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Gluten-Free Baking Tips

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To help you succeed with gluten-free baking, here are some tips from our book Morning Glory’s Farm Food: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen. Read More

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

This lovely gluten-free zucchini bread can be made with or without eggs, as the recipe contains sufficient leavening and moisture without them. And it’s dairy-free. Its delicate flavor and texture come from a secret ingredient: coconut milk.p. 171 Read More

Watch: Farmstand’s Busiest Day of the Year?

We won’t know for sure till the end of the season, but July 3 is traditionally one of the year’s busiest days at our farmstand. Our staff has been busy stocking, baking and preparing foods since early this morning. The bakery turned out 300 pies before noon! This high-speed video is from a little after 1 p.m. You might spot a couple of staffers replacing a tank in the kombucha bar, on the left.

The farmstand is open till 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Fourth. Happy Independence Day! 

Watch: Strawberry Festival Fun!

Another MGF Strawberry Festival is in the books. We were ready for adverse weather on June 24 with tents, umbrellas and rain gear, but the downpour soon ceased and by afternoon it was a picture-perfect day for hayrides, face painting, tie-dying and games — not to mention a cookout on the lawn with lots of sweet, creamy strawberry shortcake (recipe!) for dessert. Read More

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

How Did Strawberries Get Their Name?

strawberry basketWhy do we call strawberries “strawberries”? Many researchers have worked on where the name came from, with no definitive answer. Top contenders are:

  • The fruits were packed in straw to prevent bruising.
  • The plants are covered with straw all winter.
  • The  fruits rest, free of soil and dirt, on the straw at harvest time.
  • Street vendors used to string the fruits onto a stem of straw to sell at market.
  • (from the U.S. Department of Agriculture) Because of the way the fruits ‘strew’ themselves around the mother plant.

There you have it: They could have been called “strewberries” all along.

Adapted from a 2010 blog post by Simon J. Athearn. More strawberry news and recipes from the farm:

 

Our Culinary Container Gardens are a Hit! Here’s How to Make Your Own

In our greenhouses, Chloe and Dylan have been designing imaginative, yet practical container herb gardens for home cooks. Chicken Seasoning herb pot at the greenhouseThese themed pots, priced at less than $25, have been fast sellers at the farm this season. If you find them out of stock, or simply want to create your own, we sell all the individual herbs as well. Just combine three or four herb plants in a large pot with some good soil, add light and water, and soon your culinary container garden will be ready for snipping.

Add the appealing flavor of fresh herbs to dishes or make your own tea blends with these combinations, or dream up your own:

  • Seafood Medley: chives, lemon thyme, tarragon
  • Chicken Seasoning: rosemary, thyme,  oregano, sage
  • Summer Annuals: parsley, basil, cilantro
  • Tea Pot: lemon verbena, chamomile, mint
  • Simon & Garfunkel: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme

 

Strawberries vs. Weeds: Our 2-Year Strategy

Photo by Ethan Buchanan-ValentiGrowing crops outdoors is a constant struggle with weeds, and sometimes they get the upper hand — temporarily. That’s why our strawberry plants get plowed under after just two harvests, when the weeds in that patch become too aggressive to contain.

Each May, we plant an acre of strawberry plants and tend them carefully for an entire season, weeding, fertilizing and pinching their blossoms to prepare them for their first harvest the following year.

Each season’s harvest comes from one-year-old plants and two-year-old plants.
At the end of the harvest, the two-year-old plants — and the weeds that would choke them in year three — are plowed under to await next May’s fresh planting.
The one-year-old plants are cut back, watered, fertilized and generally pampered in order to provide a plentiful, delicious harvest in their second and final year.

Inset photo by farm manager Ethan Buchanan-Valenti. Text adapted from our book,  Morning Glory’s Farm Food: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen. More strawberry news and recipes:

Tractor Tuesday: Osaka-Made Fuel Sipper

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

Morning Glory Farm Named Fodor’s Choice on Martha’s Vineyard

We didn’t expect this: fodors.com, the website of the esteemed Fodor’s travel and dining guides, has named us one of just five “Fodor’s Choice” restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard. And we’re not even a restaurant! Here are our companions on this short list:

We’re honored to be in such good company — and we invite customers who have enjoyed our food to click below, visit the fodors.com website and leave their own reviews of Morning Glory Farm.

(Click image to read the full review and add your own.)