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Savoring the Seasons

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 soups. It’s time ... to pick blueberries and end up with a blue tongue from taste-testing and many bags in the freezer … 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, and to decide I don’t have the time and energy to preserve the produce I … 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 what she’ll have to work with until the day or two before the event. Then, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savoring the unexpected

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, when you think of a particular fruit or vegetable, you think of a few “normal” ways to prepare it. For me, apples are eaten raw whole or cooked into applesauce or baked into apple pies, summer squash gets sauteed with onions … 0

Savoring the Seasons: On the way to

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, you have “regular” farm stands, farm stores, and farmers markets that are on your way to work or school or your best friend’s house, places you stop regularly to get fresh, tasty direct-from-the-farmers-and-their-friends foods. Long-time readers of this column probably know … 0

Savoring the Seasons: How edible is your landscape?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When you look around where you live, do you ask yourself, “How edible is this landscape?” That’s a question I’ve pondered for awhile. Many of us have vegetable gardens, grow food in containers, or raise sprouts in jars on our kitchen counters. And, we’re fortunate … 0

Savoring the Seasons: It's time

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s … … time to get Packham’s Triumph pears at Clarkdale Fruit Farms on Upper Road in Deerfield. They’re my FAVORITE variety of pears and there is a VERY small crop of Packham’s Triumphs this year, so don’t wait! … time to get cider. This … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Apples galore!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’ve never seen so many apples on the trees in my yard, in local orchards, and on every gnarly planted-long-ago-by-who-knows-who apple tree I come across as I hike in the woods. I’m seeing lots of trees with apples on them that I didn’t even realize … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Living on a small world

Thursday, October 24, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK We do indeed live on a small world, with so many interconnections. I chuckled when I got this message from Susan Olmsted of Greenfield: “I was surprised and delighted to see your reference to Ferdinand’s Restaurant in your column. I waitressed at Ferdinand’s from 1975-1977 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Where's the (local) beef? (or local lamb or pork?)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Happy just-past-the-fall-equinox to everyone in the northern hemisphere and just-past-the-spring-equinox to those in the southern hemisphere, including my twin sister, Martha, who lives in Melbourne, Australia. As I’m busily stocking up on fall storage vegetables (winter squash, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and beets), Martha is … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sooner-than-later pickles

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK My friend, Margo Townley, is a skillful, creative cook. So, when Margo posts on her Facebook page about something she’s cooking, I pay attention. Recently, she mentioned making refrigerator pickles, and I thought, “Ahhh ... almost-instant-gratification pickles! I hope she’ll share her recipe.” We’re in … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Harvest supper, redux

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In 2005, Juanita Nelson said to a group of friends, “How can we encourage more people to eat locally grown food and support local farmers? Twenty years ago, the Greenfield Farmers Market had harvest dinners at the end … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Peach possibilities, now and later

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Peaches! Hooray for fresh, local, juice dripping down your chin and arm all the way to your elbow PEACHES! Are you eating peaches every day like I am? For now, I’m eating peaches as is, with no preparation, and cutting them up into my morning … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Celebrating a harvest of abundance

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’m writing this column right after getting home from the Free Harvest Supper. Once again, my cheeks are sore from grinning, my feet are sore from roaming around the Greenfield Town Common, my mind is full of images of abundance and joy, and my heart … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Late summer delights

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Every season has its delights, and I’m revelling in the delights of late summer. This past week, I’ve enjoyed a picnic of chicken/green bean salad and fresh Bars Farm melon cubes while floating in my kayak watching the moon rise on the Connecticut River, savored … 0