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Opening Day: Two Weeks to Go!

The entire farm is bustling now, not just in Edgartown but up in West Tisbury where we have moved the flower operation to Simon and Robyn’s farm. We have three new greenhouses there for flowers and this week we began planting outside as well. We’re very excited about all the flowers we will be bringing you this spring and summer—more varieties than we’ve ever grown before!

a field of flowers at Morning Glory Farm
In 2018 we doubled our flower acreage. This year we’re growing even more.

On May 3, when we open at 8 a.m., we expect to have several early Morning Glory crops for you: arugula, microgreens and pea shoots, nettles, radishes, red kale and spinach. If you haven’t tried nettles, they are wonderful in soup or as braised greens. Yes, they’re sharp and spiny when raw and you’ll need to wear gloves when handling them, but once they hit the heat they become soft, tender and tasty.

Stinging nettles
Nettles: Handle with care, enjoy with delight.

Martha’s Vineyard has been a quiet Island this week, with schools on vacation and many families down with the flu. But Passover, Easter and Earth Day are taking place over the next few days, as signs of spring and renewal continue to sprout from the warming soil. We look forward to seeing you May 3!


Tractor Tuesday: The Mighty Caterpillar

caterpillarOur Caterpillar 930 articulated wheel loader may be the most versatile machine we drive here at the farm. Read More

Farm Recipe: New Potato and Green Bean Salad

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Photo by Alison Shaw

Small, fresh early-season potatoes offer a bright potato flavor with a clean, low-starch texture. Cooking them slowly allows them to keep their shape. Other potatoes can also be used, but most will begin to fall apart or release starch, leading to a “gummy” texture—not a bad thing, just a different result.

  • 1 lb. new red potatos
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 lb. green beans or haricots verts, stemmed and cut at an angle in 2 1/2-3″ pieces
  • 1/4 lb. smoked bacon or cured pork belly
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, cored and sliced across in 1/4″ slices
  • 1/2 cup Pickled Red Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. whole grain mustard
  • 2 tsp. raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

If the new potatoes are smaller than a quarter in diameter, use them whole. Otherwise, cut in halves or quarters and place in a 6-quart saucepan, covering with water to an inch above the potatoes.
Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook 20-22 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not soft.
Add white vinegar and green beans; cook an additional 45 seconds to 1 minute. Strain and place in an ice water bath until cool. Remove and shake dry.

Meanwhile, in skillet over medium heat, render bacon until it begins to brown, 8-10 minutes. Add fennel and cook 2 minutes. Place potatoes, green beans, bacon, fennel, red onion and dill into a large bowl.

Combine oil, mustard, cider vinegar, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
Drizzle over potato mixture and stir to incorporate.
Serve while bacon is still warm.

From our cookbook Morning Glory’s Farm Food: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen.

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Morning Glory’s Farm Food: recipes by farm chef Robert Lionette, photographs by Alison Shaw

Introducing the Moglo Loyalty Card for Islanders

The Morning Glory Farm Local Loyalty Card

Breaking news! We’re very excited to announce Morning Glory Farm’s first and only loyalty card, a membership program for our Martha’s Vineyard neighbors. There’s no charge for the card and the application asks just a few questions.

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Farm Recipe: Pickled Beets

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The Tractor that Arms Our Trebuchet

Every autumn, we celebrate the harvest with our Pumpkin Festival. It’s a day of fun on the farm with pumpkin games, live music, fresh food, family hayrides and, out in the fields, our famous trebuchet launching pumpkins high into the air. Based on a weapon of siege warfare that originated in the Middle Ages, our trebuchet is strictly for fun — but it takes a great deal of force to pull back the throwing arm.

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This is What Living on Martha’s Vineyard is All About

The Ag Hall is packed with people for the Flat Point Farm benefit, April 6, 2019
Instagram photo by Stephen Turner, sct01, used with his permission

We want to express our deep thanks to everyone who came to the Ag Hall in West Tisbury Saturday night for the Flat Point Farm benefit. It was a real success and the proceeds will go a long way toward restoring the Fischer family’s losses after their devastating barn fire last month.

The music was great, the food no less and donations were more than generous—but what really meant the most was seeing so many faces and even whole families from all parts of the Island, all coming together to support our fellow farmers.

It makes us feel both humble and very grateful to a be part of the Martha’s Vineyard community.

To all who took part—from the musicians and other volunteers who donated their time and the businesses who provided goods and services, to the just-plain-folks who brought dishes, bought tickets and joined in:

We’re proud to be your neighbors.

Read more about the benefit in the Vineyard Gazette and the Martha’s Vineyard Times:

The Only Brand-New Tractor We Ever Bought

If you regularly drive the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road at the twilight hours of morning or evening, you might have spotted our John Deere 5425 with Jim behind the wheel. John Deere 5425 tractor

He chose the options when we ordered it — the first and only factory-new tractor Morning Glory Farm has ever purchased — from Padula Brothers in Raynham, who delivered our John Deere to the ferry terminal in Woods Hole on Cape Cod. Read More

Last Week to Vote for Best of the Vineyard!

Voting ends Friday, April 6 at 11:59 p.m.!
We are honored to find ourselves nominated in multiple categories of the 2019 Best of the Vineyard poll in Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Your votes would mean a lot to us! Please follow these links to vote for Morning Glory Farm:

Strawberry Princess says “Please vote!”

Many thanks from all of us at MGF!

 

 

Five Weeks Till We Open—Plant Peas Now for the Contest!

The crown and sash reserved for the winner of the First Peas to the Table contest
If you want to wear the sash and crown, you have to plant early!

The pinkletinks are singing on Martha’s Vineyard, and that means it’s time to plant your peas if you want to compete in our sixth annual First Peas to the Table contest. We reopen May 3 and the first measured cup of garden peas will win it all. Read on for Simon’s advice on planting your peas:

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