An outburst over a croissant shop in Chilmark

A farmer stormed out of a recent meeting while a town official worried about the “Hamptonification” of the Island.

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Iggy's Bread has a three-year lease at the former location of The Bite, a fry shack that closed in 2018. —Connie Berry

A Vineyard farmer stormed out of a recent public hearing, swearing at local officials, as members of the Chilmark select board gave their approval for a croissant shop to open in Menemsha. 

The contentious topic that elicited so much fervor: the approval of a common victualler’s license — required of any establishment that means to cook, prepare, and serve food — for Iggy’s Bread to operate a takeaway restaurant out of the former building of the Bite.

The Bite, a fry shack on Basin Road in Menemsha, closed in 2018. Sarah Nixon, co-owner of the property Menemsha Inn and Cottages and Beach Plum Inn, told the select board at Tuesday’s hearing that she’s thrilled to lease the space and welcome Iggy’s to the fishing village.

Iggy’s Bread currently has a summer pop-up in Edgartown, open on weekends from 9:30 am to 2 pm, a location in Boston, and they sell in stores across the state, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. 

Nick Zappia, plant manager for Iggy’s Bread, said the company signed a three-year lease with Nixon and her husband Robert, with a three-year option.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Molly Glasgow, co-founder of Grey Barn, felt that with three other farms that sell bread in Chilmark, it wasn’t fair to bring in a “large corporation” that sells to “50 towns in Massachusetts alone,” Glasgow said.

“What does it say about Chilmark, and where do we draw the line?” she asked. “If Homeport can’t do it anymore, is Legal Sea Foods allowed to move in there?”

Members of the board also offered their own thoughts. Generally, they wanted to see someone take over the vacant building, but James Malkin, select board chair, expressed that the whole thing was a “character issue.”

He expressed concern that the Island is “sinking under the weight of money,” and becoming subject to a “Hamptonification,” he said. He wasn’t sure if the move from clams to croissants aligned with keeping Menemsha an active fishing village.

Malkin asked no one in particular, “Is Menemsha a place for croissants?”

Select board members Marie Larsen and Jeffrey Maida didn’t have much of a problem with the bakery’s application. The hours proposed for the bakery, 7 am to 2 pm, wouldn’t interfere with the sunset crowds for which the fishing village is known, they both acknowledged. Members of the audience also made clear that the Menemsha Market, which suffered fire damage in 2019, used to sell breakfast items.

Maida, who didn’t have a problem with breakfast choices in Menemsha, asked Zappia about what the language “bread products” on the application meant. He was concerned that vague semantics might leave the door open for the bakery to sell sandwiches, pizza, and cakes. 

Zappia, however, quelled fears, and insisted that they have no interest in selling those products. They plan to serve coffee, cold drinks, pastries, and breads.

“The road to somewhere is always paved with good intentions,” Malkin said.

In approval of the application for the license, select board members did so on the condition that Iggy’s Bread stay within the parameters of the menu, parking, and hours that were described in the proposal.

Most comments made by the public were positive, and were encouraged by a desire to have more businesses open in Menemsha, which a few years ago saw multiple storefronts shutter their doors. However, a few offered opposing remarks.

Glasgow’s husband and co-founder of Grey Barn, Eric, asked whether this building shouldn’t be rented out to a local. Nixon, however, assured the room she’s hardly had anyone approach her about renting the space over the past six years, and those who did approach her couldn’t make the jump financially.

“The property has been vacant, and in this free market of ours, someone came in and wanted to lease it,” Malkin said. “It wasn’t a local kid. It was someone who came in and signed the lease.” 

After almost 30 minutes of deliberation, the board granted Iggy’s Bread the license.

“You people are unbelievable. You don’t care about the farmers here. F___ you,” Glasgow said as she stormed out of the room following the motion.

Audience members were taken aback, and Malkin asked that everyone maintain a sense of decorum at town meetings.

“The comments made during the discussion were awkward and inappropriate for all concerned, and were not suitable for the meeting,” Malkin told The Times Wednesday.

Glasgow later apologized in a letter to the select board.

“I genuinely regret and take full responsibility for my actions. I admit that I became overrun with emotion around the subject of chain stores coming to our island,” she wrote. She also offered to do community service for the town.

The plan for Iggy’s Bread was previously approved on paper by the board of health, and provided the plan is executed as proposed, there will be an inspection, and a permit will be issued to the bakery.

95 COMMENTS

  1. Rock on Molly! Trying to protect our quality of life and island community is to be lauded. Many a time I’ve felt like that in Oak Bluffs board meetings.

  2. Worried about a croissant? In 2019, no one here worried about the Obamas buying two South Beach parcels to create one 29-acre parcel (the Grousbeck house alone cost $11.75 million) making a cool, overall $40 investment …but, apparently, even the 60th Maskless Covid Birthday Ball was not enough to keep the Obamas happy here. [their mansion was supposedly put on the market a year ago?]. Croissants in Chilmark? Maskless Balls in Edgartown? Gee – what’s happening now to the good ole barefoot Vineyard where everyone used to be shufflin’ down a dusty back road, chewin’ on a bag of Humphreys’ fluffy warm jelly donuts…? No croissants back then…no 29-acre estates then (however they were paid for on a President’s salary). Just Humphreys.

    • “no 29-acre estates then (however they were paid for on a President’s salary.)”

      Perhaps you haven’t heard. Both President and Mrs. Obama are best selling authors.

      • Perhaps you haven’t heard: Reed Hastings in Edgartown, head of Netflix. He notched a multiyear deal with the Obamas production company, Higher Ground Productions, to produce “films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features,”.
        Back 15+ years: Netflix in 2007 had a $3 share price and was mailing DVDs to people. The Obamas were poised to enter the White House and then had a reported net worth of $1.3 million, according to CNN Money. Fast-forward to 2018. The Obamas had an estimated combined net worth of $75 million, mainly derived from speeches and a two-book deal with Penguin Random House (thru Netflix).
        The Obama-Netflix production deal — was helped along by Netflix board member Susan Rice, who served as Obama’s national security adviser.
        You also remember Netflix deals with Oprah, Meghan and Harry, right? All this being orchestrated on the cozy little island of Martha’s Vineyard. There’s more, but you or the Times can do the research yourself… it’s all there. And, thanks to the MV Times for bringing up some of this stuff – it shows how the island has changed over the years. Longtime Edgartown residents were thrilled when the Hob Knob expansion was defeated – we support historic preservation on the island. We’re not sorry you lost, because we believe in preserving what we can of value: neighborhoods are critical, but croissants are not.

    • Turning an article about bread into a hateful tirade against the Obamas over an outdoor birthday party that happened 4 years ago. I feel sad for the empty life you must have.

      Also, why don’t you use your real name?

  3. I’m with Glasgow on this one (or at least a G-rated version thereof). The town didn’t allow a taco truck at Grey Barn even though it was insanely popular and there’s no tacos for miles around.

  4. Is this America? This is something I tell everyone. Our kids often drift to other parts of our country and are not local there. How would you like a local in that other State telling your kid because they are not local they cant have a business? By the way, I love pastries. The more the merrier. Congrats.

  5. This is embarrassing and laughable all at once. The whole thing is ludicrous. The baseless accusations, the whining, the elite “otherism”, the foul outbursts. Thankfully the majority approved this bakery and didn’t cave to the delusion that only “locals” should be permitted to operate businesses on the island. Its bread and muffins for Pete’s sake

  6. In my experience, the service at Iggys pop up shop was friendly and efficient, and the bagels were delicious , what’s not to like about a good nosh in Menemsha in the morning.
    On the other hand, I have been treated like it was a great privilege for me to buy a quart of milk, slice of cheese, loaf of bread at the Grey Barn. Maybe we wash ashore should not take ourselves so seriously .

  7. You can’t blame the Grey Barn for being upset they produce an amazing array of first class pastries. They struggle to find qualified people to produce these delicious items.
    There are several bakeries that supply goods to stores around the Vineyard. There’s even a store on Main Street in VH that claims to be a French bakery they get their products from Falmouth. Grey barn shouldn’t worry they will survive who drives to Menemsha for bread.
    I do miss the Bite.

    • You can’t blame the Grey Barn for being upset about competition.
      Doe it make a difference where baked goods are made?
      Baked goods from Falmouth can be in Menemsha in under four hours, or less by air.
      Everyone struggles for help, even Falmouth.

      • They can be upset I suppose, but it is a free market and competition should only make you strive to make your business all the better; something The Grey Barn hasn’t had to do. That’s capitalism, baby. Congratulations to the new business! I am excited to try a coffee and croissant 🙂

      • Albert, I’m always amazed when conservatives say we need to deport all the immigrants who have recently entered the US—if we don’t have enough workers now, how in the world would we send all the immigrants to back where they came from?

          • Albert– lets start with the top of the “conservative ” political
            ticket. Then we can move down to the conservative nutcases
            in the house of reps– you know who they are — And
            the senate ? I’m sure you can guess more than “lyin, flyin”
            Ted. How about governors ? Florida, Texas, South Dakota ?
            Then we can bring up Jordon Klepper and watch
            any clip of him talking to MAGA maggots at a Trump rally.
            How about tucker calson ? Sean “the thumb” Hannity ?
            Jessie Waters ? Laura Ingram ? Candice Owens?
            Them take a walk down any street here and talk to
            anyone wearing trump paraphernalia. If that’s not enough for you
            read the comments of our very own “conservatives” on this site.
            You know who they are– they are the ones who feign
            true conservative values and claim to not be racist while
            advocating asylum seekers from sh*****e countries go back to those countries to be prosecuted and killed for speaking out
            against authoritarian regimes.
            Do you need any more ?

    • Tom everyone has different tastes and the products from Grey barn are over priced and not that good. It is funny that the latest arrivals from Europe with their dirty oil money now complain about other new arrivals to the island. Pull up the drawbridge I have arrived and let no one else in.

  8. What is it was going to be a taco stand or a roti and fry bread outlet? What is they were going to sell Cape Verdean Catchupa or Wampanoag treats? God forbid a Brazilian menu… Would Ms. Glasgow have had the nerve to have yelled as loud then?
    She wanted a nice white kid from a nice local white family to have a shot at the place. Earth to Planet Glasgow: they had a shot for years and it lay empty.
    Now go tend to your farm and know that the whole towns microscope will now be on your operation. This won’t end well for you.

  9. I guess the expensive items at Gray Barn will be even more highly priced now. Competition 6 miles down the road is good for everyone, including the consumer, the farmer, the business owner. Fair prices for quality items shouldn’t scare anyone. I find the whining embarrassing.

  10. I’m going to put myself ahead of any pile-ons and share my thoughts here. I am not close to this issue and I don’t know Eric and Molly well, but in all of my interactions with them they have been kind, funny and warm. All of us have our lesser moments and lose our tempers- I have done it countless times, sometimes publicly, sometimes privately. It’s part of being human, and I certainly could never throw the first stone on this one. I think the sign of a healthy and forgiving community is that it gives people the chance to make amends as they see fit and explain their positions again under more serene circumstances so that one’s lesser moments (and we all have them) don’t define the issue. I will certainly extend Molly a second chance to share her point of view, and I hope I am given the same grace the next time I have one of my “Julian” moments…

  11. Iggy’s breads have been seasonally available in Chilmark for two years thanks to North Tabor Farm. And we are lucky to get an early coffee spot.

    • Wow that’s almost funny… this comment should be bumped to the top of the comments bc thats INCREDIBLY relevant! Actually I guess the fact that they were/are available and I DIDNT know shows it isn’t that BIG of an operation vs a big store front location like the bite is gonna be?! Idk I guess just playing devils advocate?!

    • Really Fan? Perhaps if you’d attended the meeting you’d have found her behavior less than commendable.

  12. I was and still am stunned at the viscous “f… You”expletive uttered by Molly Glasgow at the Chilmark select board meeting recently. I have always found our local town governements
    to be the best example of democracy in action. Elected officials who are unpaid, facilitate
    meetings that are open to all to discuss, debate and formulate opinions. When all ls said and done, a vote is taken and a decree is issued – in this case, a vicular license for a small breakfast take out facility. Not withstanding the fact that in previous years, the Nememsha Deli as well as the Menemsha Market have offered breakfast foods (includng croissants), the debate itself has some merit in that Iggy’s is a regional vendor ansd not a strictly Island vendor. Be that as it may, the whole question has become moot for me with the entitled tantrum that multi millionaire Molly Glasgo exhibited upon leaving the meeting. As far as Im cincernd, she has become the poster child of self absorbed entitlement – all too often breaching our public discourse. So sad to see that happening in our public meetings

    • Sig, “Elected officials who are unpaid, facilitate
      meetings that are open to all to discuss, debate and formulate opinions. When all ls said and done, a vote is taken and a decree is issued.”,
      you are aware our elected representatives don’t do this out of benevolency, they are required to by law, including the open meeting laws?

  13. I share the trepidation about allowing an off-island brand taking over a a quaint local space. However, based on my experience, Grey Barn need not be too concerned about competition, no one is going to buy corporate croissants until Grey Barn runs out.

    • Sig– it seems that this forum has evolved to accept
      typos. No need to apologize. I think nearly everyone
      on this forum can figure out what someone is trying to say,
      and lets it ride.

  14. Commercial retail off island company sets up shop here, no pickleball in Chilmark, Norman Foster builds a K-mart size convention center on the great pond …
    Hmm, waiting for Big Macs and Whoppers to arrive soon…
    Certainly a sad state of affairs for this poor Island… Would Tractor Supply be such a bad thing in the old Hinkleys spot? Oh never mind, Vineyard Wind built a coliseum there…

    • Tractor Supply would provide much lower costs for Island contactors, farmers and homeowners.
      Vineyard Wind replaced a dilapidated old fish house with a modern waterfront facility.
      No where near as pretty as MV Shipyard tin sheds and the Packer fuel tank farm and barge loading ramps.
      Were they coliseums when they were built…

  15. I will admit that I only read the first the first 2 paragraphs.
    I have 2 points.
    The farmer has some anger management issues.
    Croissant is a French word for something they invented .
    Since when did we become a bunch of anti-Frenchites ?

  16. I have a solution. Since it’s sat empty for years, convert it to a section 8 studio apartment.

  17. In the long run, this seems almost laughable. It’s a bakery. In a place where a bakery would be a nice thing to have: many people find themselves in Menemsha without vehicles-getting off of boats and walking down from the inns. As for chains on the island: NAPA, Dunkin’ Donuts, Stop & Shop, DQ, etc. Let’s stop pretending that we’re so precious.
    What I don’t understand is Ms. Glasgow’s seething anger, which I became the target of, after she finished her outburst at the Selectboard. Unprovoked, other than I spoke in favor of Iggy’s, after she kicked down the sign outside of the town hall, gave me the finger and sent a couple of f-bombs my way, she screamed at me to commit an inappropriate act on an unmentionable part of her anatomy. Because I spoke my mind.
    The Selectboard received an apology, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for one to come my way.

  18. Iggy’s is a 30+ year old Massachusetts based business with a reasonably priced good loaf of bread. Definitely thinking twice about going back to Grey Barn after reading this article.

  19. Iggy’s has had a seasonal store in Edgartown for the last few years, the best cranberry walnut I’ve ever had. Besides as I previously said North Tabor Farm has carried their breads seasonally for the last couple years. There store, once a women’s clothing store in E-town is as old feeling Island, simple, and just about the bread. Ideally they may offer a decent priced coffee in town.
    BS about hiring form off-Island since we personally know someone working this summer at GB from off-Island.

  20. Don’t you think it’s time to condemn the Menemsha General Store ? The wealthy owners don’t seem to care about the community enough to fix it up, so as a Town let’s get on them to make the repairs or face daily fines.. That eyesore has got to go. Get your priorities straight Chilmark. Residents and visitors don’t care what croissants they butter in the morning, they just want the croissants. I’m giving the Gray Barn a pass this summer, since the owners obviously don’t care whether or not the transient boaters, Town beach goers or anyone for an appetite for fresh sourdough bread and croissants in the morning get their appetite satisfied or not. Where is Larry David on this issue ? We need a good laugh about how ridiculous the arguments are against serving the public their bread. Let’s all remember what happened to Marie Antoinette when she said let them eat cake while the peasants starved to death. Nothing irks the serfs more than to have the rich landowners tell us how , when and where we should feed ourselves.

  21. You can no longer enjoy quaint things.
    If you must live in the country if many kings.

    My brother eats one meal per day in Africa.

    Once upon a time it was more beautiful than this Island.

    Soon all workers will come on the boat.

    MVC cannot hold back DISNEY forever

  22. If you sell your island to off islanders,
    If your economy is based on off islanders
    Priceless land to second homeowners,
    Piece by piece some go in sin
    They become the proud.
    Who is MORE greedy?
    This is an economy devoid of morality.
    Democracy is not NECESSARY for capitalism…enjoy your clams and croissants while you can.

    • What is your definition of an Islander?
      Are the Grey Barn owners Islanders?
      Do they sell things from off Island.
      A very minuscule part of what is sold on Island is made on Island.

  23. Dana, so sorry you had to endure that kind of abuse. Again, my concern about public discourse and the potential for abusive behavior limiting public involvement and participation in Democracy goes far beyond the question of croissants in Menemsha. (wait til this story hits the NY Times or Boston Globe)

  24. Back around 1973, I use to go to the bite building to buy cookies they had all kinds and they were amazing. I was sad when they closed down. So it wasn’t always a clam shack it was once a bakery of sorts! Just saying

  25. Neither for or against just want to point out obvious, this is not a bakery in that tiny building, it is a retail space to sell baked goods from? Off island?, which is not a bad thing but it will not be a bakery.

  26. OK Folks – this has now gotten quite disconcerting. It’s one thing to have an emotional outburst – abstractly directed at “you people”. It’s another to crudely verbally abuse with the most disgusting and vulgar invective at an individual person who simply expresses an opinion.
    Notwithstanding the fact that Dana Nunes is too many of us, a moral compass and a voice of reconciliatory reason, Molly Glasgow is threatening to subterfuge her own brand – The Grey Barn. You can’t separate the person from the brand in this case. It’s alarming to me that
    the years of hard work and multiple investments and the reputation of this farm could so easily go down the tubes by the public comments atributed to this person. I’m not going to say anymore as I’m pretty stunned by what I’ve been reading and hearing. I trust somehow reason will prevail. A public apology would serve the Grey Barn well.

    • Ms. Glasgow issued one but it’s come across as extremely sloppy PR. I believe the biggest issue here is that an island business actively tired to dissuade fair competition for their own interests. That’s extremely concerning.

    • I fully agree with your comment about Dana Nunes—always the articulate voice of reason

  27. Sadly the ironic outcome here will be that the Grey Barn would not have lost a penny from a Menemsha pastry take-out but likely many $$$ from the egregious behavior.
    I’d suggest a charm-offensive : apology letters to the Times and Gazette; 2 for the price of 1 cinnamon buns on tax-free weekend. It’s a start.

  28. Iggy’s has been a popular spot in Edgartown for the past few years and Ive enjoyed their bake goods. The staff has always been wonderful. I wish them well in Chilmark! There is more than enough business for all to be successful. I look forward to going to Menemsha on a day off and getting a yummy treat.

  29. I support local farmers and adore the grey barn. They came to the island with an enormous amount of oil money and they may forget they were outsiders with an equally “unfair” advantage.

    All things are going a bit sideways here 🙁

  30. I’ve never been able to afford Grey Barn products so their argument that we should support locals seems a bit hollow. Locals can’t afford them.

    • What really drove it home how little they care about locals was a few years ago when they started closing at 3:00. No local who worked a regular 9-5 job could even shop there during the week.

  31. So a couple move from London to Martha’s Vineyard and sell overpriced goods that most locals cannot afford, then get mad when a couple with a bakery in Sydney, Australia wants to come to the vineyard and sell stuff too. Feels like the height of hypocrisy.

    • Susan, is this what people are referring to when they say that Biden has opened our borders and immigrants are invading?
      People from other countries are real people, with emotions, and the creativity to make the world a better place!
      It’s time to be more welcoming to immigrants.

  32. Never heard of Iggy’s until the Glasgow’s lost their cool about it. Just bought my first loaf at the new farm store on Kennebec in OB. Great product. No need to travel to Chilmark for fresh bread ever again. Thanks for the heads up Molly and Eric!!

  33. You know, there are plenty of places on this island that sell stuff
    that is made “off island”. What percentage of the bread that is
    sold in Cronigs , Reliable or Stop and shop is made on island?
    How about the eggs in virtually every place that serves breakfast ?
    Mocca Motts has Cape Cod bagels.
    Who cares ? I honestly don’t get the issue.
    I actually have some MAGA friends– every one of them
    criticizes ‘elite” liberals and their alleged “snobbery” and disregard
    for the “working class” Of course they have it totally bass-ackwards,
    but this kind of stuff gives them something to point at.
    Sorry to inform the people here who want the Vineyard to remain quaint and special.
    It already is, and someone selling croissants in Menemsha that are made
    in Falmouth is not going to change a single thing.
    Except of course that it reinforces the stereotype that the Vineyard is
    full of privileged liberal snobs.

  34. I think we all need to accept the fact that simply…MVY is not the same place as when I first visited here 49 years ago. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to stop “progress”….The best we can all do is to manage the growth, development, and created problems ex. housing as best as we can. To bemoan what once was is simply not a good use of my energies.

  35. Wow. This was hard (if amusing) to read. I remember when Menemsha was all about bay scallops, questionable coffee at the Texaco (sorry Carrolls), and back door dinners. Now every time I read the local paper it’s about Croissants and tennis. Not the island I remember.

    • Michael -That controversary happened before I got here, but my understanding
      has always been that
      the sub standard bump never got fixed and is what appears to be
      a sub standard bump on the W.T road at Deep bottom road,
      where the terminal moraine of the last ice age was.
      I thought the people won that one.
      But I just looked it up– my myth has been debunked.
      🙁 But thanks for bringing it up. And I agree with your premise.

  36. Just to remind: the Glasgows were open safely all through the pandemic. They provide housing for their workforce, employ island kids, are great stewards of their farmland and practice high welfare standards for their animals. I don’t think it was about the bread. I think it was about a perceived lack of support for farmers on an island that too often prioritizes its tourist economy over its longstanding year-round agricultural identity.

    • Call me crazy but I’m thinking our “longstanding year-round agricultural identity” isn’t based upon one percenter washashores creating gentleman farms.

    • Every grocery store on the island was open during Covid. And bread was a lot more affordable to unemployed construction workers. Tout them up all you want, but islanders know this isn’t about agriculture, it’s about money. And the Glasgows fear of losing their piece of the over-priced bread market.

    • Geraldine– Your perspective is right on the money.
      I agree with your entire comment. One moment (or a few)
      during a passionate debate does not define years of commitment
      and good stewardship of the land. But it does defile the reputation…
      We live on an Island, and everyone knows your transgressions.
      I certainly have mine. In hope that Ms. Glasgow can articulate
      to the community at large that she is remorseful about her outburst.
      Julian Wise articulated his thoughts quite well with his July 3 comment here.
      We can debate things, we can differ on our opinions about the “character”
      of the Vineyard, and we can also forgive an impassioned outburst.
      Thank you Julian for reminding us of that.

    • I agree… and on top of that, the Glasgows have invested in the community and contributed to numerous island causes since the day they arrived. I know first hand, Molly is super smart, has a great sense of humor, creative and thoughtful.

      One bad day should never undo so many good days.

    • Shouting obscenities at the community is bad for business. It’s also disgusting and what people tend to remember when thinking about where to spend $13 for a loaf of organic bread.

      • She was sticking up for the community Jackie and god forgive anyone sticking up for what is right. if you don’t like artisan organic bread made from hard working islanders than go and get your wonder bread and complain about your ultra processed diet.

        • “She was sticking up for the community . . .”

          To me, her take sounds self-serving and unrealistic. As has been pointed out, running a business often involves competition. It’s not personal, and sticking up for one’s viewpoint doesn’t need to include foul language or the mistreatment of others.

          The folks at these meetings are, after all, members of the very community being referenced. What Dana Nunes has described—and I’m sorry she had to experience it—reveals a scene far more disruptive than what would’ve constituted a reasonable expression of frustration on Molly Glasgow’s part. (Or on anyone’s part.)

          Glasgow is not the first on MV to behave like this, nor is she the first to be defended. Those writing off her words as mere passion are dismissing legitimate reactions. There are multiple ways—passionate ones, in fact—to disagree with somebody without resorting to displays of anger. Many are quick to excuse these entitled outbursts, and so they continue. Seems we’ve lost the incentive to pursue a more civil approach.

          Menemsha, and the Island as a whole, can survive croissants. Butter and flour will not be responsible for changing the character of our towns. The true culprit is the meanness that’s been going around for quite some time. A lack of public consideration is now encouraged, so long as it comes from precisely the right people at just the right moment. Everything’s a popularity contest.

          I don’t feel previous good deeds or behavior are a pass for engaging in vulgar nonsense. That logic is lost on me. Ideally, we should do things—help out in the community, conduct business by the book—simply because they need proper doing. A drop of decorum is not too much to expect.

          Perhaps there are some rare exceptions to this rule; scenarios so dire that heated exchanges are inevitable, even understandable.

          Bread is not among them. When critics say the Vineyard is out of touch, this is what they mean. It reads like satire.

        • She was not sticking up for the community. What she was sticking up for is her slice of the overpriced breads and pastries market. If Grey Barn is interested in the community, the not rich year round community, they would have community friendly hours and prices.

        • Overpriced tablecloths and cutlery and cookbooks are not local, Mikey. Swearing at people and kicking over signs is not a signal of being “right”. It’s a hissy fit and a temper tantrum. It’s what 2 year olds do. You have no idea what my diet is like, so be quiet.

      • people won’t remember this. they will remember their beautiful grey barn products with their family and friends season after season. enjoy your Iggy’s bread and don’t complain when the Nixons raise their rent and Iggy’s leaves leaves menemsha high and dry.

    • Geraldine, enjoyed your point of view. 😁
      I’m a pretty good bread 🥖 baker, and I believe that all of us who bake bread can be lifelong friends. I do hope great friendships develop from this beginning. ❤️

  37. Lots of bakeries on the island have been offering Croissants to everyone for years. I don’t think they are for the upscale visitor although they do eat them, I agree with Geraldine Brooks that the outburst by the MV farmer at a recent Chilmark meeting is really “about the perceived lack of support for the farmers on the island that too often prioritizes its tourist economy over longstanding year-round agricultural identity”.

    • How does Grey Barn support local farmers?
      How much do they buy from them?
      Off island vendors?
      Do they sell goods made Off Island?
      Like Stop & Shop?

  38. I’m a year resident since 2007. Both my sons were born here. I think there’s always two sides to the debate.

    1. Iggy’s was able to secure a lease to operate a business that doesn’t compete with any other businesses in Menemsha in a morning based business offering a product that doesn’t compete with Stanley, Betsy, or Marshall or Katie.

    2. I think Molly’s passion was well intentioned to say “hey what about someone year round trying to make a living.”

    As a perfect example to sing Chris Celeste’s praises I came in second for the Dairy Queen with another long time islander business owner but Chris was able to choose who he wanted to carry the torch. It wasn’t about the money- it was about who is best that is HERE year round with kids that can move the business forward. Chris made the choice to publicly advertise his intentions. I’m a private chef and if I knew The Bite was a possibility I would have turn it into a pizza by the slice place for kids who don’t eat seafood but I never knew the space was open.

    So yes good for Iggy’s for having the product, the money, and the ability to find a new business space to operate.

    On the other side, it’s unfortunate that’s there’s so many hard working islanders looking for a chance to open a business. We are seeing it with the up and coming Brazilian community owning half the triangle- why!? Because they are helping each other as a community. Maybe nepotism or maybe selective capitalism.

    This is where are.

    • It sounds more like where you are. My two cents — adults should act like adults. Swearing, tossing a tantrum, storming out of a public meeting, and kicking over a sign is toddler-ish. Most of us outgrow it.

  39. The Grey Barn deserves our support for its long history of providing artisanal products of excellent quality. The uproar over a rowdy performance at a town meeting shouldn’t cause us to forget their fine operation. Iggy’s sells good bread. The Grey Barn sells superb bread. I could walk five minutes to buy Iggy’s bread in Edgartown, but instead I drive to Chilmark for the Grey Barn’s bread. The outstanding quality of the product makes the time and trouble worthwhile. Vineyard artisans deserve our support. The Grey Barn deserves our support.

    • Long history? What, 15-ish years? It wasn’t just a “rowdy performance,” Ms. Glasgow went off the rails, spewing foul invective at me for nothing more than politely disagreeing with her. This was after disrespecting the selectboard and kicking over the town hall sign downstairs. Good for you for purchasing their bread, but they make a product that’s generally inaccessible to the average islander, pricewise. Keep in mind, they, too, are newcomers here, and they were welcomed by the other businesses and farms in the area. They seem unable to pay it forward.

      • This is the argument? 15 years isn’t enough to be considered ‘island’ established? Croissants are anathema? It must be fried clams or it’s not in character? Full- belly clams or “get out of line, buster”.
        This is so silly. Grey Barn sells out of their baked goods quickly. The Bite location has been vacant for a few years.
        The Menemsha Store (Seward’s)? The Homeport? The Galley? What’s going on across the road there, in its umpteenth iteration?
        And let’s not forget you can get everything you want for twice the price at the Chimark Store.

  40. Truth really is stranger than fiction, just read my new book about The Vineyard — “Desperate Island” out this month from Archway Press/Simon & Schuster. It perfectly predicts the Menemsha bread tempest in a teapot and the Island going to hell in a very funny way. Read more at: desperateisland.com

    Charles Furlong
    Chilmark resident 1994-2018

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