Celebrate Island-grown products

A colorful festival at Cronig's Market in Vineyard Haven this Saturday will call public attention to the delicious Island-grown food - from fresh eggs to lush produce - that is readily available to everyone at many locations around the Vineyard. Photo by Diana Waring

Posted June 8, 2006

The Island Grown Initiative is inviting the community to sample local food and listen to Maynard Silva play at the launch of its "Island Grown" buy local campaign at down-Island Cronig's Market on Saturday, June 10, 1 to 3 pm, rain or shine.

Festivities will include sampling of local oysters, fresh farm greens, and other local edibles, along with music and an informational display of local Vineyard farms. Take home a free map to farms and locations on the Island where you can buy fresh berries, heirloom tomatoes, baby salad greens, herbs, and other farm fresh vegetables along with eggs, beef, lamb, pork, vinegars, jams, and baked goods all summer long and throughout the year.

The goal of the "Island Grown" campaign is to identify locally grown and harvested products and to educate consumers about the benefits of buying local, which include supporting local family farms and preserving the environment of the Island for the future.

The group has designed a photo display of Island farms and an "Island Grown" logo to help consumers identify local produce sold at Cronig's and elsewhere. T-shirts with the logo will be available.

"This step helps each of us in supporting our farming community, reducing energy usage in getting it to us, and actualizing a portion of our sustainability goals," says Cronig's owner Steve Bernier, a primary sponsor of the campaign.

The event is free of charge, although donations to help support the work of the group will be accepted.

"Island Grown" event, Saturday, June 10, 1 to 3 pm, Cronig's Market, State Rd., Vineyard Haven. Free, donations welcome. For information, contact mvislandgrown@yahoo.com.