Chilmark Coffee is a small batch coffee roaster in Chilmark. They focus on providing coffee that is local, organic, and fair-trade. They are the perfect example of how even in a fast-paced world, the peaceful Island mentality can be replicated in each cup of coffee.
Flat Point Farm is a diversified family-farm in West Tisbury. A working farm since the 1930’s, Flat Point Farm currently produces grass-fed poultry, lamb and beef as well as cutting several thousand bales of hay. Extensive gardens and a coop of laying hens round out the list of products on the 115-acre spread on Tisbury Great Pond.
Moving to the island of Martha's Vineyard in 1989, Rusty Gordon started farming with Andrew Woodruff at Whippoorwill Farm. He spent 23 years at Whippoorwill running the farm operations and the large Community Supported Agriculture program. In 2011, determined to succeed and prove that a farming operation could work and support itself on the Island, Rusty started Ghost Island Farm. He farmed a few small parcels of land on the side for the winter farmers market while still running the large Whippoorwill operation. Currently Rusty is looking to grow the farm to double its size to meet the needs of the co-op, farm stand and farmers market.
The Good Farm
Location: West Tisbury
The GOOD Farm spearheaded by Jefferson Monroe is one of the island’s premiere chicken and pig purveyors.
Green Island Farm is a small family farm on Martha’s Vineyard. Their main product is delicious, very fresh eggs from 500 laying hens and more than 30 kinds of vegetables and herbs throughout the year. You can visit their self-serve farm stand in West Tisbury, directly across from the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair Grounds.
Eric and Molly Glasgow will tell you that they were not farmers. Eric, a graduate of The University of Chicago, worked in the corporate world for 15 years and Molly, a graduate of Pratt Institute, was a designer. They were foodies before the word foodie existed, and once their two boys came along they became really interested in the source of their food. When Eric decided to leave his job, the idea of a farm started to percolate. They had been coming to the Vineyard for years in the summer and knew the Island had a rich agricultural history. Over an eight month period they worked on developing a plan for the farm. Milking parlors, rotational grazing, chicken houses, foliar feeding, cheese school; the list went on and on. Then, in the summer of 2009, they purchased the farm and moved. It was from that moment forward that there has been no time to look back. From learning how to castrate piglets on you tube to being drenched with milk because of a broken gasket, other farmers are right, there is NEVER a dull moment.
Honeysuckle Oyster Farm’s owner and farmer, Nic Turner, has been farming succulent oysters in Katama Bay for the past four years. His oysters can be found all over the Island and are sustainably raised with the future of the Island in mind.
For over thirty years, the MV Shellfish Group's community-based resource management program has sought to preserve and expand the Island's traditional shellfisheries. Spearheaded by biologist Rick Karney, their application of innovative aquaculture technology, and a continuing vigilance to improve and maintain the good surface water quality on the island has been crucial to a viable shellfish industry and clean vineyard ponds.
Mike Holtham of the Menemsha Fish House is a distributor located just feet from the fishing fleet of Menemsha Harbor. The company educates consumers about local seafood and availability, driving demand to restaurants and retailers that support small fleets and local catch.
Mermaid Farm and Dairy
Founded in 1997, Mermaid Farm & Dairy is a 35 acre farm run by Allen Healy & Caitlin Jones and family. Chilmark’s Mermaid Farm has the only certified raw milk on the Island. They are also known for their produce, lamb and beef.
Morning Glory Farm, started in 1975 by James and Deborah Athearn on family wooded land on Meshacket Road, grows about 60 acres of vegetables and small fruits from May through December. The farm name grew from the vision of the sun rising over lush, green fields, cows with udders full of milk ambling past bountiful gardens and hedgerows lively with honeybees; true wealth of nature's glory. The fields and crops grew and flourished, and at the present point are actively working over 120 acres with a staff of up to 100 employees. Each year there is a new crew of farmers, bakers, growers, and farmstand staff that become part of the farm family. With the younger generation involved there is the expectation that the farm will continue to provide quality fruits and vegetables to the community and provide people with meaningful employment and memorable Island experience.
North Tabor Farm
North Tabor Farm is a six-acre family-run farm off of North Road in Chilmark. It specializes in organically grown salad greens, shiitake mushrooms, blueberries and farm fresh eggs. It also sells fresh chickens and pork when available, and operates a self-serve farm stand year-round.
Sweet Neck Oyster Farm
Sweetneck Farm Oysters, located in Katama Bay, delivers delicious oysters to the Island and beyond. Jack Blake, their farmer, is a dedicated member of the shellfish industry in Martha’s Vineyard
Thimble Farm is the newest program of Island Grown Initiative. Island Grown Farm increases local food production and consumption for the economic and health benefits of the community of Martha’s Vineyard. They support the Island agricultural community by increasing local food production and the number of farmers within the community by providing access to agricultural land and infrastructure and provide outreach, education and training for producers and consumers.
Whippoorwill Farm started the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) on the Island in 1992. Since then, thousands of people have enjoyed the weekly trip to the farm to pick up their “share”. From their field to your table, you’re invited to come by and enjoy great Island produce.
Keith Wilda is Executive Director for Island Grown Initiative, Program Leader for Island Grown Farm and Manager at Thimble Farm. Over the past 20 years Keith has worked as an educator and researcher, through extension work at the University of Massachusetts, as general manager of two of the largest aquaculture and aquaponics facilities in the country and as a consultant. Keith lives with his wife Reagan and has three daughters, Ella and twins Morgan and Addison.