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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: Food for all

Saturday, November 10, 2012

By MARY McCLINTOCK Thanks to Nan and her crew at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, I have tasty new recipes for Thanksgiving. Warm Red Cabbage Salad (see below) was the first course of Elmer’s all-local-food Local Harvest dinner last Friday. I think all holidays should be celebrated with local … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Learning from each other

Monday, September 24, 2012

After reading Kemper Carlsen’s Plum Pie recipe in last week’s column, Beth Gilgun wrote from Warwick, saying, “I also grew up in Westchester County — Yonkers, to be exact — and my mother made this plum pie in the fall. The recipe you published is in my Betty … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Celebrating all things apple!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last week’s article about rendering lard sparked several messages from readers. April Weeks from Gray Dog’s Farm, who had encouraged me to try the process, said , “Another nice thing about lard is that, while vegetable oils oxidize into toxic byproducts with cooking heat, animal fats are much … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Got roots?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Several years ago, I held a “root vegetable election” and asked readers to send me “campaign speeches” for their favorite root vegetables. I included those campaign speeches in my column and the special food page before the then-annual Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market. There were … 0

The gift of food

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Last week, I mailed my annual solstice gift to my friend, Anne Dal Vera. Soon, she’ll open a Ziplock bag and take a deep breath of the basil-y scent of summer. My friends appreciate my pesto gifts, but none perhaps as much as Anne. You see, my pesto … 0

Potlucks and sharing recipes

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love potluck meals for many reasons, mostly because I love opportunities to share meals with friends and/or people I’ve yet to meet. Potlucks inevitably expand my cooking horizons as I get a chance to taste dishes I’ve never eaten or even imagined. Recently, I … 0

Collard greens ... and more

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray! This Saturday, Jan. 5, the monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers Market will be open. Great local food, music by Pat and Tex LaMountain, friendly folks, and more will be at the Greenfield High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m. (For information, visit http://greenfieldfarmersmarket.com/). … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a theme

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love getting recipes from friends and folks who read this column, especially different ways to prepare foods I normally fix in my “usual way.” After all, someone else’s “usual” is often different from my “usual.” I was glad to hear from Carl Doerner with … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savoring the unexpected

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, when you think of a particular fruit or vegetable, you think of a few “normal” ways to prepare it. For me, apples are eaten raw whole or cooked into applesauce or baked into apple pies, summer squash gets sauteed with onions … 0

Savoring the Seasons: On the way to

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, you have “regular” farm stands, farm stores, and farmers markets that are on your way to work or school or your best friend’s house, places you stop regularly to get fresh, tasty direct-from-the-farmers-and-their-friends foods. Long-time readers of this column probably know … 0

Savoring the Seasons: How edible is your landscape?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When you look around where you live, do you ask yourself, “How edible is this landscape?” That’s a question I’ve pondered for awhile. Many of us have vegetable gardens, grow food in containers, or raise sprouts in jars on our kitchen counters. And, we’re fortunate … 0

Savoring the Seasons: It's time

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s … … time to get Packham’s Triumph pears at Clarkdale Fruit Farms on Upper Road in Deerfield. They’re my FAVORITE variety of pears and there is a VERY small crop of Packham’s Triumphs this year, so don’t wait! … time to get cider. This … 0