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.

Elspeth Hay

In the mid 1800s, Cayuga ducks were one of the most popular meat birds in New England. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark about why the breed fell out of favor, and why she thinks it's worth bringing back.

You can learn more about Cayuga ducks on the Slow Food website, as part of their "Ark of Taste."

Elspeth Hay

Have you ever had a wintergreen berry? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay goes on a hunt for the native edible with Donna Eaton of Cedar Spring Herb farm in Harwich. The ivy green leaves and bright, cherry red berries are all over the Cape, and the fruit is especially tasty this time of year. 

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

Ralph Alswang

Selective breeding is not a new thing in the food world; humans have been selecting for desirable traits in plants and animals for thousands of years. But it is getting more sophisticated. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a Wellfleet oysterman who's growing oysters with three sets of chromosomes instead of the normal two. 

You can read more about "triploid" oysters on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore, and ask questions in the comments section below.

Elspeth Hay

Have you ever wanted to grow your own radicchio, frisee, escarole, or endive? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Steve Coleman of Eldredge Farm in Brewster about how to grow these delicious greens from the chicory family.

Elspeth Hay

In Europe, scallop roe is a delicacy. But Americans haven't developed a taste for it—yet. In The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay examines scallop roe, which is packed with omega-3s—good for everyone, and especially important for mamas and babies.

See a video of How to Open a Scallop and find out more about scallop roe on Elspeth's Blog, Diary of a Locavore.

This piece is a rebroadcast. It aired originally on 3.22.2012.

 

Elspeth Hay

Around this time for the past several years, Elspeth Hay has talked with a local farmer or gardener about what seed varieties they're ordering for the upcoming growing season. This week on the Local Food Report, she talks with an Orleans gardener who grew up in Sweden about her favorite varieties for root vegetables. 

Elspeth Hay

Think you've tried every local winter veggie around? Think again! Sandwich nutritionist Nicole Cormier works with farms all over the state to source Massachusetts-grown foods year round. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Nicole about some of her more unusual winter finds.

You can learn more about Nicole Cormier's winter CSA and local food market and other places to find local food in the cold months on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Elspeth Hay

Ken Greene is the founder of the country's first seed library in a public library. Last spring he came to Martha's Vineyard to help the community get a local seed library up and running. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Ken about how a seed library works and what some of the community challenges and benefits are to getting one going.

Elspeth Hay

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

Elspeth Hay

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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