Spruce Tips

from: The Wild Things Are Here

Tender new shoots of the Eastern White Spruce can be used like capers or used sparingly in salads or dressings. The lemon-y flavor also pairs nicely with fresh water fish, like trout, $7.50-$11.50.

Spruce Tips

Mushrooms

from: The Wild Things Are Here

Flavor soups, sauces, and stews with a wide selection of dried North American mushrooms, including Chanterelles, Black Trumpets, Cepes (Porcinis), Matsutake, and the Wild Forest Mix, $13-$17

Mushrooms

Fresh Blackberries

from: Very Berry

Find them at the Down Island Farmers’ Market, located at the Tisbury Wharf on Tuesdays, from 9am–1pm, starting June 29 and running through September 28th.

Fresh Blackberries

Blue Potatoes

from: Summer Blues

Nightshades on psychedelics. Try blue potatoes roasted, tossed with olive oil and thyme. Serve them in a red bowl to make your eyes wiggle. North Tabor Farm in Chilmark grows them. So does Bob Daniels. Forage for them at Vineyard Farmers’ Markets: West Tisbury, Down-Island, and Edgartown.

Blue Potatoes

Junior League Locavore

from: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Kitchen Tip of the Day: Smear a little-to-a-lot of New Lane Sundries Jalapeño Hot Pepper Jelly on cream cheese or goat cheese atop crackers or in a grilled cheese sandwich for some zoom. Jelly-mama Linda Alley says, ‘But wait, don’t stop there!’ Seek out her other brazen conserves, including Red Pepper Ginger Marmalade. Available at Cronig’s, West Tisbury Farmers’ Market, Alley’s, Fiddlehead Farm, Garcia’s Deli, and Katama General Store; about $6.

Junior League Locavore

Shake It

from: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

José Can You Sea Salt—so the label warns—“could be addictive.” Yo, José, you ARE addictive – own it! We carry you around in our bag and shake you out to season our egg sandwiches, hummus, soups, popcorn…you name it, we José it. Made in Chilmark, available at Alley’s General Store as well as many fine stores and pantries across the Island. 4-ounce jar, about $4.50.

Shake It

Mother’s Little Helper

from: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Here’s the perfect coverage for a mid-week meal: Chesca’s Kitchen Sweet & Snappy Thai Chili Glaze. Use as a glaze for baked chicken, add it to meatloaf, or put a spoonful in the pot of a slow-braising pork butt. Available at Island stores for $9.50.

Mother’s Little Helper

Pickled Ginger

from: Ginger

Pickled Ginger packs a pungent punch. Available at Cronig’s, Net Result and other local grocery stores, around $5.

Pickled Ginger

Ginger Chews

from: Ginger

Candy that’s digest-friendly. Available at Cronig’s Healthy Additions, Vineyard Haven, The Ginger People, $1.49–$3.79.

Ginger Chews

Sugar Snap Peas

from: Green is the New Black

Sauté them with asparagus for a little green-on-green, spring-on-spring.