Features in the Winter 2015 Issue of Edible Cape Cod:
Here we are again, wrapping up another year. It’s breathtaking how quickly the time goes between when we start laying out our spring issue and when we take delivery of our inventory of winter magazines. Just as amazing to us is that we continue to find stories that take us by surprise after ten years of publishing Edible Cape Cod. Some are stories that have flown under our radar, such as Elise Hugus’s article about Cape Cod Ark, which for four decades has been a model of sustainable year-round living in a cold climate without relying on fossil fuels. Other stories are about familiar faces tacking in a different direction, like Larry Egan’s feature about Ed and Betty Osmun of E&T Farms switching to shrimp in their aquaponic/hydroponic operation. We visited E&T years ago and were delighted by the Rube Goldberg quality of the tanks and water raceways that nurtured flora and finfish. Eight years later, their operation is just as wondrous, and now they’ll be introducing another tasty treat to our local food shed.
Elsewhere in this issue, Veronica Worthington, our intrepid farmer contributor, shares a delightfully exotic discovery she made on her own property. After 12 dormant years, her pawpaw tree rewarded her this summer with an abundant crop. We missed the opportunity to sample a pawpaw from Veronica’s bounty, but she reports the fruit has a creamy texture and a flavor that hints of pineapple and banana. Unfortunately, ripe pawpaw has a short shelf life, so we won’t be seeing it at the farmers’ market any time soon.
Speaking of farmers’ markets, we have an engaging article from father-daughter team Ned Handy and Susie Littlefield about Ned’s grandmother Amy Littlefield Handy, who was instrumental in initiating a “public” market in Barnstable nearly 100 years ago in 1917. Held every Saturday during growing season, the market was an opportunity for all growers—not just farmers—to sell surplus produce in an attempt to reduce food waste and reliance on transporting from off-Cape. Mrs. Handy played an active role in the United States Food Administration’s efforts to conserve food during WWI. In addition to instilling in her offspring a love of the Cape and gardening, Amy Littlefield Handy left a trunk full of posters created during the war to help with this endeavor. They grace the cover as well as the feature article.
From the adventures of a newbie off-shore lobsterman, to the back of the house at Quicks Hole Tavern, to a small family-owned business in Harwich that manufactures shellfishing rakes used by amateurs and professionals alike, there’s plenty to amaze and delight in this issue.
Until we meet again in May, happy reading!