One way to truly know a destination is to eat the local food. Farm. Field. Sea. makes that possible in a unique way on Martha’s Vineyard with island culinary adventures.
The company offers cooking classes and culinary tours with an education twist, said owner Nevette Previd. “We pride ourselves on it being a real immersive experience,” she said. “In order to provide that, we have smaller groups with real on-location events.”
Tapping into the island’s sea-faring history, Previd offers oyster tours and fish education with visits to fish markets and fishermen. “Everything’s usually followed by some sort of amazing tasting or meal,” she said.
Farm. Field. Sea. customizes tours for groups of 10 to 25. On oyster tours, groups can travel on a motor boat or wooden sailing ship where they’ll meet a local shellfish biologist to learn about aquaculture. At an oyster farm, visitors see a working nursery. The adventure is topped off with a shucking demo of fresh oysters and a sampling of island oysters.
“If they want to do more of a culinary tour, we go out with chefs into the field to meet the farmers and talk about their different crops,” Previd said “Then we go back to a shared table and eat.”
Foraging tours take participants to “various gorgeous properties” to learn how to forage in the woods,” Previd said.
The company also does pop-up dinners and cocktail parties “at really cool locations on the vineyard like a local shipyard or in the middle of a farm field,” she said. Pop-up parties can accommodate up to 50 visitors while most farm and field trips are limited to 25.
Tours are done year-round, but mostly May through December. Earlier in the year visitors can take kelp tours. “It’s a new product here in the vineyard and only the second of its kind on the East Coast,” Previd said.
Tour operators are comped with parties of 15 or more. The company can arrange transportation from the ferry.
For more on Farm. Field. Sea. call 508-687-9012 or go to farmfieldsea.com.
Article by Kathie Sutin