Chris Fischer visits Mermaid Farm in West Tisbury. As the largest and only dairy farm on the Vineyard, they produce their own milk and make their own yogurt. After a morning jaunt to a secret blueberry patch Chris enjoys ultra-fresh yogurt.
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Visiting Mermaid Farm in Martha's Vineyard Chris: Hi, what are you waiting for? Our milking stations and you are happy with that? Male: Not this is good; I’m going to finish this one. I got another cow coming on the line so. Chris: You got it online? Male: I have four cows. I was just there in Martha’s vineyard, four cows. Chris: Really, I’m sure the largest there in the vineyard right now. Male: I am the only dairy in the vineyard right now. Chris: What would you say to keep other people from doing it? Male: What’s that? Chris: What keeps other people from doing it? Male: It’s a lot of work. Chris: I know the drill. How long you could take repeating that? Male: A week, the new calf, they go a week. Not even five days. I feed the calf the whole filled milk and that’s the least fat, lowest fat in milk. Chris: That’s iodine, so they don’t get infected? Male: Yeah. Don’t want to get mastitis. You don’t want mastitis in a cow. This is the bad cow. I can never catch if I let her go. Chris: Oh yeah. Let me take another one? Male: Can you -- over there. Chris: Certainly, good one. You want to go? No more food. Here we go, come on. He is stubborn. Male: Walk in it-- Chris: -- does it need -- Male: Let him do it. That’s it, walk in. Come, easy, walk in. Chris: This is good enough for now. But we can get it later after we pick the berries. He looked tired. The hose nearby? Martha: That’s right on the other side of the house. Chris: You want me to do the -- Martha: Oh yeah. We’ll do it and rotating. Kent, do you really want to come all the way up over the hill and all that? Chris: Have you eaten breakfast yet? So we’re really earning it. Martha: You got to carry that? Chris: Yeah. Martha: Alright, this is for the secrecy. I know do you have any special blueberry spot? Chris: Oh yeah. Martha: You have to tell me now? Chris: My dad cultivates them. Martha: That’s different. Chris: Yeah, I mean actually there’s one but I don’t—I have not been there because in the past the birds have gotten them all but this year has been such a good year but it seems like everyone can share, right? Martha: Yeah. Chris: How are your tomatoes looking? Martha: They're pretty good. Chris: Has it been an off year for tomatoes? Martha: It seems like it’s a good year for me? Chris: Yeah, good. Martha: They didn’t really get the lake. Chris: Yeah take it to the left at the scrub boat. Martha: Today’s aren’t bad, but they’ve been better. Chris: Oh, these will do. Martha: Far enough for-- Chris: This is enough for breakfast. I’ve been eating the cultivated ones and these are so much better. Martha: I think they are. I don’t really like the cultivated ones. Chris: They get so big and they are like water log. When did you start growing food? Martha: When did I start growing food? Chris: Yeah. Martha: For real? Chris: Yeah, growing food? Martha: Well I guess I use to pretend when I was a kid I have a little gardens everywhere and then I always I had a little garden in the back there. Chris: Should we go eat breakfast? Martha: Yeah, I think so. Chris: I’m really excited about that yogurt, combined forces. For safety’s sake, looking good for both. Martha: No, I can get it. Chris: I like the backpack. I hope I don’t’ trip. So this yogurt he made what two days ago? Martha: Yesterday. Chris: Yesterday, with yesterday’s milk? This is really good. Your dad made the milk and the yogurt. Then, we picked the berries, much pretty good.

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