If the world was perfect it would be a lot like Martha’s Vineyard.

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ISLANDERS WILL TELL YOU THAT ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD IS THE FOOD!

You may immediately think seafood, and rightly so, after all, our ocean is abundant with fresh fish. Between the fish, the crustaceans (Atlantic lobster and crabs), shellfish (yummy scallops, clams and quahogs), chowders and oyster farms, there’s enough variety for a different delicacy every day!

Drive or cycle through the Island, and you’ll find small farms growing varied produce and herbs for the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market, where you can literally shake the hands that feed you. Road-side farm stands are the perfect place to pick up super-fresh produce in season, as well as huge bouquets of flowers sold in old fashioned coffee tins. The keen foodie explorer may also dig a little deeper to find the farm stands that sell cheeses, yogurts, honey, teas, baked goods, breads and jams — all locally crafted with little or no preservatives, and ingredients you can pronounce — in the truly Vineyard tradition of farm-to-fork dining.

Interested in a closer look at food? You’ve come to the right place! Fishing charters will outfit visitors with all the right gear for a deep sea or local angler experience and shellfish permits are available for folks who want to get their hands dirty digging clams, scallops and quahogs on the shore. Nearly year-round, local farms offer hands-on experiential workshops that the entire family can enjoy together.

From ACE MV, Kitchen Porch Catering, The Farm Institute, Vineyard Herbs, Morning Glory Farm and Farm. Field. Sea, you can find workshops and classes to get a hands-on experience and learn how to make selections, pairings and preparations that will change your very relationship with your food.

Because the Vineyard is located just off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, its easy to get to by multiple ferry and air services. A true 3-season destination where Spring, Summer and Autumn offer distinctive activities, the Vineyard will take you back in time to a place of natural beauty and authentic delights.

Visit MVY.com, VisitMV.info, and Facebook.com/VisitMV for all the best, up to date information and help planning your best Martha’s Vineyard experience. Check out our calendar of events for festivals, year-round, that will prove to you that relaxation, adventure, romance, friendships and fun all include the food.