Savoring the Seasons

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 Eye Bookshop and local libraries have LOTS of books about growing vegetables and there are many local sources of seeds and starter … 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. Look for them at Green Fields Market on Main Street in Greenfield. I never thought … 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 and planted with friends as part of an equinox celebration. I knew the long winter … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Apples galore!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’ve never seen so many apples on the trees in my yard, in local orchards, and on every gnarly planted-long-ago-by-who-knows-who apple tree I come across as I hike in the woods. I’m seeing lots of trees with apples on them that I didn’t even realize … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Living on a small world

Thursday, October 24, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK We do indeed live on a small world, with so many interconnections. I chuckled when I got this message from Susan Olmsted of Greenfield: “I was surprised and delighted to see your reference to Ferdinand’s Restaurant in your column. I waitressed at Ferdinand’s from 1975-1977 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Where's the (local) beef? (or local lamb or pork?)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Happy just-past-the-fall-equinox to everyone in the northern hemisphere and just-past-the-spring-equinox to those in the southern hemisphere, including my twin sister, Martha, who lives in Melbourne, Australia. As I’m busily stocking up on fall storage vegetables (winter squash, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and beets), Martha is … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sooner-than-later pickles

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK My friend, Margo Townley, is a skillful, creative cook. So, when Margo posts on her Facebook page about something she’s cooking, I pay attention. Recently, she mentioned making refrigerator pickles, and I thought, “Ahhh ... almost-instant-gratification pickles! I hope she’ll share her recipe.” We’re in … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Harvest supper, redux

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In 2005, Juanita Nelson said to a group of friends, “How can we encourage more people to eat locally grown food and support local farmers? Twenty years ago, the Greenfield Farmers Market had harvest dinners at the end … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Peach possibilities, now and later

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Peaches! Hooray for fresh, local, juice dripping down your chin and arm all the way to your elbow PEACHES! Are you eating peaches every day like I am? For now, I’m eating peaches as is, with no preparation, and cutting them up into my morning … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Celebrating a harvest of abundance

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’m writing this column right after getting home from the Free Harvest Supper. Once again, my cheeks are sore from grinning, my feet are sore from roaming around the Greenfield Town Common, my mind is full of images of abundance and joy, and my heart … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Late summer delights

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Every season has its delights, and I’m revelling in the delights of late summer. This past week, I’ve enjoyed a picnic of chicken/green bean salad and fresh Bars Farm melon cubes while floating in my kayak watching the moon rise on the Connecticut River, savored … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Growing inspiration

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Ahhh ... As I write this column on Sunday, it is raining and rain is forecast throughout the week. Mr. Indigo Bunting and many bird neighbors are singing in my yard and woods. I’m so grateful the rain and birdsong drought has eased. Several readers … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What food are you growing?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What food are you growing this season? Do you have perennials like asparagus, Turkish rocket, rhubarb, and wintered-over kale producing food right now for spring meals? Or did you take advantage of earlier, warm weather to plant lettuce, greens, peas, and other cool-hardy plants? What … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Find fantastic food and fun at local farm markets

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Last week, I heard from Gloria Meluleni of Coyote Hill Farm in Bernardston about the season’s opening of the Bernardston and Northfield farmers markets — where Coyote Hill sells their great produce. Many of you who read this column will remember Gloria and Ervin from … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Spring Synchronicity

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love “synchronicities” — those “small world” magical happenings where people, topics, and places come together unexpectedly — and I seem to experience them a lot. Last Saturday, I roamed the Greenfield Farmers Market, checking out what fresh vegetables the farmers were offering as the … 0