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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: What we ate in Ashfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This week I have much more to say than can possibly fit in one column! I’ll share more in coming weeks. For now, my mind and heart is full of wonderful community from the Ashfield Local Food Potluck and Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market. And, my tastebuds smile with memories of tasty food. At both events, we talked about missing Juanita Nelson, being grateful for her Winter Fare vision, and … 0

Savoring the seasons: Juanita’s Winter Fare legacy lives on

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Juanita Nelson forever changed my experience of Groundhog Day. Until 2007, Groundhog Day meant a weather-forecasting large rodent in Pennsylvania and the time of year I noticed the sun staying up a bit longer in the afternoon. Then, in January 2007, Juanita talked to some of us who’d helped her organize the Free Harvest Supper of Locally Grown Food each August starting in … 0

McClintock/Savoring the Seasons: Hundreds of ways to enjoy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Last Friday afternoon, a friend and I had great fun at the Textile Company selecting bright batik fabrics we’ll make into tank tops. Gazing at the many colors, I thought about a favorite poem of mine. By Rumi, it says “Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are hundreds of … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What’s cooking in your pot?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Standing in the chilly breeze at the Greenfield Peace Vigil last Saturday, I thought “It’s time to make my first chicken/leek/rice/chard soup of the season.” From email messages I received this past week, I’m not the only one … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Pumpkin Fries! Ginger Plumb Tart!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I’m always thrilled when readers send me recipes or chat with me about my column. Recently, I’ve had many lovely encounters, including visits with Jay Lord at the Greenfield Farmers Market, where he’s promoting Just Roots’ Just Soup and their Just Soup CSA. He’ll be at the market … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 bib...it'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