The Local Food Report

with Elspeth Hay

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 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 January 29, 2015

Mobile Greenhouse Extends the Season—Twice

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Many local farmers have a greenhouse to help extend the growing season. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a young Brewster farmer who got a grant from the state to build a mobile greenhouse. The structure itself is 25 feet long by 12 feet wide, but it can slide back and forth over two fields 12 feet wide by 50 field long. Lucas Dinwiddie of Halcyon farm will use this system to cover different crops at different times of the year.

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The Local Food Report
7:27 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Falmouth Farmer Grows Ginger in Heated Greenhouse

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Ginger is native to the tropics. But that doesn't mean we can't grow it on the Cape. Two years ago, Coonamessett Farm Manager Stan Ingram read an article about a farmer in Maine growing ginger, and this year he decided to try it. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Stan about the challenges of growing ginger in our cold climate. The finished crop tastes similar to mature ginger, but looks quite different. 

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Falmouth Resident Aims to Keep Food Waste in the Foodshed

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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. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Falmouth resident Mary Ryther about her new composting business that's working to change that. 

You can learn more about Mary's operation and other efforts to cut down on local food waste on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Gleaning Gets Local Food to Those in Need

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Gleaning is an ancient practice, as old as the Torah. It means to gather leftover grain or other produce from farm fields after a harvest, and traditionally was a form of charity. In most places, the tradition has died out. But today on Martha's Vineyard thanks to a program called Island Grown Gleaning, it's alive and well. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay attends a potato glean with a group of eighth graders from West Tisbury.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Slow-Rise Bread Uses an Unusual Local Grain

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Spelt is an ancient grain—a hybrid of regular bread wheat and another wheat variety called farro or emmer. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Ed Miller of Wellfleet about a slow-rise spelt bread made with locally grown grain.

Read more on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

 

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Young Couple Opens Bean to Bar Chocolate Factory in Truro

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The bean to bar chocolate movement is on the rise. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a young couple in Truro who've opened a chocolate factory. She learns about sourcing beans, how the production process works, and what characteristics make for a top notch chocolate bar.

You can find a recipe for a chocolate bundt cake and see photos from Chequessett Chocolate's factory on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Three Locals Talk about Raising, Slaughtering, and Butchering their Pigs

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These days, we don't often interact with the animals we eat. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with three local people about raising, slaughtering, and butchering pigs. She weaves their voices together to bring the animals from life to death and finally to the table.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Wellfleet Cook Shares Holiday Recipe for Local Lemon Curd

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Three years ago, Elspeth Hay brought home a Meyer lemon tree to keep outside in the summer and in front of a sunny window all winter. This year, it's bearing fruit for the first time, just in time for the holidays. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Kim Shkapich of Lola's Local Food Lab in Wellfleet about her recipe for lemon curd and the science behind it.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Vineyard Author Offers New Take on Kale

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Kale is one of the few local greens that's available almost year round. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with author Cathy Walthers of West Tisbury about her new cookbook Kale, Glorious Kale. They cover everything from the nutritional benefits of the green to kale varieties and recipes—including some that might come as a surprise. 

You can find Cathy Walthers' recipe for Kale Granola on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Need A Quick and Easy Last Minute Dessert? Try "Cranberry Goodin Pudding"

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay gives thanks for local cranberries—and brings us a story on growing and cooking with the tart berries from bog owner Ralph Tupper of East Brewster.

Ralph shared his family recipe for Cranberry Goodin' Pudding with Elspeth, and you can find it on her blog, Diary of a Locavore.

This piece is a rebroadcast. It aired originally on 11.18.2010.

Audio will be posted later today.

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