Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Neighbors nourishing neighbors

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors” is the tagline of just one organization I work for — Franklin County Community Meals Program — but it’s what inspires me and all my paid, volunteer and activist work. Here are recent scenes from my life: Jessica from Four Rivers School asking if FCCMP’s food pantries could use tomatoes Four Rivers students will glean from Brookfield … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Vegetables on the Grill

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gazing around the Common at the Free Harvest Supper, I was thrilled to see little kids wearing Mary Hakkinen’s fun balloon hats, older folks chatting with friends, and many people savoring a great meal. Yet, I missed Juanita Nelson and was so grateful Suzette Snow-Cobb brought great life-sized photo cutouts of Wally and … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Passing the baton of the Free Harvest Supper

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I don’t know if Juanita Nelson ever ran a relay race, I know I haven’t since I was a kid in gym class. But somehow, the image of a relay race is what keeps coming to me as we get closer to that magical evening on the Greenfield Town Common called the Free … 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

Savoring the Seasons: Gratitude and frozen vegetables

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Last Thursday, standing in the Western Mass Food Processing Center at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation with many people celebrating the CDC’s 35th anniversary, I turned to friends and said, “What an incredible resource this is! I am soooooo grateful to live in this … 0

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, … 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 … 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: More tasty festival fun!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What do garlic, mushrooms, and pudding have in common? They’re all foods with western Mass festivals devoted to them in coming weeks. New to wild edible mushrooms? The Fungi Fair on Sept. 20 is a great place to learn about these tasty wild edibles. Hooray … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Spicy and sweet

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What’s your food preserve/storage tally for this week? I’ve put many bags of green beans in the freezer, processed basil, garlic, parsley and olive oil into pesto and squirreled away several bags of ground cherries. I didn’t make pickles, but bought many jars from my … 0

SavoringTheSeasons: Squirreling away food for winter ...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK “The next time I see these green beans, it will be a cold mid-winter day when I pull this bag out of the freezer and pour them into soup I’ll make with stock and meat from a Diemand Farm turkey.” That was my thought on … 0