Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the seasons: Fall festival food finds

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the many fall festivals in our communities this month, and I always look for locally grown food at the food booths. While checking Ashfield Fall Festival’s website, I saw this description: “Ashfield food vendors offer seasonal favorites such as home-made fresh pumpkin doughnuts, applesauce sundaes, and apple pie. Local maple products are featured in offerings such as fried dough with maple cream and maple sno-cones.” … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Doing our part

Friday, October 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love a good work party, the satisfaction of seeing a huge heap of firewood transformed into covered, safe-from-the-snow stacks or bushels of apples turned into jars of sauce. While some people think “many hands make light work” is a cliché, I bet they don’t heat their houses with a wood stove! That pile of wood seems daunting when there’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savoring the changing season

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s the equinox, that balancing time when we shift from summer into fall (at least here in New England, it’s spring equinox where my sister lives in Australia). For me, it’s time to savor the end of summer delights, to eat a few more quesadillas with fresh tomatoes and linger over each juicy bite of the last peaches. It’s also … 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

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