Crop report: What’s growing and selling at Martha’s Vineyard farmstands.

On Friday, Mermaid Farm had ample red onions, heirloom tomatoes, lilies, sunflowers, cheese, and yogurt.
Photo by Eleni Roriz

On Friday, Mermaid Farm had ample red onions, heirloom tomatoes, lilies, sunflowers, cheese, and yogurt.

I set out to visit a few Island farms this morning knowing the traffic would be horrendous because of the gloomy weather, but even as I drove back down-Island through Vineyard Haven at lunch time – awful – I felt it was completely worth it. The quiet calm at Beetlebung Farm and Mermaid Farm, and even the busy Alley’s Farm Stand was a nice break from down-Island.

I had never been to Alley’s Farm Stand before. It’s really a mini-market with a lot of Vineyard-made goods: Net Result dips, produce from various Island farms, M.V. Sea Salt, Not Your Sugar Mamas cookies, and Enchanted Chocolates, to name a few. There were plenty of pints of fresh Island blueberries from Palches Blueberry Farm ($7). Alley’s Farm Stand, behind Alley’s General Store, State Rd., West Tisbury. 508-693-0088.

I had also never been to Beetlebung Farm, and I’ll definitely be going back. First off, there’s obviously the standard farm stand and today there was garlic, kale, chard, small tomatoes ($5/lb.), cucumbers, carrots, beets, flowers, and eggs. But when you go in the small shed to pay, there’s even more to pick from: today there were scones and cookies from the Chilmark Cottage Baker, Chilmark Coffee Company coffee beans, gourmet olive oil, grass-fed beef, as well as paintings for sale by Marie F. Scott, ladles hand-blacksmithed on the Vineyard, pottery, and letterpress cards by farm manager Emma Nicholas Young. Beetlebung Farm, Middle Rd., Chilmark.

I was really looking forward to a mango lassi for breakfast from my last stop, Mermaid Farm, but no luck this morning. Instead, the fridge was packed with cheese and yogurt: whole milk plain yogurt, feta, and “Fromage,” their soft, creamy cheese. Outside on the produce table, the heirloom tomatoes looked great ($6/lb.), as did the red onions, and flowers: lilies and sunflowers, sold on the property from Black Cat Flower Farm. Mermaid Farm, Middle Rd., Chilmark. 508-645-3492.