The Local Food Report

with Elspeth Hay

The Local Food Report can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:35am and afternoon at 5:45pm, and Saturday morning at 9:35.

An avid locavore, Elspeth lives in Wellfleet and writes a blog about food, Diary of a Locavore. 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.

The Local Food Report is produced by Jay Allison and Viki Merrick of Atlantic Public Media.

The Local Food Report is made possible by the support of the Local Food Chain.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Local Blueberry Varieties Come in All Colors, Flavors, and Sizes

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Have you ever noticed how some blueberries are light blue and others are dark navy? How some are tart and some are sweet? Some tiny and some huge? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with the owner of a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Dennis about what varieties he grows and why. You can learn more about both wild and domesticated blueberry varieties and find a recipe for blueberry buckle on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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The Local Food Report
8:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Blueberry Season in Full Swing on the Cape

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Blueberry season is in full swing on the Cape. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth 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.

You can find links to the recipes people are making on her blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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The Local Food Report
7:02 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Unusual Local Herbs Add Flavor to Summer Dishes

Lemon Verbena
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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, Elspeth 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. 

Below are links to several recipes mentioned in the show:

Pan-Fried Bluefish and Potatoes with a Chervil & Cabbage Slaw

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The Local Food Report
8:44 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Local Skate Abundant—But Will Consumers Buy It?

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Locals used to call skate a trash fish. But in Asia and Europe, it's considered a delicacy. And as Elspeth Hay reports this week on The Local Food Report, these days, it's what many local fishermen are catching. As groundfish 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?

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The Local Food Report
8:42 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Local Skate Abundant—But Will Consumers Buy It?

Credit Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance

Locals used to call skate a trash fish. But in Asia and Europe, it's considered a delicacy. And as 

Elspeth Hay reports this week on The Local Food Report, these days, it's what many local fishermen are catching. As groundfish 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?

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Garlic Scapes: An Unusual Veggie That's Handy in the Kitchen

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If you've been to a local farmers' market recently, you've probably seen a garlic scape. 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, Elspeth Hay talks with local growers and farmers' market shoppers about this unusual form of garlic and how to cook with it. 

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

With Local Strawberries, Variety Makes a Difference

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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.

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The Local Food Report
7:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Black Sea Bass Are Tasty and Back for the Summer

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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, Elspeth Hay talks with a couple in Chatham who uses a traditional fishing method called weir fishing to catch black sea bass. 

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Orleans Gardener Tries Grafting for a Healthier Tomato Plant

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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. 

You can read more about tomato grafting on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Community Farm to Start up on Nantucket

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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, Elspeth 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.

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