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🧺 Roundup: Grocery Stores + Markets of MV
Traditional Grocery Stores, Local Markets, Fish Markets and Delivery options
Going to grab groceries on Martha’s Vineyard isn’t as straightforward as one might expect. Most visitors get sticker-shock from the high prices and confusion around lack of delivery options. In fact, many year-round islanders actually leave the island to get groceries in Falmouth, or many visitors actually stop there to shop before taking the ferry.
No matter your situation, we want to help de-mystify grocery stores! The good news: there are so many glorious farms and you’re going to get some incredibly fresh produce. Earlier this year I published a Roundup of Farm Stands. That’s where you can find a breakdown of farms by town and offerings.
A few tips to start us off - of course, remember to bring your own bags! You won’t find traditional plastic bags here. In fact, you won’t even find bottled water - so grab a reusable one. Go sustainable living!
Traditional Grocery Stores
Stop + Shop
Location: Edgartown (larger), Vineyard Haven (smaller)
Selection: This is your best bet for affordable groceries and wide selection.
Location: Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury
Selection: Cronigs has the best selection of locally made products from the island, though it’s definitely costly. The WT one is most convenient if you’re up-island.
Location: Vineyard Haven
Selection: In VH this has more upscale offerings, and is the only island grocery store who delivers. Be sure to subscribe to their newsletter for specials.
Location: Oak Bluffs
Selection: Known for their butcher and meat selection, this medium size market has basics in Oak Bluffs given that there’s no S+S here.
Edgartown Meat + Fish
Best for: prepared bbq provisions, coffee/bagels, easy in-and-out (Edgartown)
Black Sheep Mercantile
Best for: prepared food for groups, grabbing a sandwich when you’re near the airport (Edgartown)
Morning Glory Farm
Best for: produce, dairy, baked goods (Edgartown)
Grey Barn Farm
Best for: meats and cheeses, bread/baked goods, some produce (Chilmark)
Best for: small stock of convenience groceries/ everyday necessities (OB)
Best for: small stock of everyday necessities, an easy in-and-out (OB)
Katama General Store
Best for: grabbing food on the way to the beach (Edgartown)
Chilmark General Store
Best for: prepared foods, pizza, locally made baked goods (Chilmark)
Great Harbor Market
Best for: small stock of everyday necessities, prepared foods, pizza (Edgartown)
The Gay Head Store
Best for: picnic provisions in Aquinnah
West Tisbury Farmer’s Market
Seasonal market on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Best for: when you don’t have a grocery list but want to see what’s fresh
Fish Markets: Larsen’s, Menemsha Fish Market, Net Result, Fish House, John’s and Edgartown Meat and Fish all have freshly caught seafood and small amounts of provisions available as well.
Cash + Carry: mainly geared towards island restaurants, Cash + Carry is open to the public and has large quantities for serving a large crowd
Off-Island Meal Delivery Services: Hello Fresh, Blue Apron and Factor 75 are all known to most reliably arrive on the island with few delivery issues.
Stop + Shop - sometimes during the year, delivery from the Vineyard Haven S+S is available via Instacart. Though reviewers share that it has not been timely or reliable, it’s still an option.
Vineyard Grocer - delivers! your best bet if you want to skip the grocery shopping on a quick trip (ie: bachelorette parties etc)
Feast + Fettle - a local-meal delivery services offers prepared food and islanders seem pretty satisfied with their delicious options. You will need to order ~a week in advance-ish but if that’s what you’re looking for you can check it out.
The MVacay TLDR:
If you’re visiting from off-island, bringing a car - bring as many of your own groceries as you can. Then, stop at a local market for fresh fish/produce/dairy/baked goods to supplement.
If you’re visiting from off-island, and arrive looking for an ~everything shop~, head to Stop + Shop in Edgartown to get most of what you need.
Happy shopping! Be sure to pick up some local goodies while you’re here, there’s some talented folks growing and baking food here!