Chilmark: Grey Barn’s new farm stand

Lydia Fischer waters her starter plants at the Menemsha Crossing farm stand, open daily except Wednesday, when you can find her at the West Tisbury Farmers Market. — Valerie Sonnenthal

The heart mystery “Spread the Love” was solved by a sign found at the West Tisbury Post Office from the 2021 MVRHS class asking our community to place hearts around the Island or purchase one to support the class of 2023. Text Andrea Morse at 508-560-6372 to make or purchase a heart.

Garden angel Wendy Weldon gave away free dahlias on Saturday morning, maybe you were lucky enough to snag one to replant. Send me photos of your transplants when they bloom or post them on “It’s A Chilmark Thing” Facebook page. I think about her father planting his first dahlias, a garden so lovingly tended to, Wendy tending these same dahlias and new ones, how they are now finding new homes bringing a lifetime of nurturing with them.

I wasn’t sure if I’d walked into Grey Barn’s new farm stand or NYC’s old Dean and Deluca’s with high barn ceilings and separate bakery, meats, vegetables, and everything else. Only one checkout for now. Beautiful space with shoppers in mind. Besides inside, the arrangement of plants for sale outside is impressive and abundant.

Starter plants are readily available at all our farm stands, Native Earth Teaching Farm, the farmers market, and nurseries. Menemsha is open for business, charters, beach going, take-out, ice cream, sunsets, and more.

Congratulations to Falmouth Academy valedictorian Noah Glasgow and good luck in Chicago. Whether you graduated kindergarten, moved on from elementary school or high school you are on a new path, learn from your curiosity and have a great summer. Yes, schools are out for summer, so be extra careful on our roads.

Light rain did not keep Islanders or visitors from shopping at Saturday’s West Tisbury Farmers Market at the Ag Hall, 9 am to noon. Or try Wednesdays. Go early for Salt Rock chocolate and Stoney Hill Pizza.

The Garden Club of Martha’s Vineyard’s Blooming Art Show runs Friday, June 18, to Sunday, June 20, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm, $10 at the door, masks required. The work of 34 Vineyard artists are paired with a floral inspired design created by garden club members. All artwork is for sale with a percentage supporting the M.V. Garden Club.

If you need a new dump sticker or have questions about what is/is not accepted at our dumps see Did you know that button batteries (watch/hearing aid) and rechargeable batteries should be given to the attendant?

Waltz away your blues with the Thursday Strings Group on Wednesday, June 23, from 6 to 7 pm and enjoy some guitar, mandolin, fiddles, and a few banjos inside or on the patio of the Chilmark Community Church Fellowship Hall. Sunday 9 am services are held outdoors on the patio behind the main church building and on Zoom, connect with

Company SBB/Stefanie Batten Bland is in residence this month at the Yard. See Embarqued: Stories of Soil, an installation based dance-theater work steeped in Island history, still a work in progress, on Thursday, June 17, or Friday, June 18, outside at the M.V. Museum at 8 pm. Tickets are available at

Pathways Arts continues Tuesday Zoom Readings through June. On Sunday, June 20, head to the Tisbury Waterworks for live performances by Island Hip Hop and Kat Soni followed by free silent DJ dancing. Bring your headphones. On Monday, June 21, join composer Dean Rosenthal for Stones/Water/Time/Breath. Meet at 6:15 pm in the Lambert’s Cove parking lot to participate. Learn more at Learn more about all Pathways Arts offerings at

Island Folk Pottery’s Sculpture Trail and Shop are open: Trail hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily, and the shop is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. See for more info.

If you miss perusing the stacks, or need to use a computer or scanner/fax/printer you can now make a 30-minute appointment at the Chilmark library at or call. Porch pickups continue Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 4:30 pm. On Saturday, June 19, at 2 pm join the monthly virtual Writing for Young People group, Zoom link Contact the library at 508-645-3360.

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

Have a good week..

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