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Savoring the Seasons: Just showing up


One of the bumper stickers I just put on my new-to-me car says “Get involved ... the world is run by those who show up.”

I’m grateful for the many folks in our community who do just that, and make things happen.

It’s Town Meeting season, when many of us in small and large towns all over Franklin County show up to help run our small corner of the world.

Six or seven years ago, Ruth Parnall, Jim Recore and I talked about how we needed a way to discuss Town Meeting issues without the pressure of Town Meeting decision-making. We didn’t just talk about it, we started a Pre-Town Meeting Discussion and Dessert Potluck for the week before Town Meeting. Now it’s an annual event that helps us all understand issues facing the town. And the desserts are yummy. I brought Boyden Brothers’ maple-coated peanuts this year.

Sara Seinberg moved to Leyden from San Francisco and decided there should be a “Gay Pride Run” in Greenfield on the eve of Northampton’s annual Pride Celebration. She talked with friends, posted it on Facebook, spread the word, and last Friday over 50 people showed up on the Greenfield Town Common for the “Gay 5K” — to run, walk, cheer, picnic, chat and celebrate. I was there with my “still lesbian after all these years/sisterhood is still powerful” sign and another sign that says “Someone was brave before us, we walk in their path” based on a song I heard Holly Near and emma’s revolution sing.

Forty years ago, Juanita Nelson was one of the people who decided there should be a farmers market on the Greenfield Town Common. We continue to reap the benefits of her early work to help establish the market as an ongoing community event.

In 2005, Juanita decided there should be a harvest supper, so she talked with friends, spread the word, a group of volunteers organized it, and lots of people showed up on the Greenfield Town Common to eat, chat and celebrate. The Free Harvest Supper of Locally Grown Food has happened every year since then because people got involved, showed up, and created an event that lives Juanita’s dream of everyone sharing, having enough to eat and supporting local farmers.

It’s time to plan this year’s Free Harvest Supper and we need people to show up and help make it happen. The Free Harvest Supper is run by a group of volunteers who come together each year because they love our community and this event. It really is a “many hands make light work” grassroots effort with many ways to get involved and fun folks to work with.

Want to help? Email me at mmcclinto@yahoo.com or call me at 413-522-5932.

PS: Want bumper stickers for your car or books on gardening and permaculture? Check out VisionWorks on Chapman Street near The Outlet Store. It’s mostly a mail order business and the storefront is only open by chance. I stopped to get bumper stickers, including one that says “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.” Their website is http://changingworld.com, phone number is 413-772-6569.

Fiddlehead Season is Short! Fiddleheads are available at Pine Hill Orchards’ store in Colrain (413-624-3325), Hager’s Farm Market on Route 2 in Shelburne (413-625-6323), and Green Fields Market on Main Street in Greenfield (413-773-9567). Call ahead to check availability.

This Week We’re Eating ...


By Mary McClintock, Conway

Fiddleheads can be used like asparagus — steamed and served with butter, sauteed, in creamy soups, omelets, and salads. To prepare them, rub off the papery brown “scales” under running water, bring a small amount of lightly salted water to a boil, add washed fiddleheads, and cook them at a steady boil for 10 minutes. Fiddleheads can also be washed clean and steamed for 20 minutes. Serve at once with melted butter or vinegar.

For more fiddlehead information and recipes, check out:

www.wildmanstevebrill.com or http://umaine.edu/publications/4198e/

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