Surprise! Sweet Potatoes and Artichokes Grow on Cape Cod

Most people think of sweet potatoes as a southern crop, and artichokes as something from the Mediterranean. But both plants can thrive on Cape Cod. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits the Barnstable County Fairgrounds demonstration garden to learn about growing these two unusual crops.

You can see photos and learn more about the vegetables, fruits, and herbs growing in the garden on Elspeth’s blog. And here’s a link to the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension website, where you’ll find all kinds of resources for gardeners, including information on soil samples, pest management, and a master gardener hotline.

This show is a rebroadcast from 8.23.2012.

Homegrown Raspberries Make Top Notch Shortbread

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.

You can find Elinor’s recipe for raspberry shortbread on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of aLocavore.

And you can check out the SEMAP (Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership) fruit harvest calendar over here. Raspberries are in season twice a summer: once from late June through late July, and again from mid August through early October.

This piece is a rebroadcast. It aired originally August 15, 2013.

Local Growers Share Favorite Summer Bean Varieties

Green beans are one of the quintessential foods of summer. But they’re not as similar as they seem. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with growers at the Orleans Farmers’ Market about what bean varieties they grow, why they like these beans, and how they cook them. You can read more about the bean varieties mentioned in the piece and find a recipe for Salad Nicoise on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

This piece is a rebroadcast. It originally aired August 8, 2012.