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The Local Food Report

    

with Elspeth Hay

The world of food is changing, fast. As we re-imagine our relationships to what we eat, Local Food Report creator Elspeth Hay takes us to the heart of the local food movement to talk with growers, harvesters, processors, cooks, policy makers and visionaries. Through these conversations she aims to rebuild our cultural store of culinary knowledge—and to reconnect us with the people, places, and ideas that feed us.

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 Hay 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. You can find more of her work at her website, elspethhay.com

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

Most modern commercial turkeys have white feathers. This makes for a cleaner looking carcass—after plucking, any pin feathers that are left are light colored, and therefore harder to see. But this week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a local farmer who's raising an older hybrid breed that has the broad breast of a modern turkey but the coloring of a wild turkey. She talks with Stan Ingram of Coonamessett Farm in Falmouth about the turkeys' lifestyle and diet, and how this can influence both the nutrients in the meat, and how you should cook it. 

Elspeth Hay

If you've ever shopped for local beef, you've probably heard the terms "grass-fed," or "grass finished." Many people will tell you 100-percent grass-fed beef is better for you than conventional grain-finished beef, but the specifics can be confusing. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a nutritional consultant from Orleans and a butcher from Chatham about some of the differences between grain- and grass-fed cattle.

Audio of this week's Local Food Report is posted above.

An Old Breed of Cattle Makes Good Local Eating

Nov 7, 2013
Seawind Meadows

Highland cattle are originally from the rugged mountains of northern Scotland. Archaeological evidence dates the breed back to the 6th century, and the animals first came to the United States in the 1800s. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a family from Dennis who tend a herd of 20-25 Highland cattle for beef. 

You can find a recipe for grilled grass-fed steaks on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore, and see pictures of the Seawind Meadows Highland cattle. 

Elspeth Hay

It's only a matter of time before the first frost arrives. But in many local gardens, there are still plenty of green tomatoes on the vine. This week on Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with local cooks and gardeners about how to make the most of this late season harvest.

You can find links and recipes for the green tomato recipes mentioned in this piece on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore

Elspeth Hay

The past two episodes of the Local Food Report have focused on growing apples—what varieties do well around here and how to care for an orchard. This week, Elspeth moves into the kitchen to learn about making apple butter with Mattapoisett cookbook author Karen Covey. Her new book is called The Coastal Table, and is filled with recipes made with foods from the SouthCoast. 

Local Apple Farming Requires Careful Maintenance

Oct 10, 2013
Elspeth Hay

What goes into those nice, crisp apples we can't get enough of this time of year? This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with farmer Paul Crowell about how he cares for his family orchard at Crow Farm in Sandwich. He walks her through the steps of caring for dwarf and standard trees from replanting to pruning to spraying and mowing.

Elspeth Hay

Some apple varieties are better for sauce, some are best for eating fresh. How do you know which ones to choose? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Paul Crowell of Crow Farm in Sandwich about local apple varieties and what he likes best for sauce, cider, pies, and simply grabbing for a snack. 

You can learn more about the apple varieties Paul Crowell is growing and find a recipe for applesauce on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Elspeth Hay

Shrub is a colonial soda made with fresh fruit, vinegar, and sugar. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a Wellfleet cook using local beach plums to make this old-fashioned soda. You can find recipes for raspberry shrub and beach plum shrub and a list of cocktail ideas with shrub on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Elspeth Hay

Eggplants come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with local growers about what varieties they're growing and how to cook with them. There's a recipe on her blog for caponata, and she's also put up a guide to the eggplant varieties mentioned in the show.

Elspeth Hay

    

Wild beach plums are common on dunes across the Cape. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a family in Wellfleet that's been making and selling beach plum jelly since 1932. You can learn more about the wild beach plum and efforts to tame it over here, and Elspeth's put up her family recipe for beach plum jelly on her blog.

Elspeth Hay

Zucchini is the home gardeners' summer squash of choice. But Wellfleet farmer Victoria Pecoraro prefers varieties that stay small. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Victoria about three round summer squash varieties the size of a cue ball, and gets Victoria's recipe for Zucchini Parmesan. You can find the recipe on Elspeth's blog about local food, Diary of a Locavore.

Elspeth Hay

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.

All About Beets

Aug 1, 2013
Elspeth Hay

Beets are just coming into season. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Abby Miner and Caleb Lemieux of Crooked Farm in Orleans about beet varieties, beet recipes, and a little known fact about beet seeds. 

You can find a recipe for a beet pizza sauce, or as we're calling it "beet-za" sauce, on Elspeth's blog about food, Diary of a Locavore

Elspeth Hay

Potatoes come in many shapes, colors and sizes. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Truro farmer Stephanie Rein who's growing two unusual varieties. She also gets an update on the growing conditions and this season's harvest, and learns about potato pests. 

Click here for Elspeth's recipe for Pesto Potato Salad. 

Elspeth Hay

Atlantic Spiny Dogfish is abundant. But it's not in demand locally, and because of over-fishing in Europe, the overseas market is crashing. This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with local dogfisherman Leo Maher about efforts to create a market for this small edible shark on the Cape.

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