Martha’s Vineyard is home to hundreds of local artists, designers, and food purveyors making some pretty special, beautiful and delicious things. When you visit Martha’s Vineyard we recommend you pack an extra bag that you can fill with your pick of locally made goodies.
During the summer be sure to make a trip to the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market (happening at the Grange Hall on Saturdays and Wednesdays), and the Vineyard Artisans Festival (at the Grange Hall on Thursdays and Sundays) to find an impressive selection of many of our locally sourced products.
After much deliberation, below is a list of some of our favorite finds.
Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt by Down Island Farm. In the tradition of Island settlers, farmers Heidi and Curtis solar evaporate Atlantic Ocean water, resulting in delicious, briny crystals that make for the perfect addition to both savory and sweet eats. Their sea salt comes in a variety of flavors including "Lemon Dill" with added dried lemon verbena and dried dill, "Smoked Oak" which is salt smoked over Island oak, and our favorite, "Blueberry Honey," with added freeze-dried blueberries and honey.
Austin Designs. Designer Rachel Austin Baumrin builds handmade textiles, including scarves, bags, accessories, and 100% organic and natural cotton herbal heat packs, eye pillows, and pocket pods hand crafted in small batches in her studio in West Tisbury. Filled with Austin Designs signature herb and seed combinations that are sourced on Martha’s Vineyard and in California, many of Austin Designs’ products are as therapeutic as they are beautiful.
Bluewave Body Company. Owner Gwyneth Wallace created Bluewave Cosmetics to bring her love of all things fresh, natural and beautiful to her buyers–and we thank her for it. Gwyneth uses fresh, natural ingredients and makes everything herself, including her bath and body products, facial products, hair care and men’s’ grooming products. Our favorite is her Island Girl Body Butter Bliss, a heavenly combination of natural butters and oils featuring a clean seaside mix of beach grass oil and wild rose.
Chilmark Coffee. Local Island coffee guru Todd Christy makes really really good coffee. Along with his wife Jenny the couple operates Chilmark Coffee, a small batch coffee roaster out of their home in Chilmark. All of their beans are ethically sourced from places like Ethiopia, Columbia and Guatemala, and the flavors they bring to their batches are exceptional. Pick up a bag to take home or be sure to ask at local markets and restaurants if they’re brewing it.
Vineyard Wick & Bath. Since 2015, Vineyard Wick & Bath has prided itself on using chemical-free soy wax in order to deliver natural products to their customers. Vineyard Wick & Bath offers candles, wax melts, lotions and soaps, in a variety of hypnotizing scents like Pistachio Macaron, Asian Plum, Citrus & Sage, and Lemon Lavender. All products are cruelty free and handmade with locally sourced products right here on Martha's Vineyard. We promise, once you smell it, you will buy it.
Noepe Designs. Designer Katie Zelenka’s iconic products include wristlets, clutches, totes, fold-over totes, crossbody bags, purses, prints, keychains, bracelets and pillows. Her textile designs are made from original silkscreens that start with pencil illustrations of images in nature that inspire her. Noepe Designs are made from leather and then precision heat embossed. These classy, affordable, handmade gift items are widely popular among visitors and locals alike.
Stefanie Wolf Designs. Stefanie’s keen sense of color and proportion combined with a simple yet sophisticated eye for design makes her creations unforgettable. Stefanie has always been attracted to shiny, colorful objects. Inspired by sea and sky, she brings her jewelry to life with glass in vivid hues and unexpected shapes. Stefanie travels to the time-honored glass bead region of Bohemia to select her glass colors, work closely with traditional artisans designing custom shapes, and choose finishes that bring her jewelry collection to life. Stefanie’s studio and retail showroom in downtown Edgartown is open to visitors year round.
Mimi’s Hittin’ the Sauce. Mark and Cathy Peters are the owners, and longtime hot sauce creators, of Mimi’s Hittin’ the Sauce, a line of hot sauce products made right here on Martha’s Vineyard. Mimi’s Hittin’ the Sauce has two varieties, “Hacha” and “HaChaChaCha,” as well as a pepper jelly and a salsa, each packed with fresh peppers and tomatoes. Everything that goes into their sauces is either grown by the couple or sourced from local farms. When you want an extra kick, a taste of the Vineyard, and an amazing flavor like no other this is your stuff.
Island Alpaca Co. Located in Oak Bluffs the Island Alpaca Co. farm and gift shop offers an impressive variety of quality alpaca products and luxurious garments, many crafted with yarn made from the fleece of their own alpaca. Island Alpaca’s products include hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, slippers, socks, jackets, sweaters, blankets, toys, gifts, and much more. The products are as soft as cashmere and warmer, lighter, and stronger than sheep’s wool. Visit Island Alpaca Co. farm to meet their gentle, playful animals and pick up one of their extra soft treasures.
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. There’s so many delicious chocolate makers on Martha’s Vineyard we couldn’t pick just one! Chilmark Chocolates is a staple, and their chocolate is consistently considered the best on-Island. It’s only available at their store in Chilmark, and hours are limited but it’s oh-so worth the ride. Not Your Sugar Mamas in Vineyard Haven makes an impressive line of superfood chocolate bars rich in antioxidants that are perfect for the more health conscious chocolate lover, plus they offer a wide variety of plant-based treats at their cafe in Vineyard Haven. Enchanted Chocolates in Oak Bluffs make some pretty heavenly creations too, including their infamous “Stoner Food,” a caramel and chocolate covered pretzel rod sprinkled with Almond Butter Crunch and MV Sea Salt–needless to say it’s out of this world.
Wherever your travels take you on Martha’s Vineyard be sure to load up on these locally made goodies. Many business owners also sell their products online and offer shipping, so you can easily re-up on your supply at home.
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