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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Lessons from Mom and Dad

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I’ve been remembering things I learned or inherited from Mom and Dad. It’s that brief, delicious season when local apricots are available from Clarkdale Fruit Farms and Apex Orchards. I’m savoring their sweetness and remembering picking apricots and making jam and chutney with Mom when I was a kid. I thought of Dad and his love of singing while packing for my annual pilgrimage to a music festival in Michigan. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple now, tasty later

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Roaming through the Greenfield Farmers Market and farmstands this past week has been both a delight and a bit overwhelming. I said something about there being so much fresh, colorful, sure-to-taste-fantastic produce to choose from at the farmers market and a vendor chuckled and said, “Yes, it is July!” Carrots, green beans, tomatoes, fennel, onions, beets, greens, raspberries, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, peppers … … 0

Always writing our community’s food column

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Someday, I’ll write an essay that starts: “It may look like I’m washing dishes, vacuuming, or walking around town, but actually, I’m writing.” I remembered that “someday” essay as I did errands in Greenfield. It looked like I was depositing a check, but actually, this column was brewing in my mind as I talked with Lina, the bank teller, about canning. And, supposedly, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The new normal

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I don’t know what 21st century phrase means “repeating yourself like a broken record,” but I’m feeling like just that as I write this column the day after the first Greenfield Winter Farmers Market of 2015. The broken record is saying “Wow! It’s amazing there’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Learning about carrots and chutney

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I love raw carrots and carrot salads, but generally don’t enjoy cooked carrots. So, on Christmas, I was a bit surprised to find myself asking for seconds (and was it thirds?) of my friend Yvonne’s carrot dish. It turns out Yvonne doesn’t normally like cooked carrots either, but … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savor this season’s delights!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Solstice has passed and here in the northern hemisphere, we’re beyond the longest night of the year. While days will slowly get longer, there are still months of winter ahead. I’m writing this column on Sunday when a bit of snow makes it looks like … 0

Savoring the Seasons: After all, everyone eats ...!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I worked at World Eye Bookshop years ago, the last week before Christmas was when people wandered in searching for gifts for the hard-to-get-gifts-for people on their holiday shopping lists. We loved the fun challenge of helping them figure out something they would enjoy … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of local food

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s that time, when many of us think about gifts we’ll give by the end of the year. For me, that includes mailing gifts to friends in Seattle, California, and Antarctica, and to my sister in Australia. I won’t tell you what I’m sending because … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Gratitude & generosity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK The bumper sticker on the upper corner of my windshield says, “Driver Singing.” I often have songs running through my head and I sing aloud a lot, although I try to be socially appropriate and not sing out loud in public places too often! Two … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Thanksgiving lessons, gratefully learned

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK We’ll be telling stories about “the Thanksgiving when it snowed, the power went out, and we improvised Thanksgiving dinner” for decades to come. We’re a resourceful bunch! I’ve heard of, or experienced, turkey cooked on outdoor gas grills, lots of candles, wearing a headlamp to … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Got recipes?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Before starting this column in 2007, I didn’t think much about recipes and I certainly didn’t talk about them. I had (and still have) a passion for locally grown food and appreciated creative, tasty ways to prepare it, but I mostly stuck to a few … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Preserving and storing the harvest

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK After several busy weekends, I was glad to be in Greenfield last Saturday morning to shop at the Farmers Market and stand in the Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil on the Town Common. As I put on my “Peace Begins When the Hungry are Fed” apron, … 0