The Local Food Report

    

with Elspeth Hay and Ali Berlow

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

An avid locavore, Elspeth Hay 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.

Ali Berlow lives on Martha's Vineyard and is the author of "The Food Activist Handbook; Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community." Foreword by Alice Randall, Storey Publishing. You can reach her at her website, aliberlow.com.

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.

Plum Nutty

Sep 29, 2016
Elspeth Hay

Today, I'd like to let my grandmother do the storytelling. A while back, when she moved into an assisted living apartment, she stopped cooking. 

Elspeth Hay

Dave Dewitt has a hard time describing the taste of the leafy Japanese herb called shiso.

“I have no description,”  he said, “because there’s no reference point in my dietary world that tastes like this.”

Elspeth Hay

Have you ever heard of a Damson plum? They’re a small subspecies of plum with a long history and a droopy, oblong shape. And according to jam makers Anna and Tyler Keyes of Orleans, they’re worth seeking out.

Russian Blues on the cutting board. Their color is truly astonishing.
Ali Berlow

Blue is the color of my summer. It is expansive like the sea and the sky. Royal like a queen. It is round like a blueberry, ocean-salty like blue fish. Blue is also the color of the free lollipop I take from the bank. Blue is Blue Moon ice cream and popsicles from my childhood. Their flavor was (I don’t know)… it was just blue.

Elspeth Hay

Local gardens are overflowing with green beans this time of year. Most are short and snappy. But Victoria Pecoraro is growing two unusual varieties—Orient Wonder and Red Noodle—both of which measure over a foot long! This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with her about how she started growing these Asian yard-long beans and how she likes to eat them.

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Did you know that you can make white wine out of red grapes? I had no idea until I was at the farmers' market in Falmouth, talking with Will Becker of Westport Rivers Winery. 

Here's a list of some of the grapes grown by local vineyards—there are seven within the 30 miles from Newport to New Bedford, not to mention one in Truro and one in northeastern Connecticut!—also, a little bit about where they come from, and more about the history of the French grape varietals Will Becker mentioned.

Photo by Elspeth Hay

Shishitos are suddenly showing up at markets and restaurants and dinner parties all over Cape Cod and the country. According to DMA solutions—a marketing firm for produce companies that actually studies these things—from 2010 to 2014, the popularity of shishito peppers on restaurant menus grew over 400 percent, putting the peppers just behind kale as the nation’s trendiest produce. 

Elspeth Hay

Paul Robeson was a legendary African American singer, actor, linguist, civil rights activist, and athlete. The tomato named in his honor is just as accomplished. Named number one for taste in the Carmel, California Tomato Fest, the Paul Robeson tomato is said to have a perfect balance of acid and sweet. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay learns about the heirloom variety from Wellfleet gardener Tracy Plaut. 

Here's a link to ideas for what to do with homegrown tomatoes.

Ali Berlow

Mariah Daggett has said more than once, “A cast iron skillet needs a good seasoning before it can really fly.” When Mariah talks about cooking and skillets, people listen. She’s the reigning champion of the iron Skillet Throw at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. “The key,” she says is a “hot-hot oven.”

All About Beets

Jul 28, 2016
Elspeth Hay

Beets are just coming into season. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Abby Miner and Caleb Lemieux of Crooked Farm in Orleans about beet varieties, beet recipes, and a little known fact about beet seeds. 

You can find a recipe for a beet pizza sauce, or as we're calling it "beet-za" sauce, on Elspeth's blog about food, Diary of a Locavore

This LFR is a rebroadcast. It aired originally August 1, 2013.

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