Food / Dining

Savoring the seasons: Juanita’s Winter Fare legacy lives on

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Juanita Nelson forever changed my experience of Groundhog Day. Until 2007, Groundhog Day meant a weather-forecasting large rodent in Pennsylvania and the time of year I noticed the sun staying up a bit longer in the afternoon. Then, in January 2007, Juanita talked to some of us who’d helped her organize the Free Harvest Supper of Locally Grown Food each August starting in 2005. She said, “One purpose of the … 0

9th Annual Winter Fare at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave. (Note different location!) Credit/debit/SNAP accepted. For more information, visit buylocalfood.org or call 413-665-7100. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, breakdown, and other tasks on market day. Please contact Brian Snell at CISA, 413-665-7100, to get involved. Schedule: There’s more than great food at Winter Fare at the Greenfield … 0

Recipes: Many ways to savor your Winter Farmers Market bounty

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tourtiere (French Meat Pie) By Natty Hussey, Bostrom Farm, Greenfield (from www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/tourtiere-french-meat-pie-recipe) Tourtiere is that feel good smell and warm presence of shepherd’s pie with the savory addition of a double crust. I used King Aurthur Flour’s Tourtière recipe (www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/tourtiere-french-meat-pie-recipe) for the filling with Bostrom ground beef and ground pork. Bostrom’s lean beef is nicely countered by the fattier pork. Not normally a … 0

Hangover soup may be the cure you need

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Chef and cookbook author Rozanne Gold says this sauerkraut-spiked soup is a traditional Hungarian hangover cure. It can be prepared in advance and reheated. Serve small portions in shot glasses, or if the need is great, ladle into … 0

Vermont recycling law boosts Foodbank supplies

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The adage that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure is coming to the world of food in Vermont. Vermont Public Radio reports that food saved by the state’s universal recycling law is being put to use by the Vermont Foodbank and food shelves around … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The light will come

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Over the years, I’ve collected many metaphors to live by. In sea kayaking far and wide, these metaphors came to me: “Don’t focus on the crashing waves off to the side, paddle the wave that’s in front of … 0

Medicinal herbs a niche market for US farmers

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DELMAR, N.Y. — Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners. While almost all … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Low-tech winter gardening: Tools, tactics and principles Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Laughing Dog Farm, Gill This is a practical, inspiring, basic-level primer on winter growing techniques using cold-hardy cultivars, aggressive timing, propagational ingenuity and (high- and low-tunnel) hoophouses. The workshop is probably appropriate … 0

Secret life of cauliflower

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Truth be told, I was prepared to hate most efforts to transform cauliflower into something it wasn’t. What’s wrong with straight up seasoned and roasted cauliflower? Why do we need to turn it into steaks and cutlets, mash … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Low-tech winter gardening: Tools, tactics and principles Jan. 3, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Laughing Dog Farm, Gill This is a practical, inspiring, basic-level primer on winter growing techniques using cold-hardy cultivars, aggressive timing, propagational ingenuity and (high- and low-tunnel) hoophouses. The workshop is probably appropriate for … 0

Gifts worth repeating

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In case you need a reminder that one person can make a huge difference, check out the Recorder articles about Cliff Fournier, the new Recorder Citizen of the Year Award You can read the story here: bit.ly/1REy4y9 Cliff has devoted much of his life to helping people, in … 0

Blue Plate Special: The rustic elegance of Bernardston’s The Farm Table

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

At first glance, Chris Pappademas looks too young to be the chef at a large restaurant. In fact, this middle-age reporter might even use the word “baby” when referring to him. The head chef at the Farm Table … 0

Blue Plate Special bonus recipe from Bernardston’s Farm Table: Country Apple Tarts

Monday, December 14, 2015

Country Apple Tarts Ingredients: for the cream-cheese dough: 1 pound (about 3½ cups) all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon salt 1½ pounds cream cheese 1 pound cold butter for the apple filling: 6 apples ¾ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons … 0