This is a guest blog post by Nevette Previd, full bio below. All photos from Farm.Field.Sea.
Martha’s Vineyard inspires "I could do that" fantasies. My “ I could do that” tipping point was at a dinner party. I have to admit I LOVE dinner parties; it’s where I am my most social self. Surrounded by people from all walks of life with stories to tell, fueled by good food and wine, I haven’t met a meal with a crowd that I haven’t loved yet. I am so jazzed after the events that my husband jokes that I have a new business or lifestyle idea for us after every invite.
This very party was an oh-so-local potluck at a friend’s house. The crowd happened to be chock full of farmers from both the soil and sea and local chefs who made the all-you-can eat offering especially exciting. As the conversation flowed, I gleaned a common thread: good stories. Tales of old and knowledge of new generously shared about their craft woven from generations of experience and newbie trial and error. The enthusiasm, and very real talent, craved a bigger audience than the simple sitting around the table.
Even though I have fantasized about being a farmer (I was very proud of my 8x8 garden this year), a fisherman (ok not really, I get too cold) and a chef (I would rock one of those cooking competition shows), my true passion lies in connecting people through food. So, enter Farm.Field.Sea., the conduit for me to experience a bit of these folks fascinating lives and the process it takes to bring great food to our plates. And, why not share it? With culinary adventures and agritourism all the rage, I know there have to be people who share a passion for really "getting to know" their food.
When people step off the boat onto Martha’s Vineyard for the first time, I want them to be able to get to know the Vineyard. Indulging in fried clams, getting a Vineyard t-shirt, and enjoying a delicious ice-cream cone — while all wonderful — is sort of the equivalent of only visiting Time Square when in NYC. Peel away the top layer of our magical Island and you too can get to know old Vineyard culture and traditions while having a 'food exploration of a lifetime’ (description courtesy of one of Farm.Field.Sea.’s recent guests!).
So the “I can do that,” I am happy to report, becomes an ‘”I did that!” With one season logged for Farm.Field.Sea., I am ready to go where no other adventurer on the Vineyard (and beyond) has gone before. Are you?
Sign up for the fall Farm.Field.Sea. October 25th and 26th featuring cooking with Chef/Farmer Chris Fischer, farm immersion at North Tabor Farm and Grey Barn, wines from Thirst Wine Merchants and cheese making with Jacqueline Foster. Limited spaces available, please find more information at ffsmv.com.
Nevette Previd is a marketing consultant specializing in connecting communities though grassroots, film, social action and events. She lives on the Vineyard with her family, working with clients all over the world. You can find her at nevetteprevid.com and ffsmv.com.
It's my job to love this place, and it's no work at all.