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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Apples — caked, cobblered and hasselbacked!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wow, there are a LOT of apples on the apple trees this year! Every tree I’ve seen, including old trees in my yard, now-wild trees in the woods by old homesites, trees in local orchards, and even the old apple tree next to the town dock on Isle Au Haut in Maine (where I just spent some time) are overflowing … 0

Savoring the Seasons: All things garlic

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Where will you be this coming weekend? If you’re like me and thousands of our New England neighbors, you’ll be at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange. Love garlic? The Festival is clearly Garlic Central with opportunities to learn about and taste all things garlic, even garlic ice cream made … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Before it’s too late …

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK For me, there’s a point in every food’s season where I realize “the end is near!” For melons, tomatoes, cucumbers and corn, that moment happened last week while I was shopping at The Bars Farmstand, Atlas Farm’s store and Clarkdale Fruit Farms. I looked around at the overflowing fruit and vegetable displays and thought, “Uh, oh! I wonder how much … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Yogurt for late summer: savory and sweet

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

When Recorder Editor George Forcier mentioned a food page focused on yogurt, I must confess the first thing I thought about yogurt was far from local. For the past several years, I’ve followed the adventures of a British woman named Sarah Outen who’s on the last leg of … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Neighbors nourishing neighbors

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors” is the tagline of just one organization I work for — Franklin County Community Meals Program — but it’s what inspires me and all my paid, volunteer and activist work. Here are recent scenes from … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Vegetables on the Grill

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gazing around the Common at the Free Harvest Supper, I was thrilled to see little kids wearing Mary Hakkinen’s fun balloon hats, older folks chatting with friends, and many people savoring a great meal. Yet, I missed Juanita … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Passing the baton of the Free Harvest Supper

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I don’t know if Juanita Nelson ever ran a relay race, I know I haven’t since I was a kid in gym class. But somehow, the image of a relay race is what keeps coming to me as … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What to do with all that zucchini?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

When I was 7 or 8 years old, Mom planted TOO MUCH zucchini. That meant she served zucchini OFTEN! I don’t remember my opinion of zucchini before that summer … but by the end of it, I knew … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Grab a's peach season!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

While you read today’s Recorder Food page, I’ll be camping at a music festival in the woods in Michigan. By now, I will have eaten all of the western Mass. peaches I packed for my road trip and will be eating the tasty peaches grown in western Michigan. … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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