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A mid-Atlantic magnolia makes it on Martha’s Vineyard

A native of Delaware, where she made her winter home, Polly Hill liked experimenting with warm-weather plants to see if they could survive cold West Tisbury.

A thing about bluebirds

I have a thing about bluebirds.

Vineyard walkers rejoice in new edition of primer

The fourth edition of "Walking Trails of Martha's Vineyard" by William Flender arrived in bookstores just before Christmas.

A plain dish with a rich history to greet 2011

Some people focus on their New Year's resolutions in the last days of the waning year.

Sweet, simple scallops

My favorite way to eat a bay scallop is raw, right there on the boat as soon as the drag is pulled out of the water and the scallops are dumped onto the culling board.

Not the Thanksgiving Day it always was

This will be the first Thanksgiving I will not sit crammed between a cousin, nephew, or brother whose elbows dig into my ribs each time they take a bite.

Soups for soul on Martha’s Vineyard

Are you, like me, one of those who dread the darkness and get a sinking feeling in your stomach when the light fades in mid-afternoon now that Daylight Saving Time is over? Here's an antidote: Make soup! There is nothing like homemade soup to warm the belly and lift the spirit.

Trained by the birds

Birds have been my best teachers lately.

Martha’s Vineyard farmers offer winter market

The first West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market was held Saturday, October 23, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury.

CROP Walk against hunger on Martha’s Vineyard

This Sunday, October 24, at 2 pm one hundred or more Islanders will set out from St.

The Island Food Pantry – helping our neighbors

The Island Food Pantry will open for the season on Monday, October 18 at 2 pm at the Stone Church on William Street in Vineyard Haven.

First Martha’s Vineyard Wildfood Challenge was quite the success

Monday night the entrance to Détente was filled with people flocking to the Wildfood Challenge.

Young filmmaker focuses on hunger on Martha’s Vineyard

Fourteen-year-old Josh Bernstein of Chilmark and Armen Hanjian, director of the Island Food Pantry, posed Sunday afternoon in front of the Capawock Theatre, where the premiere of Josh's 28-minute documentary film about the food pantry was screened for a group of invited guests.

Raspberry picking on Martha’s Vineyard

"Raspberries" is hand painted in red on the sign in front of Mermaid Farm, but you'll only see it if you are driving down-Island on Middle Road.

Evening watch

Even on summer evenings I didn't often linger outside.

Basil delights on Martha’s Vineyard

Sailors from Genoa discovered sweet basil on their trading trips to the Middle East 600 years ago and brought the herb home to Italy in terracotta pots.

Early-bird beach plums

This spring the beach plum blossoms were magnificent.

Soup for the stars

Butterhead lettuce and fresh shelling peas offer two of the most delicate and satisfying tastes of early summer.

For millions of years, the painted turtle endures, but how?

Chores push our walk at Duarte's Pond into the evening.