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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Apples — caked, cobblered and hasselbacked!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wow, there are a LOT of apples on the apple trees this year! Every tree I’ve seen, including old trees in my yard, now-wild trees in the woods by old homesites, trees in local orchards, and even the old apple tree next to the town dock on Isle Au Haut in Maine (where I just spent some time) are overflowing … 0

Savoring the Seasons: All things garlic

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Where will you be this coming weekend? If you’re like me and thousands of our New England neighbors, you’ll be at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange. Love garlic? The Festival is clearly Garlic Central with opportunities to learn about and taste all things garlic, even garlic ice cream made … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Before it’s too late …

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK For me, there’s a point in every food’s season where I realize “the end is near!” For melons, tomatoes, cucumbers and corn, that moment happened last week while I was shopping at The Bars Farmstand, Atlas Farm’s store and Clarkdale Fruit Farms. I looked around at the overflowing fruit and vegetable displays and thought, “Uh, oh! I wonder how much … 0

Savoring the Seasons: After all, everyone eats ...!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I worked at World Eye Bookshop years ago, the last week before Christmas was when people wandered in searching for gifts for the hard-to-get-gifts-for people on their holiday shopping lists. We loved the fun challenge of helping them figure out something they would enjoy … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of local food

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s that time, when many of us think about gifts we’ll give by the end of the year. For me, that includes mailing gifts to friends in Seattle, California, and Antarctica, and to my sister in Australia. I won’t tell you what I’m sending because … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Gratitude & generosity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK The bumper sticker on the upper corner of my windshield says, “Driver Singing.” I often have songs running through my head and I sing aloud a lot, although I try to be socially appropriate and not sing out loud in public places too often! Two … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Thanksgiving lessons, gratefully learned

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK We’ll be telling stories about “the Thanksgiving when it snowed, the power went out, and we improvised Thanksgiving dinner” for decades to come. We’re a resourceful bunch! I’ve heard of, or experienced, turkey cooked on outdoor gas grills, lots of candles, wearing a headlamp to … 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