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Morning Glory People, Behind the Masks: Francesca

We feel fortunate to have “√a” on our team!

Francesca Amodio joined the Moglo farmstand staff in late April, as we prepared to open into a very different season than any before. A 2020 graduate of Fordham University, she recently moved to Edgartown full-time after years of seasonal and holiday visits.

“Morining Glory has always been a highlight trip for me,” she says. 

“After Covid ended my senior year in college, I thought, ‘Why not start working?’ — and no better place to start working than here.”

In past summers, Francesca has worked at the Harbor View Hotel and interned with event creator Nevette Previd of Farm.Field.Sea, which produces farm tours and other food-oriented activities on the Vineyard.

Francesca’s experience and can-do attitude have made her a reliable and inspiring employee, farmstand manager Suzy Crowley says.

“She’s consistently positive,” adds Suzy. And instead of initials, Francesca goes by the very cool shorthand “√a.”

Much as we value Francesca at the farmstand, we know we probably won’t be able to keep her with us beyond 2020. Her brand-new Fordham degree in economics will open new doors for her once the pandemic eases.

“This is a definite in-between period, post-college but before entering the corporate world,” she says.

But for now, we’re very grateful to have Francesca on our team through the fall, and we’re always glad to see her smiling eyes above the mask.

“It’s comforting and reassuring to come to work every day, serving the most awesome people you could ever have met and working with such amazing fellow employees,” she says. 

“Plus, getting to pick in the fields after work is a huge perk!”

All Hail the New Queen of Peas!

Her first is a first for us, too. Photo by Meg Athearn.

We are pleased to announce the winner of our annual First Peas to the Table Contest, Reed Cabot of West Tisbury.

Reed is 10 and a half years old and by far the youngest winner since our First Peas contest began in 2014 (when she was four).

That’s a cup, all right!

The original first-peas contest is older than all of us, of course: Thomas Jefferson and his farming neighbors had a similar competition in the 18th century.

We salute the reigning winner of our First Peas contest. Congratulations, Reed!

Our 2020 contest poster, by Meg

Cultivating Change

We’re farmers, but that doesn’t mean our heads are in the ground.

Just as we need to tend our soil, weed our fields and water our crops, we also need to live up to our responsibilities as community members, business people and human beings. It’s a daily, ongoing process of listening, learning and taking action.

This summer, we are making a commitment to weekly donations supporting social justice causes, and we invite you to join us.

We started the farmers market season supporting the NAACP of Martha’s Vineyard, which had to cancel its annual fund-raiser due to Covid-19. You can donate at marthasvineyardnaacp.org or send a contribution to P.O. Box 1513, Oak Bluffs MA 02557.

If you have social justice non-profits you would like us to consider supporting at future markets, please email meg@morninggloryfarm.com with your suggestion and some information about the cause.

We’ll see you at the farmers market! Photo by Susie Middleton.

Drive-Through Strawberry Festival Set for Saturday

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Strawberry shortcake photo by Alison Shaw—recipe in our cookbook

Come to our Sherman field on Saturday, June 20 between 10 a.m. and noon for our drive-through/bike-through/walk-through strawberry shortcake festival!

We’ll have $5 strawberry shortcakes and $3 strawberry lemonades, all made with fresh, ripe berries from Morning Glory Farm. As a bonus, from your vehicle you can get a close-up look at our farm fields. We hope this will make it possible for even the most vulnerable to experience the joy of early summer on our farm.

The Athearn family and farm managers will serve you, requesting cash only and exact change for contactless in-vehicle transactions: We will extend a basket for payment, and present your order to you hands-free.

How it works:

Sherman field is the one you see across Meshacket Road from the farmstand.

Enter the field through the gate that is opposite the exit from the farmstand parking lot. You’ll travel past beach plums and sunflowers and along the newly planted 2021 strawberry patch.

Turn left down the center lane of the field, by our Aronia orchard, and Stop at the east end of our Concord grape vines.

(Don’t worry if these directions seem confusing in print: We’ll have the entire path well marked, with signs to identify the crops.)

At the pay station, you’ll drop your cash into the basket, which we’ll thoroughly sanitize between customers. 

Drive up to the next station and your order will be passed to you, through the car window, on a pizza peel that’s also sanitized between uses.

Then continue straight along the tomatoes and peppers, more strawberries and kale, following the lane to where it rejoins Meshacket Road right across from the farmstand entrance. 

If you will not be in a motor vehicle, please be extremely careful in line: stay safely away from automobiles. The fields themselves are off-limits to all but staff.

It is a very good strawberry year, so we hope you can join us!

Curbside Pickup is Here!

We’ve put the whole farmstand online, so you can shop at home and pick your groceries up the next day. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit shop.morninggloryfarm.com to set up your account and start shopping.
  2. Order by 5 p.m. to pick up the next business day between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  3. We’ll have your groceries ready at pick-up time. Just pull into one of the designated “curbside” spots, give us a call, pop your trunk and we will do the rest.

That’s it! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Hiring Now: Farmstand Stocking Supervisor, FT Year-Round with Benefits

There could be a future for you on our farmstand team! We have an immediate need for a supervisor to assist our farmstand manager in keeping the store well stocked at all times with the outstanding products we produce and purchase for our customers.

The person we are looking for has worked in grocery and/or retail in the past, and has experience with point of sale, inventory management and supply chains for purchasing and/or production.

This full-time, year-round, benefited position requires heavy lifting, stair climbing and standing for long periods of time. Apply online today and you’ll hear from us very soon!

New Opening Date: May 5

We’ve moved our opening date once more, to Tuesday, May 5, at the request of the Edgartown board of health.

When we reopen the farmstand doors, customers will find a more roomy and efficient shopping experience with all the healthy products and friendly service you’ve come to expect from the Moglo team.

We’re working—masked, gloved and socially distanced— to install virus control measures such as plexi shields and no-touch payments.

The store will be less crowded this season, with state law limiting retailers to 40 per cent of their pre-pandemic occupancy.

You’ll find new products, such as pre-made salads and grocery packs, to streamline farmstand shopping trips. We’ll also be offering additional online ordering to save you even more time.

Meanwhile, you can visit our self-serve stand outside the building for kale, spring greens, sprouts, potatoes, frozen sausage and ground beef, herb and veggie six-packs and more produce as we harvest.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate the shifting landscape of the coronavirus pandemic. We can’t wait to see you in May, and we invite you to sign up for our weekly newsletter with updates, photos and recipes from the farm.

What We’re Cooking (and Baking) Now: From Casey’s Kitchen

Moglo wholesale manager Casey Mazer-Kelly has been cooking and baking up a storm over the past few weeks, and kindly shared some photos of her appetizing output—plus links (below gallery) for some of her recipes.

What are you up to in the kitchen this month? Let us know in the comments.

Casey’s recipes:
Flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, King Arthur Flour
Pretzel Bites, King Arthur Flour
Pasta with Brown Butter, Whole Lemon and Parmesan, Bon Appétit

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Update on Our Meats

Now that the farmstand is open, we’ve suspended advance ordering for our Island beef and pork. You can find our meats in the freezer case: assorted sausages, bacon, ground beef, ground pork, pork chops and more.

Read more about our farm-raised meat and eggs here »»

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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.