Brew It Yourself: Building Community One Beer At A Time

On an island with a strong and vibrant do-it-yourself ethos, it’s no surprise to discover that the grow-your-own food movement has expanded into the beverage world, with a small group of home brew enthusiasts experimenting with their own, varied beer-brewing interests and specialties.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Hungry: Summer Lives of Private Chefs

One person’s indulgence is another’s convenience and, after all, Martha’s Vineyard is no stranger to excess in the summertime. But more visitors looking to spend more money in the name of creating a memorable vacation is excellent news for Island workers, who also have an agenda during the on-season.

D.I.Y. Dinner: Homegrown Community Kitchens

On Martha’s Vineyard, where the grocery stores proudly sell Island-grown meat and kids plant veggies at school, growing one’s own food is hardly breaking news. But some Islanders have taken this Do-It-Yourself impulse a step further by designing and building their own kitchen equipment, from solar ovens to industrial smokers. And while they’re hard at work pumping out great meals, (in most cases using only the freshest, most-local ingredients), these homegrown slow cookers are also busy building another Island-inspired tradition: community.

Home for the Holidays: Islanders Talk Tradition

Salted lamb, Hanukkah prayers, scary jello rings — many holiday traditions are handed down through generations but for some young Island families, new ones take their place.

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