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Watch: Corn Picker at Work

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Asparagus Harvest Begins

Photo by Ethan Valenti.

Photo by Ethan Buchanan-Valenti.

A week ago, our asparagus shoots had barely broken the ground. Today we brought in the earliest of the crop, which barely lasted into the afternoon. Farm manager Ethan Buchanan-Valenti says it will be a couple of weeks yet before we’re picking asparagus every day, but with this sunny Monday it looks good for another small harvest Tuesday morning. We’re continuing to carry off-Island asparagus, as well. Read More

Mi Tierra Tortillas: Fresh, Organic, Made in Massachusetts

We’re pleased to introduce Mi Tierra Tortillas to Martha’s Vineyard. These organic, gluten-free tortillas are made in Western Massachusetts using locally grown corn from the fertile Connecticut Valley. They have no GMOs, no preservatives and no additives — just organic corn, fresh water and slaked lime, combined in the ancient Mexican process known as nixtamalization. mitierraWe are offering Mi Tierra tortillas for sale at the farmstand, and our kitchen team is using them to prepare the popular Farm Beef Tacos take-home entree. Please let us know what you think of them. 

Look What’s Happening in the Greenhouse!

Take a peek behind our greenhouse doors to see what we’ve got growing: Read More

Watch: Our Epic Movie Trailer

We open one week from today! Here's how excited we are. #movie #trailer #marthasvineyard #2017

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We’re Opening May 5! But Will There Be Asparagus?

These are exciting days on Meshacket Road as we ready the farmstand for another year. Read More

Jobs Open: Farmers, Bakers, Cooks and Cheesemongers

Morning Glory Farm has positions available for the 2019 season for farmers, bakers, cooks and cheesemongers. We open May 3—that’s just 10 weeks away!

The Field Crew works as a team in a fast-paced, physically demanding environment to efficiently care for and harvest more than 60 acres of produce. All applicants must be comfortable lifting 50+lbs, working near machinery, and working with others. Crops are divided into the following areas: Greens, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, and Harvests.

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We are looking for people who want to work hard, enjoy the company of their fellow workers, produce a worthwhile product, enjoy the outdoors (rain or shine), and apply their energies to the success of our cause. Good workers will find themselves in excellent company. Compensation is based on experience.

Apply for any position

Mail your completed application and any reference forms to
Morning Glory Farm
100 Meshacket Rd
Edgartown, MA 02539

2017 First Peas to the Table Contest

First Peas poster 2017

Be the Queen Pea, or King Pea!

Did you plant peas this spring? The first person to bring us a measured cup of mature shelled peas will be crowned winner of our fourth annual First Peas to the Table contest.

Bring your peas to the farmstand manager and if you are the winner, you will receive a $50 Morning Glory gift certificate plus a voucher for a free trip to the salad bar, and Meg Athearn will make you a delicious pea risotto using your peas! We will crown you and place the honorary sash upon you, and take a photo for our archives.

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2014 winner of our First Peas contest: Deborah Colter of Edgartown

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2015 and 2016 winners: Christine Gault (not pictured) and Tom Hodgson of West Tisbury

This contest was not our original idea. Thomas Jefferson and his farming neighbors near Monticello used to vie for the first peas every spring, with the winner hosting the rest of his competitors for a fine dinner.

But the Morning Glory contest is making its own kind of history: This year’s Fedco Seeds listing for the shell pea variety named Topps reads, in part, “In West Tisbury, MA, Tom Hodgson and Christine Gault shelled their first Topps on June 8 and won the Morning Glory Farm First Peas contest.”

That’s Tom smiling in victory in the photo above. He and Christine have won our contest for the past two years. Will they be unseated in 2017? Only time will tell.

Watch: Morning Glory Farmstand in New Cooking Video

We didn’t know quite what to expect when a video crew from the nonprofit OxfamAmerica asked to film at the farmstand Thanksgiving week. But we knew we wanted to help, and we were thrilled that the star of the video would be our friend, fellow Island farmer and accomplished cookbook author Susie Middleton, a.k.a. Six Burner Sue.

As it turns out, we barely knew they were there. A crew of two people, plus Susie, spent a few minutes roving inside and outside the farmstand and then they were off. Months later, in mid-February, we got word that the video was out. You can watch it here or, with the accompanying recipe and a great article complete with kitchen tips, at closeup.oxfamamerica.org/stories/eat-good-six-burner-sue.

Susie’s article is focused on how she saves money in the kitchen by planning ahead and developing recipe “templates” that she can customize depending on what ingredients she has on hand, instead of running out for a dozen different grocery items to fulfill one specific recipe.

The article and video are part of an OxfamAmerica campaign called Eat for Good, aimed at helping families eat well with less expense and waste. That’s something we’re always trying to do at Morning Glory. Our farm kitchen makes use of what’s abundant, which is why you’ll see so many different soups, dips, salad dressings and carry-out main courses throughout the growing season. And we keep a tight leash on waste, composting, recycling and feeding the pigs and chickens.

Find out more about the Eat for Good campaign, with recipes from Alice Waters and other prominent cooks, at www.oxfamamerica.org/take-action/campaign/food-farming-and-hunger/eat-for-good.

Susie Middleton Morning Glory Oxfam Coco McCabe

 

Seed Catalogs Everywhere: What We’re Ordering for 2017

One of the year’s first tasks at Morning Glory Farm is to order seeds for spring sowing. It’s a big job: For 2017, we’re buying more than 500 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds. To mention just a few, this year we will be planting:

  • 18 different lettuces;
  • 24 varieties of pepper;
  • 37 types of pumpkin (and that’s not counting the gourds!);
  • 43 tomato varieties and
  • 186 different kinds of flowers — including
  • 100,000 sunflower seeds, for those summertime bouquets.

harvest greens lettuce crewLettuce is the first crop that’s ready for market at Morning Glory. This year, look for more mixes made with the very productive Salanova lettuces from Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Waterville, Me., our #1 supplier.

We appreciate the Salanova types because they give us shapely, baby-sized leaves with mature lettuce flavor. This makes a real and very tasty improvement over picking baby leaves from regular lettuces before they’ve had the chance to develop their flavor. Our customers loved Salanova in 2016, so we’re doubling production this year.

Along with Johnny’s, our seed providers include Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Seeds; High Mowing in Walcott, Vt.; the Fedco Seeds cooperative in Clinton, Me. and Kitazawa Seed Co., a small firm in Oakland, Calif. that sells unique Asian vegetables. All of these companies have pledged to sell no GMOs, so we can be confident the crops we grow are not genetically modified.

Before we can place our seed orders, we need to have a few things lined up:

  1. Field allocations: Each year we rotate our crops, so the first step is to map out where everything will go in the new season.
  2. Crop plans: Once we’ve decided where we will plant each crop, we need to plot how long the rows will be.
  3. With the crops planned, we calculate how many seeds we’ll need to plant them.

To help decide which seeds to choose, we keep detailed notes on yield, flavor and performance throughout each growing season, using a three-year rolling average to account for weather variations from year to year. Was a particular tomato variety prone to leaf spots in both wet and dry summers? We’ll try a different one this time. Backing up these copious notes, we have our farmers’ long memories. Seed prices have risen steeply in recent years, and we want to make the wisest choices we can.

In other farm news this February:

  • Our first tomato seedlings of the year are several inches high and growing strong.
  • We’ve poured the foundation for our new staff dormitory (photos to come).
  • We’re hiring! See our jobs page for more information.

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