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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Winter fare continues


I hope you made it to the Greenfield Farmers Market and the beginning of the Week of Winter Fare last Saturday. What a great and tasty celebration of locally grown food! Winter Fare continues this week with potlucks, a film, seed swap, and more (see below).

Cecily Sam Legg of Greenfield asked if Conway’s Local Food Potluck is open to non-Conway residents (she’s a former Conway resident!). I said, “Absolutely! All Winter Fare events are open to everyone!”

One of the Winter Fare organizers, Aaron Falbel, answered my “How has Winter Fare changed your life?” question by saying: “I have been organizing around many issues: peace and justice, war taxes, energy issues, sustainability, prison issues, anti-death penalty, food justice, food security, bicycling, non-coercive education ... mostly with little to show for it.

“Without a doubt, Winter Fare has been the most successful organizing endeavor with which I have been associated: a definite feather in my almost featherless cap. (Then again, it’s not too hard to convince Americans to go shopping!)”

How about you? How has Winter Fare and increased access to locally grown food in the winter changed your life?

Franklin County Week of Winter Fare:

◆Film Screening of “Food for Change” and Discussion with Filmmaker, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street. For information, contact 413-665-2642.

◆Ashfield Seventh Annual Local Food Potluck, Friday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Congregational Church, Main Street, Ashfield. Contact John Hoffman, 413-625-6967 or Holly Westcott, 413-628-4613 or wescottha@verizon.net.

◆Open Hearth Cooking Classes, Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Historic Deerfield. Contact Claire Carlson at ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org

or 413-775-7217. $55 per person.

◆Annual Franklin County “Cabin Fever” Seed Swap, Sunday, Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m., Green Fields Market, Greenfield, upstairs meeting room. For information, visit


◆Seed Starting workshop, Sunday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m., Ashfield Congregational Church, Main Street. Sponsored by Share the Warmth. Contact Holly Westcott at 413-628-4613 or wescottha@verizon.net.

◆Conway Local Food Potluck Supper, Sunday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Conway Town Hall. For information, contact Mary McClintock at 413-522-5932 or mmcclinto@yahoo.com.

Bring Imagination To Your Garden, Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s Spring Gardening Symposium, Saturday, March 8, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Frontier Regional High School, South Deerfield. Keynote speaker Andrew Keys on “Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?” Workshop topics include food preservation, backyard chickens, vertical vegetable gardening, and more. $35 plus $8.50 for optional lunch. Visit wmmga.org or contact Lucy Alman at gardensymposium123@gmail.com or 413-665-7174.

Beekeeping and Four Season Farming classes at GCC. AGR-110 Beekeeping with Cliff Hatch meets Tuesday, April 15 & 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Friday, April 18 to May 2 from 1-5 p.m. (Fridays meet at Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm).

AGR-111 Four Season Farming with Danny Botkin, meets Wednesday, March 26 & April 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, March 29 & April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturdays meet at Laughing Dog Farm, Gill, MA).

This week we’re eating...

EASY, Popular Local Food Potluck Recipes

By Mary McClintock, Conway

Egg Salad: Hard boil local eggs, chop and mix with mayonnaise and mustard. Optional: add chopped celery or onion.

Applesauce: Core and cut into quarters Cortland, Mac, or mixed varieties of apples. Put in large pot with small amount of water. Cook until apples get mushy. Mash with potato masher or put through Foley food mill.

Roasted Root Vegetables: Chop potatoes, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, other root veggies into bite-sized chunks. Toss with olive oil, dried thyme, rosemary, basil until coated. Roast at 375 degrees until cooked.

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