The Local Food Report http://capeandislands.org en Young Couple Opens Bean to Bar Chocolate Factory in Truro http://capeandislands.org/post/young-couple-opens-bean-bar-chocolate-factory-truro <p>The bean to bar chocolate movement is on the rise. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a young couple in Truro who've opened a chocolate factory. She learns about sourcing beans, how the production process works, and what characteristics make for a top notch chocolate bar.</p><p>You can find a recipe for a chocolate bundt cake and see photos from Chequessett Chocolate's factory on Elspeth's blog, <a href="http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2014/04/chocolate-bundt-cake-local-food-report.html">Diary of a Locavore</a>.</p><p><em>Audio will be posted later today.</em></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 28256 at http://capeandislands.org Young Couple Opens Bean to Bar Chocolate Factory in Truro Can We Bring Back River Herring? One Town is Ready to Try http://capeandislands.org/post/can-we-bring-back-river-herring-one-town-ready-try <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Almost every town in Massachusetts has a Herring River or a Herring Pond. The migration of river herring from sea to coastal streams and ponds once marked an important rite of spring for New Englanders. For centuries, the small, oily fish were valued as both bait and an important food source. But today, taking river herring is illegal in Massachusetts because populations are so low. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 27906 at http://capeandislands.org Can We Bring Back River Herring? One Town is Ready to Try Local Farm Grows 22 Varieties of Mushrooms http://capeandislands.org/post/local-farm-grows-22-varieties-mushrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people are familiar with at least </span>shiitake<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>crimini<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> mushrooms. But there are dozens of other varieties that are both nutritious and incredibly good for you. This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Hay talks with Wesley Price and Troy </span>Janusz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Nantucket Mushrooms in Chatham. The farm grows twenty-two varieties of edible and medicinal mushrooms.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:15:43 +0000 Elspeth Hay 27536 at http://capeandislands.org Local Farm Grows 22 Varieties of Mushrooms Nantucket Mushroom Farm Relocates to Chatham http://capeandislands.org/post/nantucket-mushroom-farm-relocates-chatham <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does it take to grow mushrooms inside? This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Hay talks with mushroom enthusiast and grower Wesley Price of Nantucket Mushrooms, which recently relocated to Chatham. He walks her through the growing process from mycelium to full grown king oysters, pictured here.</span></p><p>You can read more about the growing process on Elspeth's blog, <a href="http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2014/03/mushroom-farming-local-food-report.html">Diary of a Locavore</a>.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 27080 at http://capeandislands.org Nantucket Mushroom Farm Relocates to Chatham Changing Climate Brings Changes in Local Oyster Industry http://capeandislands.org/post/changing-climate-brings-changes-local-oyster-industry <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Vibrio parahaemolyticus</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a bacteria native to North Atlantic waters. When ingested—usually through raw oysters—it makes people sick. Over the past several years, the number of reported cases of </span>Vp<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have increased, but scientists and growers aren't sure why. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 26687 at http://capeandislands.org Changing Climate Brings Changes in Local Oyster Industry Simple Attached Greenhouse Turns Living Space Into Food http://capeandislands.org/post/simple-attached-greenhouse-turns-living-space-food <p>This time of year, we all crave a little green. This week on the Local&nbsp;Food Report, Elspeth&nbsp;Hay talks with Truro resident Arthur Teubner about creating an attached indoor growing space. Arthur's south facing greenhouse was inspired by his time with the New Alchemy Institute in Hatchville. You can read more on Elspeth's blog, <a href="http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2010/02/local-food-report-warm-lush.html" target="_blank">Diary of a Locavore</a>.</p><p>This piece is a rebroadcast from February 18, 2010.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:55:49 +0000 Elspeth Hay 25993 at http://capeandislands.org Simple Attached Greenhouse Turns Living Space Into Food 2014 Guide to Seed Ordering http://capeandislands.org/post/2014-guide-seed-ordering <p>Every year around this time, seed catalogs start pouring in to local mailboxes. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Wellfleet&nbsp;gardener Andrew Cummings about what varieties he's ordering for the 2014 growing season.&nbsp;</p><p>You can read more on Elspeth's blog, <a href="http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2014/02/seed-ordering-2014-local-food-report.html">Diary of a Locavore</a>. And you can click on these links to read her past guides to seed ordering:</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 25564 at http://capeandislands.org 2014 Guide to Seed Ordering A Clam for the Brave of Heart http://capeandislands.org/post/clam-brave-heart <p>They are hairy on the outside. Blood spills out when you open them. On <strong>The Local Food Report</strong>, Elspeth Hay investigates the often off-putting blood clam. And she discovers them - once you get past the blood and the visceral appearance - hearty and delicious.</p><p>Find out more about blood clams, and see Elspeth's recipe, on her blog, <a href="http://www.diaryofalocavore.com/2013/01/the-local-food-report-blood-clams.html" target="_blank">Diary of a Locavore</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 4165 at http://capeandislands.org A Clam for the Brave of Heart "Harvest of the Month" Brings Massachusetts Food to Cape & Islands Schools http://capeandislands.org/post/harvest-month-brings-massachusetts-food-cape-islands-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sourcing local food can be a lot of work for school cafeteria directors, and they already have a tough job. A new statewide program aims to make the process easier: it's called Harvest of the Month, and it's run by the Massachusetts Farm to School Project. This week on the Local Food Report, </span>Elspeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hay talks with </span>Wellfleet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Elementary Cafeteria Manager Tonya Felix about how the program has helped her put local food on the menu.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Elspeth Hay 24816 at http://capeandislands.org "Harvest of the Month" Brings Massachusetts Food to Cape & Islands Schools School Lunch Finances Pose Challenge to Eating Healthy http://capeandislands.org/post/school-lunch-finances-pose-challenge-eating-healthy <div><p><span style="font-family: Cambria; line-height: 20.020000457763672px; text-align: justify;">Most schools across the country have contracts to get their meals from corporate food service providers. These providers are big, often multi-national companies that provide meals to schools, hospitals, and prisons.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Cambria; line-height: 20.020000457763672px; text-align: justify;">They buy huge amounts of food from big, industrial farms at very low prices, making lunch inexpensive for the schools and profitable for the companies. Some schools have exclusive contracts, meaning they can only buy their food from the companies, and others have looser arrangements. Either way, school food budgets are based on these sorts of deals, which means there's very little money available for lunch.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:02:36 +0000 Elspeth Hay 24553 at http://capeandislands.org School Lunch Finances Pose Challenge to Eating Healthy