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Salad Bar Now Open All Day

A view of the Morning Glory Farm salad bar

We’re extending the hours of our popular salad bar to match our farmstand hours this summer.

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What’s in Season on Martha’s Vineyard: July

A double handful of red potatoes. Photo by Alison Shaw.

Photo by Alison Shaw

These are approximate harvest dates for our seasonal farm produce. Please keep in mind that many yields tend to start small and increase over a period of days to weeks, depending on the weather.

Potatoes (red/white/Yukon/russet): July 1 to December

Beans (green/yellow): July 10 to Oct. 1

Eggplant: July 15 to October

Garlic: Around July 15 until sold out

Green Peppers: July 20 to November

Romanesco: till November

Sunflowers: July 25 to September

Sweet Corn: July 30 (early crop July 15-20) to Oct. 15

“High Tunnels”-grown Tomatoes: July 15 to October

Still harvesting:

Basket of cucumbers. Photo by Alison Shaw.

Photo by Alison Shaw

Greenhouse Tomatoes: till July 15

Green Onions: till July 20

Pea pods on the vine. Photo by Alison Shaw.

Photo by Alison Shaw

Snap Peas: till August 1

Scallions (green and red): till August 10

Cucumbers: till Oct. 1

Summer Squash: till Oct. 1

Basil: till Oct. 10

Bunched Flowers: till October

Beets: till November

Broccoli: till November

Cabbage: till November

Carrots: till November

Cauliflower: till November

Chard: till November

Kale: through December

Lettuce: through December, depending on variety

Farmers Market, June 26: Say the Secret Word and Save!

India is listening for the secret word.

The Wednesday farmers market is back, and we’re extending our Secret Word promotion:

Just say the word “Stuttgarter” to take $1 off a bunch of spring onions!

We’re at the market outside Grange Hall from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Saturday with our fresh and preserved farm produce.

While you’re there, drop by the Garden Farm’s booth and say hi to Moglo alum Lydia Fischer.

Hello, Lydia!

Lydia is a gifted singer-songwriter as well as a dedicated and very hard-working farmer. We wish her lots of success in doing what she loves.

See you at the farmers market—and don’t forget the secret word: “Stuttgarter”!

Cheese Spotlight: Morbier-Style Ashbrook from Vermont

Some of our favorite European-style cheeses come from Spring Brook Farm in Reading, Vermont, Their Reading is an excellent expression of the Raclette style, while Spring Brook Tarentaise is inspired by the French cheese Abondance. And then there’s Ashbrook, a creamy raw cow’s milk cheese in the style of Morbier.  Inspired by the French cheese Morbier, Vermont-made Ashbrook has a line of vegetable ash running through the middle.

Named for a small French village, Morbier is distinguished by its buttery color, creamy taste and a dark, horizontal line made from vegetable ash or dye, running through the center. Ashbrook, which is made with raw milk from Jersey cows, also has a thin line of ash and, like the other cheeses from Spring Brook, does a fine job of paying tribute to the European original.

Creating these award-winning cheeses is just part of the mission at Spring Brook Farm. On the dairy’s website, farmsforcitykids.org, you can read about the Farms for City Kids program, which educates urban children about farm life and agriculture.

Ashbrook is made by Spring Hill Farm in Reading, Vt.

Ashbrook is made at Spring Brook Farm.

 

Strawberry Festival is this Saturday, June 22!

Don’t be shy, get your photo taken in the giant strawberry and tag it #morninggloryfarmmv!

Strawberry season is at its peak, and the Morning Glory Farm Strawberry Festival is our annual celebration of the crop that gives so much joy. Food, family and fun are the other themes of the day, which this year is June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our festivals are always rain or shine, and this year the forecast looks good for a sunny Saturday.

Admission is free and everyone’s welcome for games, hayrides, face painting, tie dye, live music and raffles. We’ll also have a grill menu, strawberry shortcake, strawberry lemonade and other seasonal treats.

The Strawberry Princess will be on hand and we’re also welcoming the MV Photo Bus, a photo booth inside a 1976 Volkswagen bus named Daisy. And Daisy has a trunk full of props and costumes you can use to get unforgettable festival photos that print out in full color:

If you haven’t had enough strawberry fun by 3 p.m., head up the road to the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury—their festival lasts till 4 p.m.

We’ll see you Saturday! Please note that we will not be at the West Tisbury Farmers Market on June 22. We’ll need all hands at the farm to make this the best Strawberry Festival yet.

Cheese Platters, at Last!

A $75 cheese platter prepared by Morning Glory Farm cheesemonger Ross Sabee.

Customers have often asked if we could create cheese platters for them. This year, the answer is yes! Cheesemonger Ross Sabee now creates sumptuous platters for 18-25 guests including four cheeses and one meat, or five cheeses if meat is not desired.

The platters are $75, $100 and $125, depending on the price level of the cheeses used. They also come with crackers and other garnishes.

Two $75 cheese platters.

Learn more about and place an online order here »»
Please allow at least 24 hours for us to prepare your cheese platters.

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:

 

What’s in Season on Martha’s Vineyard: June

These are approximate harvest dates for our seasonal farm produce. Please keep in mind that many yields tend to start small and increase over a period of days to weeks, depending on the weather. Read More

Happy Birthday, Debbie!

Farmer Debbie Athearn with wooden baskets
Photo by Alison Shaw

Today is Debbie Athearn’s birthday, and all of us at the farm would like to join her family and friends all over Martha’s Vineyard in wishing her a wonderful day with many happy returns!

It is safe to say that without Debbie, there would be no Morning Glory Farm. She and Jim started the farm and stand in 1975 as a young married couple with no employees at all. Nearly 45 years of hard work later, the Athearn family employs well over 100 people.

Debbie is here just about every day, leading by example with her unflappable good humor as she oversees the produce at the farmstand. Along with Morning Glory Farm-grown vegetables and fruits, Debbie orders from family-owned farms on the mainland who supply us with dairy, apples, cranberries and other fresh crops to rival our own.

Debbie and Jim raised their three kids on farm food and Deb’s Meatloaf remains one of our customers’ favorite carry-out entrées. You can find more of Deb’s recipes in our cookbooks.

Happy birthday, Debbie! We’re lucky you were born.

Strawberry Forecast 2019

Photo by Alison Shaw

We’ve just left the watchful phase of strawberry production, when we were concerned about late spring frosts killing the blossoms, and thereby the fruit. If frost had threatened, we would have gone out at midnight to start the pumps and irrigate them. The ice that forms on the blossoms actually heats them! Fortunately, we haven’t had to do that this spring. 

Last week, we planted new strawberry plants that will be harvested for their first crop in June 2020. This June, we’ll be harvesting berries from a fall planting as well as the plants that went into the ground a year ago. We expect to begin picking between June 8-10.

When the big day comes, some time next weekend, the crop will be small at first—a few pints at a time, selling out quickly. But as the season progresses, this early trickle of berries will become a steady flow.

Why do we call them “strawberries”? Read all about it »»

Our strawberries will be available on a first-come-first-served basis—so as the harvest ramps up, your best chance to find them in stock will be to come by the farmstand in the morning or early afternoon.

Strawberry picking time coincides with the first big push of weeds in the fields, so our big challenge is to keep up with the weeding without falling behind in the picking. As Jim says, the farmer’s saying “pull 10 weeds an hour” should not be taken literally—it should translate into “every time you have an opportunity, grab a weed. Weed while you pick, weed all day long.”

Strawberries vs. weeds: our two-year strategy »»

Don’t forget to join us for the Morning Glory Farm Strawberry Festival, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and most activities are free and all ages are welcome, rain or shine.

We hope to see you then!