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Savoring the Seasons

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 soups. It’s time ... to pick blueberries and end up with a blue tongue from taste-testing and many bags in the freezer … 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, and to decide I don’t have the time and energy to preserve the produce I … 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 what she’ll have to work with until the day or two before the event. Then, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Talking about rhubarb

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for spring! Many sizes of daffodils are blooming in my yard, hepatica and bloodroot are blooming in the woods, and the little salad greens I planted in indoor pots on spring equinox are getting closer to the “snip them off and eat them as … 0

Savoring the seasons: Who’s growing your veggies?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Who’s growing the vegetables you’ll eat in coming months? Are you? If so, you’re busy planning your garden and perhaps starting seeds indoors or in a hoophouse or cold frame. Or, you’re considering growing some vegetables this summer and wondering how to get started. World … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Signs of spring!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK More signs of spring are showing up, in my yard and in nearby farm fields. I checked with Michael Docter of Winter Moon Farm in Hadley and he expects to have his SUPERB spring-dug parsnips in local stores by the time this article is published. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sprouts: gardening in a jar

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like most vegetable gardeners I know, you’re busy planning this year’s crops and are eager to start gardening. Many folks are starting seeds indoors or in hoophouses. Last week, I mentioned the salad green seeds, soil, and flats I got at Ashfield Hardware … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Spring will come

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love all four seasons, and I am definitely looking forward to spring. I am noticing early signs of its coming, including returning turkey vultures, courtship song singing cardinals and chickadees, longer days, and the gradual melting of snow in my yard. One sure sign … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple shiitakes

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love mushrooms, but I don’t have a lot of experience with shiitakes. I’ve always enjoyed eating shiitakes when I was served them, but somehow felt a bit intimidated about buying them or growing them. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Rockin' rutabagas

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK No, the title of this column is not the name of a local rock band. It’s the topic of a fun conversation I had with my Conway neighbors Don Walker and Ruth Parnall at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market on March 1. Standing next to … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Peaceful, healing food

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I often get wonderful recipes from people I meet in the community. Recently, I ran into Pat Hynes at a GCC event and she shared her simple but tasty root vegetable recipe (below). We also talked about my participation in the Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Not your average roots

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Tired of your “old standards” root veggie recipes? You’re in luck! Try these great recipes with roots you get at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market this Saturday. Sarah Voiland says early shoppers at the market may find fresh cilantro from Red Fire Farm’s greenhouses. John … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Potluck delights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Food doesn’t have to be elaborate to be delightful ... the Week of Winter Fare local food potlucks in Ashfield and Conway last weekend were proof of that. Purple top turnips mashed with butter, salt, and pepper, squash mashed with apple slices and butter, roast … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Winter fare continues

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I hope you made it to the Greenfield Farmers Market and the beginning of the Week of Winter Fare last Saturday. What a great and tasty celebration of locally grown food! Winter Fare continues this week with potlucks, a film, seed swap, and more (see … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The roots of winter warmth

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a weather roller coaster we’ve been on this past month! COLD, then warm, now COLD again. One of the ways I’m staying warm is enjoying lots of root vegetables, including beets, potatoes, and Gilfeather … 0