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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: Taking action

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Recently, I came across this powerful quote by Wendell Berry: “Eating is an agricultural act.” Those words are from his essay “The Pleasures of Eating” published in his book “What are People For.” He wrote the essay in response to questions about what “city people” … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Feeding LOTS of people

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By MARY MCLINTOCK Before we served last Wednesday’s community meal, the Second Congregational Church kitchen bustled with Franklin Community Co-op volunteers slicing watermelon, cutting pizza, pouring juice, and serving chips, salsa, and blueberries as appetizers. From Beth Weissman’s 7-year-old granddaughter Skylar Alamed to those of us in our … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Just a few ingredients

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As Amy Clarke and I prepared the free community meal a few weeks ago, we talked about simple, few-ingredient recipes we like. A week later, I had a “four-ingredient dinner” with my friends, Grace Edwards, Sue Tippett, Karen Warren, and Xin Xin Tarren. We enjoyed … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Talking about the weather

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Talking about weather is often considered “small talk” or something to say to a stranger at the bus stop. For me, talking about weather is far from small, it’s an important sharing of news and considering of the world around us. These days, conversations about … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Surf and turf

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I planned to write about garlic scapes after I drove several miles behind a SLOW tractor pulling a trailer with bins of those tasty green curlicues that appear on garlic plants this time of year. Here’s the short version of what I pondered on that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Community, generosity...and cherries!

Monday, June 3, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I meet many generous people through writing this column and volunteering in our community. Last week, like every 4th Wednesday of the month, I helped serve one of the Franklin County Community Meal Program’s meals at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. I’m one of … 0

Savoring he Seasons: Market days are here again!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK This Saturday, April 27, is a day I look forward to all winter long, the opening day of the Greenfield Farmers Market’s summer season. Once again, Court Square at the intersection of Routes 5/10 and 2A in the heart of downtown Greenfield will be busy … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Growing food...together

Monday, April 15, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK This past week I’ve enjoyed salads made with spinach Sue Bridge grew in her greenhouse at Wildside Gardens in Conway. I volunteer weekly at Wildside, and love working alongside Sue, in the greenhouse or forest garden or among her perennial vegetable plantings. We have great … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Food for all

Saturday, November 10, 2012

By MARY McCLINTOCK Thanks to Nan and her crew at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, I have tasty new recipes for Thanksgiving. Warm Red Cabbage Salad (see below) was the first course of Elmer’s all-local-food Local Harvest dinner last Friday. I think all holidays should be celebrated with local … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Learning from each other

Monday, September 24, 2012

After reading Kemper Carlsen’s Plum Pie recipe in last week’s column, Beth Gilgun wrote from Warwick, saying, “I also grew up in Westchester County — Yonkers, to be exact — and my mother made this plum pie in the fall. The recipe you published is in my Betty … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Celebrating all things apple!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last week’s article about rendering lard sparked several messages from readers. April Weeks from Gray Dog’s Farm, who had encouraged me to try the process, said , “Another nice thing about lard is that, while vegetable oils oxidize into toxic byproducts with cooking heat, animal fats are much … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Got roots?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Several years ago, I held a “root vegetable election” and asked readers to send me “campaign speeches” for their favorite root vegetables. I included those campaign speeches in my column and the special food page before the then-annual Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market. There were … 0