Savoring the Seasons

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 Randall, who grew up in Hadley, worked as a chef in New York City for 25 years after graduating from the French … 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 with the “local Thanksgiving dinner” side to share some urgent news: Turkey ordering just can’t … 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 be great! Fellowship Hall in Shelburne was almost full when I arrived. I headed toward … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Nettles ... not so prickly

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK My, oh my! What a difference a few weeks make in the green world! The big oak, maple and beech trees next to my house have gone from mostly bare branches to fully leafed out in a very short time. After enjoying seeing the bloodroot, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Basic is often best!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’ve had many rhubarb conversations in recent weeks — with my sister Martha in Australia, with Franklin Community Community Meals Program director Sharon Pleasant, and with Frank and Karen Moro at Fisher’s Garage in South Deerfield. When I sent Martha my April 23 food column … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Just showing up

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK One of the bumper stickers I just put on my new-to-me car says “Get involved ... the world is run by those who show up.” I’m grateful for the many folks in our community who do just that, and make things happen. It’s Town Meeting … 0

Savoring the Seasons: A new season begins

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for a new season at the Greenfield Farmers Market! It was great to roam around Court Square last Saturday morning, my eyes soaking up the sight of plants, greens, flowers, preserves, cheeses, honey and more ... and my face grinning as I saw friends … 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