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Food / Dining

Gluten-free cookies?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. If it was, there wouldn’t be a Gluten and Allergy Free Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester on July 25. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. It’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a Theme

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Standing in the buffet line at last Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I chatted with a woman I’d never met who told me about a community event that’s happened in Athol for the past four years. She talked about gathering donations from local farmers and gardeners, supplementing that with food paid for with donations, and producing a harvest meal for the … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms,July 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exploring Wild Plants Just Roots, Greenfield Community Farm, Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will explore the woods edges and woodlands around the growing fields for wild plants. What are their names and how can you distinguish different ones? What habitats do they prefer? How can we use some of them? Bring your curiosity and wonder at the diversity of wonderful … 0

Perfect poached eggs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — It took nearly 20,000 miles to discover this secret, but cracking the code of the perfect poached egg made every one of them worth it. And I’ll save you the travel trouble. I was on … 0

Gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies 11/2 cups gluten free oat flour 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour 1 cup organic sugar 1/4 cup flaxseed meal 1/4 cup arrowroot starch 11/2 tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Inspired by the Greenfield Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love Saturdays in downtown Greenfield when it’s farmers market season. As the season unfolds, there are always new delights to inspire me. Last Saturday, I was thrilled to see sugar snap peas and garlic scapes along with … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4-H Fair at Heath Fairgrounds 4-H youth of Franklin County will hold their Franklin County 4-H Fair on Saturday, June 27, at Heath Fairgrounds in Heath. The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 4-H Fair showcases the skills that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Whose water are you eating?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

“Ahhhh, fresh strawberries!” That’s what I said while standing at my kitchen sink last week rinsing off a BIG strawberry. I inhaled its oh-so-strawberryish scent and then bit into my first fresh strawberry of the season. I grinned as that first one was followed by the second, third, … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms: June 17, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A soiree for strawberry season MONTAGUE — Red Fire Farm is celebrating the tasty start of summer with its annual Strawberry Soiree on Saturday, June 20. This is the one day each year when the farmers invite the public to pick their own organic strawberries from their fields. … 0

Blue Plate Special: Northfield’s Highland BBQ ‘a homemade operation’

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

David MacDonald makes the most of his small kitchen and small business. The owner, chef, and everything else at Highland BBQ on Main Street in Northfield, MacDonald takes pleasure in making his customers happy. His tiny enterprise has … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Juanita’s influence continues

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Were you at Juanita Nelson’s memorial celebration on May 30? I hope many of you were able to be part of the truly “Juanita style” send-off! I had a bad cold, but was at the gathering on the Greenfield Town Common at the end of the farmers market, … 0

Franklin County Food & farms, Wednesday June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Franklin Land Trust’s 24th annual Farm & Garden Tour On June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a self-guided tour of the secret gardens, working farms and special places in Ashfield and Conway. Tickets are $15 for members & $20 for nonmembers http://www.franklinlandtrust.org/news/fgt If … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Highland cattle both lean and tasty

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hooray for recent rains! While we need more to move beyond the current drought, I hope that the rain eases things for the many farmers and gardeners in our community. One of the great things about the Atlas Farm Spring Festival in May was chatting with many local … 0