The Local Food Report, with Elspeth Hay, is constantly exploring the Cape, Islands, the south Coast and all our farmer’s markets to find out what’s good, what’s growing, and what to do with it.
|Vineyard Farmer Revives Rare Duck Breed
In the mid 1800s, Cayuga ducks were one of the most popular meat birds in New England. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark about why the breed fell out of favor, and why she thinks it’s worth bringing back.
You can learn more about Cayuga ducks on the Slow Food website, as part of their “Ark of Taste.”
|Wild Wintergreen Berries Make Tasty Spring Treat
Have you ever had a wintergreen berry? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay goes on a hunt for the native edible with Donna Eaton of Cedar Spring Herb farm in Harwich. The ivy green leaves and bright, cherry red berries are all over the Cape, and the fruit is especially tasty this time of year.
You can read more on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Selective Breeding Moves into Local Oyster Industry
Selective breeding is not a new thing in the food world; humans have been selecting for desirable traits in plants and animals for thousands of years. But it is getting more sophisticated. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a Wellfleet oysterman who’s growing oysters with three sets of chromosomes instead of the normal two.
You can read more about “triploid” oysters on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Local Scallop Enthusiast Says “Eat the Roe!”
n Europe, scallop roe is a delicacy. But Americans haven’t developed a taste for it—yet. In The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay examines scallop roe, which is packed with omega-3s—good for everyone, and especially important for mamas and babies.
See a video of How to Open a Scallop and find out more about scallop roe on Elspeth’s Blog, Diary of a Locavore.
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