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.
|2014 Guide to Seed Ordering
Every year around this time, seed catalogs start pouring in to local mailboxes. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Wellfleet gardener Andrew Cummings about what varieties he’s ordering for the 2014 growing season.
|“Harvest of the Month” Brings Massachusetts Food to Cape & Islands Schools
Sourcing local food can be a lot of work for school cafeteria directors, and they already have a tough job. A new statewide program aims to make the process easier: it’s called Harvest of the Month, and it’s run by the Massachusetts Farm to School Project. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Wellfleet Elementary Cafeteria Manager Tonya Felix about how the program has helped her put local food on the menu.
You can learn more about the Massachusetts Farm to School Project on their website. Here’s a link to learn more about Harvest of the Month. And you can read more about what Wellfleet Elementary’s doing with local food on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Truro Farmer Raises Chickens for Cafeteria at Childhood School
Twenty years ago, Drew Locke was a student at Truro Central School. Now all grown up, he runs a poultry farm that feeds the current students a chicken lunch every Thursday. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Truro Central cafeteria manager Warren Falkenburg about the school’s new Farm to School initiative. He tells her about the challenges and rewards of getting local food on the table. You can read more on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Falmouth Farmer Grows Ginger in Heated Greenhouse
Ginger is native to the tropics. But that doesn’t mean we can’t grow on the Cape. Two years ago, Coonamessett Farm Manager Stan Ingram read an article about a farmer in Maine growing ginger, and this year he decided to try it. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Stan about the challenges of growing ginger in our cold climate. The finished crop tastes similar to mature ginger, but looks quite different.
If you’re interested in reading more about ginger farms in New England, here are two links. This links to the website of a ginger farm in Amherst, Massachusetts, and here’s the article Stan read about farmers experimenting with growing ginger in greenhouses in Maine.
|Mobile Greenhouse Extends the Season—Twice
Many local farmers have a greenhouse to help extend the growing season. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a young Brewster farmer who got a grant from the state to build a mobile greenhouse. The structure itself is 25 feet long by 12 feet wide, but it can slide back and forth over two fields 12 feet wide by 50 field long. Lucas Dinwiddie of Halcyon farm will use this system to cover different crops at different times of the year.