Last-Minute Christmas Gifts from Martha’s Vineyard

Need some inspiration to round out your gift-giving this holiday? These presents will warm the heart of anyone who loves Martha’s Vineyard: Morning Glory's Farm Food: recipes by farm chef Robert Lionette, photographs by Alison Shaw

1. Morning Glory’s Farm Food: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen, with photographs by Alison Shaw, is a handsome softbound book full of recipes and information about the food we grow and cook. It’s available at the farmstand until Dec. 28, and at bookstores. And please don’t forget our original book, Morning Glory Farm and the Family that Feeds an Island, with recipes for Zucchini Bread and other farm favorites.

2. A subscription to The Vineyard Gazette, the Island’s newspaper of record since 1846, will do more than just keep your giftee well-informed about MV news and events: In collaboration with the nonprofit Island Grown Initiative, the Gazette is purchasing a row of school garden vegetables for every new or renewed subscription this holiday season. The proceeds from this calendar benefit Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Martha's Vineyard.

3. Proceeds from the 2017 Felix Neck Wildlife Calendar, illustrated by top Island nature photographers, benefit Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown. You can find it at local bookstores and our farmstand.

4. Food! It’s not too late to put together a festive basket of cheeses, nuts and preserves, perhaps with some indulgent holiday cookies like Cherry Amaretti. The farmstand is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this week, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve (Saturday). We’ll reopen Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for our last two days of the season.

Christmas cookies are wrapped and ready to give.

Our Annual Sale is Underway

Beemster Vlaskaas Aged Gouda is one of the few imported cheeses we carry at Morning Glory Farm.With Christmas days away, we’re preparing to close the farmstand Dec. 28 for our annual off-season break. Till then, we’re marking down many products by 20 percent — including ALL of our cheeses, dried fruits and nuts. Here are a few of the deals you can take advantage of, while supplies last:

  • Abbaye de Belloc, a French raw sheep’s milk cheese made by monks in the Basque Pyrenees: regularly $25.99/lb, now $20.79/lb
  • Alpha Tolman, an Alpine-style raw cow’s milk cheese from Vermont: regularly $23.95/lb, now $19.16/lb
  • Ascutney Mountain, a hard, Alpine-style Vermont raw cow’s milk cheese: regularly $28.00/lb, now $22.40/lb
  • Beemster Vlaskaas Aged Gouda from the Netherlands: regularly $16.50/lb, now $13.20/lb
  • Landaff, a Vermont raw cow’s milk cheese in the Welsh Caerphilly tradition: regularly $28.00/lb, now $22.40/lb
  • Olga, a hard Maine cheese made with raw cow’s and goat’s milk: regularly $28.00/lb, now $22.40/lb
  • Reading, a Raclette-style raw cow’s milk cheese from Vermont: regularly $17.95/lb, now $14.36/lb
  • Tarentaise, a Vermont raw cow’s milk cheese not unlike Gruyère: regularly $25.95/lb, now $20.76/lb

This is also the time to save 20 percent on Kalamata and Castelvetrano olives, cornichons, hot and cold cereal and beach plum jelly. Come in and see what else we’re putting on sale as we head into our final days of 2016!

When to Order Your Christmas Pies

We’re taking pie orders until 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23. The varieties:Maple Walnut Pie from our bakery.

  • Apple Pie
  • Harvest Pie (apple cranberry with raisins and walnuts)
  • Pecan Pie
  • Maple Walnut Pie

Pie orders must be picked up by noon Saturday, Dec. 24. We close at noon Christmas Eve!
Till then we’re open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We’re closed Dec. 25-26; on Dec. 27-28, we’re open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for our final days of 2016.

In the Bakery: Grains as Good as Our Greens

Our bakery uses the best American-grown organic flours, non-GMO cooking oils and fairly traded nuts and fruits. We’ve always been farmers, here at Morning Glory. Over the years we’ve also become cooks and bakers. Our home-style dishes, fresh appetizers and signature baked goods are always made from scratch, using only ingredients we feel are equal in quality to the produce we grow on the farm.

We’re hiring bakery staff for 2018! Find out more »»

Our bakery and kitchen use the best American-grown organic flours, non-GMO cooking oils and fairly traded nuts and fruits. Wherever possible, we source from family farms and granaries and employee-owned collectives like King Arthur Flour.

“Their product is just a lot better because of the types of grains they use,” says our head baker, Korilee Connelly. “It makes a huge difference in the taste and the texture.”

Recipe: Pie Crust the Morning Glory Way »»

Here’s where we get the grains and flours for our breads, pies and other baked goods:

    • Central Milling in Logan, Utah: whole wheat bread flour, rye flour, organic wheat flour
    • Champlain Valley Milling Corporation in Westport, N.Y.: organic wheat and rye flours, whole, ground and cracked
    • King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vt.: Sir Galahad, an all-purpose bread flour made with hard winter wheat; Sir Lancelot, a high-gluten, high-protein spring wheat flour; Organic Select Artisan, the organic equivalent to Sir Galahad
    • Maine Grains in Skowhegan, Me.: rolled oats, cracked oats, wheat berries
    • Mermaid Farm, Chilmark, Mass.: wheat berries
    • Morning Glory Farm: cornmeal from heritage six-row flint corn
    • Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Vermont in Charlotte, Vt.: cornmeal
    • Dan Sternbach, West Tisbury, Mass.: wheat berries

We also bake with real buttermilk from Kate’s Homemade Butter in Minot, Me., unsalted butter from Cabot Creamery Cooperative in West Springfield, Mass. and Cabot extra-sharp cheddar from Vermont and New York state. Our cranberries come from Carver, Mass. and our blueberries from Maine.

Come in this month for a pie, some bread, a cheesy biscuit or a mammoth cookie. And watch for Korilee’s special scone creations, which — depending on her whim —may include goat cheese, prosciutto or fresh vegetables from the farm.

Morning Glory Farm Bakery Best Sellers for 2016

  • Zucchini Bread
  • Biscuits and Scones
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie (summer), Pumpkin Pie (winter)
  • Organic Multigrain Bread
  • Brioche

2,000 Pounds of Carrots

How do we wash 2,000 pounds of fresh carrots? As rapidly as we can!


We brought in 2,000 pounds of Nantes carrots this week. Morning Glory Farm has been growing and hand-harvesting these flavorful, blunt-ended carrots for more than 20 years. We love the way they taste: sweeter than the well-known, pointy-ended Imperator variety that’s mechanically harvested for supermarket sales.

As one of our customers told us this fall: “This is the way a carrot is supposed to taste.” Here’s our super-easy recipe for a terrific carrot side dish — kids gobble it up: Maple-Glazed Carrots from Morning Glory Farm and the Family that Feeds an Island.

In the video, Lydia, Jacob, Ethan and Ally speed-wash a bumper crop of December carrots fresh from the field.

Giving Feels Good


One of our customers did an amazing thing recently.Five hundred pounds of winter vegetables were donated to the Martha's Vineyard Buys & Girls Club by Artcliff Diner, so families could have their own free farmers market.
The Artcliff Diner in Vineyard Haven purchased 500 pounds of fresh winter vegetables and donated them all to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club in Edgartown, so parents could pick up some free produce along with their kids at the end of the day.

The butternut squash went the fastest.

The veggies were a big hit. After one day, all the butternut squash was gone. By the next night, most of the turnips, carrots and potatoes had also found new homes — this is all that was left for the following week:More than half the remaining vegetables were gone by the next night.
The Boys & Girls Club serves hundreds of families from all over Martha’s Vineyard, where one in four school-age kids is at risk of not having enough to eat. If you’d like to make a similar donation of healthy, fresh farm-raised food, please let us know. We’re always happy to help, because we know how good it feels to share the bounty.

Morning Glory Farm was recently honored for contributing 100,000 pounds of produce to the Island Grown Gleaning program since 2009.





Where to Buy a Christmas Tree on Martha’s Vineyard

Christmas trees from Hartikka Tree Farm in Connecticut, for sale at Morning Glory Farm on Martha's VineyardUpdated: We’re donating a percentage of Christmas tree proceeds to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club.

The Christmas trees have arrived at Morning Glory Farm! We received a truckload of 187 perfectly-shaped, New England-grown Canaan and Balsam firs this week. These trees were cut especially for us on Nov. 28 at Hartikka Tree Farm in eastern Connecticut — not in Canada, where so many Christmas trees are grown for the U.S. market. 

Canaan firs are a cross between Balsam and Fraser firs, and they’re just about the prettiest Christmas trees we’ve ever seen. Firs are also the most long-lasting Christmas trees, with needles that will hang on after other evergreens’ have dried out and and fallen off.

We have freshly-cut Christmas trees in assorted sizes, starting at $39.95. Come pick one out while there are still plenty in stock ! We’ll help you put it on your car. While you’re here, check out the variety of holiday wreaths from Wilson Farm, a fourth-generation family farm in historic Lexington. They range from simple all-evergreen wreaths for $9.95 to festively-decked fancy wreaths, with adornments like pine cones, plaid bows and jingle bells, for up to $29.95.

The farm stand is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you’d rather choose and cut your own Christmas tree, the L&W Tree Farm in West Tisbury is open for Christmas tree sales every December. It’s located on Panhandle Road across from the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society hall and fairgrounds. Owners Norman Lobb and Danny Whiting also allow customers to dig up live trees to transplant at home, and will give you some tips on keeping your live Christmas tree thriving long after the holiday. (For more places to buy a Christmas tree on Martha’s Vineyard, please see below.)

Once you have your tree, how will you decorate it? We have fresh loose cranberries and our own Island-grown popcorn for kids of all ages to string into all-natural holiday garlands. We’re also stocking brilliant red poinsettias, cyclamens and Christmas cactuses to brighten your home and give as holiday gifts.

Other locally-owned businesses selling Christmas trees on Martha’s Vineyard include Middletown Nursery and Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury, SBS and Tea Lane Nursery in Vineyard Haven and Donaroma in Edgartown.

Keep your cut tree fresh by trimming off the cut end of the trunk, where sap has formed over the original cut, before placing it in plenty of water in a stable tree stand — not too close to heat sources and lamps. Don’t let it dry out, and your fir tree will reward you by staying green till Christmas and beyond.

Christmas at the Farm

Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir

The trees have arrived from Vouluntown CT  from Hartika Tree Farm.  The family has been growing Christmas trees since 1955 when they transitioned from a poultry farm.   We have been very happy working with them, the quality of their trees is excellent, I always look forward to my annual visit to Hartika.   This year because of popular demand we are specializing in Fraser Fir trees, their needle retention, scent, shape, and color all make it a superb tree.  We have sizes from 2 foot to 10 foot, Christian Walter is out on the lawn stocking the fire pit and ready to help you pick one out and load it up.

The Flower Girls have turned into Wreath Elves, they have taken their talents and made a whole new collection of Christmas wreaths, kissing balls, garland and more.

Be sure to admire our lovely selection of wreaths; Robyn, Molly and Beth asked me to share a couple picture of their favorites.

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The Wreath Wall

The Wreath Wall

Save This Date:
Friday, December 16th, 2011 From 5:00 to 7:30 PM For Our
Holiday Openhouse
Come join us at the Farm-stand to celebrate the Holiday Season!
Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Morning Glory Farm!
Brass Band, Fire, Christmas Trees, Chestnuts, Holiday Cheer!
Free Eggnog, Cookie Decorating, Raffles

Chef Judy will whip up some of her best winter recipes
Purchase your dinner and decorations while enjoying the holiday festivities!


Starting this December Preschool Storyhour!
Join us EVERY Tuesday in December at 11:00am
in the farmstand loft for farm inspired
stories and songs!
Parents can shop, get lunch or just hang out
while kids socialize with other pre-schoolers.

Dec 6th, Dec 13th, Dec 20th and Dec 27th- see you there!

Farm Stand Hours

Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
We will be closed on Sunday December 3rd and
Open Sunday, December 11th & 18th

Odd Job Fall

Load of winter squashes

Load of winter squashes

Winter is the season of planning and brainstorming. Spring is excitement, rejuvenation, and opportunity. Summer is hectic and sweaty. And then there is fall, the end of the season, when the months of hard work have hopefully paid off and the farm crew brings in the last of the crops. A few frost-hardy vegetables hang on in the fields, including lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, turnips, carrots, and parsnips. Even pumpkin season is past, and the cows are happy to receive a good ration of old pumpkins in their daily meals.

With less and less to harvest each day in the field, the tiny field crew can focus on the projects that have been neglected all year (if not for multiple years!).

A few of the odd ball jobs we have accomplished in the last week:
–    Removal of an old barbed wire fence in a field at Right Fork. In some places, the bittersweet had wrapped itself so tightly around the wire that it was impossible to separate the entwined plant from the metal.

–    Digging out under the farmstand floor in order to put in insulation. It is a tight, dark crawl space that truly encourages the imagination.

–    Delivering pumpkins to the cows. We filled up the back of one of our farm trucks with old rotters from the lawn- It was an impressive pile. But as the truck was pulling onto the main road, the tailgate spontaneously opened and an avalanche of pumpkins came crashing onto the road, causing a four-car traffic jam. Oh boy. Luckily Jim came to the rescue just in time!

–    Splitting lots of firewood with a nifty tool that attaches to the back of the tractor. All that firewood will heat our greenhouses come spring.

–    And, of course, the usual cleaning and organizing that we finally have time for now that things are a little bit slower.

Lilly Walter;  Field Chief

Daily Vegetable Pick

Another Load from Cow Pasture Field

Another Load from Cow Pasture Field

Every day the Morning Glory Farm crew picks almost every vegetable we sell, we always strive to only sell the freshest from our fields, and picking 6 days a week ensures that.  It is high season for summer vegetables and I grabbed this picture yesterday of yet another load of peppers and eggplants.

This season from the Old Cow pasture field:
Classic Eggplant, Mangan Purple Eggplant, Japanese long Eggplant, Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Purple Peppers, Orange Peppers, Tiburon (poblano) Peppers, sweet Frying peppers, Hungarian Wax peppers, Jalapeno, Anaheim peppers, Thai chile,  Habanero Peppers.  Careful with the Habanero’s though, Wow their hot!