Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Free Harvest Supper Returns!

Clockwise from top left Juanita Nelson, happy crowds, organizer Mary McClintock, fresh picked local beans and radish in vinaigrette
Free Harvest Supper Returns! 

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event under the trees in Greenfield that is completely free to all who attend. The brainchild of Juanita Nelson survives and you are invited to attend August 23 on Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30. Please spread the word and if you know chefs and farmers, invite them to contribute. For more info, visit Free Harvest Supper website quoted below.

The Free Harvest Supper is an annual community event celebrating local food, farms, and community. Additionally, donations collected support the Farmers’ Market Coupon Program established by the Center for Self-Reliance in Amherst.

The supper features a bountiful free meal of locally grown food prepared by locally based chefs, as well as live music, children’s activities, educational displays, and the hugely successful “Really, Really Free Market” where all are welcome to bring home produce from the season’s overflow donated by farmers and gardeners. Diners can enjoy passed fresh appetizers and learn from informational displays while they wait for their meal.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Celebrity Watermelon Visit the Valley

 left to right Peace, Dark Star, Little Baby Flower (photo by RFF)

On Wednesday, August 6, 2015 three stars of the Watermelon Universe will visit a farm in Granby. Prepare yourself for the heft and the rush of watery goodness at RED FIRE FARM in Granby MA from 4 to 7 pm.

Sunday, August 2, 2015



1 local bunch scallions with white part removed, chopped
2 cloves local garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


1. Combine ingredients (green part of green onion/scallions only) into food processor and pulse until creamy. 
2. Serve immediately with salad or cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Mix before serving.


1 large local egg yolk, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 cup vegetable oil/walnut oil/olive oil (olive oil will have flavor of olives)

1. Either blend egg yolk and salt lemon juice and Dijon mustard and whisk together with oil drop by drop or place the egg yolk and salt in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the lemon juice and mustard; blend well. With the motor running, add the oil, drop by drop. This will take a few minutes. Don't rush it or the mayonnaise may "break," meaning the oil will separate from the egg. (Note: If your food processor has a small hole in the feed-tube pusher, pour the oil in there and let it drip through.)
2. Once you've added the oil, sample the mayo and add more salt or lemon juice to taste. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Stir before spreading.

Shout Out to Auburn Public Library Patrons

Greetings Auburn Public Library Patrons! I've been rooting around for local food in your region. Was it just last week that we met in Auburn on that rainy night at the Public Library? 
And was it just that Thursday night that we yearned for more fluidity between yearning for local food and actually getting it? I found a Farmers' Market as close as a mere seven miles away a newly hatched farm called New Lands Farm, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Sutton MA as well as a CSA in Granby MA called Red Fire Farm that delivers weekly to Worcester and finally there is this fabulous farm in Hardwick that distributing local pork, chicken, beef and lamb to a town called Millis, only half an hour away. See below for more info and don't hesitate to contact me if you find new farms or stores when foraging for local food.....


It will mean a 10 minute drive to Worcester but we're talking about a quick one to sample and luxuriate in fresh local food as well as live music and art and stuff for the kids every Saturday from now until October 31. That means you can stock up on stuff for Thanksgiving too at the Worcester Farmers' Market that takes place on Main Street at 104 Murray Avenue at YMCA Fuller Family Park. And yoga in the park there is free until August 8 (just next week.) Check it out....


In Granby MA this farm features a summer, fall, winter, spring, flower, and bread share for people interested in joining the CSA, Community Sponsored Agriculture. Its too late to join Red Fire Farm the summer of '15 share but the farm does deliver to the town of Worcester, so keep it in mind for fall, winter and next summer. To sample the delights of this very established farm that delivers from Granby in western MA to Boston, check out their farm store some weekday or weekend in Granby or visit the website at www.redfirefarm.com.

New Lands Farm 

At 96 Eight Lots Road, Sutton Mass, New Lands Farm is a farmer collective offers an international variety of food from places like the Congo, Burmundi and Bhutan as well as typical New England Summer fare such as corn, tomatoes, eggplant and so forth. There is a farm store as well as the opportunity to join the farm with a share in their CSA, Community Sponsored Agriculture option at the beginning of summer. They can be contacted at 508-754-1121. 

This farm in Hardwick MA delivers its meats to Millis once a month. For about $10 per lb, Chestnut Farm offers eggs, chicken, beef, lamb and pork to share holders. New sign-ups are every six months. For more information, visit the website at http://chestnutfarm.org/

See you soon Auburn Library Patrons and let me now how you make out on the local food front.....xo