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Running a food truck is a labor of love

Melody Cunningham and her partner Peter Simon operate Irie Bites, a Jamaican food truck in Vineyard Haven. Melody Cunningham and her partner Peter Simon operate Irie Bites, a Jamaican food truck in Vineyard Haven. (Steve Haines for The Boston Globe)
By Cindy Atoji Keene
Globe Correspondent / August 12, 2012
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Melody Cunningham, a longtime Martha’s Vineyard resident, believed the cool island vibe of her home was missing something: the taste of another island, Jamaica. The widow of reggae legend Peter Tosh, Cunningham envisioned a lively open-air stand and the smell of authentic Jamaican food wafting down Vineyard Haven’s Main Street. Last year, the Vineyard welcomed Cunningham’s mobile food truck, Irie Bites, which serves dishes such as jerk chicken, rice and beans, and plantains.

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