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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring the Seasons: Lessons from Mom and Dad

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I’ve been remembering things I learned or inherited from Mom and Dad. It’s that brief, delicious season when local apricots are available from Clarkdale Fruit Farms and Apex Orchards. I’m savoring their sweetness and remembering picking apricots and making jam and chutney with Mom when I was a kid. I thought of Dad and his love of singing while packing for my annual pilgrimage to a music festival in Michigan. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple now, tasty later

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Roaming through the Greenfield Farmers Market and farmstands this past week has been both a delight and a bit overwhelming. I said something about there being so much fresh, colorful, sure-to-taste-fantastic produce to choose from at the farmers market and a vendor chuckled and said, “Yes, it is July!” Carrots, green beans, tomatoes, fennel, onions, beets, greens, raspberries, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, peppers … … 0

Always writing our community’s food column

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Someday, I’ll write an essay that starts: “It may look like I’m washing dishes, vacuuming, or walking around town, but actually, I’m writing.” I remembered that “someday” essay as I did errands in Greenfield. It looked like I was depositing a check, but actually, this column was brewing in my mind as I talked with Lina, the bank teller, about canning. And, supposedly, … 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