Elspeth Hay

An avid locavore, Elspeth lives in Wellfleet and writes a blog about food. Elspeth is constantly exploring the Cape, Islands, and South Coast and all our farmer's markets to find out what's good, what's growing and what to do with it. Her Local Food Report airs Thursdays at 8:30 on Morning Edition and 5:45pm on All Things Considered, as well as Saturday mornings at 9:30.

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Ever wanted to plant an herb garden, but don't know where to start? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Peter Fossel of Swan River Farm in Dennisport about planning an herb garden.

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Most cooks have heard of broccoli rabe. But what about other rabe varieties? This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with growers at the Orleans Farmers' Market about this spring delicacy from the Brassica family.

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Watercress was introduced to North America hundreds of years ago by European settlers. This week on theLocal Food Report, Elspeth Hay goes foraging for the edible aquatic green in the Herring River in Wellfleet.

You can find a recipe for watercress salad on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore

Seventh graders Simone Rein Bosworth and Tashiana Lynch are standing in Nauset Middle school’s 30 by 50 foot greenhouse, peering into a microscope...

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We've all heard of grafting grape and apple plants. But tomatoes? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth 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.

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Today, most people throw away the skeletons and innards of our fish. But in Ancient Rome, these parts weren't trash—they were food. This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with a chef from Wellfleet who's using the fermented skeletons and innards of small, oily local fish to make a popular sauce from Roman times. 

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Rebecca Lach has always wanted to live on a farm. A few years ago, when she realized that was never going to happen, she decided to do the next best thing: build a chicken coop, and get six backyard laying hens.

For a long time, skate has been considered trash fish. But with local groundfish like haddock and cod increasingly off the menu, home cooks and local chefs are turning more and more to this tasty shark relative. 

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It’s seed ordering time again. While the cold blows in under the doors and through cracks in the windows, the catalogs pour in through the mail. And it’s time to start thinking about this year’s gardens. What are we going to plant? Well, together with his wife, Peter Staaterman runs Longnook Meadows Farm in Truro, and he has an idea.

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They are hairy on the outside. Blood spills out when you open them. On The Local Food Report, 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.

 

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This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a couple in Western Massachusetts who've started a CSA, or community supported agriculture program, for grains & beans. Instead of weekly, the pick-ups are once a year, and members get over 100 pounds of locally grown grains and beans to feed their families through the year. 

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As I travel around the Cape looking for local food stories, I’m often surprised by what I hear. The other day, I met John Carafoli—a world renowned food stylist—known for the artful way he sets up food spreads for events and photographers. I expected to talk about his career. Instead he told me about growing up in Sagamore Village in the 1950s.

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance

Fish is important for good health, but it can be expensive. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with the fishermen and organizers behind a new program called Fish for Families that's working to get high quality local seafood to Cape Cod families in need. You can read more about Fish for Families and find out about the groups behind it on their websites:

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance

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Mattapoisett cookbook author Karen Covey wants you to make apple butter. Her book is called The Coastal Table, and is filled with recipes made with foods from the SouthCoast. 

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According to the EPA, Americans throw out 14 percent of the food we buy. And all but 2 percent of that goes into landfills. But it doesn't have to be that way, and Falmouth resident Mary Ryther has started a composting business that's working to change that. 

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