I’ll point out two other obvious benefits to the fair: It’s fun (of course). And you get to eat whatever you want.

The monarchs seem particularly fond of the bright-colored zinnias. I’m not sure I noticed in the past.

Chef Deon Thomas’s Island Conch Cookery, chronicles the results, with dozens of recipes for the humble northern sea snail.

Lately I have been obsessed with bread — toast to be more accurate. Well, who am I kidding? It hasn’t just been lately.

When I first began writing this column over 10 years ago, I had some sort of rant about one thing or another.

The last thing Barack and Michele Obama did before leaving the Vineyard last summer was to have dinner at the Red Cat Kitchen on Kennebec on the way...