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KEVIN GUTTING
The new Atkins Farms market on Cowls Road in the Mill District of North Amherst was at one time a working cow barn.

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in North Amherst. “The mainstay at Atkins has been the produce,” said store manager Matt O’Brien. “It will stare you in the face …

Eat up

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ice cream social The second annual Ice Cream Social will be held at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Once again Herrill’s Ice Cream is donating the ice cream. Steve and Judy Herrell will kick off the event with a short talk on the history …

Let’s Eat: Smoky Corn Polenta with Tomato Salad

Friday, August 28, 2015

Corn often is served the same way in summer — hot on the cob, stirred into chowder or folded in seasonal casseroles. In this easy recipe adapted from Sameh Wadi’s “The New Mediterranean Table,” its sweet kernels are paired with creamy, cheesy polenta and a tomato salad. (The original recipe called for using …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts.

    KEVIN GUTTING A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen.

    DAN LITTLE Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Adam Liccardi, right, talks to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, Tuesday at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Deliberations will continue Wednesday. Liccardi is accused of taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a UMass student.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, right, talks to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, Tuesday at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Deliberations will continue Wednesday. Liccardi is accused of taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a UMass student. Purchase photo reprints »

Zoe’s Fish House, closed since November for renovations, to close for good

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HADLEY — Mired in debt, the owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley will not reopen the restaurant, which closed in November for renovations, according to the property landlord. Jim Sands, who opened Zoe’s at the Hadley location …

Amherst Community Co-op leaders seek more members, schedule meeting Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

AMHERST — As plans to bring a cooperative supermarket to Amherst continue, organizers are trying to double the membership base before conducting a feasibility study that would identify its size, potential location and business plan. The steering committee for the Amherst Community Co-op will meet at 7 p.m. …

Ten fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting

Friday, July 17, 2015

We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, maybe it doesn’t much matter. A thick slab of lightly toasted good quality bread …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy shares her method for home brew

Friday, July 17, 2015

How much does the average ice-coffee-drinking person spend on iced coffee in the summer? Let’s say $3 a day or so. If you buy coffee once or sometimes twice a day you could spend $300 to $500 on iced coffee over the course of the season. Often, I …

Feasting on fruit: Pair peaches, pears and berries with herbs, spices and dairy for delicous dishes

Friday, July 17, 2015

Though fruits and berries can star in any meal, many of them perform divinely with a partner. Think of duos such as apples with cinnamon, for example, or strawberries with the sweet buttery shortcake that highlights them so …

The rich taste of cherries and strawberries marks this rose

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose. Rose is a happy bridge wine between the reds of winter and the …

Eat Up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cake and ice cream Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield, is celebrating 100 years in business Sunday with an afternoon of festivities that includes cake and ice cream at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be …

Drink up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Beer and wine The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting, including food, live music and dancing, is on for Saturday night at Association Hall, 1 Shore Drive, Shutesbury. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Products from Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co., Harpoon …

Valley Bounty: Raspberries

Friday, July 17, 2015

Raspberries Soft and luscious raspberries are perfect item to purchase fresh-picked, not after being transported hundreds of miles. Find them at farmers markets, farmstands, in your CSA share, or from retailers that sell local produce. Try tossing a bowl of berries with a little balsamic vinegar and maple …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Producing a Passionate Presbyterian at 30 Boltwood in Amherst

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I walked into 30 Boltwood, the bar and restaurant at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, were the leather, high backed, circular booths. They looked very cozy, in a room that oozes …