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 September 11, 2014

Unusual Green Beans Measure 19 Inches Long

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

Italian Fig Trees Thrive in Wellfleet

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Twelve years ago, Charlie Amsler planted two tiny fig trees in his front yard in Wellfleet. Today, they're huge, thriving plants that produce loads of fruit each September. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Charlie about the history of the trees, how figs grow, and what they need to thrive in our unique Cape climate. 

You can find a recipe for fig and arugula salad with prosciutto and gorgonzola on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Surprise! Sweet Potatoes and Artichokes Grow on Cape Cod

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Most people think of sweet potatoes as a southern crop, and artichokes as something from the Mediterranean. But both plants can thrive on Cape Cod. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits the Barnstable County Fairgrounds demonstration garden to learn about growing these two unusual crops.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Bestselling Author Advocates Protecting Our Local Fisheries

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The United States controls more ocean than any country on earth. And yet more than 85 percent of the seafood we eat is imported. On top of that, we're exporting more than 3 billion pounds of seafood a year. Why? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with bestselling author Paul Greenberg about his new book, American Catch. It looks at why Americans have stopped eating from local waters, and why it's important to re-localize our seafood industries and protect the ones we still have.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Homegrown Raspberries Make Top Notch Shortbread

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Elinor Arsenault grew up baking in the small town of Royalton, Massachusetts, where a good portion of the population was Finnish. This week on the Local Food Report, Elinor shares her Finnish-inspired recipe for a traditional raspberry shortbread made with raspberry jam from her own Orleans-grown berries.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Local Growers Share Favorite Summer Bean Varieties

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Green beans are one of the quintessential foods of summer. But they're not as similar as they seem. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with growers at the Orleans Farmers' Market about what bean varieties they grow, why they like these beans, and how they cook them. You can read more about the bean varieties mentioned in the piece and find a recipe for Salad Nicoise on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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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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