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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Little Book and Farm That Could . . .

JAN POGUE and her husband, John Walter, now deceased, had more than seventy years combined experience in editing and publishing when they founded their small publishing company, VINEYARD STORIES, in 2005. Well suited for the task and highly familiar with the importance of excellence in books, they had held high-level editing jobs at such well-regarded newspapers as USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, Ms. Pogue had fifteen years in book publishing. As she expresses it:

Vineyard Stories is a full-service publisher, creating high-quality books for and about Martha’s Vineyard. . . . We are focused primarily on telling Island stories. To do this, we pursue outstanding writing, editing, photography and illustration, design and manufacture. Then, to make sure your book is seen and read, we offer distribution and promotional services.
Recently MORNING GLORY FARM and the family that feeds an island, text by Tom Dunlop and photos by Alison Shaw, one of Vineyard Stories very special books, went global—or at least national—in a surprising series of events that included the attention of Michelle Obama and coverage in the New York Times. The book is about the Athearn family’s Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown, MA, and features 70 recipes organized by season. As Pogue says, “They were sustainable before there was sustainable.”

This wonderful story opens when a young husband and wife, from very different backgrounds and disparate world views, begin battling the woodlands near Martha’s Vineyard to plant and harvest what turned out to be a crop of wormy corn. Thirty years later their farmstand is the source of a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, prepared dishes and baked goods and people come from all around to stand on line waiting to stock up.

This book is an homage to eating sustainably and nutritiously and to the glory of beautifully prepared food consumed
surrounded by family and friends.

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Sue Campbell said...

Very pretty cover on that book. Small presses often produce wonderful quality books and publish some unique and deserving titles that might not see the light of day otherwise. This one looks like an interesting read too.

ClaireWalter said...
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ClaireWalter said...

No matter what kind of rural cloak the Vineyard sometimes chooses to wear, a small press focusing local stories says a lot about the cachet and wealth on this island. Well before the Obamas chose it as their vacation spot, it was a Kennedy playground -- and not with happy memories. Chappaquiddick is a small island off the Vineyard -- and the now-dimmed 1972 accident that cost Mary Jo Kopechne her life happened there and probably cuased the recently departed Edward M Kennedy a shot at the presidency. John Kennedy Jr was flying there when his plane went down, killing him, his wife and his sister-in-law. Jackie Kennedy Onassis escaped papparazzi lenses there, and so did the Clintons when they were reconciling apres-Lewinsky. Despite its low-key nature, the Vineyard also has a reputation as Hollywood East, thanks to all the celebs who summer there.

Cindy said...

This post made yearn for a life other than the one I have led so far.
I often wonder how any of us end up where we are.
Why did I follow the setting sun to the west and not the rising sign to the Cape Cod islands?
Inspiring, And such a beautiful feel to these people's work.
Cindy Morris,msw
Priestess Entrepreneur

Lara Robinson said...

The photography is beautiful. It's nice to see tenacity go along with sustainability... people often forget that little ingredient.