Provisions: For picnics and parties, Edgartown has you covered

Provisions: For picnics and parties, Edgartown has you covered

August 6, 2018

In Edgartown, you can pick up just about anything you need to provision a picnic, a cocktail party, a brunch, or a harbor cruise. Here are some of our favorite sources.

The Back Porch, 14 A Street, Suite 3 (Airport Business Park)

A hidden gem in the Airport Business Park, The Back Porch is the retail extension of Jan Buhrman’s catering business, The Kitchen Porch, which was voted tops in Martha’s Vineyard Magazine’s 2017 Best of the Vineyard awards. Freshly baked popovers, pretzels and pizzas; hot dinner items; all kinds of prepared take-out foods; house-made pickles, pestos, and spice blends—it’s all here, along with a cool Island-meets-city vibe.

Black Sheep, 18 North Summer Street and 17 Airport Road.

Super-popular with the lunch crowd due to Chef Judy Klumick’s delicious daily specials, including noodle bowls, crackle breads, salads, and soups, this lovely little take-out shop also doubles as a fromagerie, with a wonderful selection of cheeses and plenty of other gourmet items to round out a moveable feast. This summer Black Sheep opened a second location out at the Airport. Black Sheep Mercantile sells home goods in addition to prepared food.

Edgartown Meat and Fish Market, 240 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road

Pick up a cup of Starbucks coffee and a pastry in the morning at this gourmet market and deli located near the post office. Then  shop for beer and wine, quality meats, prepared food, sushi, lobsters and more when dinnertime comes around.

Edgartown Seafood,  138 Cooke Street

Here’s the place to go for the freshest seafood in town—from local striper and fluke to quahogs, mussels, shrimp, scallops and more. They also offer prepared dips, smoked fish, crackers, sauces and other essentials for quick hors d’oeuvres.

Katama General Store, 170 Katama Road

This popular and charming spot is right on the road to South Beach. With a great wine selection (well-priced, too) and a selection of boutique items like linens and dishes, Katama General Store not only provides the edibles (sandwiches, pizza, Indian specials and more) but all the makings of an elegant picnic spread or impromptu dinner on the porch. Or hang around and eat under an umbrella on their outdoor patio.

Morning Glory Farm, 120 Meshacket Road

The largest farm on the Island, Morning Glory has a retail farm stand with a huge selection of fresh produce, flowers, locally raised meat, soups, prepared foods, pies, and every kind of gourmet item (from kombucha to sea salt) you could want. In the kitchen, chef Robert Lionette and his crew prepare soups, salads, and daily specials (always with a nod to special diets), while pies, breads, and monkey bars are popular bakery items.

Rosewater Market and Take-Away: 20 South Summer Street

With a convivial vibe and a delicious assortment of baked goods (banana chocolate chip bread is a favorite), Rosewater is a great place to meet friends for coffee. But with fresh, flavorful prepared food and specialty items like house-made granola and chocolate bars, it’s also a handy source for takeout. Check out Rosewater Wine and Spirits on Main Street, too.

Soigne, 190 Upper Main Street

A popular gourmet deli and wine shop just outside of downtown, Soigne is a convenient stop for grilled vegetable sandwiches, rave-worthy chicken salad, wraps, cupcakes, and decadent brownies, as well as ready-made dinners like classic lasagna, fish cakes, burritos and more. Soigne has a well-chosen selection of wine and cheeses, and you can order hors d’oeuvres platters and other menu items ahead for parties.

Vintage MV, 29 Winter Street, Nevin Square

Sommeliers Sara Webber and John Clift opened this special shop in 2013 and it quickly became a draw for locals, visitors, event planners and collectors. Vintage MV offers private tastings, cellar development, and wedding consultations in addition to friendly recommendations to anyone who visits the shop.

Featured photo of Katama General Store by Mark Lovewell; photo of baked goods at the Back Porch, Jeanna Shepard.

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