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Savoring the Seasons

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 Randall, who grew up in Hadley, worked as a chef in New York City for 25 years after graduating from the French … 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 with the “local Thanksgiving dinner” side to share some urgent news: Turkey ordering just can’t … 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 be great! Fellowship Hall in Shelburne was almost full when I arrived. I headed toward … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Not your average roots

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Tired of your “old standards” root veggie recipes? You’re in luck! Try these great recipes with roots you get at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market this Saturday. Sarah Voiland says early shoppers at the market may find fresh cilantro from Red Fire Farm’s greenhouses. John … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Potluck delights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Food doesn’t have to be elaborate to be delightful ... the Week of Winter Fare local food potlucks in Ashfield and Conway last weekend were proof of that. Purple top turnips mashed with butter, salt, and pepper, squash mashed with apple slices and butter, roast … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Winter fare continues

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I hope you made it to the Greenfield Farmers Market and the beginning of the Week of Winter Fare last Saturday. What a great and tasty celebration of locally grown food! Winter Fare continues this week with potlucks, a film, seed swap, and more (see … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The roots of winter warmth

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a weather roller coaster we’ve been on this past month! COLD, then warm, now COLD again. One of the ways I’m staying warm is enjoying lots of root vegetables, including beets, potatoes, and Gilfeather … 0

Savoring the Season: Hashing out a recipe

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I didn’t grow up eating corned beef hash, and, until last week, had no idea that hash can be made from many different kinds of meat, not just corned beef. Recently, Nan Parati from Elmer’s in Ashfield sent her weekly email newsletter asking the Elmer’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Do you "soup"?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK After my column about shopping at Ashfield Hardware Store and supporting the many great, locally owned businesses in our community ran, I bumped into Recorder editor Tim Blagg at an event. He asked, “Do you know what’s the oldest business in Greenfield?” I didn’t. Tim … 0

Everyday acts of local choice

Thursday, January 2, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Recently, I’ve been thinking about what matters for each of us and how we express what matters by “voting” with our dollars, whether by donating to our favorite local nonprofits or choosing to eat locally grown food or shop at our favorite locally owned and … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple pleasures

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK While I enjoy elaborate meals, sometimes simple is best. I’ve been thinking about simple pleasures since Gloria Meluleni from Bernardston’s Coyote Hill Farm said her favorite way to eat Gilfeather turnips is boiled, mashed, with butter, salt, and pepper. That’s certainly one of my favorite … 0

Savoring the Seasons: As the Valley gives...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, the past few weeks have brought you many reminders that tomorrow, Dec. 12, is Valley Gives, the 24-hour online celebration of generosity. For the second year, organizations from all over western Mass are working together to encourage area residents to support … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of learning

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK In my teens in California and 20s in western Massachusetts, my first work was as a camp counselor and outdoor leader. Thanks to GCC Art professor Joan Rising, I found GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program in 1981. I remembered my time learning at GCC and leading … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The real cost of food

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone say “Local food is great, but it costs too much. I can’t afford it.” It’s true, locally grown food sometimes has a higher retail price than food shipped from far away. But when I think … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Preparing for Winter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Planning has begun for Franklin County Week of Winter Fare, which starts Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with workshops, displays and special events at the monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers Market at Greenfield High School. The week continues from Feb. 1 until … 0