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: Feeding LOTS of people

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By MARY MCLINTOCK Before we served last Wednesday’s community meal, the Second Congregational Church kitchen bustled with Franklin Community Co-op volunteers slicing watermelon, cutting pizza, pouring juice, and serving chips, salsa, and blueberries as appetizers. From Beth Weissman’s 7-year-old granddaughter Skylar Alamed to those of us in our … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Just a few ingredients

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As Amy Clarke and I prepared the free community meal a few weeks ago, we talked about simple, few-ingredient recipes we like. A week later, I had a “four-ingredient dinner” with my friends, Grace Edwards, Sue Tippett, Karen Warren, and Xin Xin Tarren. We enjoyed … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Surf and turf

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I planned to write about garlic scapes after I drove several miles behind a SLOW tractor pulling a trailer with bins of those tasty green curlicues that appear on garlic plants this time of year. Here’s the short version of what I pondered on that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Talking about the weather

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Talking about weather is often considered “small talk” or something to say to a stranger at the bus stop. For me, talking about weather is far from small, it’s an important sharing of news and considering of the world around us. These days, conversations about … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Spring Synchronicity

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love “synchronicities” — those “small world” magical happenings where people, topics, and places come together unexpectedly — and I seem to experience them a lot. Last Saturday, I roamed the Greenfield Farmers Market, checking out what fresh vegetables the farmers were offering as the … 0

Lunch at the Foxtown

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Foxtown Diner was buzzing when photographer Paul Franz and I visited the eatery on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls in the early afternoon a couple of weeks ago. The lunch crowd was happily munching the day’s special, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Community, generosity...and cherries!

Monday, June 3, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I meet many generous people through writing this column and volunteering in our community. Last week, like every 4th Wednesday of the month, I helped serve one of the Franklin County Community Meal Program’s meals at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. I’m one of … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What food are you growing?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What food are you growing this season? Do you have perennials like asparagus, Turkish rocket, rhubarb, and wintered-over kale producing food right now for spring meals? Or did you take advantage of earlier, warm weather to plant lettuce, greens, peas, and other cool-hardy plants? What … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Find fantastic food and fun at local farm markets

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Last week, I heard from Gloria Meluleni of Coyote Hill Farm in Bernardston about the season’s opening of the Bernardston and Northfield farmers markets — where Coyote Hill sells their great produce. Many of you who read this column will remember Gloria and Ervin from … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Ordinary miracles

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK This past week I’ve thought about Judith and Rachel. My friend Judith Niemi lives in Minneapolis and years ago she said, “I planned to move to the warm south when I got old, but now it feels like the warm south is moving to me.” … 0