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Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley to reopen this summer after renovations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HADLEY — Closed for renovations since October, Zoe’s Fish House may reopen in six to eight weeks, according to owner Jim Sands. Sands, of Goshen, said renovations have taken several months longer than anticipated. The restaurant used to be in its own freestanding building, and when renovations are completed it will be connected to the neighboring building complex, which presented a host of issues, he said. Sands said Zoe’s will …

Sweet ride: Florence couple peddles pastries from a bicycle cart

Friday, May 15, 2015

At the Tuesday outdoor market in downtown Northampton where vendors set up under tents, at tables and out of pick-up truck beds, Caleb and Emily Langer stand out. They sell their sweets from a pastry case sitting atop a three-wheel bicycle. “We’ll have people come up and see our logo, and say, ‘What’s …

Valley Bounty: Asparagus

Friday, May 15, 2015

Asparagus Count yourself lucky to live in a place where the season’s premier crop is available at dozens of roadside stands. Although as recently as 1989, we grew more asparagus than we consumed in the United States, we now import 90 percent of our asparagus. To help you buck that trend, we offer …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton.

    KEVIN GUTTING Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

New England’s snowy winter pushes back gardening season

Monday, April 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands …

Mmmm Mmmm Maple: Savoring the first crop of the season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is it possible to think of maple syrup as a vegetable? It’s a bit of a stretch, yet it’s a plant food, and plant foods are classified as vegetables, fruits, legumes and cereals. It’s definitely not a legume …

Valley Bounty: Jams and Preserves

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jams and Preserves A well-stocked pantry can upgrade easy every day meals and snacks to special ones with a minimum of on-the-spot effort. Try hot pepper jelly on crackers with goat cheese; apricot jam, spread between the layers …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou gets Shakespearean

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friends, Romans, Northamptonmen (and women), lend me your cooking ears. I come to praise my Caesar Salad dressing, not to bury it. While “real” Caesar salad dressing involves fresh egg yolks and olive oil, I like to make a thicker and more stable refrigerator version using mayonnaise. Having …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Just perfect

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My dinner at home was set in motion — the salmon fillets were marinating, and the sweet potato and veggies were in the oven. With time to spare, I thought I’d treat myself to a before-dinner cocktail. But …

Eat Up

Friday, April 10, 2015

FARMERS MARKETS Area farmers markets are opening soon. The Amherst Farmers Market begins its season April 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Spring Street parking lot. The Tuesday market in Northampton begins April 28 from …

Valley Bounty: Wheatberries

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wheatberries Locally grown wheatberries offer an alternative to pasta, rice or other grains in salads, sides and main dishes. Wheatberries are flavorful and hearty even when fully cooked, making them a satisfying and assertive partner in many dishes. …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy does Manhattan

Friday, April 10, 2015

You could set your watch by my father’s nightly Manhattan. His favorite cocktail. 5 p.m. on the dot. Pretty much every night. Manhattan, 5 o’clock. When he was visiting my house from his Florida residence and I would get home a little past 5 from work, he would …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, April 10, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 12 p.m, Jack’s Abby beer, 4 p.m., Charles River wines; Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Brewmaster Jack; Friday, 4:30 p.m., Vineyard Road WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: …

Gussy up your salad by breaking it down and jarring it up

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Too often, a salad is served out of obligation. We feel it is something we have to do to make the meal complete, but really don’t want to. And too often that’s why the salads we serve aren’t …