Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Lessons from Mom and Dad

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I’ve been remembering things I learned or inherited from Mom and Dad. It’s that brief, delicious season when local apricots are available from Clarkdale Fruit Farms and Apex Orchards. I’m savoring their sweetness and remembering picking apricots and making jam and chutney with Mom when I was a kid. I thought of Dad and his love of singing while packing for my annual pilgrimage to a music festival in Michigan. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple now, tasty later

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Roaming through the Greenfield Farmers Market and farmstands this past week has been both a delight and a bit overwhelming. I said something about there being so much fresh, colorful, sure-to-taste-fantastic produce to choose from at the farmers market and a vendor chuckled and said, “Yes, it is July!” Carrots, green beans, tomatoes, fennel, onions, beets, greens, raspberries, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, peppers … … 0

Always writing our community’s food column

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Someday, I’ll write an essay that starts: “It may look like I’m washing dishes, vacuuming, or walking around town, but actually, I’m writing.” I remembered that “someday” essay as I did errands in Greenfield. It looked like I was depositing a check, but actually, this column was brewing in my mind as I talked with Lina, the bank teller, about canning. And, supposedly, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: The Road Less Traveled

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

If you’re like me, you have your “usual routes” that you use to get from home to work, school, friends’ houses, or the grocery store. Across the county or across town, when I’m out in my car, I normally drive the same roads, past the same stores, farms … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a Theme

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Standing in the buffet line at last Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I chatted with a woman I’d never met who told me about a community event that’s happened in Athol for the past four years. She talked about gathering donations from local farmers and gardeners, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Inspired by the Greenfield Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love Saturdays in downtown Greenfield when it’s farmers market season. As the season unfolds, there are always new delights to inspire me. Last Saturday, I was thrilled to see sugar snap peas and garlic scapes along with … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Whose water are you eating?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

“Ahhhh, fresh strawberries!” That’s what I said while standing at my kitchen sink last week rinsing off a BIG strawberry. I inhaled its oh-so-strawberryish scent and then bit into my first fresh strawberry of the season. I grinned as that first one was followed by the second, third, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Juanita’s influence continues

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Were you at Juanita Nelson’s memorial celebration on May 30? I hope many of you were able to be part of the truly “Juanita style” send-off! I had a bad cold, but was at the gathering on the Greenfield Town Common at the end of the farmers market, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Highland cattle both lean and tasty

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hooray for recent rains! While we need more to move beyond the current drought, I hope that the rain eases things for the many farmers and gardeners in our community. One of the great things about the Atlas Farm Spring Festival in May was chatting with many local … 0

Savoring the Seasons: One goose egg equals ...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I am truly blessed to have good friends, some I’ve known for decades, some I’ve known for a very short time. My dearest friend, Pat Lively, lives in Seattle and we only see each other every year or so when she comes to visit. I met Pat in … 0

Savoring the Seasons: More goat!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I love hearing from readers! Thank you for your kind words about my new job! As I told the many people who asked, my new job is part-time and I’ll continue writing this column. In fact, I’m thrilled that The Recorder is taking a step to expand what … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Got Goat?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Until a month or so ago, I had never eaten goat meat, partly because I assumed it would have a strong, gamy flavor that I wouldn’t like. And, when I thought about eating goat, I couldn’t help but think of Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Moe, the four pygmy … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Hooray for Farmers Markets!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray! The Greenfield Farmers Market will be back on the Greenfield Town Common starting this coming Saturday, May 2! I look forward to roaming around the market, visiting with farmers and friends I haven’t seen for a while, getting fresh greens to satisfy my “spring … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The cost of locally grown food

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I often think about the price of locally grown food, especially when I hear folks say it costs more to buy local fruit and vegetables than it does to buy fruit and vegetables from “away” at supermarkets. Thanks to the Franklin Regional Council of Government’s … 0

Savoring the seasons: More ways to enjoy parsnips!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Wednesday, while bagging groceries at Green Fields Market as part of my co-op member worker hours, I enjoyed working alongside the friendly market staff and chatting with friends and people I’ve never met. We talked a lot about Winter Moon’s wonderful spring dug parsnips that I’d written … 0