WednesdayArugaMatoes! 3 – 4:30pm

Wednesday farmstand: tomato insanity continues: beautiful heirloom tomatoes varieties like Hawaiian Pineapple and Pruden’s Purple will be available, plus loads of cherry tomatoes and slicing tomatoes, sweet salad mix and what everyone has been waiting for: lots of baby arugula, lots of baby spicy salad mix,

Japanese cucumbers, yellow and hopefully some pink watermelon, carrots, onions, scallions, Italian basil, holy basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, garlic chives, mint, assorted cooking greens, a few broccoli bunches, all of our assorted chili peppers, our seasoning peppers, baby ginger, baby lime ginger, baby turmeric, baby mango turmeric, sunflower shoots, red noodle beans, green beans, and zinnia flowers.

Wow!

Mini Monday Mega ‘Maters! 3 – 4:30pm

Heirloom tomato curation by Risa Sackman.

Long story short, Monday farmstand 3 to 4:30pm: all our awesome tomatoes, all of our seasoning and spicy peppers, baby ginger, baby turmeric, small amounts of sweet salad mix, assorted herbs, and fig trees for sale!

We are now on the slow but steady downward decline of the tomato harvest for the season. The season was epic. There are some ‘seconds’ tomatoes available in bulk amounts for canning, if anyone is interested in a whole box of tomatoes. See you in the afternoon!

Saturday Tomato Tornado! 10 AM – 12 noon!

Tomato Tornado Pico di Gallo: cherry tomatoes, a few slicer tomatoes, plenty of cilantro, a little minced onion…

Sometimes the carrots are just really creative.

A rainbow of heirloom tomatoes at ARTfarm. Just don’t squeeze them! They are extra delicate, like unicorn eggs.

Saturday farmstand tomato whirlwind continues on the South Shore! The January rain made the plants go nuts and Farmer Luca is picking tomatoes every day! We’ve got all types of tomatoes in all sizes, plus bulk quantities of sauce/canning tomatoes available at the end of the farmstand (starting at 11:30 AM), PLUS everything to go with your tomatoes: loads of sweet salad mix, teen spicy salad mix, Bob’s mildly spicy microgreens, lots of Japanese cucumbers, assorted cooking greens like kale, collards, broccoli greens and dandelion greens, crazy carrots, a few radishes, onions with giant green heavenly tops, scallions, Italian basil, lemon basil, Thai basil, holy basil, cilantro, dill, garlic chives, mint, lemongrass, flat leaf parsley, baby ginger, baby turmeric, baby mango turmeric, zucchini, red noodle yard long Asian beans, green beans, more seasoning peppers, all of our spicy peppers, watermelon for early birds, zinnia flowers, and goat cheese from Fiddlewood Farm!!!

Did we mention tomatoes!? Wednesday 3 – 4:30 PM

We are seeing red (and yellow and sort of pinkish and green with stripes… And those little school bus yellow cherry tomatoes…)

Wednesday ARTfarmstand. Tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes TOMATOES!! Loads of cherry tomatoes, loads of slicing tomatoes, loads of heirloom tomatoes! To go with them: Beautiful Japanese cucumbers, yellow and red fleshed watermelon varieties, zucchini, green beans, red noodle beans, sweet salad mix, teen arugula, teen spicy salad mix, sunflower shoots, carrots, radishes, scallions, Italian basil, holy basil, lemon basil, dill, cilantro, flat leaf parsley, garlic chives, mint, lemongrass, baby ginger, baby turmeric, baby mango turmeric, assorted seasoning peppers (tons of flavor no heat), all of our spicy peppers (In order from least to most heat: ancho/poblanos, serranos, big fat jalapeños, cayennes, Thai chilis), broccoli (the last harvest of this amazing crop from this season), kale, dandelion greens, other cooking greens, zinnia flowers and goat cheese from Fiddlewood Farm. 

We will have two cashiers to move customers through quickly, and please know that we will have plenty of tomatoes and sweet salad mix til 4:30, the end of the farmstand, along with assorted cooking greens, herbs, cukes and other treats. So if you can’t come early don’t stress out – we will have food for you.

Love,

ARTfarm

P.S. The St. Croix Orchid Society’s 49th Show opens this Friday, February 21st 2020, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall at The Botanical Garden of the VI. There’s an amazing lineup of workshops starting at 1:30 on Friday to introduce and familiarize participants with the orchids native to our islands. Workshops continue on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 and 1:30 each day – introducing participants to growing orchids semi-hydroponically, successful cultivation of Paphiopedilums, Phaeleonopsis Dendrobiums and creating the right environment for all your orchids!

Admission is $5 for adults. Five vendors will be on hand selling beautiful plants and orchid growing supplies. There will also be raffles with chances to win plants and the beautiful original watercolor by Toni Lance that’s on this year’s poster. Saturday hours are 9 to 5. Sunday hours are 9 to 3. Come out and enjoy the Garden and the hundreds of blooms on display!

Monday at ARTfarm 3-4:30pm

Tomato Mondays continue. All types and sizes of tomatoes from the huge to the tiny. Sweet salad mix, Japanese cucumbers, a few yellow watermelons, garlic chives, mint, cilantro, Italian basil, and scallions. Fiddlewood Farm goat cheese!

Open on the South Shore Saturday!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! So much going on this weekend! Before we get into the produce list, just want to remind you that there is a wonderful art show fundraiser opening Friday evening and all day Saturday at Studio Walsh (next to LC Plumbing) in Peters Rest featuring Haitian artists. Also, it’s ag fair weekend! The Agrifest is going on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in mid island at the Department of Agriculture fairgrounds just northwest of UVI’s campus, be sure to plan plenty of time to look at all the exhibits from our local agricultural researchers, pet some animals, sample fantastic local food and drink, enjoy live music, shop plants and veggies and arts and crafts from local vendors, and see everyone you’ve ever known on this island. 

We will be attending the Ag Fest at some point this weekend but we don’t have a booth. Some of our produce will be showing up at Sejah Farm’s booth, so if you’re looking for some of our slicer tomatoes and herbs, lettuce heads, ginger and a few other items, stop in and say hello to Yvette and Dale Browne, our Taste of St. Croix poster couple this year!

Belgium Giant, Paul Robeson, Hawaiian Pineapple, Cherokee Green. All huge. What are they? A rainbow of heirloom tomatoes! 

Farmer Luca says the heirloom tomatoes have never looked as good as they do this season. The fruits are huge, beautiful and colorful. Heirloom tomatoes are more rich and flavorful than slicer tomatoes, and come in unusual colors and shapes. Heirloom tomatoes are also more delicate and less shelf friendly than slicer and hybrid tomatoes, so they are rarely found in grocery stores. Please do not squeeze them when you are shopping for heirloom tomatoes! They do bruise easily and have thin skin. But each one is a jewel of flavor!

ARTfarm will be open from 10 AM to 12 noon in the usual place on Saturday for ourfarmstand: loads and loads of tomatoes all types, sweet salad mix, teen spicy salad mix, teen arugula, Bob’s microgreens, Japanese and other types of cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, cooking greens of many types, dandelion greens, radishes, carrots, onions, scallions, Italian basil, holy basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, dill, cilantro, garlic chives, mint, all of our six types of spicy peppers and seasoning peppers, baby ginger, baby turmeric, baby mango turmeric, zinnia flowers, watermelon, and Fiddlewood Farm’s goat cheese. Dr. Bradford says she will be having to give her dairy goats a break soon, so enjoy the fresh cheese as it is only going to be available for another week or two!

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Love, ARTfarm

Another Watermelon Wednesday 3-4:30pm

Wednesday farmstand: the tomato insanity continues, with all types of large heirlooms, large slicers, loads of cherry tomatoes, lots of sweet salad mix, teen arugula, arugula, teen spicy salad mix, spicy salad mix, sunflower shoots, beautiful Japanese cucumbers, nice radishes, carrots, broccoli, loads of cooking greens, Italian basil, holy basil, lemon basil, Thai basil, garlic chives, dill, cilantro, parsley, all of our hot peppers plus more of our seasoning peppers, loads of baby ginger, baby turmeric, baby mango turmeric, yard long red noodle beans, onions, zinnias and huge amounts of beautiful watermelon! See you there!

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