Tom Hodgson and Christine Gault of West Tisbury have won our fourth annual First Peas to the Table contest, bringing a full cup of fresh peas to the farmstand on June 10 to claim the title for their third year in a row.
Despite the cold and rainy spring of 2017, Christine and Tom shelled their winning cup of peas just two days later than last year, when they won on June 8. They started their peas in flats March 18 and transplanted them to their open garden in mid-April.
We also have a First Peas contest for school gardens, and this year the trophy winner was the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School — though every school that competed received a prize as well. We celebrated with an after-school party at the farmstand on June 14, complete with food, games and making fresh pea hummus to share.
By the way: 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.