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Gardens of Love: Wendy Weldon and James Langlois

It is the end of September when I visit Wendy Weldon and James Langlois, artists, life partners and mostly vegetarians who live on a picturesque property overlooking ponds and the ocean in Chilmark. James...

The Jam and Jelly Makers

Culling berries from the Island’s beach plum bushes, strawberry patches, or Russian olive trees, or using pineapple and grapefruit from other places: Five jam and jelly makers share their secrets to success. Linda Lee Alley,...

Preserving the harvest

Preserving the bounty is on the minds of many of us who are lucky enough to have more vegetables and fruits than we can use this time of year, especially if we’re thrifty-minded or...

Building a barn from scratch

Few builders know the provenance of every board they build with. Chappaquiddicker Collins Heavener does because he milled each one from Island trees and used them to build a timber frame barn at Slip...

Back to school with Kyle Crossland

Around this time in 2017, Kyle Crossland stepped through the doors of the MVRHS horticulture greenhouse and felt transported back about sixteen years to his time in high school. The space felt the same,...

Use protection … from phone waves

In September 2013, Christy Phillips had a premonition.  One morning, she awoke from a dream that would change the course of her career and catapult her into a new passion. Phillips had dreamed that she...

Gay Head Coffee: Coming to store shelves near you

There was a time when beer was beer and coffee was coffee. For the end of the day, there were Budweiser, Miller, and Coors; Michelob was a treat. Coffee was served in Styrofoam cups,...

We Grow Your Own

Now that medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, more people are interested in growing their own. And while many Islanders are in tune with their green thumb, some are not. Paul Lazes,...

What’s brewing?

Fall is here, and with it come a few new brews for you and your crew. One of those brews comes from Offshore Ale, which prides itself on being the Island’s first and only brew...

What’s brewing?

As the crazy crowds, the humid heat, and terrible traffic come to end with the finale of the summer season, you may start to ask yourself where you can kick back, relax, and grab...

New farms on the block

I went to the first Wednesday Farmers Market to get Lydia Fischer of Beetlebung Farm's perfect slender asparagus, and found two new farms in attendance: Loon Farm and Milkweed Farm. Loon Farm's owners Lauren...

Homegrown: Making Dilly Beans on a fall day

I get out of the car, lean on my crutches, and scan my friend Martha’s garden. Even in late September the white rose snugging the house is flowering, and bees hover over the late...

Kitchen Porch Catering (and Back Porch) is sustainably delicious

This story was sponsored by Kitchen Porch Catering. Interested in telling the story of your business? Contact Danielle@mvtimes.com. When you think of food on Martha’s Vineyard, it’s hard not to think of Chef Jan Buhrman,...

How now, Ruby Red cow

I’m not a big cow person. They’re sort of like rural wallpaper, nothing to get overly excited about. And then I saw my first North Devon or Ruby Red cow out at the Beach...

Rhent-a-flock: Get your hens and roosters here

Many kids dream of someday having ponies, puppies or kittens as pets, but Chris Morse’s daughters had something else in mind. “They wanted chickens,” Mr. Morse, who lives in West Tisbury, said. “And like...

Update: What Are Your Local Farmers Up To?

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to an exclusive local farmer dinner. When I say farmer, I don’t just mean the food was farm-to-table. It was a meeting of Island farmers coming...

Slideshow: The Farmers

“On the Island, farming is tough … you have to take it on as a lifestyle.” —Rusty Gordon of Ghost Island Farm, West Tisbury Farmers on the Vineyard do a lot of things: Milk the cows,...

And Bees Make Honey

Bees are in the news again, unfortunately. Beeinformed.org, in collaboration with Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reporting troubling statistics about seasonal and annual bee-colony losses. Over the past...

Heather Thurber and the Art of Ayurveda

Ayurveda: noun. 1. One of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a...

All Our Farms in One Place

Lots of good farms here on the Vineyard. Here's our updated list of who's selling what, where. Please let us know (onisland@mvtimes.com) if you have anything to add. With thanks to SlowFood MV, Living...
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