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Editors’ Letter: Harvest 2022

Editors’ Letter: Harvest 2022
— Courtesy Polly Hill Arboretum

One of the gifts of working on Edible Vineyard magazine is immersing ourselves in the food and bounty of the seasons here on this Island. Especially fall, with all its beautiful, golden, low light when waters stay warm, keeping farmers and fishermen busy harvesting deep into the season. 

Stanley Larsen of Menemsha Fish Market is busy year-round, but he made time to catch up and reminisce about days gone by and the present.

The dahlias in all their explosive, colorful glory will bloom until the frost blankets the Island, which is always a moving target, though the Farmers’ Almanac has declared a cold and snowy winter, so we will see. 

Katama is now home to some of the Island beef cattle from Morning Glory Farm and Slough Farm, and they also happen to be in calving season. These gorgeous, happy cattle truly are living the good life.

Mollie Doyle catches up with her friend Joan Nathan to talk about Jewish holiday food and the history of the Jewish community on the Vineyard. 

As your social bandwidth comes back and you are ready to eat out again, plan dinner with one of the Island’s OG chefs, Michael Brisson of L’Étoile. Over many years, Michael has developed beautiful, creative food and community with his restaurants, where he believes teamwork makes the dream work!

This is the fourth year creating Edible Vineyard from our home at The Martha’s Vineyard Times. The past three seasons, this would have been our last issue of this year, but this year we will keep going into the off-season, with our fourth issue coming out in December. We are excited to keep learning, telling stories, and sharing recipes from what feels like an endless source of talent. On a sad note, we are losing a few more incredibly hard-working, young food entrepreneurs who have helped fuel the local food movement and obsession here. We say goodbye to Oliva Pattison, a.k.a. Cinnamon Starship, who is leaving to create no doubt an amazing business where she can afford to own a home. Also, the two T’s, Tucker and Truman of MVM Mycological, are relocating to Dutchess County, N.Y., where their fungi can really grow, and folks up and down the East Coast can indulge in the magic of mushrooms. 

Tina Miller and Connie Berry