Salt of the Earth Are the Local Saltmakers

Salt of the Earth Are the Local Saltmakers

Using solar power and good old fashioned ingenuity, the founders of Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt make their salt and then create blends like Lemon Dill, Local Smoked Oak and Naughty. Ali Berlow caught up with them at the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market.

Time Again (At Last) for Strawberries

Strawberry season, in my family, is a religious thing. We pick strawberries in late June every year, all together, no matter what. The day starts early with old tee shirts and stained shorts. We slather on sunscreen and my mother always wears her old pink bandana...

Re-Imagining School Lunch on Martha’s Vineyard

Claus is a 3 rd grader at the Chilmark School, and he was one of my lunch buddies. We sat together in the school’s makeshift cafeteria, in the community center next to the school. Fresh fish, pollock, was on the menu, and Claus wasn’t all that sure about it.

Eat ’em to Beat ’em: The Invasive Green Crab

The green crab (Carcinus maenas) arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the 1800s. It is described as an alien or invasive species, because of its negative impacts on economically valuable shellfish stocks like clams and bay scallops—though there may be culinary...