Meet the People Summer 2017
Summer 2017. From left to right - Molly the owner, gardner and photographer, Asa the herdsman and farm manager, Joe our amazing cheesemaker, Theo our summer intern, Jonathan the best farmhand ever, David our assistant cheesemaker and affineur, Tim our gardens manager, Noah our summer cheese intern and Eric the amazing farm manager and owner. Missing from this photo are Sophie whose love of large mammals is present every day, Chelsea, without whom, our farm stand and the farmers market just wouldn't happen and Will who has recently joined us from northern Vermont. Don't forget Ruby ... without her who would chase the ducks? This is the amazing group makes it all happen. Send them some hip-hip hoorays!
Thanks to Joe and his dedication to each little Prufrock we won 1st place for American Farmstead Cheese last year and this year we have taken 3rd place in the same category, again with Prufrock! A native Virginian, Joe came to us by way of Caramont Farm Creamery. Joe has a love for life that is infectious. His energy abounds and his ability to focus on the task at hand is mind boggling. Coming to the island in the spring of 2014 Joe has been able to further his fishing career whilst roller blading be it at dawn along the oceans edge or midnight searching for squid.
Asa hails Vermont. Vermont where it is cold and people know how to stay warm. That's good news because the vineyard might be further south but when that wind blows 30 in February he's going to wish he was back in Vermont. Asa joined us here at the farm this spring and his get it done attitude makes the farm run like a well oiled tractor.
A native islander Jonathan has worked this land longer than any of us. Before joining us here at The Grey Barn he worked for David Douglas who ran this land as Rainbow Farm. He makes hay when the sun shines and is ready for anything ... taking awesome care of the pigs or finding baby ducklings ... he's da' man.
Queen of the cheese board, Chelsea makes this farm a great place to come to. Always a smile on her face Chelsea loves giving tours, making cheese boards and talking cheese. When she is not here you might spot her flying by on the water as she kite surfs right past you.
Co-owner and General Manager Eric hails from the North Shore of Boston by way of The University of Chicago where he studied Economics. While putting himself through college Eric gained much experience working in kitchens and baking bread. He might not be the neatest cook in the kitchen but damn he makes a fine pork belly.
Co-owner of The Grey Barn, Molly was born and raised in Texas. She studied Sculpture at Pratt Institute and fell in love with food at the age of 8 years old upon receiving her first cookbook. When Molly and Eric decided to start a farm Molly went to cheesemaking school at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese. Although cheesemaking turned out not to be her specialty she does love raising her two boys on Martha’s Vineyard and always taking photos around the farm.
David comes to us by way of making cheese with The Abbey of Regina Laudis. His quiet demeanor creates a perfect balance within our little farming community of many talkers with a lot to say!
Tim is awesome. As the director of Education over at The Farm Institute he worked his way into the hearts of the kids. We know this because now they show up here asking for him! He was just going to stay for the summer but alas this farm pulls you in and the island beckons to you when you are not here so for now Tim is here managing the organic veggie gardens. You can find him on a ladder collecting cucumbers in the high tunnel or pulling weeds till the sun goes down.
Theo has been with us for two summers. Theo's obsession with compost and worms keeps him coming back to the farm. When Theo is not digging in the manure pile looking for worms he's off playing baseball for The Vineyarders.
Noah's interest in the creamery began last fall when he decided to do his science fair project on 'Varying the Concentration of B. linens on Aging Cheese to Minimize Staphylococcus aureus'. When he said he wanted to work on the farm this summer and was asked where he said '... in the creamery of course!'.
Ruby keeps everyone on their toes. Especially the ducks. Her hobbies are eating cheese, rolling in manure and generally wrecking havoc.