Food / Dining

Corn chowder from Jerry's Place in South Deerfield. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Blue Plate Special: More than an April Fool, Jerry’s Place

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Jerry’s Place is a South Deerfield institution. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on major holidays, this Main Street eatery celebrated its 23rd birthday earlier this month. “I opened up on April 1,” owner Jared “Jerry” Dagrosa told me. “It was a Wednesday ... and I fooled everybody by staying open!” Working in a restaurant was … 0

Savoring the seasons: Who’s growing your veggies?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Who’s growing the vegetables you’ll eat in coming months? Are you? If so, you’re busy planning your garden and perhaps starting seeds indoors or in a hoophouse or cold frame. Or, you’re considering growing some vegetables this summer and wondering how to get started. World Eye Bookshop and local libraries have LOTS of books about growing vegetables and there are … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Signs of spring!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK More signs of spring are showing up, in my yard and in nearby farm fields. I checked with Michael Docter of Winter Moon Farm in Hadley and he expects to have his SUPERB spring-dug parsnips in local stores by the time this article is published. Look for them at Green Fields Market on Main Street in Greenfield. I never thought … 0

Savoring the Seasons: As the Valley gives...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, the past few weeks have brought you many reminders that tomorrow, Dec. 12, is Valley Gives, the 24-hour online celebration of generosity. For the second year, organizations from all over western Mass are working together to encourage area residents to support … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of learning

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK In my teens in California and 20s in western Massachusetts, my first work was as a camp counselor and outdoor leader. Thanks to GCC Art professor Joan Rising, I found GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program in 1981. I remembered my time learning at GCC and leading … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The real cost of food

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone say “Local food is great, but it costs too much. I can’t afford it.” It’s true, locally grown food sometimes has a higher retail price than food shipped from far away. But when I think … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Preparing for Winter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Planning has begun for Franklin County Week of Winter Fare, which starts Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with workshops, displays and special events at the monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers Market at Greenfield High School. The week continues from Feb. 1 until … 0

Blue Plate Special: Smithsonian Express

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Peter Langlois has honed his menu with care and flair. That was clear when the chef and business owner sat down with me recently at the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield to talk about his café … 1

Savoring the Seasons: Taking action

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Recently, I came across this powerful quote by Wendell Berry: “Eating is an agricultural act.” Those words are from his essay “The Pleasures of Eating” published in his book “What are People For.” He wrote the essay in response to questions about what “city people” … 0

Savoring the Seasons: On the way to

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, you have “regular” farm stands, farm stores, and farmers markets that are on your way to work or school or your best friend’s house, places you stop regularly to get fresh, tasty direct-from-the-farmers-and-their-friends foods. Long-time readers of this column probably know … 0

Savoring the Seasons: It's time

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s … … time to get Packham’s Triumph pears at Clarkdale Fruit Farms on Upper Road in Deerfield. They’re my FAVORITE variety of pears and there is a VERY small crop of Packham’s Triumphs this year, so don’t wait! … time to get cider. This … 0

Blue Plate Special: Hager's Farm Market

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder By mid-morning, Hager’s Farm Market was bustling. Nestled in front of an orchard on Route 2 in Shelburne, the market is a busy store-cum-restaurant run by an equally busy family. Manager … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Living on a small world

Thursday, October 24, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK We do indeed live on a small world, with so many interconnections. I chuckled when I got this message from Susan Olmsted of Greenfield: “I was surprised and delighted to see your reference to Ferdinand’s Restaurant in your column. I waitressed at Ferdinand’s from 1975-1977 … 0