Chilmark: Fish, farms, and flea

Where the wild things are . . . Lucy Vincent Beach of course. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Oh my, it’s May. Porch lights lit, shutters opened, stores stocking up and life returning to a not-so-sleepy spring. Beetlebung’s dorper sheep greet me in the morning, daffodils and tulips brighten up the gray days, and purple hyacinth infuses and greets me at my front door. Two hundred bulbs now seem like only a beginning as I am motivated by fields of daffodils at the Larsens at Beetlebung Corner and Melinda DeFeo’s grandmother’s daffodils at Tea Lane Flower Farm.

Kitchen Porch’s Jan Buhrman posted a Jerusalem Artichoke and Cauliflower Soup, see the recipe here: I tasted my first Jerusalem artichokes (a.k.a. sunchoke) thanks to Cynthia Riggs who gifted me some from her garden. Artichokes have remained a favorite vegetable since my childhood, so being introduced to sunchokes was a welcome surprise at 50, and who knew they’re good for our gut health.

If you want to join the 5 pm Thursday, May 6, Chilmark Fire Station and EMS building presentation, click here for the Zoom link and handouts:

Both Menemsha fish markets are open daily and serve delicious fresh catch. The Menemsha Deli is open daily from 8 am to 3 pm and closed Sundays. Creekville Antiques is open noon to 4 pm on the weekends. The Ruel Gallery will be open Saturday, May 8, from 11 am to 4 pm and weekends after Mother’s Day. Copperworks is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. Benjamin McCormick’s Under the Surface Gallery is open, call 508-962-7748 to check hours. Menemsha Texaco is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and weekends from 9 am to 3 pm.

All Chilmark Farm stands are open: Allen Farm has eggs, lamb, and pork besides their wonderful gift shop; Beetlebung has fresh produce; Grey Barn has fresh bread, cheese, eggs, milk, and produce besides a few extras; Mermaid Farm has fresh cheeses, eggs, meat, milk, and yogurt besides pantry items and ice cream; and North Tabor Farm has fresh produce, eggs, chicken, assorted pantry items and frozen bagels, cauliflower crusts, ice cream and more.

One bit of good news is that we can look forward to the return of the Chilmark Flea Market at the end of June.

Please be sure to leash your dogs on Lucy Vincent Beach if you walk by the fenced piping plover nesting area.

The Chilmark library hosts its monthly Writing for Young People group on Saturday, May 8, at 2 pm. All ages can learn chess in a beginner’s class with Glenn Davison on Tuesday, May 11, at 6 pm. Learn how to set up a board, use pawns, chess pieces, and how they move to win, 10 tips for playing a better game, and how to win a game of chess in four moves. Email for the Zoom invite. Laptops are now available for two-week loans. Pick up your Take and Make craft at the Chilmark library on Thursday from 11 am to 4 pm, while supplies last; May 6 is a butterfly card and May 13 offers a straw snake.

The last day to register to vote is Thursday, May 6, to participate in the Chilmark Special Town Election on Wednesday, May 26, and register to vote last day is Saturday, May 15, to participate in the Chilmark annual town election on Wednesday, May 26. Vote early by mail ballots are available for both the annual and special town elections, see And mark your calendars for the Chilmark annual town meeting on Monday, May 24, at 5:30 pm.

Head to the Organic Veggie Starts and Seedlings Sale at the Grey Barn from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 8.

Visit Corinna Kaufman’s unique seaweed fine art in her historical Aquinnah home gallery right on the beach. She’s open Sunday, May 9, from 11:30 am to 5 pm. Call 415-887-8456. More info at

Registration opens Sunday, May 9, for the Chilmark Community Center summer program.

The Chilmark Tavern officially reopens for take-out on May 20 with some outdoor dining, but they’re currently taking advanced reservations by phone 508-645-9400 for July 1 and after for parties of six or less.

The Outermost Inn outdoor dining room opens on June 10 and is currently taking reservations by phone, 508-645-3511.

Pathways Arts hosts the Cleaveland House Poets second group of readers on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 pm. If you want to hear the first group, which I was honored to read with, you can access that and previous presentations and see all of Pathways offerings at Also the link for the reading can be accessed just below the program information on the Pathways page.

Mollie Doyle’s yoga class continues online through May, and then will offer lawn yoga at the Beach Plum Inn beginning in mid-June, besides online. Learn more and sign up at Peaked Hill Studio will offer live classes again in June and continues to offer biomechanically based yoga online and a monthly Restorative Sound Journey. Learn more and sign up at The Chilmark Community Church services continue on Zoom, see for link.

For everything COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard, see

Check It’s a Chilmark Thing on Facebook for up-to-date information about our town and Island.

Have a healthy week.

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