Savoring the Seasons

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 Eye Bookshop and local libraries have LOTS of books about growing vegetables and there are many local sources of seeds and starter … 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. Look for them at Green Fields Market on Main Street in Greenfield. I never thought … 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 and planted with friends as part of an equinox celebration. I knew the long winter … 0

Savoring the Seasons: As the Valley gives...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, the past few weeks have brought you many reminders that tomorrow, Dec. 12, is Valley Gives, the 24-hour online celebration of generosity. For the second year, organizations from all over western Mass are working together to encourage area residents to support … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of learning

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK In my teens in California and 20s in western Massachusetts, my first work was as a camp counselor and outdoor leader. Thanks to GCC Art professor Joan Rising, I found GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program in 1981. I remembered my time learning at GCC and leading … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The real cost of food

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone say “Local food is great, but it costs too much. I can’t afford it.” It’s true, locally grown food sometimes has a higher retail price than food shipped from far away. But when I think … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Preparing for Winter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Planning has begun for Franklin County Week of Winter Fare, which starts Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with workshops, displays and special events at the monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers Market at Greenfield High School. The week continues from Feb. 1 until … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Taking action

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Recently, I came across this powerful quote by Wendell Berry: “Eating is an agricultural act.” Those words are from his essay “The Pleasures of Eating” published in his book “What are People For.” He wrote the essay in response to questions about what “city people” … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Feeding LOTS of people

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By MARY MCLINTOCK Before we served last Wednesday’s community meal, the Second Congregational Church kitchen bustled with Franklin Community Co-op volunteers slicing watermelon, cutting pizza, pouring juice, and serving chips, salsa, and blueberries as appetizers. From Beth Weissman’s 7-year-old granddaughter Skylar Alamed to those of us in our … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Just a few ingredients

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As Amy Clarke and I prepared the free community meal a few weeks ago, we talked about simple, few-ingredient recipes we like. A week later, I had a “four-ingredient dinner” with my friends, Grace Edwards, Sue Tippett, Karen Warren, and Xin Xin Tarren. We enjoyed … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Talking about the weather

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Talking about weather is often considered “small talk” or something to say to a stranger at the bus stop. For me, talking about weather is far from small, it’s an important sharing of news and considering of the world around us. These days, conversations about … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Surf and turf

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I planned to write about garlic scapes after I drove several miles behind a SLOW tractor pulling a trailer with bins of those tasty green curlicues that appear on garlic plants this time of year. Here’s the short version of what I pondered on that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Community, generosity...and cherries!

Monday, June 3, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I meet many generous people through writing this column and volunteering in our community. Last week, like every 4th Wednesday of the month, I helped serve one of the Franklin County Community Meal Program’s meals at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. I’m one of … 0

Savoring he Seasons: Market days are here again!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK This Saturday, April 27, is a day I look forward to all winter long, the opening day of the Greenfield Farmers Market’s summer season. Once again, Court Square at the intersection of Routes 5/10 and 2A in the heart of downtown Greenfield will be busy … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Growing food...together

Monday, April 15, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK This past week I’ve enjoyed salads made with spinach Sue Bridge grew in her greenhouse at Wildside Gardens in Conway. I volunteer weekly at Wildside, and love working alongside Sue, in the greenhouse or forest garden or among her perennial vegetable plantings. We have great … 0