The Local Food Chain
WCAI’s Local Food Chain is made up of farmers and businesses committed to sustainable farming and local food initiatives throughout the Cape, Islands and South Coast. At WCAI we believe that a vibrant local food community is essential for preserving our region’s economic independence, for fostering the physical wellbeing of our citizens, and for preserving a lifestyle and set of values that defines our community’s unique relationship with the natural world.
The Local Food Chain makes possible The Local Food Report with Elspeth Hay, which airs Thursday morning at 8:35 and afternoon at 5:45, and Saturday morning at 9:35.
Bartlett's Farm on Nantucket
Bartlett's Farm is Nantucket Island's oldest and largest family-owned farm. The Bartlett Family has been farming the same land since arriving on Nantucket in the early 1800's. These days, the farm offers much more than our famous corn and tomatoes. With 10 greenhouses certified organic, greens are harvested daily. The staff in our commercial kitchen creates delicious food to go for every meal, every day, and offers a monthly farm dinner. The garden center has the finest plants and accessories for your home and flower or vegetable garden all year.
Morning Glory Farm
Morning Glory Farm was started in 1975 by James and Deborah Athearn on family land on Meshacket Road. In the first years they cleared a small vegetable plot and room for a barn and pasture for milking cows. Eventually they outgrew the property and seeking a greater market they moved to the end of Meshacket Road in 1979. After several years there, Jim and Debbie decided to build thier own farm stand on the site where it is now. The original building, built in 1981, was an 18x20 foot post and beam. There have been several additions since then, more greenhouses, an employee residence, the vegetable barn with its two farm kitchens and an equipment maintenance building, among other improvements. The fields and crops grew and flourished, and at the present point they are actively working more than 120 acres and hire a staff of up to 100.
Outer Cape Health Services
Outer Cape Health Services operates three centers, two pharmacies and dozens of services and programs serving the eight towns of the Lower and Outer Cape. Our mission is to provide compassionate healthcare to those who live in and visit the eight towns of the Lower and Outer Cape. Outer Cape Health Services recognizes that we live in unique communities where people care about and depend on one another. Access to quality healthcare for all is a critical part of that caring. As a licensed community health center, OCHS provides primary care to patients of all ages. Specialty care services are also available to Outer Cape Health Services primary care patients. OCHS offers same-day episodic care to residents and visitors year round. Outer Cape Health Services provides behavioral health professionals; clinical lab services; and referral services for specialists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cape Cod Healthcare and other specialty practices.
Family-owned and operated since 1992, the Pain D’Avignon bakery was founded with a desire to bring European-style artisan breads to New England. In 2008, Pain D’Avignon expanded to open a French inspired bistro, celebrating the natural bounty of Cape Cod. Located steps away from the Hyannis airport, Pain D'Avignon features elegant, seasonal menus from the mind of Executive Chef, Matthew Tropeano, and a brand new floor-to-ceiling French wine cellar. Open 7 days a week, the café also serves a casual breakfast and lunch, featuring a selection of more than 200 freshly baked breads croissants and pastries. Pain D’Avignon offers live Latin dance music on Wednesday nights from Perry Rossi & "En Fuego" and the spinning beats of DJ Sinnetti every Friday evening, conjuring a séance of European lounge grooves and dance covers. All Pain D’Avignon products are available through wholesale service, delivered daily throughout southern New England, or via direct shipping.