Despite, or maybe because of, being several miles out at sea, Martha's Vineyard is home to many farms and makers. At Lark Hotels, we love to help our guests get a sense of the place they've come to visit, and we think trips to the farm and farmers' markets do just that. Perhaps you're looking for some strawberries and cucumbers for your beach picnic or you just want to wander around and soak in the bounty of the fresh island-grown produce.
To get your veg on, head to the West Tisbury Farmers' Market, the only farmers' market on Martha's Vineyard, or the farm stand at Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown. If you're (understandably) not looking to stock up on veggies while on vacation, there's plenty of local products like soaps, baked goods, and knitwear for a memento for your trip to the Vineyard.
With over 40 vendors of on-island farms and craftsman, this farmers' market is worth the 20 minute drive from any of our Edgartown and Oak Bluffs boutique hotels. According to the market's bylaws, two thirds of the vendors must be on-island farms, but you'll also find vendors selling fresh-pressed juice and wood-fired pizza, as well as those with jams, honey, baked goods, and sweet treats. The market takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon and Wednesday mornings in July and August through Columbus Day. In the fall and winter, the market can be found indoors at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury.
The farm stand of this 65-acre mixed vegetable and fruit farm is more like a local foods market, selling produce and beef grown and raised on the farm. The farmers also purchase produce from Chelsea Market in Boston, so the selection isn't limited to what's grown on island. The cheese case of New England-made cheeses is perfect for picnics and happy hour and a variety of snack foods, some locally made, will fuel you up for all your island adventures. The farm stand is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sundays) and can be very busy. Go first thing to avoid the crowds or sneak in mid-afternoon on nice beach days, when it's quiet.