by Lily Morris
Lucky Number 5
By Ali Berlow, EDITOR
Baby lambs, the new model-year roll-outs of spring, appear and make wobbly haste to follow their mothers’ flock across the fields. All the seedlings—which we’ve nurtured inside anywhere we can fit them in between the dining room, wood stove, and mudroom—have grown up sturdy enough to be planted in the earth. And I’m ready to start up where I left off, fishing with my friend in the warming waters of the shore. Every day I look out over the water anticipating the firsts: first catch, first swim, and first cook-up on the beach.
But there’s no saying anything about Edible Vineyard’s 5th issue before kicking it off with a big thank you to all our advertisers, past and present. If you’re reading this, please support the local businesses that make this all possible. I can tell you now that more than one person stopped me at the grocery store last year, asking if I’d lost my mind starting up a magazine given the dire economic climate combined with the tumultuous times for print media. But it’s because of all of you—this Vineyard rooted in community—that we can continue to offer EV for free and publish the writers, artists, cooks, and photographers in interesting food stories from around our Island. EV’s contributors and staff strive to deliver a few tasty recipes, insights into local food and agricultural issues as well as solutions, and always some hope and beauty about the future, to share over a meal.
We’re introducing some new departments in EV5 that explore the topography and geology of the Island’s food landscape. In “Gastronomy ” Joan Nathan writes about horseradish with cultural and symbolic insights. Jamie McNelly of Our Market shares affordable wine pairings to go with seasonal recipes in “The Grape” and Paul Karasik, New Yorker cartoonist from West Tisbury, draws on some local humor.
Journalist Chris Hufstader (“Tropical Island”) delves into the future of commercial fishing in “Next Generation Fishermen” and Sofi Thanhauser explores the Island’s school lunch programs in the context of the rising rate of obesity among children and what Island Grown Schools is working to do about it. And when writer Mollie Doyle set out to explore the health benefits of one our shores most bountiful wild foods, edible seaweed, she was so pleased to discover one of the Island’s most renowned treasures, artist Rose Treat of West Tisbury (“Eat Your Seaweed”).
We welcome Contributing Editor and author, Nicole Galland of West Tisbury, a life-long Vineyarder, and introduce Hara Dretaki of Vineyard Haven. Hara is a long-time Vineyard resident and enthusiastic seeker of all things culinary.
In closing, it’s an honor to remember Tom Osmers in this issue that celebrates the next generation of fishermen. Tom was a mentor to so many, young and old. After his long struggle with cancer, I imagine he is fishing in all the seas now.
Features: Spring 2010
Undercutts of hope, struggle and contradiction sway our catch of the day
From WPA to Michelle Obama's Let's Move, school lunch tackles child nutrition and obesity.
Seaweeds float to our shores for your health and your spirit
Departments: Spring 2010
Recipes: Spring 2010
Finds: Spring 2010
Green is the New Black
It’s Snow Pea Season!
They’re good simply raw and in chopped salads.
Dark Chocolate M&M’s
There’s something about the green ones (or so they say). A pack goes for about $1.
Andes Crème de Menthe
A lickety-splity after-dinner mint, right out of the days of supper clubs and old ‘55s.
Dr. Bronners Magical Pure Castile Classical Soaps
“18-in-1” uses. Found at grocers, apothecaries, hardware stores, and the gas station.
Indian cusinine’s perfumey after-dinner mints and digestive. www.indianblend.com, $6.99.
Frozen Wheat Grass
Shots 2 shots for $5.00 or 1 for $3.00. Scottish Bakehouse, 977 State Road, Tisbury, (508)…
Chocopologie’s Fresh Mint Chocolate Bar
64% cacao swirled with potent mint. $7.99, LeRoux, Main Street, Vineyard Haven.
Stanley Widemouth Stainless steel Vacuum Food Jar, $39.99 at Shirley’s Hardware, 374…
Pam’s Provisions Basil Pesto
Made on MV, available at farmers’ markets, Morning Glory Farm and Cronig’s.
Plate and Spoon
From Two Susan’s, unique gifts and homewares, 65 Main Street Vineyard Haven, (508) 693-7077.
Sugar Snap Peas
Sauté them with asparagus for a little green-on-green, spring-on-spring.
Frank Creney Ceramic Bowls
Ceramic bowls are available at local artisan’s fairs. Frank also teaches clay crafts…
Bamboo Salad Tossers
Made from 100% organically-grown bamboo, natural lacquer. $10.99, LeRoux, Main Street,…
Oliver (Eddie Albert) and Lisa (Eva Gabor) are the local food movement’s first-adopters…
Peel in Peace, Love Your Veggies
$6.99 at Alley’s General Store, State Road, West Tisbury, (508) 693-0088.
Stewart’s Key Lime Soda
Sip a cold bottle on the steps of Alley’s General Store, about $1.50.
This natural sweetener is a good alternative to the artificial pink and blue packets.…
Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass Whiped Cream and Other Delights
Released in ’65, sold 6 million copies and spent 6 weeks at #1. Cool vinyl can be found…
The MV Film Festival
Mug is $10 or $15 for all the java you want at the movies. www.tmvff.org
Zen Green Tea
Tazo steams up aromas of lemon and mint. Good hot or cold with honey, it’s gentle and…
IGI Cotton Bag
Island Grown Initiative’s all-purpose carry-all, painted for EV by (and with) Loving…
West Tisbury Farmers’ Market
Opens June 23 and runs through the season on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.– 12 p.m.…
A muddle of lime juice, fresh mint, Midori melon liqueur, and white rum. A fruity minty…