The Local Food Report http://capeandislands.org en Blueberry Season in Full Swing on the Cape http://capeandislands.org/post/blueberry-season-full-swing-cape <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blueberry season is in full swing on the Cape. This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Hay visits a local pick-your-own farm in Dennis, and talks with pickers from ages 1 to 96 and from all over the east coast about what they're planning to do with all their berries.</span></p><p>You can find <a href="http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2014/07/pick-your-own-local-food-report.html">links to the recipes people are making</a> on her blog, Diary of a Locavore.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:25 +0000 Elspeth Hay 34159 at http://capeandislands.org Blueberry Season in Full Swing on the Cape Unusual Local Herbs Add Flavor to Summer Dishes http://capeandislands.org/post/unusual-local-herbs-add-flavor-summer-dishes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've probably heard of chervil, lemon basil, and lemon verbena. But have you ever cooked with them? This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hay talks with several local growers about these unusual summer herbs—what the plants are like, and what to do with them in the kitchen.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Below are links to several recipes mentioned in the show:</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 33661 at http://capeandislands.org Unusual Local Herbs Add Flavor to Summer Dishes Local Skate Abundant—But Will Consumers Buy It? http://capeandislands.org/post/local-skate-abundant-will-consumers-buy-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Locals used to call skate a trash fish. But in Asia and Europe, it's considered a delicacy. And as </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hay reports this week on The Local Food Report, these days, it's what many local fishermen are catching. As </span>groundfish<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;landings decline, skate is an increasingly important piece in the puzzle that makes up the local fishery. But can consumers learn to appreciate this under-utilized fish?</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 14281 at http://capeandislands.org Local Skate Abundant—But Will Consumers Buy It? Local Skate Abundant—But Will Consumers Buy It? http://capeandislands.org/post/local-skate-abundant-will-consumers-buy-it-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Locals used to call skate a trash fish. But in Asia and Europe, it's considered a delicacy. And as&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:42:16 +0000 Elspeth Hay 33368 at http://capeandislands.org Local Skate Abundant—But Will Consumers Buy It? Garlic Scapes: An Unusual Veggie That's Handy in the Kitchen http://capeandislands.org/post/garlic-scapes-unusual-veggie-thats-handy-kitchen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've been to a local farmers' market recently, you've probably seen a garlic </span>scape<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They're long, thin curly green stalks with a pointed bud on the end, and they smell just like regular garlic. But what are they exactly? And what do you do with them? This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hay talks with local growers and farmers' market shoppers about this unusual form of garlic and how to cook with it.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 32949 at http://capeandislands.org Garlic Scapes: An Unusual Veggie That's Handy in the Kitchen With Local Strawberries, Variety Makes a Difference http://capeandislands.org/post/local-strawberries-variety-makes-difference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It's obvious that lettuce comes in all sorts of different varieties. Most people know the difference between Romaine and Boston Bibb. But strawberries? In grocery stores, they pretty much all seem the same. That's not true, though, on local farms. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with growers from all over our area about what strawberry varieties they're growing and why.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 32210 at http://capeandislands.org With Local Strawberries, Variety Makes a Difference Black Sea Bass Are Tasty and Back for the Summer http://capeandislands.org/post/black-sea-bass-are-tasty-and-back-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Black sea bass are a small, delicate fish in the grouper family. In 2000 the species were declared over-fished, but today the mid-Atlantic stock is considered rebuilt. This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hay talks with a couple in Chatham who uses a traditional fishing method called weir fishing to catch black sea bass.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 32012 at http://capeandislands.org Black Sea Bass Are Tasty and Back for the Summer Orleans Gardener Tries Grafting for a Healthier Tomato Plant http://capeandislands.org/post/orleans-gardener-tries-grafting-healthier-tomato-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've all heard of grafting grape and apple plants. But tomatoes? This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hay talks with Orleans gardener Joe Leghorn about his quest for the perfect tomato. This year he grafted 96 disease resistant tomato rootstock plants with tomato seedlings grown for their fruit qualities.&nbsp;</span></p><p>You can <a href="http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2014/06/grafting-tomatoes-local-food-report.html">read more</a> about tomato grafting on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 31725 at http://capeandislands.org Orleans Gardener Tries Grafting for a Healthier Tomato Plant Community Farm to Start up on Nantucket http://capeandislands.org/post/community-farm-start-nantucket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As of 2011, Nantucket County had the highest median home prices in the nation. Land is at a premium—which makes starting a farm on the island extremely expensive. This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talks with a Nantucket non-profit working to make it easier to grow food on the island. Their latest project is the development of a community farm, where beginning growers can start a business without having to purchase land for very little overhead cost. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 31355 at http://capeandislands.org Community Farm to Start up on Nantucket Nantucket Farmer Shares Favorite Tomato Varieties and Planting Tips http://capeandislands.org/post/nantucket-farmer-shares-favorite-tomato-varieties-and-planting-tips <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now is the time to get your tomato seedlings in the ground. This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hay talks with Bartlett's Farm vegetable production manager Andrew </span>Spollett<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who grows over 15 acres of tomatoes for the farm. They discuss &nbsp;his favorite varieties and how to take good care of tomato plants once they're in the ground.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 30903 at http://capeandislands.org Nantucket Farmer Shares Favorite Tomato Varieties and Planting Tips