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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a Theme

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Standing in the buffet line at last Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I chatted with a woman I’d never met who told me about a community event that’s happened in Athol for the past four years. She talked about gathering donations from local farmers and gardeners, supplementing that with food paid for with donations, and producing a harvest meal for the community. She said they’ve had about 400 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Inspired by the Greenfield Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love Saturdays in downtown Greenfield when it’s farmers market season. As the season unfolds, there are always new delights to inspire me. Last Saturday, I was thrilled to see sugar snap peas and garlic scapes along with the many greens. Fungi Ally was there with fresh and dried mushrooms they’d grown as … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Whose water are you eating?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

“Ahhhh, fresh strawberries!” That’s what I said while standing at my kitchen sink last week rinsing off a BIG strawberry. I inhaled its oh-so-strawberryish scent and then bit into my first fresh strawberry of the season. I grinned as that first one was followed by the second, third, fourth, and …. It’s time to indulge in strawberries every day during my annual “fix” … 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

Savoring the Seasons: Corn, conversations and cookbooks!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Thanks to a kind invitation by Zenaida Diaz, Activities Director at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield, I spent a LOVELY hour last Friday chatting and enjoying locally grown treats with Poet’s Seat residents. We sat around a big table, munching on cherry tomatoes … 0

Savoring The Seasons: All I can do is grin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a lovely evening! For the 10th August in a row, I’m sitting on a Sunday evening writing about another fabulous Free Harvest Supper. I have a big, tired grin on my face and a mind full of many scenes: Jim Zaccara of Hope & … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The power of an idea and community: The 10th annual Free Harvest Supper of locally grown food

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK A month ago, at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Greenfield Farmers Market, I sat on the Greenfield Town Common with two of the market founders, Juanita Nelson and Ann Kretzenger, and talked … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Beets; a root for all seasons

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

By VINSULA HASTINGS (Mary’s Note: I’m on vacation this week. Vinsula’s a recent UMass graduate and great cook who aspires to involve food and local eating in her work.) Since mid July, I’ve been scouting my local farmers markets for beets. Perhaps this sounds strange, since most people … 0

Savoring The Seasons: It’s time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s time... to make “thumb jam” by using your thumb to smash fresh-off-the-vine raspberries onto hot buttered toast. It’s time ... to sit chatting with a friend on the porch while cutting green beans into bite-sized pieces, then blanching and freezing them to enliven winter … 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