Hilltown Families

And then the sun came out—really hard! With strong, harsh, x-ray-type rays and lots of humidity (that I actually found quite pleasant, but apparently I’m the only one around here who...

If you have ever been to the Jazz Fest in New Orleans and had some of Skippy and Wanda’s cochon de lait po-boys, you will be here before you even finished...

We’re frying turkeys (first you inject them with the Cajun Injector, then you fry them, whole in the big rig Gus is bringing with him!) Cajuns like to cook and when...

Summertime and the Porkchops are Grilling . . . BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Ice cream man! Ice cream man! Ice cream man’s gonna be at Elmer’s this Friday night!...

Notes from Nan: Run For Somebody’s Life BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Hey! Don’t forget the RELAY FOR LIFE at the Franklin County Fair Grounds, in Greenfield on Friday and...

Later that day at my other job, I decided to conduct an informal poll amongst my older coworkers. I would walk up to them, show them a marker and ask “what...

And speaking of authentic good food from other places, we have our guest chef Neftali from Mexico (who makes our El Jardin bread) coming back to cook for us this week!...

Notes from Nan: Big Elmer as a Real Girl! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Those of you who can remember me probably never thought of me as a girl-girl. Or,...

Notes from Nan: Weather’s Good, We’re All Out to Lunch BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I want you to know that for two days last week, the weather in Ashfield...

Hey! Stick your head in the kitchen door and check out our new Barca-Stova-Lounger! We got a stove with more burners than God’s got children and from what I understand, it...

Notes from Nan: Hula Hooping: Harder Thank it Looks BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati One day back when I was in about my twenties, I was sitting cross-legged on the...

At the Red Rooster, they use naught but paper plates and plastic forks, Velveeta Cheese and Wonder Bread. And every-body smokes cigarette after cigarette. I had a bacon, egg and cheese...

Notes from Nan: From Rob and Donna, but not me… BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati I always wake up in the middle of the night and think of things I...

Notes from Nan: Commercial BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Ring . . . . . Ring . . . . Ring . . . . Ring . . . ....

Notes from Nan: Dress Like a Pirate, a Parrothead, or Just Like Someone On Vacation! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Caribbean Night Menu at Elmers (Friday 02/29) Dress like a...

Notes from Nan: What we all look like over here! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati So I’ve been reading Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio; the book of short stories that was...

Notes from Nan: And the Crowd Leaps to its Feet! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Thank you! Thank you! You have no idea how wonderful it is to be here...

I’m still waiting to hear from some of you who look longingly at our shelves, searching for that item of food that reminds you of your childhood. Just let me know...

So, ever since I went to the conference, I’ve been trying to figure out how we can sell everything we have here at Elmer’s without using any packaging whatsoever (Hold out...

Congratulations To Kettle Foods (whose delicious potato chips we proudly carry) for being featured on NBC Nightly News for having the most environmentally efficient plant or something. Watch the video. Pretty...

Notes from Nan: Holidays All Over the Place! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati December 31st, 2007 Dear Diary, You know what I’m wearing right now? My pajamas, and I am...

I am not sure what we are having for non-fish-eating vegetarians and others, but I do know that it will be the same menu after the word “Fish.” I’m just not...

Being a grocer is hard. You have to anticipate and plan and order things weeks in advance. You have to see into the future. You have to know that if there...

Peggy has passed the grocery torch from her steady, capable hands to my trembling, sweaty ham-fists. Although I have already dropped it a few times, I’m determined to get to a...

And the snow came in just in time! I had actually ordered it for Friday, and what I wanted was just a light fluffy bit, not too cold, not too frozen...

Notes from Nan: Big Doings This Weekend BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Fanfare: Brp Br dr Brp Brp Baaaaaaah!: CRAFTED IN THE VILLAGE HAPPENS THIS WEEKEND! So, here at the...

Notes from Nan: Crafted in the Village BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Enjoy an old-fashioned kind of Christmas this weekend in Ashfield with Crafted in the Village A Weekend-Long Celebration...

Notes from Nan: Happy Thanksgiving! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati For those of you who snickered at me putting up my storm windows yesterday in the snow, well for you...

Here's a good word: Crafternoons -- that's what we have at 2pm on Saturday afternoons when everyone brings the crafts they're working on. I thought of that at 4:00 this morning....

Notes From Nan: Chicken Stew & Biscuits BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati New! New! New! Everything is new in the world of time these days! New Nightlight Savings Time (11/04/07...