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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring The Seasons: All I can do is grin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a lovely evening! For the 10th August in a row, I’m sitting on a Sunday evening writing about another fabulous Free Harvest Supper. I have a big, tired grin on my face and a mind full of many scenes: Jim Zaccara of Hope & Olive and Magpie Pizza driving up with the truck Foster’s Super Market loaned us to deliver supper food to the Second Congregational … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The power of an idea and community: The 10th annual Free Harvest Supper of locally grown food

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK A month ago, at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Greenfield Farmers Market, I sat on the Greenfield Town Common with two of the market founders, Juanita Nelson and Ann Kretzenger, and talked about the first year of the market. Juanita said, “As I recall, when we did … 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 associate beets with fall and winter. Indeed, beets store well and are at their sweetest … 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

Savoring the Season: Hashing out a recipe

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I didn’t grow up eating corned beef hash, and, until last week, had no idea that hash can be made from many different kinds of meat, not just corned beef. Recently, Nan Parati from Elmer’s in Ashfield sent her weekly email newsletter asking the Elmer’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Do you "soup"?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK After my column about shopping at Ashfield Hardware Store and supporting the many great, locally owned businesses in our community ran, I bumped into Recorder editor Tim Blagg at an event. He asked, “Do you know what’s the oldest business in Greenfield?” I didn’t. Tim … 0

Everyday acts of local choice

Thursday, January 2, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Recently, I’ve been thinking about what matters for each of us and how we express what matters by “voting” with our dollars, whether by donating to our favorite local nonprofits or choosing to eat locally grown food or shop at our favorite locally owned and … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple pleasures

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK While I enjoy elaborate meals, sometimes simple is best. I’ve been thinking about simple pleasures since Gloria Meluleni from Bernardston’s Coyote Hill Farm said her favorite way to eat Gilfeather turnips is boiled, mashed, with butter, salt, and pepper. That’s certainly one of my favorite … 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