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.
|Unusual Green Beans Measure 19 Inches Long
Local gardens are overflowing with green beans this time of year. Most are short and snappy. But Victoria Pecoraro is growing two unusual varieties—Orient Wonder and Red Noodle—both of which measure over a foot long! This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with her about how she started growing these Asian yard-long beans and how she likes to eat them.
You can find a recipe for Spicy Stir-Fried Long Beans with Peanuts and Chiles over here. And you can see more pictures of Victoria’s yard-long beans on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|An Old Breed of Cattle Makes Good Local Eating
Highland cattle are originally from the rugged mountains of northern Scotland. Archaeological evidence dates the breed back to the 6th century, and the animals first came to the United States in the 1800s. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a family from Dennis who tend a herd of 20-25 Highland cattle for beef.
You can find a recipe for grilled grass-fed steaks on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore, and see pictures of the Seawind Meadows Highland cattle.
This piece is a rebroadcast. It originally aired 11.07.2013.
|Italian Fig Trees Thrive in Wellfleet
Twelve years ago, Charlie Amsler planted two tiny fig trees in his front yard in Wellfleet. Today, they’re huge, thriving plants that produce loads of fruit each September. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Charlie about the history of the trees, how figs grow, and what they need to thrive in our unique Cape climate.
You can find a recipe for fig and arugula salad with prosciutto and gorgonzola on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
This piece is a rebroadcast. It originally aired September 13, 2012.
|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.
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