Farming in a Time of Coronavirus

This isn’t the blog post we had planned to send out the first week of Spring. We hope it finds you in good health and a flexible state of mind, as the coronavirus continues to remap our everyday lives in ways we’d never considered.

At Morning Glory, we are taking our responsibility as farmers seriously and working hard to produce great quality, safe foods here on the Island. As an essential business producing food for our community, we are open during the state and local emergency orders and have developed several protocols to keep us all safe.

Jim, Debbie, Simon and Daniel want you to know that taking care of our staff is our top concern. Any Moglo employee may opt to stay home with no penalty or risk, and will be given the opportunity to use sick time and/or unemployment as the needs fit.

We’re asking our field and greenhouse crew members to work solo wherever possible and to have no more than one person in any farm vehicle. We are pushing off non-food-producing activities that would have people working closely.  Sanitizer stations are set up and stocked in all work areas.

Managers not needed on-site are safely working from home. This week, we held our first online meeting, with folks joining from different spots around the Island.

While the farmstand won’t reopen April 10 as we’d previously announced, we’re still looking to open within a few weeks of that date.

Meanwhile, our self-service fridge outside the farmstand exit has eggs, kale, pea shoots, pesto, potatoes and now meat, all available on the honor system. As more spring crops come to ripeness, you’ll find them for sale outside as well, carefully cleaned in our new, state-of-the-art vegetable washing barn.

Watch for salad mix, arugula, baby kale, radish, scallion, head lettuce, kohlrabi, box choi, and colorful flowers from our West Tisbury flower farm and greenhouses—just for starters.

A bunch of anemone flowers at Morning Glory Farm on Martha's Vineyard

 “I can confidently say this is the most aggressive spring planting we have ever engaged in,” Simon said in a recent memo to staff.

“Dad and I worked together into dusk getting another half-acre of hardy spring crops in the ground Wednesday. Our greenhouses will produce hundreds of thousands of transplants under the powerful efforts of Chloe and Isa.”

Please bookmark our website and subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first to find out when we set our opening date for 2020. We really can’t wait to see you!

Morning Glory Farm is a GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)/Commonwealth Quality certified farm.

Spring Peas Contest: Who Will Win?

It’s not too soon to be thinking about this year’s First Peas to the Table Contest. Inspired by a long-ago competition among Thomas Jefferson and his neighbors, we started our First Peas contest a few years ago and it’s always a highlight of the season when we crown the winner!

One of our first winners, Christine Gault

So grab those seed catalogs, pick a likely contender and get ready to plant those peas. The sooner you start, the closer you are to winning.

When it’s time to harvest, just bring our farmstand manager a measured cup of your shelled peas.

Repeat winner Thomas Hodgson

If you’re the first to bring us a cup of kitchen-ready peas, you will claim the title and a $50 Moglo gift card, plus our chef Robert Lionette will cook a spring dish with your winning entry.

Good luck, everybody!

Best of the Vineyard: May We Have Your Vote?

Voting is open through April 4 for this year’s Best of the Vineyard Awards. Would you have a few moments to click for Morning Glory? Here are the categories in which we have been honored with nominations:

Thank you! The awards will be announced in June.
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Available Now: Eggs, Kale, Pea Shoots

The farmstand reopens April 10, and until then we are selling our fresh Island eggs, kale and pea shoots from the honor fridge outside the exit doors.

We occasionally have flowers as well, from our West Tisbury greenhouses, and other farm products as they become available.

A bunch of anemone flowers at Morning Glory Farm on Martha's Vineyard
Anemones from the Morning Glory Flower Farm, February 2020

Our honor fridge is open 24/7. Payments go into the lockbox on the table.

Why Eat Kale?

By guest blogger Rachel Caine, MS, Dietetic Intern, Mount Auburn Hospital 
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Today, Jan. 23: Kombucha on Tap at the Farmstand!

We’re having our own pop-up at the farmstand. Come in today for kombucha, while it lasts! We have Turmeric Sunrise, Blood Orange and Strawberry Sage.

Bring a bottle and fill it for free, or purchase by the bottle or growler. And don’t forget our petite pullet eggs, $1 a dozen and the first dozen is free with your Moglo card. We’re at the farmstand till 5 p.m.

UPDATED: We sold out of the pullet eggs and won’t have Friday sales. However, our egg fridge is up and running outside the farmstand exit with medium and large eggs available on the honor system around the clock. (Bring a flashlight if you come after dark.)

Here’s the blog we posted in 2017, when we first started serving kombucha:

Coffee, tea or kombucha?

This year our farmstand is offering a wider choice of refreshing drinks with the arrival of a new kombucha tap from Aqua ViTea of Middlebury, Vt. Aqua ViTea makes an assortment of raw, organic kombucha flavors including blood orange, hibiscus ginger lime and turmeric. You can fill a bottle or growler of your choice right from the tap. We also have pre-bottled Aqua ViTea kombucha in our dairy case. Read More

Honor Eggs are Back Again!

Photo by Alison Shaw

While the farmstand is closed, our hens are still laying. You can pick up the Island’s freshest eggs from our self-service fridge outside, and pay by putting your money in the strongbox. Sometimes you’ll find other farm produce for sale in the fridge as well.

Winter on a Martha’s Vineyard Farm

“What do you do in the winter?” 110_1036 hay winter dog

It’s a fair question, and one most year-round Islanders are used to hearing. In our case, the answer is easy: We keep on farming! Read More

The End-of-Season Sale is On as Morning Glory Farm Prepares to Close Until Spring, 2020

Our end-of season sale is underway!

cheese on sale for 15% off

Folks on our mailing list received an outline of the sale schedule a couple of weeks ago in our pre-holiday e-mail:

Saturday Dec. 28: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
• All cheese 15% off
• MGF Pesto, buy 2 get 1 free
• Select groceries on sale—come see

containers of pesto for sale
Pasta sauce, sandwich spread, party dip and more—and it freezes!

Sunday, Dec. 29: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• All cheese 20% off
• Pesto and grocery sale continued

Monday, Dec. 30: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
• All fresh produce on sale
• More groceries on sale
• Hot soup $4.50 a cup

Tuesday, Dec. 31: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Deepest discounts today
• No soup or salad bar

Except as noted above, our soup and salad bar continues and our menu is posted online daily. Come see us soon, before we close the farmstand until spring 2020!

farmstand employees smiling in a group selfie
We will miss you this winter!

While you’re here, please consider buying a soup for the Community Groceries program. For every soup donated, we double the donation to make a pint of soup for Islanders of all ages who can’t always get the healthy food they need. Just ask at the register and we’ll be glad to take your donation.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Holiday Open House on Dec. 14!
We hope to see you again before we close for the year.

New Closing Time, Salad/Soup Hours in December

Photo by Alison Shaw

As the year and our season draw to an end, we are closing the farmstand at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday’s closing time remains 4:30 p.m. and we continue to open at 9 a.m. daily.

Our soup and salad bar hours are now 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday we’ll have soups only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Looking ahead to Christmas: We’re closing at noon Dec. 24, to reopen Dec. 27 thru Dec. 31st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9-4:30 p.m which starts our daily sales and specials. Monday Dec. 30th begins our fresh produce on sale at 50%.

Dec. 29 begins our winter closure, after which we plan to open in early May as usual—we’ll announce the date by email, so please be sure you’re signed up!

Happy holidays!