09.01.09

Pond grasses glow a soft umber. Roadside milkweed is fat with juice. Nomadic geese have set up camp in Ocean Park. And visitors bearing packages have come a-tapping at my door.

“We’re leaving today.”

“Already? Awww.”

“I knooooww. It seems like summer just started.”

Shelley Christiansen

09.01.09

If you’re driving up-Island toward the Cliffs on State Road in Aquinnah, you may miss the Orange Peel Bakery sign on your left just before Lobsterville Road – unless it’s late afternoon on a Wednesday from May to October. If it is, you’ll see cars parked on the side of the road and a knot of people gathered in the yard, because it’s Pizza Night, and because people are hungry for both food and sociality.

Richard C. Skidmore

08.01.09

Growing corn is a labor of mishaps and love – and fortunately, it’s a labor you don’t have to get into with the folks at Morning Glory Farm doing it for you.

Tom Dunlop

07.01.09

While you’re enjoying the beach and the sun, be sure to include nature’s summer bounty in your day. It’s easy to locate and harvest many useful wild plants on the Vineyard, and even easier to make delicious food and drinks with them. Here are the descriptions you need to find tasty flowers and nutritious greens to go with every meal of the day.

Holly Bellenuono & Catherine Walthers

05.01.09

“Many artists think they are better cooks than anyone else,” says Nancy Shaw Cramer, owner of the eponymous gallery in Vineyard Haven. They bring a dash of creativity and a dollop of fearlessness to the kitchen. At least, that’s what Nancy has seen in the mixed-media artists group she founded in 1996. She says the potters think they are best, since their art is based on recipes. But Nancy is quick to defend all artists as chefs, arguing, for instance, that painters tend to make their work personal – both on the canvas and in the kitchen.

Nicki Miller

05.01.09

After the long, cold winter we spent indoors, spring has arrived to push us outside to collect new green leaves and dig up fat roots. This is the time, according to tradition, for spring cleaning – and we don’t mean the house. We’re referring to an ancient folk belief about cleaning the blood, renewing the spirit, and energizing the body.

Holly Bellenuono & Catherine Walthers

04.01.09

This is the tale of a marriage, a home, and a berry patch. All three happened synchronously in a whirlwind stretch of 2007, when Stacy San Severino and I tied the knot in June and moved into our new house in Chilmark in mid-August. Together with her three young children (Henry, eleven, and identical twin daughters Ruby and Nina, seven), we tumbled into our new home after a summer spent at my mother’s house while our mid-sized modular was being constructed.

Julian Wise

04.01.09

Heading out at low tide with a sturdy rake and a floating basket, and wading through the Vineyard’s shallow waters can provide for good eating. And clamming, for the Vineyarders who love it, is more than just the pursuit of a tasty quahaug supper. A few hours spent plying the clam flats also offer a chance to escape from whatever one must – to explore the mystery of life hiding just below the surface of all that salty water, and to connect with a culturally rich past.

Charlie Cameron

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