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Our Tomato Crop, By the Numbers

The Vineyard Gazette honors us this week with a well-reported article about the adventures of our 2017 tomato crop, which was delayed by adverse weather in the spring and early summer but is coming in gangbusters now. Food writer Susie Middleton, an experienced farmer herself, does an excellent job turning all of Simon’s geeky statistics into a very readable story. Some highlights:

  • “(B)y the time the Fair began on August 18, the farm had only harvested 955 pounds of red field tomatoes, as opposed to 2,800 pounds the year before.”
  • “On August 19 of 2016 — smack dab in the middle of Fair week — the tomato crew, led by manager Lydia Hall, picked 1,133 pounds of red field tomatoes. This year, the first 1,000-pound day came on August 28.”
  • “Last year, Morning Glory Farm harvested a total of 42,550 pounds of field tomatoes (all varieties)…”
  • “(T)here’s no indication that this year, with 17,000 plants in the ground, will be significantly off — the harvest is just delayed.”
  • “Morning Glory has contracted with an organization in Boston called Commonwealth Kitchen that will take the farm’s tomatoes — the first 1,000 pounds went off this week — and return glass jars of both crushed tomatoes and marinara sauce to sell in the store.”

You can read the article, with photographs by Jeanna Shepard, here »»

Photo by Alison Shaw.

Bottom line: We’ve got plenty of tomatoes for your slicing, cooking and canning needs and you can buy in bulk for as little as $1.95 a pound. Or check back soon for our jarred tomatoes and enjoy the taste of summer all winter long.

Bulk Tomatoes Now as Low as $1.95/lb

At last: Field-fresh tomatoes in bulk for your sauces and canning! Buy 5-9 pounds at $3.45/lb, 10-19 pounds at $2.95/lb and 20 pounds or more for just $1.95/lb.

Bulk tomato station, start your canning with Morning Glory Farm field tomatoes! #tomato #farmersmarket #marthasvineyardlife

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Here Comes the Pumpkin Festival

Mark your calendars: Morning Glory Farm’s annual Pumpkin Festival will be Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have all of our great games and family activities — from gourd tossing and pumpkin carving to watching the mighty trebuchet launch pumpkins across the fields — along with a tie-dye station, hayrides, great foods from the farm grill and bakery and live local music. Come for an hour or spend the day, and bring the family!pumpkin helmet trebuchet

Instagrammers Love Summer on the Farm

Along with our own Instagram gallery of photos and videos, we are very fortunate to have many customers posting their own beautiful shots from Morning Glory Farm. Today we thought we’d give a shout-out to some of these talented folks and thank them for sharing! If you have MGF photos for Instagram, our hashtag is #morninggloryfarmmv and we would love to see them.

 

Love your #flowers @morninggloryfarmmv #morninggloryfarm #morninggloryfarmmv #marthasvineyard

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Watch: Mobile Market Brings Farm Produce to Island Neighborhoods

This summer, the nonprofit Island Grown Initiative took a big step forward in its campaign for food equity on Martha’s Vineyard by purchasing a mobile florist shop and transforming it into a rolling produce market that visits low- and moderate-income neighborhoods around the Island weekly. Anyone may buy from the truck, which sells vegetables from Morning Glory Farm and other local growers at a break-even markup. (Scroll down for a schedule of its stops.)

In this MVTV clip, Bella Felipe catches up with the Mobile Market on its rounds and reports, in Portuguese and English, on what she finds.

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Try This Luscious Fruit Salad, No Recipe Needed

The folks at Upinngil Farm in western Massachusetts just tweeted this, and we had to share. It’s so simple and fresh, you don’t even need a recipe: Just cut up your melons and peaches, add your mint leaves and sprinkle to taste with the juice and syrup. So refreshing!

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20 Blue Ribbons at the Fair

Did you make it to the Ag Fair? We had a terrific time, and the judges were good to us once again. Back at the farm, we’re busily harvesting tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, squash and more. Come see what’s fresh.

Fresh Farm Recipes »» 

Tomatoes photo by Alison Shaw.

Did We See Ewe at the Fair? (Photos)

First place on many items entered. Go checkout all the hard work at the fair

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These little lambs want to meet ewe at the Martha’s Vineyard Livestock Show and Fair. And while you’re there, stop by the exhibition barn and check out our latest ribbons!  You can download this year’s Fair Book, with daily schedules, at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society website. »»


The Fair Opens Today! Here’s the Schedule

Today begins the 156th annual Martha’s Vineyard Livestock Show and Fair in West Tisbury. You can download this year’s Fair Book at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society website. »» Here is the schedule for the fair’s first day: 

Recipe: Tomato, Bacon and Onion Jam

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