Mary McClintock

Activist/Columnist: “Savoring the Seasons,” The Greenfield Recorder

2008 Local Hero Awardee

In 2001, McClintock experienced an epiphany while shopping at her local supermarket: recently inspired by a presentation on eating locally, she saw the processed, packaged, and out-of-season food on the shelves and wondered “Where did this come from? Who brought it? And how can this be good?”

Although she had always shopped farmers’ markets and supported CSAs in the 1980s and ’90s, McClintock was spurred into greater action. Beginning in 2005, she has co-organized Greenfield’s annual Free Harvest Supper of Locally Grown Food. And in 2008, she helped launch the first Week of Winter Fare/Groundhog’s Day Farmers’ Market, organized to demonstrate the many options available for seasonal eating in winter.

Her weekly column for The Recorder is an extension of her commitment to local food. “I’m grateful for the wonderful food grown in my community. Eating locally and sharing my enthusiasm with others is a tangible and tasty way to live my values every day.”

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