IMG_1708 With Local Strawberries, Variety Makes a Difference

It’s obvious that lettuce comes in all sorts of different varieties. Most people know the difference between Romaine and Boston Bibb. But strawberries? In grocery stores, they pretty much all seem the same. That’s not true, though, on local farms. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with growers from all over our area about what strawberry varieties they’re growing and why.

You can find a recipe for strawberry shortcake on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore. And you can learn all about strawberry varieties over here.

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A601650-R1-06-14A Black Sea Bass Are Tasty and Back for the Summer

Black sea bass are a small, delicate fish in the grouper family. In 2000 the species were declared over-fished, but today the mid-Atlantic stock is considered rebuilt. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a couple in Chatham who uses a traditional fishing method called weir fishing to catch black sea bass.

Elspeth’s shared a recipe for Thai flavored fish stew with black sea bass on her blog, Diary of a Locavore, where she’s also written more about the history of the weirs.

For more, check out this past article by Elspeth on weir fishing in Edible Cape Cod.

You can read more about Black Sea Bass on Fishwatch.gov.

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IMG_1623 Orleans Gardener Tries Grafting for a Healthier Tomato Plant

We’ve all heard of grafting grape and apple plants. But tomatoes? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Orleans gardener Joe Leghorn about his quest for the perfect tomato. This year he grafted 96 disease resistant tomato rootstock plants with tomato seedlings grown for their fruit qualities.

You can read more about tomato grafting on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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IMG_1409 Community Farm to Start up on Nantucket

As of 2011, Nantucket County had the highest median home prices in the nation. Land is at a premium—which makes starting a farm on the island extremely expensive. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with a Nantucket non-profit working to make it easier to grow food on the island. Their latest project is the development of a community farm, where beginning growers can start a business without having to purchase land for very little overhead cost. You can learn more about the concept on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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