Thursday, April 17th, 6:30
Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury
Slow Food’s Annual Meet-up
Potluck and Talk on Craft Beer
by Offshore Ale’s Head Brewer, Neil Atkins
Every year the members of Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard gather together to celebrate the spring, the Island community and Slow Food’s commitment to connecting people together through food.
We invite the community for an evening of food and conversation. Special Guest Neil Atkins, Head Brewer for Offshore Ale, will be talking about Craft Beer.
This year’s annual meeting will also vote in the new members of Slow Food MV’s Leadership Group. As the history of Martha’s Vineyard is rich in agriculture so too is our Board of Leaders, each one an integral part of the food and Island community.
and on May 15th
Slow Food Dinner of Grains
@ the Harbor View Hotel
details to come
- Questions? Contact: email@example.com
- If you would like to be a bigger part of Slow Food MV, please join us!
PAST EVENTS in 2014
- April 5th : A Conversation with JD McLelland, the documentary film producer
whose current project, The Grain Divide, tells the history and future of grains through stories of some of the world’s top bakers, chefs, researchers and scientists.
- JD shared a new trailer of the film, and talked with us about the behind the scenes work he has been doing with the global leaders who are shaping the future of grains in fields, kitchens, and labs. Glenn Roberts, a leader in the movement to revive heirloom grain traditions spoke about the local and national efforts and the next steps in the Island’s grain future.
- The Intimacy of Our Farmers was our February 9th farmers brunch event on the joys and challenges of farming. The morning started with buckwheat waffles, local cheeses and yogurt, and egg and veggie frittatas. We heard Jim Athearn (Morning Glory Farm) talk about soil health challenges and the joys of family on the farm, Liz Packer (Spring Moon Farm) speak to the love and responsibility it takes to raise poultry and livestock, Mike Holtham (Menemsha Fish House) share about his growing knowledge of farming the oceans, and Todd Christy (Chilmark Coffee Co) reminisce about the starting of his coffee company with coffee being the second most traded commodity besides oil. Great stories and delicious food for all at the Chilmark Community Center.
- PAST EVENTS in 2013
- December 8th we celebrated Slow Food USA’s Terra Madre day with a potluck of local and/or endangered foods. We heard stories from Island personalities on heritage breeds, seeds, and preserving local, regional & endangered foods and maintaining biodiversity. And we had a drawing of local goodies ranging from short ribs to scallops, duck, bread, seeds, and a piece of jewelry in the spirit of Slow Food.
for endangered food list links, event photos and EAT TO SAVE - tips go to event page
October 22, in Celebration of Oysters. It was an evening of feasting on Oyster hors d’oeuvres and dinner at the Port Hunter restaurant in Edgartown, sponsor of the event benefiting Slow Food MV and the MV Shellfish Group. Shellshocked, the movie, showed us why oysters are important to our eco-system and our health. Nic Turner of Honeysuckle Oyster Farm and Rick Karney of MV Shellfish Group lead a Q & A about what it means to be an oyster grower in Katama Bay, and the world of oysters and their importance here on the Vineyard.
October 5th, Living Local Harvest Festival. An active day of community.
Slow Food organized tastings from various food suppliers, from Lattanzi’s ice cream to Pie Chicks to MV Salt. In the Slow Food booth we gave samples of Beach Plum Brandy, showcased our year’s events and talked to people about Slow Food’s principles of Good Clean and Fair Food.
Cape resident Marie McHugh, cousin of island builder Leo McHugh, held the lucky ticket for The Silo chicken coop raffled by Slow Food MV at Saturday’s Living Local Harvest Festival. The raffle of the custom coop, designed by 3 designers from the office of Hutker Architects – Tom Shockey, Sean Dougherty and Nelson Giannakopoulos – raised funds for Slow Food’s 2014 educational programming activities, in addition to support given to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger.
Marie, who bought her winning ticket at the Falmouth Farmers Market, decided the coop would be put to good use as a backyard chicken educational tool at Miss Scarlett’s Blue Ribbon Farm in Yarmouth. Susan and Jim Knieriem, owners of this 33acre farm operate a meat & vegetable CSA along with giving educational tours to school children and adults alike. He stresses the importance of humanely and sustainably raised products, and believes we should all know WHO your farmer is and how your food is raised. Jim is president of the Cape and Islands Farm Bureau.
August 15-18th, The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. Four days of country fair activities | the livestock barn – our chicken exhibit, Freddie Fisher’s sow giving birth to 10 little ones & lots of island animals | the draft horse and oxen pulls | the fiber tent with it’s animals | the racing pigs | the exhibit hall of art, veggies, crafts, and island orgs | woodsman competition | skillet throw | equestrian shows | sheep shearing | and food and rides and more! see the photos….
August 4th, 10:30am-4pm, Coop de Ville Tour, an egg-elicious brunch followed bya farm and backyard coop tour that gave visitors an up-close peek into the living quarters of some of the Vineyard’s fine-feathered friends and uncovered the mystique of the Local Egg. Visitors learned about “fresh” eggs, “local” eggs and the chicken keepers that make it all happen. Some of the Tour topics included egg labeling, how laying chickens are raised, the flavor of an egg, chicken breeds and what eggs they lay, the farm-to-table movement, and how to become a chicken keeper.
and for Coop Stories, a Local Egg Map, and a description of Tour Sites
May 5th, 10am-2pm, Heavy Nettles, a festival celebrating wild spring greens @ Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.