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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Hooray for Farmers Markets!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray! The Greenfield Farmers Market will be back on the Greenfield Town Common starting this coming Saturday, May 2! I look forward to roaming around the market, visiting with farmers and friends I haven’t seen for a while, getting fresh greens to satisfy my “spring fresh green veggies” cravings, tapping my foot to the music, and checking out what the farmers have been growing in their greenhouses. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The cost of locally grown food

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I often think about the price of locally grown food, especially when I hear folks say it costs more to buy local fruit and vegetables than it does to buy fruit and vegetables from “away” at supermarkets. Thanks to the Franklin Regional Council of Government’s “market basket assessment” comparing prices of local produce items at the Greenfield and Turners Falls … 0

Savoring the seasons: More ways to enjoy parsnips!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Wednesday, while bagging groceries at Green Fields Market as part of my co-op member worker hours, I enjoyed working alongside the friendly market staff and chatting with friends and people I’ve never met. We talked a lot about Winter Moon’s wonderful spring dug parsnips that I’d written about in last week’s column. A woman I didn’t know introduced herself and said, “Aren’t … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Small-batch preserving

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think of canning, I imagine spending many hours in a hot kitchen with large boxes of produce, big vats of bubbling preserves, and rows of jars coming out of other vats of boiling water. It’s easy to get overwhelmed considering such a scene, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cooking as art with found objects

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think about Hope & Olive chef Maggie Zaccara’s work just before the Free Harvest Supper, I think about “art with found objects.” Before the supper, Maggie has some idea of what she’s going to create to feed 1,000 people, but she doesn’t know … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cherries and chatting

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s the time of year when I get treats at the Greenfield Farmers Market to share with friends at the weekly peace vigil on the Common next to the market. With snap peas, strawberries, or cherry tomatoes, we stand on the Common and munch. Last … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cool meals for hot days

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK On these hot days, I’m eating lots of cool, crunchy vegetables I’ve bought at farmers markets and farm stands. Along with salads, I’ve been munching on sugar snap peas. Cucumbers are my crunchy green vegetable of choice on hot days. I love cucumber sandwiches made … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Preparing to preserve

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Farm stands and farmers markets are full of early fruit and vegetables, I’ve planted my annual “pesto crop” of basil and parsley, and I’m making summer preserving plans, freezing asparagus for future soups and strawberries for future crisps, ordering blueberries to freeze, and learning how … 0

Savoring the seasons: Solstice = strawberries + scapes + super supper

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday is summer solstice ... the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. To me, solstice is the time for savoring sweet strawberries and producing garlic scape pesto for future use. What are your favorite strawberry recipes? Please share! Never been formally introduced to a … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Serendipity and salads

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the serendipities and synchronicities in life, and often tell friends about my synchronicity du jour. So, I laughed when I saw the email message from my sister with the subject line “Serendipity.” I had just sent Martha my food column that sang the … 0

Mass (At-large) wants big box store, new jobs, to tackle opioid problem

Saturday, June 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — At-large Town Council candidate Isaac Mass says getting a big box store built, economic development and creating jobs, and the opioid problem, are the three biggest issues facing the town over the next three years.  “We need to get a big box store here in Greenfield to … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Local corn = fresh local organic tortillas

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’m always glad to see a message from Michael Docter in my email inbox, especially when the subject line is “Fresh Local Organic Tortillas”! Michael wrote to tell me that Mi Tierra Tortillas are now available in Greenfield. They’re on the menu at Brass Buckle … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Eat local …because you can

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK A bumper sticker on my new-to-me car has a drawing of a canning jar and the words: “I eat local because I can.” Actually, it should say, “I eat local because my neighbors and I … 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