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.
|Blueberry Season in Full Swing on the Cape
Blueberry season is in full swing on the Cape. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits a local pick-your-own farm in Dennis, and talks with pickers from ages 1 to 96 and from all over the east coast about what they’re planning to do with all their berries.
You can find links to the recipes people are making on her blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|Unusual Local Herbs Add Flavor to Summer Dishes
You’ve probably heard of chervil, lemon basil, and lemon verbena. But have you ever cooked with them? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with several local growers about these unusual summer herbs—what the plants are like, and what to do with them in the kitchen.
|Garlic Scapes: An Unusual Veggie That’s Handy in the Kitchen
If you’ve been to a local farmers’ market recently, you’ve probably seen a garlic scape. They’re long, thin curly green stalks with a pointed bud on the end, and they smell just like regular garlic. But what are they exactly? And what do you do with them? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with local growers and farmers’ market shoppers about this unusual form of garlic and how to cook with it.
You can find a recipe for garlic scape pesto on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.
|With Local Strawberries, Variety Makes a Difference
It’s obvious that lettuce comes in all sorts of different varieties. Most people know the difference between Romaine and Boston Bibb. But strawberries? In grocery stores, they pretty much all seem the same. That’s not true, though, on local farms. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with growers from all over our area about what strawberry varieties they’re growing and why.
You can find a recipe for strawberry shortcake on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore. And you can learn all about strawberry varieties over here.
|Black Sea Bass Are Tasty and Back for the Summer
Black sea bass are a small, delicate fish in the grouper family. In 2000 the species were declared over-fished, but today the mid-Atlantic stock is considered rebuilt. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a couple in Chatham who uses a traditional fishing method called weir fishing to catch black sea bass.
Elspeth’s shared a recipe for Thai flavored fish stew with black sea bass on her blog, Diary of a Locavore, where she’s also written more about the history of the weirs.
For more, check out this past article by Elspeth on weir fishing in Edible Cape Cod.
You can read more about Black Sea Bass on Fishwatch.gov.