Martha’s Vineyard Farmer’s Market

Hi again!  I’m baaaack!  I brought photos!  You all are so much fun, thank you for the recipes and all the good comments. I liked “‘maters!”  I need to print out some of those recipes!  We got ‘maters by the way, plums and peaches too, corn, and lobster. I’ve never seen the Farmer’s Market so beautiful!  I have about 20 min. to complete whatever I’m going to do here, because Joe is boiling lobster water right this moment.  And I definitely brake for Lobster.  So here goes . . . First off, the ‘maters!

Every kind, heirlooms too, all vine ripened.  Everything was so colorful today, look at this below . . .  just back your truck up and you’re ready to go!

“Earth here is so kind, just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.” ♥ Douglass Jerrold

Our farmer’s market is traditionally held next to the old Ag Hall…

Yes, please!

We’ll take two of those in the basket to go!

Irresistible, kids hovered over this one!

Sweet peas, my favorite flower, I wish this computer was scratch and sniff, just this one time!  Sweetest smell in the world.


Honey too . . .

Weigh your things the farmer’s market way!

Fresh and beautiful, such a country we live in! Lemon thyme, nasturtiums, basil, squash blossoms, every wonderful thing. 

And then this, milk with the cream on top! My cup runneth over!

Some of what we got . . . and now, you know what . . . gotta go!  Happy weekend girlfriends.  You light up my life!   xoxo Susan

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66 Responses to Martha’s Vineyard Farmer’s Market

  1. joan says:

    Oh golly! I adore markets like this one. I especially love the crayon-colored sign for the felted toys. Sweet!

    • sbranch says:

      The whole time I was there I tried to take pictures of the dogs! Every one of my photos turned out blurry, faces hidden, people walked in front of them, something. The dogs were too excited to be photographed! But they were there and they were loving it!

    • Jan says:

      LOVE this blog! Oh how everything on it makes my heart sing!! Beautiful Bounty from the Farmers Market!!

  2. K. Ross says:

    God’s beautiful bounty! Just wonderful. (This has to be the best blog in the WORLD!!)

  3. Pat Mofjeld says:

    Thanks for the photos–makes me wish we hadn’t had a thunderstorm this a.m. and that we had gone down to the St. Paul farmer’s market downtown. We have a local farmer’s market near where we live on Tuesday afternoons so will go next week, tho’ they are predicting temps in the high 90’s…ugh… 🙂

  4. laurie says:

    wow you farmers market had everything ours did!Almost,, I bought honey, bread, leettuce and other vegies I won’t bore you,, your photos are wonderful

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos – love the flowers the best!

  6. Maryellen says:

    What a lovely farm market and such a lovely day. I would love to drive the pickup load of flowers home! And the fresh vegetables, baked goods and real milk with cream, I can just taste the smells. How ever did you resist taking it ALL home 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      The thing that stops us is not having a shopping cart on wheels! We get what we can carry! It’s a good thing too, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs! (That’s actually a lie.)

  7. Gumbo Lily says:

    Milk with the cream on top! That’s the way it used to be here back when we had a milk cow and the kids were milking. I miss it. What a fun Farmer’s Market tour you gave us.

  8. Margie says:

    Just lovely! I LOVE Saturday morning Farmer’s Market here in North Carolina.

  9. Marilyn says:

    Our town doesn’t have a GOOD farmer’s market, but I drive to the country about 2-3 times a month during the summer & fall to enjoy the produce & flowers. Nothing quite like FRESH!
    Your pictures are wonderful – wish I was there!

  10. Nellie says:

    What a wonderful bounty, Susan! Thank you for sharing it with us. I know you will enjoy it. I, too, would brake for lobster!:-)xoxo

  11. Sheryl says:

    Early this morning I read your first blog about going to the market. You got me so excited I rushed out of here to go to our Farmer’s Market. I think the market is a beautiful place where almost everyone can afford to shop. I bought organic tomatoes, of course. Next I chose cucumbers to marinate with red onions, red wine vinegar, seasoned rice vinegar, EVOO and a little touch of sugar. Flowers were high on my list. I am looking at this huge bouquet that was $5. Can’t beat that. All this satisfies my desires for shopping.

  12. Well, THAT was a feast for the eyes!! 🙂

  13. deezie says:

    Those pictures were amazing!! our Farmers Market doesn’t have half of what yours does. You are a lucky lady thats for sure.
    Thats funny about the shopping cart. You can always buy one of those little ones that are tall and unfold 🙂
    Enjoy everything you purchased
    have a great weekend

  14. dawn says:

    My heart siiiiingiiiinng!!!!

    What bounty! I hope you’ll share photos in autumn when it’s pumpkin time. 🙂

    Those ‘maters look so charming in their little blue baskets. And that truck full of flowers…SWOON!

  15. Patsy says:

    Logging on to your blog every morning is just the right way to start a day…..a sense of beauty and wonderful things to come. I always thought I was the tomato eating queen, but I find that others, including you, could easily shove me to the side. We in Florida can get home growns earlier than you can where you are, but the heat gets them by end of July or August. “Maters in the mornin’, maters in the evenin’, maters at supper time.” My motto. Thanks for the mouthwatering pictures.

  16. Your blog makes my heart sing. Thank you so much!

  17. Susan, Here’s the recipe for Pasta & Fresh Tomatoes, as given to me by a friend:

    1 lb. pasta
    1 small clove garlic
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 T red wine vinegar
    4 cups diced ripe tomatoes
    1/2 cup small pitted black olives
    1 8oz pkg shredded mozzarella
    6 T olive oil
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1 T crumbled leaf basil
    1/3 cup diced red onion
    1/2 cup grated parmesan

    Mash the garlic with salt in med. size bowl. Stir in vinegar, oil, pepper, and basil. Add tomatoes, onion, and olives. Mix this with a spoon, tossing gently.

    Boil the pasta according to directions and drain, transfer pasta to a large bowl. Immediately add the cheeses and toss until the heat from the pasta melts the cheese. Add the tomato mixture and blend. Serve at once. Delicious!

  18. Judy C in NC says:

    You did real good, girlfriend – glad you included those lucious flowers. Happy farmer’s market eating – it is the best. Judy C in NC

  19. Karen P says:

    Gorgeous pics! Fills the senses! Mmmmmmm…..I can almost taste the yummy garden bounty! The flowers….beautiful!!! And I love the wool-felted hedgehogs! So cute! Thanks for bringing us into your world, Susan! Almost felt like I was right there with you! Happy Sunday!

  20. Sheryle Towle says:

    Thank you, Susan, for always sending so much love our way!

  21. Angie(Tink!) says:

    ♫♥♫♥♫♥ Lobsters “Maters” & Flowers…Oh My!♫♥♫♥♫♥…..Bravo Sweet Sue Your Pics took us all right by your side at This Glorious Farmer’s Market!…A Festival of Mother Nature! A Scrumptious Summer Harvest!…I’m Twirling with Delight! & a Huge Thank~You for Sharing! A Great way to begin My Sunday! Eat Drink & Be Merry! L♥ve & Hugzzz & Kisses! Muahhhhhhhhhhhhh! & a Little “Meow” for Kitty! xoxo Poof! 🙂

  22. Barbara Whitebread says:

    Susan, you bring me joy every time a new blog is posted and each time I get a new newsletter! You are a ray of sunshine! I look forward to anything you create, just wish I had more “funds” to be able to get more of your goodies. I love all that you do and thank you for being you! Thank you Susan Branch and all your little angels that help you!! 🙂

  23. DeAnna Passmore says:

    Wow! What a feast! I grow rhubarb but never use it…not sure what to do with it! The honey looks so wonderfully delicious! Our zucchini and yellow squash are coming up and I’ve harvested a cucumber with about a dozen more on the way! Our small farmer’s market sells homemade apple dumplings too! I love the sweets!

    • Pat Mofjeld says:

      Oh DeAnna! Rhubarb pie, rhubarb custard pie, rhubarb strawberry pie, rhubarb muffins, rhubarb bread–for starters (or finishers?, unless one eats their desserts first…) 🙂

  24. Janet says:

    What a beautiful market! So many goodies and wonderful veggies. Oh, and flowers 🙂 Thank you for this.

  25. JFETZ says:

    Ohhhhh……..I CAN’T WAIT to come to the Vineyard this September. My friend and I have been coming for 25 years – and one of our “must do” stops is the Tisbury Farmer’s market! Last year we passed on the spring rolls….silly us…..I hope they are still there this year because we won’t pass them up again. Thank you for the pics!!!! You brought back some wonderful memories and a little smile when I think about what is coming for us in a few months! Thanks again!

  26. Jacqui G says:

    I had a cousin who lived in MV for years. She was an artist too, and she used to paint those Bradford Plates people hang on their walls. Anyway, I remember going with her to a farmer’s market and then going to Menemsha to get clams and oysters….those were some of the best oysters on the half shell I ever ate! Anyway, the farmers market we went to was on the way to Menemsha, in the side yard of a big white farm house. My cousin has since moved to New York state, but I hope to return to MV sometime in the next couple of years.

  27. Evelyn says:

    Boy, your blog really gives me a lift. So fun to read it everyday. What a beautiful selection of produce at your market. Thanks for posting this. Lovin’ this eye candy. Happy Sunday to you and Joe.

  28. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Lobsters & Farmer’s Market all in one day, jeepers, you must be in hog heaven (as my dad used to say). How blessed we all are with all the sharing and caring with you dear sweet Sue and your friends. An enormous THANK YOU ALL! and hugs. And, Don just brought in an armload of zucchini from our garden – I’d love to share with you all! Check your doorsteps in the morning!

  29. Peggy Cooper says:

    Two posts in one day – made me giddy! Would love to visit Martha’s Vineyard, but then maybe it’s best I don’t. I’m such a fan of yours, I’m afraid I could become a stalker :o)

  30. Rachel Lucas says:

    Beautiful beautiful. Makes me long to cook. Your Farmer’s Market could really give ours some lessons. The tomatoes alone (in England you’d have to call them ‘martyrs’!!) Sure the lobster was as gorgeous as everything else looked. Ok…now am I the only deeply pedantic one who’s going to say it??? That rhubarb looks terribly like the stems of rainbow chard to me…;-) xoxo

  31. Paula B. says:

    Rhubarb, I love you. And I would be putting you in a pie right now. The vegetables were so beautiful and the flowers,oh, and that honey, “island gold”. You are a lucky woman, Susan.

  32. Nicksgranma says:

    Gosh Susan, I wish I had known you were taking me to Farmer’s Market cause I’m a lobster lover and would have loved to get some to bring to Calif. Everything looked so wonderful and the flowers are gorgeous. I could smell the ocean air and hear the seagulls at my house! What a delight to live on MV. Love this blog!

  33. I think the Island’s Tourism Council should link to your Blog!

  34. lori says:

    Beautiful pics- thanks for sharing! I love farmer’s markets!

  35. Sharon says:

    What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. Thanks for the photos.

  36. Linda H says:

    Yes, sweet peas are my favorite flower as well! I do wish that we could bottle that exact fragrance–I’ve never found a soap or candle yet that duplicates the heavenly smell.

  37. Gert says:

    Oh what a wonderful Farmer’s Market….Love all the ‘maters’…but especially the flowers…amazing!!! Am sure you loved that lobster….yum!!!

    xoxo Gert

  38. Sandra says:

    WOW! Now that’s a farmers’ market! I’ve never seen such goodies…incredible!

  39. Cathy Hooks says:

    I will have some of everything, Please! What a great Farmer’s Market, love the pictures! Thank you for sharing them!

  40. LJ says:

    Oh my goodness!! My mouth is watering just looking at your pictures, Susan. And…I’m not even hungry.

  41. Jackie says:

    Gorgeous! Very much like our Farmers Market on Bainbridge Island, WA., on Puget Sound.Sweet Peas are my favorite and I used to grow them until the deer “enjoyed” them more than I…I’m currently canning local Bing cherries and apricots … Making Brandied Cherries and Brandied Apricots for Christmas gifts.

  42. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE the new blog.

    For some reason this blog post made my eyes water. It’s so beautiful. I remember reading in a spiritual book once that gratitude is the closest emotion we have to prayer (except for the actual prayer I guess!). Your blog is all about appreciation and gratitude and beauty and joy and fun! I smile every time I am on your blog (or I watch your youtube videos or I look at one of the many calendars of yours in my home or my SB screen saver… ok. I’ll stop now.) You bring joy to my day.


    (Oh yeh. Loved the sweet peas. They are not easy to find around here. One of my favorite flowers. Beautiful photo of them!)

    • Karen P. says:

      Stephanie dear, what beautiful thoughts. They brought tears to my eyes. Spoken exactly as I, too, feel. Thank you for being so insightful and sharing.

  43. Tricia B. says:

    Wow!! What a farmer’s market!! How lovely and so beautiful. I would like one of everything please!!! My favorite picture is the truck bed with all of those beautiful flowers. Wonderful…just wonderful!! Thank you so much Susan for sharing your gorgeous, mouth-watering photos! You have made my Monday a very happy day!! Love to you!! Keep up the fantastic blog…

  44. Sandra Gillanders says:

    What a beautiful farmers market. The sweet peas are amazing to see, can’t get enough of them. I would love to find squash blossoms at a farmers market, haven’t yet. Thanks for sharing another beautiful part of MV with us. xoxo

  45. Barbie Tabb says:

    On Sat I went to my local Farmers Market and saw all the fresh abundant BASIL….bought 2 large bunches (2 for $5), came home, Susan, and made your pesto!! then turned around and made your pesto/cheese strata – the recipe shows making 1 large strata, BUT I use my little ramekins and make SIX – then I put them into the freezer. once frozen solid, I pop them out of the ramekins, put each one into a freezer ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for future use. it’s so exciting to pull one out when I have unexpected guests! Just set in the center of a decorative plate surrounded by crackers. I have done this annually for at least 6 yrs now 🙂
    I saved a generous 1/2 cup of the pesto and used it to make dinner! Fettucini with chicken, pesto, parmesan cheese, thinly sliced green onions, cream…..heavenly!

  46. Jan says:

    This was fun, Susan! Loved EVERYTHING, except didn’t see any farm eggs? Do they sell them there?

    I buy them here from a Mennonite woman, no going back, beautiful, fresh and different colors. Loooove your BLOG! Makes me smile. 🙂 ~ Jan (Colorado)

  47. Jake says:

    Tomatoes!!!! In Oregon, we are about a month away from good tomatoes… I am terribly, terribly jealous. I’d give a lot for a bright, red, ripe tomato…

    My wife’s favorite flower is the sweet pea, also. When we started dating (in August 1992!), I searched and searched for sweet peas. I found that they were pretty much gone here by early July. I was more familiar with the bright, pink roadside kind, anyway. I drove and drove every country lane in the county to find some to decorate the table and, after many, many miles, I did get some. I made chicken and mushroom crepes and chocolate moussethat night and we ate at a table covered in those bright sweet peas! We were engaged a couple of weeks later! Oh, to be 18 again…

    Take care, Susan…


  48. Gabi says:

    Sorry this comment was meant to go with the Martha’s Vineyard Farmer’s Market post and not the Fall post. Sheesh-getting blind in my old age 😉

    Golly what a lovely market you have there! Wish I could visit it. I must say that I particularly love the little felted hedgepigs. :0) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment there -it brightened my day to see it.

  49. Connie says:

    Found another of your books, “Love from the Heart of the Home” and gave it a good home amongst the other Susan Branch books that live with me. I’ve also referenced it (and several others) in my blog at Thanks for the inspiration!

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