espresso, and cold-brewed coffee drink, the menu is an upgrade from food-court fare. Michael Levine, cofounder of Taste on the Fly, the California group that brought the market to Logan, modeled it after Napa Farms Market in San Francisco’s airport.
Levine collaborated with Berkshire Farm & Table, a nonprofit in Sheffield that promotes food culture. Thomas P. Glynn, CEO of Massport, sees the shop as offering “a sense of place for airport customers.’’ It may also help travelers save face. If anyone forgot a gift for family back home, the goods here are the opposite of typical airport tourist fare. Berkshire Farms Market, Terminal B, Logan Airport.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND