An Homage to Martha's Vineyard

The Daytripper’s Dream

by Molly Shuster

The Daytripper’s Dream

Elizabeth Cecil

Growing up on the south shore of Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard was always my home away from home. Since before I can remember, my family would visit the Island regularly, especially in the summertime. We’d take our boat to Menemsha and buy breakfast or lobster rolls, depending on the time of day, then swim or fish off the coast. During my college years, I spent summers waitressing at Among the Flowers and worked as an intern at the FARM Institute. My used bike was my favorite mode of transporta- tion and every day was an opportunity to experience the Island. From farmers’ markets and the film festival up-Island, to drinks and merry-go-round rides in Oaks Bluffs, to window shopping and live music in Edgartown, there was always something special to pass the time. Not to mention, the countless afternoons spent sun- ning on the beach when the best thing to do was nothing at all.

These days, I have to satisfy my Vineyard cravings with weekends here and there, or a day trip when time won’t allow for more. Here, I’ve developed recipes for some of my favorite treats from around the Island; recipes that, for me, remind me of my favorite places and memories. If I can’t have the real thing, I can at least console myself with a little taste of this home away from home.