Pickup Instructions for Saturday

Good morning ARTfarm box pickup customers,

We are slightly altering our choreography this morning. Please rehearse in your mind:

  1. Please wait near your car until we call your group, or at a ridiculous distance until the previous customer is finished.
  2. Please remind us of your name, and drop your cash/check in the bucket while we assemble your order.
  3. Once we are sure we didn’t forget anything, you’ll pack your own items in your bag/container.
  4. Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other customers, and us, at all times.
  5. 
Virtual hugs all around! You are awesome.
A still life of two lettuce heads "kiss" while wearing face masks
If your ‘heads’ must touch be sure everyone is wearing a mask. Seriously though please maintain 6 feet between people as per the CDC. Stay safe we love you.

Order form for Saturday ARTfarm Produce Boxes 3/28/20, Yummy!

Hello, hungry stay-at-homers. Thanks to all who came out and supported us last week, we appreciate you so much. The pickups have been going amazingly smoothly and you are all to be praised! We are starting to find some equilibrium on our end with this new system. Apologies to anyone who missed an item in their box, we think one person with a large share may have missed collecting their zinnia flowers last week. Sorry about that!

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Hugel beds can extend the tomato season into April and May (along with all that extra rain we got this winter). This bed of tomatoes rests on top of an excavated hollow cavity of hurricane-downed tree logs and branches in the soil that acts like a reservoir of water and nutrients.

Farmer Luca wants you to know that the fourth and final set of tomato plants we started for this season are starting to ripen now. Just when we thought tomato season was over, there will still be a few more to pick and share with you all soon! Wow! The unusual rains this winter have extended the season to record setting lengths for tomatoes this year.

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Baby dragons!

Additionally, in deeply thrilling farm news, the first dragonfruit flower bud has appeared one of our vines; if the trend continues in another month or two there may be some beautiful dragonfruit available. Summer has not been cancelled!

And finally, just to keep you all entertained, the newest set of watermelon vines are setting handsome amounts of fruit. Some fruits are currently as small as an orange and a few are as large as ten pounds, so far. Some of the larger ones should be ready in 2-3 weeks.

Once again we will NOT BE OPEN for retail shopping on Saturday. For the foreseeable future, we are going to run socially distanced online ‘box sales’ like the last two weeks, with pre-reserved pick up shifts of 10 people max, to follow the executive orders from our territorial government and slow the spread of novel coronavirus in our island community. Plus it helps to avoid long waits, traffic issues and crowds forming.

It’s as easy as S-A-N, as in SANity!! Here’s what to do:

  1.   S  is for :  Sign up with our sign-up form (link at the bottom of this here webpage).
    • Choose one pre-selected, pre-priced box of ARTfarm produce (contents listed below)
    • Choose any add-on items (limited supplies)
    • Commit to a pick-up time slot
  2.   A is for :  Arrive at (or wait in your car until) your appointed time in the ARTfarm parking lot on Saturday. Too many people showing up at the same time could shut this whole thing down.
    • Bring exact change or a check to drop in the bucket – we are not handling any money.
    • Bring your own bags or box to put your produce into. We’ll place your items on the table, you’ll pack your own bags or box.
  3.   N is for :  No substitutions or price adjustments. To maintain sanitation, we are not handling payments or making change.
    • We’ll do our best to give you options at pickup if we can.
    • If desired, you can refuse any unwanted items from your share and we will pass them on to another lucky customer!

We will have 16 large and 30 small ‘boxes’ of produce available (16 of those available as eight “double box” orders). You can also order and specify a neighbor, friend or family member to pick up your order, if you know another customer who is planning to order! And if you are a small family and it works for you, consider alternating between large and small from week to week to give others a shot at ordering a large box.

Box choices for Saturday, March 28th:


Small box, $15, “Just the (One or) Two Of Us”, will include:

1 bag of sweet salad mix
1 cucumber, or a radish/turnip bunch as available
1 herb bunch (random selection)
1 bag of a mix of ginger and turmeric
1 onion/scallion mini bunch


Double Small Box, $30, “Sharing is Caring But Don’t Sneeze On Me”, will include:

As listed above, but double: one for you and one for a friend. Take distribution into your own (recently washed) hands, deliver to a neighbor or loved one!


Large box, $60, “We Love Food”, will include:

2 bags of sweet salad mix
1 bag of either teen spicy salad mix or sunflower sprouts
1 bag of teen arugula
1 pint of cherry tomatoes -or- equivalent value slicer tomatoes (random selection)
1 lb. cucumbers
1 bunch of radishes
1 bunch of cooking greens
2 herb bunches (random selection)
1 sour orange
1 bag of a mix of ginger, turmeric, and seasoning peppers
4 serrano peppers and 4 Thai chili peppers
1/2 bunch of onions/scallions
3 cheerful zinnia flowers


Additional Limited Quantity Add-Ons* (please add to your total)

1 quarter chunk of watermelon: $5
1 lb. bag of slicer tomatoes: $5
1 extra bag of sweet salad mix: $6
1 bunch cooking greens (kale, collards type): $3

*we suggest bringing a few small bills to the distribution, as there may be some extras available at the last minute beyond what we predicted.

  • This signup form will send you a confirmation email if submitted successfully. One order per customer, please.
  • About three people reported having problems with the online signup form telling them incorrectly that they had already placed an order. A workaround one of our customers figured out (thank you!!) was to use a cellular device (smartphone or tablet) that wasn’t using WiFi internet. This worked for those who tried it.
  • This signup form does NOT sign you up for a farm email subscription.
  • We know a few people are going to tell us they already having ginger and turmeric left over, but mom says you should be consuming more of it to boost your immune system. You can make a ginger bug, plant some, or share it with a neighbor. Also, it freezes well. 🙂

 

Here’s the link to this week’s SIGNUP FORM
(opens a new window).

 

 

See 37 of you in the AM! New website look

Dogs do NOT care about Internet Protocols. They just want scritchy scratches!

Thanks to everyone who ordered, or tried to order, farm share boxes Friday. We managed to finally solve the technical problems and get the signup form online around 10am, and everything sold out by 8pm Friday evening. We’ll see you at your appointed times in the parking lot tomorrow.

We will keep trying to grow as much food as possible. We really appreciate the support from the community and hope to give back as much as we can.

About three people reported having problems with the online signup form telling them incorrectly that they couldn’t place an order because they had already ordered, when they had not. A workaround one of our customers figured out (thank you!!) was to use a cellular device (smartphone or tablet) that wasn’t using WiFi internet. This worked for those who tried it. The error had something to do with the mysterious ethereal world of IP addresses. We will keep trying to iron out the technical problems to make it easier for people to reserve a box of produce without us needing to hang on the phone or answer emails personally all day or night. We know this solution is not perfect, but it worked for most today.

We took a few minutes to update our website this afternoon. Should be easier to read on a smartphone now! Let us know what you think. Still working out the kinks.

Order form for Saturday ARTfarm Produce Boxes 3/21/20, Happy Spring

A farmer holds up a giant head of lettuce in front of his face. Giant HEADS of Lettuce are growing at ARTfarm! And they can help keep you healthy! But they do not make virus-proof barriers.

Hello, dear ones. We are living in temporarily interesting times. We urge you to protect our island community with social distancing, please. Check out these amazing interactive simulations on WaPo of how it works if we all pitch in.

It is possible to spread this virus before you have acute symptoms. So please, especially you immortal young ones and those who have traveled recently (or live with those who have), we know it’s the pits, but heed the advice of Italy…

…Don’t be an ‘aerosol.’ Assume you’re infected. Assume everyone around you is vulnerable, or lives with their asthmatic grandmother. Stay home, stay apart from others for a few weeks, wash your hands, sing from your balcony and give this virus a chance to die before it spreads.

Once again we will NOT BE OPEN for retail shopping on Saturday. We are going to run another socially distanced online ‘box sales’ program like last week, with four pick up shifts of 10 people max, to follow the latest edict from Governor Bryan Jr., to avoid long waits, traffic issues and crowds forming. It’s as easy as S-A-N, as in SANitized!! Here’s what to do:

  1. S  is for :  Sign up with our new improved sign-up form (link at the bottom of this here webpage).
    • Choose one pre-selected, pre-priced box of ARTfarm produce (contents listed below)
    • Commit to a pick-up time slot
  2. A is for :  Arrive at (or wait in your car until) your appointed time in the ARTfarm parking lot on Saturday. Too many people showing up at the same time could shut this whole thing down.
    • Bring exact change or a check to drop in the bucket – we are not handling any money.
    • Bring your own bags or box to put your produce into. We’ll place your items on the table, you’ll pack your own bags or box.
  3. N is for :  No substitutions or price adjustments.We are not making change.
    • We’ll do our best to give you options at pickup if we can.
    • You can refuse any unwanted items and we will pass them on to another lucky customer!

We will have 15 large and 30 small ‘boxes’ of produce available (10 of those as “doubles”).

Box choices for Saturday, March 21st:


Small box, $16, “Budget Shopper”, will include:

1 bag of sweet salad mix
1 cucumber, or a radish/turnip bunch as available
2 assorted herb bunches
1 bag of a mix of ginger, turmeric, and seasoning peppers
1 onion/scallion mini bunch


Double Small Box, $32, “I Love My Friends”, will include:

As listed above, but double: one for you and one for a friend. How awesome are you for saving everyone from more exposure! Love it!


Large box, $66, “Going Green”, will include:

2 bags of sweet salad mix
1 bag of either teen spicy salad mix or teen arugula
1 bag of either sunflower shoots or microgreens
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 lb. cucumbers
1 bunch of radishes
1 bunch of cooking greens
2 assorted herb bunches
1 sour orange
1 bag of a mix of ginger, turmeric, and seasoning peppers
1 bunch of onions
1 quarter chunk of watermelon
3 cheerful zinnia flowers

  • This signup form will send you a confirmation email if submitted successfully. One order per customer, please.
  • About three people reported having problems with the online signup form telling them incorrectly that they had already placed an order. A workaround one of our customers figured out (thank you!!) was to use a cellular device (smartphone or tablet) that wasn’t using WiFi internet. This worked for those who tried it.
  • This signup form does NOT sign you up for a farm email subscription.
  • We know a few people are going to complain about already having ginger and turmeric left over, but mom says you should be consuming more of it to boost your immune system. You can share it with a neighbor. Also, it freezes well. 🙂

 

Here’s the link to the SIGNUP FORM
(opens a new window).