Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the seasons: Fall festival food finds

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the many fall festivals in our communities this month, and I always look for locally grown food at the food booths. While checking Ashfield Fall Festival’s website, I saw this description: “Ashfield food vendors offer seasonal favorites such as home-made fresh pumpkin doughnuts, applesauce sundaes, and apple pie. Local maple products are featured in offerings such as fried dough with maple cream and maple sno-cones.” … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Doing our part

Friday, October 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love a good work party, the satisfaction of seeing a huge heap of firewood transformed into covered, safe-from-the-snow stacks or bushels of apples turned into jars of sauce. While some people think “many hands make light work” is a cliché, I bet they don’t heat their houses with a wood stove! That pile of wood seems daunting when there’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savoring the changing season

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s the equinox, that balancing time when we shift from summer into fall (at least here in New England, it’s spring equinox where my sister lives in Australia). For me, it’s time to savor the end of summer delights, to eat a few more quesadillas with fresh tomatoes and linger over each juicy bite of the last peaches. It’s also … 0

Savoring the Seasons: More tasty festival fun!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What do garlic, mushrooms, and pudding have in common? They’re all foods with western Mass festivals devoted to them in coming weeks. New to wild edible mushrooms? The Fungi Fair on Sept. 20 is a great place to learn about these tasty wild edibles. Hooray … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Spicy and sweet

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What’s your food preserve/storage tally for this week? I’ve put many bags of green beans in the freezer, processed basil, garlic, parsley and olive oil into pesto and squirreled away several bags of ground cherries. I didn’t make pickles, but bought many jars from my … 0

SavoringTheSeasons: Squirreling away food for winter ...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK “The next time I see these green beans, it will be a cold mid-winter day when I pull this bag out of the freezer and pour them into soup I’ll make with stock and meat from a Diemand Farm turkey.” That was my thought on … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Corn, conversations and cookbooks!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Thanks to a kind invitation by Zenaida Diaz, Activities Director at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield, I spent a LOVELY hour last Friday chatting and enjoying locally grown treats with Poet’s Seat residents. We sat around a big table, munching on cherry tomatoes … 0

Savoring The Seasons: All I can do is grin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a lovely evening! For the 10th August in a row, I’m sitting on a Sunday evening writing about another fabulous Free Harvest Supper. I have a big, tired grin on my face and a mind full of many scenes: Jim Zaccara of Hope & … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The power of an idea and community: The 10th annual Free Harvest Supper of locally grown food

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK A month ago, at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Greenfield Farmers Market, I sat on the Greenfield Town Common with two of the market founders, Juanita Nelson and Ann Kretzenger, and talked … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Beets; a root for all seasons

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

By VINSULA HASTINGS (Mary’s Note: I’m on vacation this week. Vinsula’s a recent UMass graduate and great cook who aspires to involve food and local eating in her work.) Since mid July, I’ve been scouting my local farmers markets for beets. Perhaps this sounds strange, since most people … 0

Savoring The Seasons: It’s time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s time... to make “thumb jam” by using your thumb to smash fresh-off-the-vine raspberries onto hot buttered toast. It’s time ... to sit chatting with a friend on the porch while cutting green beans into bite-sized pieces, then blanching and freezing them to enliven winter … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Small-batch preserving

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think of canning, I imagine spending many hours in a hot kitchen with large boxes of produce, big vats of bubbling preserves, and rows of jars coming out of other vats of boiling water. It’s easy to get overwhelmed considering such a scene, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cooking as art with found objects

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think about Hope & Olive chef Maggie Zaccara’s work just before the Free Harvest Supper, I think about “art with found objects.” Before the supper, Maggie has some idea of what she’s going to create to feed 1,000 people, but she doesn’t know … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cherries and chatting

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s the time of year when I get treats at the Greenfield Farmers Market to share with friends at the weekly peace vigil on the Common next to the market. With snap peas, strawberries, or cherry tomatoes, we stand on the Common and munch. Last … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cool meals for hot days

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK On these hot days, I’m eating lots of cool, crunchy vegetables I’ve bought at farmers markets and farm stands. Along with salads, I’ve been munching on sugar snap peas. Cucumbers are my crunchy green vegetable of choice on hot days. I love cucumber sandwiches made … 0