Martha’s Vineyard is home to five iconic lighthouses, built between 1799 and 1869, and strategically positioned at different locations along the shore. Beacons in history and navigation, these lighthouses once saw more ships sail through Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound than any other place in the world except the English Channel. Each lighthouse is integral to the coastal character of Martha’s Vineyard and provides sweeping views over Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound, Edgartown Harbor, and Cape Poge on Chappaquiddick. Visitors flock to the Vineyard’s lighthouses to appreciate their historical significance, take beautiful photos, and in some cases, attend weddings and special events on their property.
The West Chop Lighthouse is located on the north end of “West Chop,” the peninsula surrounded on the north and west by Vineyard Sound and on the east by Vineyard Haven Harbor. The West Chop Lighthouse is positioned on the north side of the chop and is accessible by driving straight north on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. The West Chop Lighthouse was the Island's last manned light. Originally built in 1817, and in 1838 the wooden building was replaced by the present brick structure. It was moved back from the edge of the 60-foot-high bluff in 1848 and again in 1891. In recent times, the small caretaker's cottage at its foot has been occupied by Coast Guard personnel and is not open to the public.
The East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs is located on “East Chop,” the peninsula surrounded on the west by Vineyard Sound and on the east by Nantucket Sound. The lighthouse stands on Telegraph Hill, accessible by East Chop Drive, on the former site of one of the first telegraph signals, set up in 1828. In the mid-1800s, Captain Silas Daggett built a privately owned lighthouse on East Chop, funded by local merchants who sailed in the area and by some of the ships passing through. In 1875, the U.S. government bought the lighthouse and its land for $6,000 and the present cast-iron structure was built on the cliff 79 feet above the sea. Until 1988, when it was painted white, the East Chop Light was fondly called the Chocolate Lighthouse, for its brown-red color. The East Chop Lighthouse is available for private rental through the Martha’s Vineyard Museum for weddings and special events, during the times that it is not open to the public. The lighthouse is located on a residential area and parking is limited so we suggest renting a bus or car to access it, or riding your bike up East Chop Drive from Oak Bluffs harbor.
The Edgartown Lighthouse was originally built in 1828, on a small man-made island in the Edgartown harbor. An Act of Congress allocated money to build it 1/4 mile from shore. Later, $5,500 was appropriated to complete the project and Seth Vincent was paid $80 for a right of way to the tower. For the first year, the only way to get to the light was by boat, but another $2,500 was allocated to build a foot bridge. The first structure was replaced in 1938 by one that was rafted to the Vineyard from Ipswich. Although the new light was placed on the original site, sand had filled in the area between the Island and the mainland, and the current Edgartown Lighthouse stands on shore, accessible by a walking path in front of the Harbor View Hotel on North Water Street.
The Edgartown Lighthouse is also available for private rental through the Martha’s Vineyard Museum for weddings and special events, during the times that it is not open to the public. If you are interested in utilizing the adjacent beach with no access to the lighthouse, contact the Edgartown Parks Department.
The Gay Head Lighthouse has always been perilously close to the ever-eroding clay cliffs of Aquinnah, the most western town of Martha’s Vineyard. The red brick light was built in 1844 to replace a wooden tower authorized by President John Quincy Adams. In 1856, the marvelous Fresnel lens with its 1,009 prisms was installed, after having been proudly exhibited at the World's Fair in Paris. The Martha's Vineyard Museum acquired the lens and will display it at it’s new home near the Vineyard Haven lagoon. The Gay Head, East Chop, and Edgartown Lighthouses are maintained by the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society under a 30-year lease with the United States Coast Guard. Please visit the Martha's Vineyard Museum's website, for a schedule of times the lighthouse is open to the public.
In May 2015, the Gay Head Lighthouse was successfully moved 129 feet away from eroding cliffs, buying at least 150 years before erosion may require another move inland. The 400-ton tower survived the delicate move without a single crack. For more information and to watch the fascinating video of the move on GayHeadLight.org.
The Cape Poge Lighthouse is located on Chappaquiddick or “Chappy,” a small island on the east end of Martha’s Vineyard, accessible by the Chappy Ferry. The lighthouse is by far the Island's most remote and was built in 1801 when an Act of Congress appropriated $2,000 for it. A 4-acre site was purchased for $36 from Marshal Jenkins, Martin Pease, and Joseph Huxboro. The original lighthouse was made of wood and had a small caretaker's cottage. By 1838, the building was destroyed by the ravaging sea and rebuilt farther inland. It lasted only 50 years before the sea again claimed it and it was rebuilt, with a change from reflector lamps to red and white revolving prisms.
The sea reclaimed the lighthouse in 1892 and it was rebuilt as a 33-foot-tall tower that lasted only another 35 years.The present white wooden structure was built in 1922, 55 feet high with a light visible for a distance of 12 miles. In 1985 it gained the distinction of being the first entire lighthouse to be moved by helicopter; in 1997 the lantern was again moved by helicopter for repairs. The lighthouse's present site is only 300 feet from the ever-hungry sea. The Trustees of Reservations offers tours of the Cape Poge Lighthouse, including transportation from the Chappy Ferry.
Celebrating Mother’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard might just be the most unique gift you can give that special woman in your life - whether it’s your wife, mother, aunt, grandmother or best friend. This year Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th, which makes it the perfect time to plan a Mother’s Day getaway trip to the island. Below we’ve listed the 10 best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard this year - we hope you enjoy!
1. Book a gorgeous suite or rent a lovely cottage.
If you’re looking to treat her to a special weekend, kick it off my checking into one of the island’s boutique inns like the Hob Knob in Edgartown, the Nobnocket Inn in Vineyard Haven, or Isabelle’s Beach House in Oak Bluffs. A great stay always starts with booking the correct accommodation!
2. Arrange for a spa day at one of the island’s top salons.
Nothing says Mother’s Day more than book a relaxing spa treatment. The island boasts some of the best treatments in the spa industry and has experts in almost every field. Book a Sea Maiden's Delight Aromatic Facial at Sea Spa Salon, a Hydra Facial at Divine Med Spa, or an Age-Defying Microcurrent Lift Session at Revive Spa.
3. Enjoy shopping on Main Street Vineyard Haven.
Some of the best shopping on island can be found on Main Street Vineyard Haven, home to locally-owned, thoughtfully curated shops. Shop for clothings at The Green Room, Citrine, or Nochi. Discover treasures at Brickyard, Refabulous, or Rainy Day! Shop local MV is what it’s all about.
4. Stroll around Edgartown during their “Pink and Green Festival”
The town of Edgartown hosts their annual Pink and Green Festival! A celebration of spring and Mother’s Day organized and sponsored by the Edgartown Board of Trade. Includes a festive decorating of the Edgartown Lighthouse, shopping and dining specials, and activities and entertainment for the whole family.
5. Delight in Mother’s Day Brunch overlooking the Edgartown Lighthouse
Hosted at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, their Mother’s Day Brunch is always a delicious event. The culinary team at the hotel puts together a full buffet brunch menu that will leave you satisfied - everything from omelette stations to delicious eggs benedicts and a full table of desserts (subject to menu changes annually), it’s one of the best brunches on island.
6. Plan a picnic on the beach
If you’re looking to fully relax one day, instead of dining at a restaurant, stop by one of the island’s food market’s like Soigne, Rosewater Market, or Black Sheep for some picnic essentials. Grab a bottle of sparkling water, some sandwiches and/or salads, and a delicious sweet treat - ask your hotel concierge if they have a picnic package for ease! Head to a nearby beach and watch the sunset while snacking on locally made treats.
7. Take a walk around the Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs
Probably one of the most picturesque spots on island, the Gingerbread Cottages in OB are a
collection of around 300 well-preserved Methodist camp meeting houses. Stroll along the path, snap photos of the gorgeously detailed woodwork on most of the decks and railings, and bask in the glory
of all the colors!
8. Flow into a morning yoga class
There are as many beaches as yoga studios on island, so taking a yoga class is just the thing to do with her. Everything from Hot Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, , Kripalu Yoga, and many more
variations are offered. It’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy each others company.
9. Bike from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs along the water
Rent a bicycle at any of the island’s bike shops like Wheel Happy or Edgartown Bikes and take the Beach Road bike path from the Edgartown Triangle all the way down to Oak Bluffs Center. The ride takes approximately 25 minutes depending on speed and skill and the views to the right are gorgeous because of State Beach. You’ll also bike past the infamous Jaws Bridge!
10. Take her to a film at one of the MV Film Society theaters
Relax after dinner with a movie at one of the island’s theaters: The Strand in Oak Bluffs, Capawock Theater in VIneyard Haven, or the MV Film Center. Events and movies are hosted all over the island throughout the season, so there’s always something interesting showing!
Be sure to check out MVY.com to plan your perfect trip to Martha's Vineyard!
Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard can sometimes seem daunting due to the extra steps you need to take to arrive at the popular summer destination. But we’re here to tell you that it can be as easy as 1,2,3 if you know what to expect!
Although we have a full blog on how to get to the island, whether it’s by plane or boat, we wanted to give you 10 tips for planning the ideal Martha’s Vineyard family vacation. These travel tips are tried and tested from recommendations of hundreds of travelers that have visited the island over the years, along with insider travel tips from local islanders themselves.
Travel Tip #1: Decide what season you’ll be visiting.
Martha’s Vineyard is a popular summer destination - typically visited by the hundreds of thousands between June and September, but every season provides a special set of environments that are thoroughly enjoyable on island. For young couples with babies, a great time to visit is in the spring and fall, while the crowds aren't as thick. It’s easier to get around island sidewalks with strollers when the crowds are minimal. For families with kids older than 4, the height of summer is prime, with farm camps, beach outings, and so much more! For adult travelers, nothing is better than a fall getaway to Martha’s Vineyard.
Travel Tip #2: Plan how you’ll arrive.
You can easily fly into Boston Logan Airport and catch a Cape Air flight onto the island, but do keep in mind these flights are on smaller aircrafts, so if your family is large, just remember that you might be on separate flights. Other families prefer landing in Boston and either driving or taking a Peter Pan Bus to Woods Hole, where they catch the Steamship Authority Ferry to the island. Either way, look at schedules, timings, and book any tickets you can in advance. Peter Pan Bus has a great app to purchase tickets via mobile!
Travel Tip #3: Lighten your load, rent baby equipment on island.
Instead of trying to bring every possible piece of baby equipment you might need, larger items like strollers, high chairs, cribs, and more can be rented on island for easy of travel.
Travel Tip #4: Book accommodations with separate sleeping areas.
Especially if you’re traveling with younger children, having a separate area like a small living room in your suite, will make it so much easier to put them to bed at their usual times. Better yet, suggest adjoining rooms where you can check on them easily.
Travel Tip #5: Before arriving, call hotel to confirm your reservation and request anything you might need (baby cribs, cots, extra towels).
A quick, two-minute confirmation call saves a lot of headaches before your arrival. Let them know if you’re planning to check in late night or double check they’ve put you in a room with the correct amount of beds. That quick call helps everything go smoothly the moment you arrive.
Travel Tip #6: Decide whether you’ll be using public transportation or renting a car.
The island is incredibly easy to get around if you choose not to rent a car. You can take a local cab company, ride a bike down the streamlined bicycle paths between the towns or even walk in the downtown areas. In all reality, if you’re arriving on island with children over the age of 10, not renting a car is ideal and helps you avoid having to find parking spots during peak season. If you’re traveling with young babies that need strollers, car seats, and a few diaper bags, a car makes more sense and you can rent one from any of these agencies.
Travel Tip #7: If visiting from October - May, call ahead.
Due to our seasonality, some island businesses change schedules once the fall begins, so just make sure to call ahead to make sure your top picks are open. Some restaurants tend to be closed Monday-Tuesday during the off-season, so plan your trip knowing this. But remember that the island is open year-round. With 17,000 people living here 12 months a year, there are always open businesses.
Travel Tip #8: Pack light.
This is a travel tip for any location you’re visiting. Traveling with just a carry-on is infinitely easier than traveling with checked luggage. Plus, the less you pack, the more space you’ll have for beach plum jelly, MV Sea Salt, Mudrick’s Fudge, and any other locally made product we know you’ll fall in love with! But if you do have a lot of luggage and want to store it, you've got options.
Travel Tip #9: Research tours and exhibits you’d like to visit.
Martha’s Vineyard is home to a variety of tours and local exhibits all year long - make sure to include some during your trip. Whether you’re looking to walk the haunted streets of Edgartown with a ghost expert or a foodie in search of the next delicious bite, the island has it all!
Travel Tip #10: Slow down.
“You’re on island time” might be a cliche, but it’s an honest one. Once the ferry docks or the plane lands, relax - you’ve just arrived at one of the most relaxing New England communities. Make sure to book yourself a massage, take daily walks on the beach, and read a good book!
Martha’s Vineyard isn’t just a little paradise for adults – it’s also a big paradise for little people! And one of the most fun things for children to do during the summer is take advantage of the super fun day camps here, like the “Fern & Feather Day Camp” at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
This camp, run by MassAudubon, allows kids to explore the 350-acre wildlife sanctuary, which includes forests, fields, marshes, ponds, and seashore habitats. Fern & Feather encourages curiosity and care for the natural world, all while campers have fun and make friends!
Outdoor games, hands-on nature activities, wildlife observations, hikes, stories, crafts, and camp songs help make Fern & Feather a one-of-a-kind summer experience for young people.
The knowledgeable camp staff is enthusiastic, experienced, and loves working with children in the outdoors. And with camps available for ages 4-16, there truly is a camp for everyone! Fun options include Bird Bonanza, Water Worlds, Tracktastic, Baby Animals, Backwoods Explorers, Creepy Crawlies, Furry Friends, Feathered Fun, Mighty Mammals, Wet & Wild, Marine Muckers, Ocean in Motion, Micro to Macro, and literally so much more!
You can register for Fern & Feather by clicking here. And to plan the perfect Vineyard vacation, be sure to visit MVY.com.
This is a guest blog post for the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and Visit Martha's Vineyard, written by Hilary Dreyer, Managing Director of the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival. All photos by Joshua Robinson-White. Content and photos cannot be republished in any format without express permission.
For me, winter seems to pass by in a quick blur--how is it already March?! (Which I know is not what most people on the Island are thinking right now.) This is mainly because winter is our busiest time. We are scouring the depths of the web to find films you’ve never heard of, combing through hundreds of submissions to bring you the best of the best, and creating this unforgettable weekend which is the 18th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.
But it’s not just about bringing the best films to our little island. It’s about designing the whole experience, and making sure that at every possible corner, you have the opportunity to have your heart or mind opened wide to new ideas, perspectives, and people. The most rewarding part for me is connecting our audience with the guests that we bring for discussions after films. Usually, the name of the guest isn’t one you recognize, but by the end of the film, you are just absolutely floored that they’re standing at the front of the house before you.
I don’t often get to honor people my age up on stage, but this year we’ll be putting 27-year-old Maria Toorpakai from Pakistan in the spotlight after the screening of Unveiled. She is fighting fearlessly for positive change not only for women in Pakistan, but around the world. I promise you this is not one you want to miss. Honestly, if I were to list every single not-to-miss guest it would be all of them, so if you have to make some hard decisions on which films to skip, you’ll still find time to chat with our guests at the festival throughout the weekend. There’s plenty of time in between films to grab a fancy hot (or iced, ‘cause it’s almost spring) coffee from Chilmark Coffee Company, a full meal from Robert Lionette to ease your Morning Glory cravings, and don’t get me started on the apricot-ginger scones from Pie Chicks!
So I hope you’ll join me in a few weekends’ time. Come hang out! Grab your parents, your loved ones, old friends or new friends, and catch a flick, a meal, a beach walk, a workshop, or live music! Come laugh with me, cry with me, feel with me, learn, problem-solve, and celebrate our community with me!
Get your tickets ahead of time, and explore our full schedule, at tmvff.org.
And don’t forget that you can volunteer for a free ticket!
Be sure to visit MVY.com for everything you need to plan your trip to Martha's Vineyard!
This is a guest blog post by Marnely Murray, co-founder of the Martha's Vineyard Wine Festival. You can check out all the great things she's up to on her website, Cooking With Books.
The MV Wine Fest returns to the island of Martha’s Vineyard on May 11-14, 2017, on its fifth consecutive year as the kick-off event of the season on the island. A four day celebration that takes place in the historical yet contemporary town of Edgartown will focus extensively on featuring wines from the United States as well as wine-producing regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piedmont, Rioja, and more.
Featuring the talent of local chefs is a main staple of the MV Wine Fest, as wine is created for food and food is created for wine, the organizers John Clift and Marnely Murray are focused on pairing the incredible local talent to some of the best wineries. “As a festival, we want to make the intimate wine dinners the core of our events. Bringing wine makers from around the world to work with our chefs in creating an unforgettable menu that pairs exceptionally well with the wines is our goal”, states Ms. Murray. Being able to sit down at a table, to enjoy wine with the person that actually made said wine is an experience the MV Wine Fest wants to bring to their guests.
In 2017, the wineries that will be presenting at the festival include a distinguished variety, but not limited to: Merriam Vineyards, Rombauer Vineyards, Silver Oak Winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, Trifecta Wines, Flanagan Wines, Chateau d'Esclans, Knightsbridge Winery, Caymus Vineyards, and Landmark Vineyards. Small, intimate dinners will be hosted throughout the weekend where guests will be able to connect with wine makers and winery owners.
Other featured events will include:
• “Art of the Cocktail: Locally Crafted,” featuring top Martha’s Vineyard bartenders showcasing New Amsterdam gin and vodka in a friendly competition creating geo-specific island cocktails
• “Eco-Awareness: Oyster Safari,” (weather permitting) where guests will have a chance to meet and go on an adventure with local oystermen Cottage City Oysters, while learning about sustainability in the New England waters
• "Luminary Farm Dinner," at an exclusive location in Edgartown showcasing the work of Chef Matt O’Neill of The Blue Ox (http://www.theblueoxlynn.com) pairing a dinner to Rombaeur Vineyards, Silver Oak Wines, and Duckhorn Vineyards
• “Burgers & Bubbles,” a fun outdoor (weather permitting) event at the historical Martha’s Vineyard Museum lawn where guests will sip champagne and taste burgers from three chefs in order to vote for their favorite burgers
• “Oysters & Bubbles,” the event that culminates the weekend where attendees can relax while slurping back freshly shucked oysters from Cottage City Oysters while sipping on Chateau d’Esclans wines
The MV Wine Fest is an annual event that also has a philanthropic vision, donating 100% of the proceeds of their Silent Auction to the Martha’s Vineyard High School’s Culinary Arts Department. This silent auction takes place during the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 13th and attendees will have a chance to engage in conversation with some of the culinary arts students present at the auction.
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Martha’s Vineyard is well known for its summer landscape of busy streets and packed beaches, but a little less known is the Island’s incredible arts and culture scene that culminates in the autumn. Fall for the Arts, now in its 5th year, highlights the incredible and one-of-a-kind events that only happen on Martha’s Vineyard in the fields of dance, film, performing arts, literature, theater, poetry, visual arts, culinary arts, and festivals.
Here’s just a little taste of what visitors can expect with an autumn getaway to Fall for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard. For a complete schedule of events, be sure to visit the calendar of events.
Columbus Day Weekend, Oct 7 – 10
13th Annual Art of Chocolate Festival: Indulge your sweet tooth and artistic flare at this culinary and visual arts festival, held at Featherstone Center for the Arts.
Vineyard Artisans Festival: The Island’s longest running art festival that celebrates the crafts, arts, wares, and talents of only Island artists, for a genuine “made on the Vineyard” experience.
Local Wild Food Challenge: A culinary event for the true foodie, this event hosts professional and amateur chefs as they compete using local, wild ingredients found only on Martha’s Vineyard.
Oct 13 – 16
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival: One of the most anticipated events not only of the fall but of the year! Created in such a way that allows you to build your own itinerary, this foodie festival brings together farmers, fisherman, oyster farmers, artisans, chefs, and vintners to create a truly unique Island experience.
Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25 – 26
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert: This stunning musical event features world-class musicians.
Small Business Saturday: Celebrate the unique, independent shops of Martha’s Vineyard on Small Business Saturday and receive holiday deals and specials on one-of-a-kind Vineyard items
Christmas in Edgartown, December 9 – 11
The 35th annual Christmas in Edgartown is a weekend-long festival you won’t want to miss! Come see what holiday magic is like on Martha’s Vineyard with the Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse, the Jewelry Jingle, holiday parade, holiday shopping like no other, and Breakfast with Santa.
To learn more about visiting Martha’s Vineyard in any season or to plan your trip, visit MVY.com.
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People often mistakenly think that “the season” on Martha’s Vineyard ends Labor Day, but boy is that wrong! Sure, most of the families with kids head off-Island and back to school, but the folks who come during the month of September are some of the luckiest visitors to Martha’s Vineyard.
Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Incredible Weather
September boasts some of the best weather of the year on Martha’s Vineyard. With a general decline in high heat and humidity, the Island enjoys warm, dry days. And since the waters have had all summer to heat up, they’re at their warmest temperatures of the year, which makes swimming simply magical. Plus, being located within the Gulf Stream allows for a lovely and gentle breeze.
2. Less Crowded Beaches
Speaking of amazing weather, September is the perfect time to hit up the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard! And with the majority of kids back to school, the beaches tend to have fewer crowds, which means more sand for you. What’s more, many of the private beaches that are “resident only” become open to the public during the month of September.
3. Great Deals
Peak season might be from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but that also means it’s peak prices on Martha’s Vineyard. Whether it be hotels, B&Bs, or countless unique and independent shops and galleries, prices generally begin to fall in September — making visiting the Island more affordable.
4. Easier to Get Dining Reservations
Visitors can often wait hours in August to get into the many award-winning restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard, but September guests don’t face this problem. Making a reservation at a delicious farm- and sea-to-table restaurant that sources outstanding local ingredients right from the Island is much easier to do in September.
5. Tons of Festivals
September is the month of festivals on Martha’s Vineyard! The first weekend kicks off with the Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Festival, then the month continues on with the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival, the Wampanoag Powwow, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby, and the Martha’s Vineyard Craft Beer Festival. Plus, the month includes Fall for the Arts, an arts & culture campaign that kicks off in September and includes events hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Featherstone Center for the Arts — including the incredible Iron on the Island event — Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs, the Soul Summit at Lola’s, Pioneering Pizza by Farm.Field.Sea, and so much more.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to MVY.com to plan your September getaway to Martha’s Vineyard, and see for yourself why September is a favorite month here!
Written by Annabelle Hackney for Farm.Field.Sea.
Summertime on Martha’s Vineyard is a foodie wonderland for kids and parents alike. From that first taste of juicy strawberry in June to the last bite of sweet August corn, there is a plethora of natural wonder to be explored. For kids, summertime is meant to be a break from times tables and grammar lessons, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop! Martha’s Vineyard has a rich history of agriculture and with over 42 working farms on the island, there is an exciting amount of food produced locally. We get giddy thinking how lucky we are to live within a quick ride to local produce, cheese, milk, fish, oysters and other yummy shellfish.
BUT we think the most exciting part of the plethora of fresh food producers on our island is getting to meet the folks who are working to bring the food to our plates. It’s their stories that make the journey so – well - inspiring. Did you know that the moist farming environment on Martha's Vineyard allows us to grow fruits and veggies you may not expect such as mushrooms and asparagus? Or that oysters have been performing miracles for our waters by cleaning and removing toxins to help maintain tip-top water quality for over 600 million years (disturbed only by the periodic ice age).
Have you tasted a strawberry directly from the field? Then you must check out the annual adventure with Morning Glory Farm, one of the islands most vibrant family farms. We will venture through their fields and taste 7+ varieties of the Athearn family’s strawberry summer bounty. Farm inspired crafts and activities will be curated for the kids, and there will be tons of strawberries for all to taste! After enjoying the field and its bounty, sit down for a family-style farm lunch alongside the farmers as they give us a fuller picture of what’s on our plate.
Around on Labor Day weekend? Spend the day Saturday on Chappy with us making your own wood fired oven pizza at Slip Away Farm. Slip Away Farm opens their fields to show you what being a young farmer is all about. Tour the farm and pick your ingredients straight from the field - think juicy tomatoes, carrots straight from the earth, and crispy kale. Kids will enjoy the hands-on experience so much they might not even mind they're eating vegetables. After rolling out homemade dough and firing up the wood-fire oven - take a seat for a 3-course lunch overlooking the rolling farm.
If you are looking for an unforgettable local experience that is both fun and informative take your kids on a knowledge driven foodie adventure with Farm. Field. Sea. This one-of-a-kind adventure invites both kids and adults behind the scenes with local farmers, fisherman, oyster folks, chefs and educators of Martha's Vineyard to taste and experience the food of the island like you have never experienced before.
Can’t make it to these two events? Farm. Field. Sea. hosts many more adventures from May to October, visit their website for more adventures and pop-up dinners that will set your summer plans on fire! More at farmfieldsea.com.
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