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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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Tractor Tuesday: Our Economical Kubota

Our late 1970s Kubota tractor had to cross an ocean and a continent to get to us from its factory in Osaka.kubota L245H dan tractor Read More

Please Help Flat Point Farm

The Fischer family of Flat Point Farm in West Tisbury have suffered one of the greatest disasters that can befall a farm. A catastrophic fire Tuesday morning destroyed their barn and killed more than 80 of their animals, including lambs, sheep and beef cattle.

An online fundraiser to rebuild the barn has raised more than $81,000 as of this morning. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival has taken up a collection for the farm. A potluck Ag Hall fundraiser is being planned for April 6.

The Haybarn Hoedown starts at 5:30 p.m. that Saturday night. According to the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society, which posted the event on Facebook:

“Please join us for an evening of food and fun to raise money for the Fischer family and Flat Point Farm who suffered a devastating fire early Tuesday morning.
Mark your calendars!
$25 at the door
Please bring a pot luck item to share-salad, entree, soup or dessert!
Bring your own place setting if you remember!

Live music by (in no particular order)
Johnny Hoy
The Space Invaders
Mike Benjamin
Phil DaRosa
and more to come!”

Hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, the online fundraiser is at gofundme.com/f/rebuild-flat-point-farm.

Athearn Family Recipe: Swiss Chard with Caramelized Onions

Debbie Athearn started making this dish when her children—now parents of their own—were young. Kids love the sweet taste of the caramelized onions.

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Tractor Tuesday: Our Incident-Prone IH Hydro 84

Purchased from Charley at Village Power Equipment in Berlin, Mass., our International Harvester Hydro 84 has its strengths and its weaknesses.IH Hydro 84 tractor
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Countdown to Opening: 7 Weeks Left

Island artist and longtime Moglo staffer Amy Hahn makes our vegetable signs by hand.

All over the farm, we’re getting ready for our spring reopening May 3. Some of the tasks are not much to talk about: sanitizing plant trays and farm equipment, for instance. But other jobs get us a bit more excited:

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