Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Grateful for local food

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Last week, I stopped by Elmer’s Store in Ashfield and chatted with Nan Parati — who was excited about the upcoming eighth annual Grateful Harvest Dinner, where every ingredient comes from within 100 miles of Ashfield. Nan was also enthusiastic about Elmer’s new chef, Paul Randall, who grew up in Hadley, worked as a chef in New York City for 25 years after graduating from the French … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Time for a great story

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I debated whether to write my “of course, your whole Thanksgiving dinner will be made from locally-grown food” column for this week — or save it for next week. The “I must share this FABULOUS story NOW!” side won the debate after negotiating a compromise with the “local Thanksgiving dinner” side to share some urgent news: Turkey ordering just can’t … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What's your town's menu?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When Barb Parry invited me to the Shelburne Harvest Dinner in late October, I was glad to accept — and curious to learn more about the Shelburne Agricultural Commission’s “Shelburne Grown” initiative and their work to promote Shelburne’s farms. And, I knew the food would be great! Fellowship Hall in Shelburne was almost full when I arrived. I headed toward … 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

Savoring the Seasons: Preparing to preserve

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Farm stands and farmers markets are full of early fruit and vegetables, I’ve planted my annual “pesto crop” of basil and parsley, and I’m making summer preserving plans, freezing asparagus for future soups and strawberries for future crisps, ordering blueberries to freeze, and learning how … 0

Savoring the seasons: Solstice = strawberries + scapes + super supper

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday is summer solstice ... the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. To me, solstice is the time for savoring sweet strawberries and producing garlic scape pesto for future use. What are your favorite strawberry recipes? Please share! Never been formally introduced to a … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Serendipity and salads

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the serendipities and synchronicities in life, and often tell friends about my synchronicity du jour. So, I laughed when I saw the email message from my sister with the subject line “Serendipity.” I had just sent Martha my food column that sang the … 0

Mass (At-large) wants big box store, new jobs, to tackle opioid problem

Saturday, June 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — At-large Town Council candidate Isaac Mass says getting a big box store built, economic development and creating jobs, and the opioid problem, are the three biggest issues facing the town over the next three years.  “We need to get a big box store here in Greenfield to … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Local corn = fresh local organic tortillas

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’m always glad to see a message from Michael Docter in my email inbox, especially when the subject line is “Fresh Local Organic Tortillas”! Michael wrote to tell me that Mi Tierra Tortillas are now available in Greenfield. They’re on the menu at Brass Buckle … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Eat local …because you can

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK A bumper sticker on my new-to-me car has a drawing of a canning jar and the words: “I eat local because I can.” Actually, it should say, “I eat local because my neighbors and I … 0