Martha’s Vineyard digs local food. Evidence of this is all over the Island, from restaurants serving local bonito to workshops on connecting to local farms. But local food is about a lot more than just healthy and great tasting food. It’s a way of life, and each year the Living Local Harvest Festival puts center stage the whole process of the local movement, from soil to stomach and beyond.
What I love about Living Local is that it's the one event a year that is for locals by locals. Being a seasonal community, Summer is usually chock full of work and guests - so we lose touch with our friends and community. The festival brings people back together again - and through the joyous atmosphere full of local food, music, and events for kids-of-all ages we are reminded just how amazing this community is.
Long before Farm.Field.Sea. (9 years ago to be exact), I came on board to produce the festival -- growing it organically to what it is today. Its a labor of love for sure - every year we aim to raise the bar adding in new interactive elements and programs with the goal for the festival to best represent all corners of 'local' on this little island.
The free event taking place at The Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury begins September 22nd with the Opening Night event "A talk with Fascinating Islanders' with focus on Women Farmers of the island. The celebration continues on September 23rd at the Agricultural Hall. There is so much going on that I will just give you the schedule -- see below! Do check out Living Local's Facebook page and website for new programming.
We hope to see you there!
The 19th Annual Living Local Harvest Festival
Presented by Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society
Free and Fun, come one and all
Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury
Opening Night: Friday, September 22nd 6-8PM
Harvest Festival: Saturday, September 23rd 10AM – 4PM
Community Supper: 6-9PM
Friday, September 22nd
Stories with Fascinating Islanders --- Women Farmers
This years Opening Night for the Living Local Harvest Festival will continue the tradition of storytelling with special guests from the Island’s Women Farmer community. Inspired by FarmHER, a successful touring photography installation and now a series of short documentaries for RFD-TV, the LLHF program will feature four local women farmer rock stars in a conversation with Laurel Redington from MVY Radio about why they do what they do, what keeps them going, and how they see themselves making an impact on our community and world around them. Hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society. Sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Foundation.
Saturday, September 23rd
10AM – 2PM – Field
DEHUMIDIFIER and ROOM AC TURN-IN by Cape Light Compact
11 AM – Front Room
Feeding our community: Local food success stories
The campaign against hunger on Martha’s Vineyard has mobilized chefs, business owners, social service agencies and community activists to focus on the problem of getting food to all the Islanders who need it. Join the LLHF community discussion on how island organizations are tackling this problem , meet key players as they share their challenges and successes, and find out how you can help accessibility to fresh food on our island. Special guests include Jessie Damroth, Director of the MV Boys & Girls Club, Margaret Hangman, Director of the Island Food Pantry and Noli Taylor, Program Leader of Island Grown Schools. Moderated by Rebecca Haag, Director of Island Grown Initiative.
11 AM – Music Tent
Young Singers and Songwriters
11:15-1 PM – Front Room
‘Mini Guides’ to practical, traditional skillsWith WCAI’s News Director Steve Junker
Living Local Harvest Festival’s new ‘Mini Guides’ series is hosted by talented locals who have mastered lost arts that (not that long ago) used to be a part of everyday life from: how to filet a fish, build a herb garden for year round joy, go zero waste at home, deer wrestling (just kidding), fermentation to seed saving (and more!). Come gather tips and ideas of how we can all get back to basics – leading a more sustainable, self-reliant lifestyle.
Sponsored by Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Five Cents Foundation & WCAI.
Reptiles with Felix Neck
12 PM – Music Tent
Delta Blues with David Hannon & Brad Tucker
1 PM – Music Tent
The Brazilian Jazz Trio
1PM – Outside
1PM – Front Room
Raising Backyard Chickens for Beginners — Eggs and Meat
Hosted by Food Reporter @ WCAI, Author, Activist Ali Berlow
Guests: Matthew Dix/The FARM HUB & North Tabor Farm, Liz Packer of SBS
2 PM – Front Room
Breaking up with Plastics
Learn about the impact of plastics in our oceans, biodegradable plastics + what you can do to curb/stop your plastic use at home with special guests Tyson Bottenus, a writer and a sailor currently the editor of Ocean Watch Magazine and previous Sustainability Director of the Sailors for the Sea, Clint Richmond of the Massachusetts Sierra Club, Sam Look from the Vineyard Conservation Society and Nina Carter Hitchen, founder of Plastic Free MV. Moderated by WCAI reporter Heather Goldstone, host of WCAI’s Living Lab on The Point. Sponsored by The Vineyard Conservation Society, WCAI and Cronigs Markets.
2 PM – Music Tent
The PickPocket Bluegrass Band
2PM – Field Games!
3PM – Music Tent
Youth Fiddler Hour (all welcome!)
6PM Main Hall
Music by Tristan Israel and Paul Thurlow
6 PM – Main Hall
Hosted by Scottish Bakehouse “food with roots”
$18, under 5 free, Bring your own place setting or rent for $2 pp
Sponsored by Rymes Propane
With thanks to Anson Mills, The FOOD HUB at Thimble Farm,
7 PM – Main Hall
Music by The Flying Elbows
Local Food by:Morning Glory Farm, The Larder, The Kitchen Porch, Loco Taco, Not Your Sugar Mama’s, Yommi…
All Day Fun….Booths and Activities hosted by 30+ island organizations, Live music, Local Food, Hay Bale Maze, Morning Glory Farm’s Punkin Chunkin Trebuchet, Face Painting & Henna, Cider Press, Seed Saving, Hay Wagon with Sonnyside Rides, Farm Animals, Arts & Crafts with Featherstone, How to Filet a fish with MV Fisherman’s Preservation Trust, Tastings from IGI’s mobile market, shellfish touch The Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Farm Animals with The Farm Institute, Island Alpaca’s, and more!
Presented by Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society
and made possible by: Cape Light Compact ‘Your Local Energy Services Provider’
with support of: Cape Air, Cronig’s Markets, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, Dukes Conservation District, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, Island Grown Initiative, Island Grown Schools, Island Source, John Keene, Morning Glory Farm, Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Martha’s Vineyard Insurance, Martha’s Vineyard Community Seed Library, Ralph Packer Co., Rymes Propane, Scottish Bakehouse, South Mountain Co., The FARM Institute, The Trustees of Reservations, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, Tisbury Printers, Tilton Rentals, Vineyard Conservation Society, Vineyard Energy Project, WCAI and YOU Martha’s Vineyard!
Help LLHF go Zero Waste! please bring your reusables- bag, coffee cup, water bottle, plate and utensils