Island farms are growing more food, thanks to better infrastructure, attention to soil health, extending the growing season, and capturing more food before it goes bad.

Chilmark selectmen signed a memorandum of understanding with the owners of Beetlebung Farm this week that clears the way for a rebuilt antique barn to go up on the small farm off Middle Road near Bettlebung Corner.


In the mid 1960s, my sister Marie started a vegetable garden on the property under our father’s tutelage and the name Beetlebung Farm was established.

The iconic small farm near the Chilmark town center that has been held by the Fischer family for generations, changed hands this week.

Chilmark selectmen submitted a bid to buy Beetlebung Farm on Friday following an executive session Thursday night.


Chris Fischer’s cookbook, published last spring, was honored this week with a James Beard Award for American Cooking.