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 April 10, 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.

Audio will be posted later today.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Can We Bring Back River Herring? One Town is Ready to Try

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Almost every town in Massachusetts has a Herring River or a Herring Pond. The migration of river herring from sea to coastal streams and ponds once marked an important rite of spring for New Englanders. For centuries, the small, oily fish were valued as both bait and an important food source. But today, taking river herring is illegal in Massachusetts because populations are so low. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay learns about what led one Cape Cod town to dike its Herring River—and how it hopes to bring back both the health of the river, and the fish it was named for.

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The Local Food Report
7:15 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Local Farm Grows 22 Varieties of Mushrooms

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Most people are familiar with at least shiitake and crimini mushrooms. But there are dozens of other varieties that are both nutritious and incredibly good for you. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Wesley Price and Troy Janusz of Nantucket Mushrooms in Chatham. The farm grows twenty-two varieties of edible and medicinal mushrooms.

You can read more about the varieties the farm is growing on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nantucket Mushroom Farm Relocates to Chatham

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What does it take to grow mushrooms inside? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with mushroom enthusiast and grower Wesley Price of Nantucket Mushrooms, which recently relocated to Chatham. He walks her through the growing process from mycelium to full grown king oysters, pictured here.

You can read more about the growing process on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

 

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Changing Climate Brings Changes in Local Oyster Industry

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Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a bacteria native to North Atlantic waters. When ingested—usually through raw oysters—it makes people sick. Over the past several years, the number of reported cases of Vp have increased, but scientists and growers aren't sure why. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with the President of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association and an oyster grower from Barnstable about potential reasons for the apparent increase in the occurence of vibrio illnesses, and what local oyster growers are doing to keep their product safe. 

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The Local Food Report
1:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Simple Attached Greenhouse Turns Living Space Into Food

This time of year, we all crave a little green. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Truro resident Arthur Teubner about creating an attached indoor growing space. Arthur's south facing greenhouse was inspired by his time with the New Alchemy Institute in Hatchville. You can read more on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

This piece is a rebroadcast from February 18, 2010.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

2014 Guide to Seed Ordering

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Every year around this time, seed catalogs start pouring in to local mailboxes. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Wellfleet gardener Andrew Cummings about what varieties he's ordering for the 2014 growing season. 

You can read more on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore. And you can click on these links to read her past guides to seed ordering:

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The Local Food Report
2:08 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

A Clam for the Brave of Heart

Blood Clams
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"Blood Clams," The Local Food Report, by Elspeth Hay

They are hairy on the outside. Blood spills out when you open them. On The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay investigates the often off-putting blood clam. And she discovers them - once you get past the blood and the visceral appearance - hearty and delicious.

Find out more about blood clams, and see Elspeth's recipe, on her blog, Diary of a Locavore

The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

"Harvest of the Month" Brings Massachusetts Food to Cape & Islands Schools

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Sourcing local food can be a lot of work for school cafeteria directors, and they already have a tough job. A new statewide program aims to make the process easier: it's called Harvest of the Month, and it's run by the Massachusetts Farm to School Project. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Wellfleet Elementary Cafeteria Manager Tonya Felix about how the program has helped her put local food on the menu. 

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Local Food Report
12:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

School Lunch Finances Pose Challenge to Eating Healthy

Most schools across the country have contracts to get their meals from corporate food service providers. These providers are big, often multi-national companies that provide meals to schools, hospitals, and prisons.

They buy huge amounts of food from big, industrial farms at very low prices, making lunch inexpensive for the schools and profitable for the companies. Some schools have exclusive contracts, meaning they can only buy their food from the companies, and others have looser arrangements. Either way, school food budgets are based on these sorts of deals, which means there's very little money available for lunch.

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