Savoring the Seasons

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 & Olive and Magpie Pizza driving up with the truck Foster’s Super Market loaned us to deliver supper food to the Second Congregational … 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 about the first year of the market. Juanita said, “As I recall, when we did … 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 associate beets with fall and winter. Indeed, beets store well and are at their sweetest … 0

Potlucks and sharing recipes

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love potluck meals for many reasons, mostly because I love opportunities to share meals with friends and/or people I’ve yet to meet. Potlucks inevitably expand my cooking horizons as I get a chance to taste dishes I’ve never eaten or even imagined. Recently, I … 0

Collard greens ... and more

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray! This Saturday, Jan. 5, the monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers Market will be open. Great local food, music by Pat and Tex LaMountain, friendly folks, and more will be at the Greenfield High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m. (For information, visit http://greenfieldfarmersmarket.com/). … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a theme

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love getting recipes from friends and folks who read this column, especially different ways to prepare foods I normally fix in my “usual way.” After all, someone else’s “usual” is often different from my “usual.” I was glad to hear from Carl Doerner with … 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