Good Taste: New Vineyard food stores: Black Sheep and Edgartown Meat &...

Good Taste: New Vineyard food stores: Black Sheep and Edgartown Meat & Fish

Find ready-to-grill meats such as kabobs, steaks, and veggies at the new Edgartown Meat and Fish Market. — Photo by Susan Safford

Edgartown Meat and Fish Market at the Triangle is now open, stocked with grocery, meat, beer, wine, and accoutrement needs. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people,” says co-owner Sean Ready. “People can stop in after work or a day at the beach and find everything for dinner in one place.”

The Ready family owns Shelburne Meat Market near Burlington, Vt., and are excited to bring their business to the Vineyard.

There is no resemblance to Hollywood Video, the store it once was, in the big, bright market. At the deli/bakery there are coffee, fresh-baked bagels, muffins, and pies as well as sandwiches made-to-order. The MV BLT, with smokehouse bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo comes on your choice of multi-grain, sourdough, or French bread. Try the One, Two, Three: salami and Brie tucked into a baguette. You can also create your own, choosing from meats like Blazing Buffalo Chicken and Black Forest Ham with toppings including avocado, sprouts, and banana peppers. Sandwiches range from $6.95 to $16.95, for the lobster roll.

In the fish market, now you’ll find cuts of tuna, salmon, halibut, mahi mahi, and cod, as well as steamers, scallops, lobsters, and local oysters. Pick up a pre-made Dragon, Rainbow, spicy tuna roll, etc. along with seaweed salad and edamame from the to-go case or stop in after 4 pm for made-to-order sushi.

When purchasing meat, I found choosing from a case of immaculately trimmed fresh proteins with a professional who happily answered my questions, armed with helpful cooking tips, a very different experience from picking up a Styrofoam tray of cellophane-wrapped meat at supermarkets. While I was perusing, Mr. Ready knowledgeably pointed out the marbling in different cuts of beef and told me what might be best for grilling or roasting. The market grinds their own prime steak beef and makes sausages daily, just in time for grilling season.

The Readys brought with them to the Island the marinades they are famous for in Vermont. They offer chicken breast in their House, Key West, Cilantro Lime, and Molasses BBQ marinades as well as pork chops, Greek-marinated lamb, and ready-to-go shrimp, beef, and chicken kebabs.

After choosing your meat, be sure to check out Carrie-Lynn Whitney’s inspired, tasty prepared dishes like lobster salad, Cajun shrimp, or turkey kale lasagna with bleu cheese béchamel.

The Edgartown Meat and Fish Market opens daily at 6 am, the café closes at 4 pm, the market at 8 pm. Call 508-627-6200 for more information.

Black Sheep

North Summer Street just got even more tastier with Black Sheep, the cheese, wine, and charcuterie shop across the street from the new Rickard’s Bakery.

Black Sheep carries cheeses and smoked and cured meats that you won’t find anywhere else on Island, like Cypress Grove Chevre’s Truffle Tremor goat cheese, which is described as “velvety perfection.”

The Barely Buzzed is a full-bodied hard cheese from Beehive Cheese Co. in Utah. It’s rubbed with coffee beans and lavender, giving it a vaguely familiar taste that can easily be enjoyed alone or with a good chunk of bread. To really wow your guests, pick up one of Black Sheep’s fruit pastes in fig, quince, and pear to go with your cheese.

Sampling cheeses was helpful in deciding what to take home, but when I stepped up to make my order I panicked, realizing that I didn’t actually know how to go about ordering cheese in this manner, though I was pretty sure it wasn’t the kind of thing you bought by the pound. Owner Mark Venette was most helpful and not at all patronizing when he explained that you order by the “finger,” and he will trim off however much or little cheese you like in the general size and shape of, yes you guessed it, a finger.

In addition to its meat and cheeses, Black Sheep sells all the sides that make for great appetizers like asparagus, Asiago Bruschetta, and the Macedonian Feta spread with toasted almonds and shallots. The variety of olives includes Jalapeno-stuffed and Greek mix.

To satisfy the sweet-tooth, Petit Fours (small confections or mini-desserts) come in rich chocolate, vanilla orange, raspberry, and lemon. Jenni’s “splendid” ice creams are a must try in flavors like goat cheese with roasted cherries and salty caramel.

By mid-June, Black Sheep will double as a wine bar. The market will close at 5 and re-open at 6 as Trio wine bar where you can enjoy their artisan cheese and small plates along with a glass of wine in the chic bar area.

Currently, Black Sheep is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Call 508-939-4082 for more information.

In other news…

Morning Glory Farm recently started serving homemade smoothies and juice. The juice bar is open currently from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and will extend their hours as more produce becomes available.

Détente, in Nevin Square in Edgartown, is offering an early bird special: get your dinner for half price if you dine at the bar between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.