Visiting Mermaid Farm in Martha's Vineyard Video

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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