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 February 26, 2015

Ordering Seeds? Start Here

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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. 

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Sandwich Nutritionist Keeps Local Winter Eating Exciting

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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.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Vineyarders Inspired to Start Saving and Sharing Community Seeds

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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.

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The Local Food Report
7:01 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Local Organizations Get Seafood to Families in Need

Fishermen and organizers from the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance distribute dogfish through the Family Pantry in Harwich.
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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

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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.

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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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