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,

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.

Elspeth Hay

My mother is a profound believer in the power of zucchini. A zucchini patch, she says, is a meal. It can feed a family for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner on the grill. You name the zucchini recipe, she's made it. She has four recipes for zucchini bread alone.

Pokeweed, a native wild perennial grows tenaciously in the Northeast and all across America. Some say parts of the plant have medicinal qualities, others say it can be poisonous to humans. But all do agree that the leaves and stems of poke once cooked are delicious. Dr. Paul Wheeler of Woods Hole shares his passion for pokeweed - how and why to cook it, instead of eradicate it.


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You’ve probably heard of a huckleberry. But have you ever eaten one? The small, black relatives of the blueberry grow all over the Cape and Islands, and Neil Gadway has been picking them his whole life.

The Good of Pig Slop

Jun 23, 2016
Photo by Ali Berlow



Zachariah Jones has been doing the slop rounds since he was just a sprout of a boy, barely big enough to hold down the pig buckets in the back of his father’s red truck.

Elspeth Hay

When it comes to fish, most New Englanders keep the fillets and toss the rest. But that's not the case in every culture. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a Jamaican cook in Wellfleet about a traditional stew made with local bluefish heads. 

Photo by Elspeth Hay


Strawberry season, in my family, is a religious thing. We pick strawberries in late June every year, all together, no matter what. 


Elspeth Hay

Two years ago, Brewster farmer Ron Backer learned about a specialty chili powder called Piment d'Espelette. He decided to grow the peppers and make the spice himself. This week on The Local Food Report, Backer takes Elspeth Hay through the process of making this French spice from pepper to powder. 

Elspeth Hay

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.

photo by Andrew Todoroff

Remember, we had a local food report about a persimmon tree? We asked you to contact us about other strange or different plants you've seen growing locally?  

Well, we got an email from a guy down in Hyannis – Andrew Todoroff – who was growing his own coffee trees... and nobody believes him.  So we went to check it out and sure enough...

Eat 'em to Beat 'em - The Invasive Green Crab

May 12, 2016
Photo by Ali Berlow

  The green crab (Carcinus maenas) arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the 1800s. It is described as an alien or invasive species, because of its negative impacts on economically valuable shellfish stocks like clams and bay scallops. Though there may be culinary uses in its future, if we cooks get creative.