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.
|Spring Produce Thrives in Dennis Hoophouse
Most farmers and gardeners are just starting to get seeds in the ground. But Jeff Deck of Dennis uses a different model. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth visits the two greenhouses where he grows year round. She learns what varieties do well over the winter, and how he plants for a continuous harvest. You can find a recipe for a spring butter crunch lettuce salad with fresh carrots along with a list of opening dates for Cape farmers’ markets on her website.
|Young Couple Opens Bean to Bar Chocolate Factory in Truro
The bean to bar chocolate movement is on the rise. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a young couple in Truro who’ve opened a chocolate factory. She learns about sourcing beans, how the production process works, and what characteristics make for a top notch chocolate bar.
You can find a recipe for a chocolate bundt cake and see photos from Chequessett Chocolate’s factory on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Can We Bring Back River Herring? One Town is Ready to Try
Almost every town in Massachusetts has a Herring River or a Herring Pond. The migration of river herring from sea to coastal streams and ponds once marked an important rite of spring for New Englanders. For centuries, the small, oily fish were valued as both bait and an important food source. But today, taking river herring is illegal in Massachusetts because populations are so low. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay learns about what led one Cape Cod town to dike its Herring River—and how it hopes to bring back both the health of the river, and the fish it was named for.
You can read more about this story and see more historic pictures on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Nantucket Mushroom Farm Relocates to Chatham
What does it take to grow mushrooms inside? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with mushroom enthusiast and grower Wesley Price of Nantucket Mushrooms, which recently relocated to Chatham. He walks her through the growing process from mycelium to full grown king oysters, pictured here.
You can read more about the growing process on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.