To lavalier or not to lavalier is a big question. Transom’s Tools guy, Jeff Towne, has always felt it best to lean toward the side of not using lavaliers . . . ever. But he is not one to keep his head in the sand, so he’s decided it’s time to explore the world of[…..]

The past two episodes of the Local Food Report have focused on growing apples—what varieties do well around here and how to care for an orchard. This week, Elspeth moves into the kitchen to learn about making apple butter with Mattapoisett cookbook author Karen Covey. Her new book is called The Coastal Table, and is filled with recipes made with foods from the south coast.

You can find Karen’s recipe for apple butter and learn more about the cookbook on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

What goes into those nice, crisp apples we can’t get enough of this time of year? This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with farmer Paul Crowell about how he cares for his family orchard at Crow Farm in Sandwich. He walks her through the steps of caring for dwarf and standard trees from replanting to pruning to spraying and mowing.

You can learn more about apple varieties that do well locally and find a recipe for apple pie on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Shrub is a colonial soda made with fresh fruit, vinegar, and sugar. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a Wellfleet cook using local beach plums to make this old-fashioned soda. You can find recipes for raspberry shrub and beach plum shrub and a list of cocktail ideas with shrub on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Eggplants come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with local growers about what varieties they’re growing and how to cook with them.
There’s a recipe on her blog for caponata, and she’s also put up a guide to the eggplant varieties mentioned in the show.

Zucchini is the home gardeners’ summer squash of choice. But Wellfleet farmer Victoria Pecoraro prefers varieties that stay small. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Victoria about three round summer squash varieties the size of a cue ball, and gets Victoria’s recipe for Zucchini Parmesan. You can find Victoria’s recipe for Zucchini Parmesan on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Elinor Arsenault grew up baking in the small town of Royalton, Massachusetts, where a good portion of the population was Finnish. This week on the Local Food Report, Elinor shares her Finnish-inspired recipe for a traditional raspberry shortbread made with raspberry jam from her own Orleans-grown berries. Get Elinor’s recipe at Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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