IMG_7581 Nantucket Farmer Shares Favorite Tomato Varieties and Planting Tips

Now is the time to get your tomato seedlings in the ground. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Bartlett’s Farm vegetable production manager Andrew Spollett, who grows over 15 acres of tomatoes for the farm. They discuss his favorite varieties and how to take good care of tomato plants once they’re in the ground.

For a complete list of the varieties mentioned in the piece, you can visit Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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IMG_1506 Waldorf Students Grow Food for Cafeteria Year Round

Many schools are looking to school gardens as a way to teach kids how to grow their own food. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits the Waldorf School of Cape Cod in Cotuit, where a newly erected hoop house enables students to grow food for their lunch program year round.

You can read an essay by gardening teacher Kim Allsup on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore, where she also links to several other area schools with hoop houses.

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IMG_1469 Barnstable Public Library Loans Seeds to Gardeners

There’s a new card catalog at the Sturgis Public Library in Barnstable. But instead of books, it lends seeds! Gardeners in turn grow the plants, save their seed, and bring some back to the library at the end of the season. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay learns how the program works, and how to save bean seeds from start to finish. You can learn more about some of the varieties the program offers on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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IMG_9539 Vineyarders Inspired to Start Saving and Sharing Community Seeds

Ken Greene is the founder of the country’s first seed library in a public library. Recently 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. You can read more about the shape the Vineyard seed library is taking and the varieties it will offer this season on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Next week Elspeth will learn about a seed library in Barnstable.

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IMG_6933 Spring Brings Rhubarb Back Into the Kitchen

In many local gardens, rhubarb is the first plant ready to harvest. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with her mother, Liz Pierson, about their favorite family rhubarb recipes. Favorites include spicy rhubarb chutney to serve with Indian food, a rhubarb custard pie similar to lemon meringue, and a sweet, tender rhubarb cake. You can find a complete list of the recipes mentioned in this piece on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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