A woman farmer brings in a harvest trug full of vegetables from the field at ARTfarm on St. Croix, USVI

ARTfarm Farmshare Preorders for Pickup Wednesday 3/16/2022, 4-6PM!

Slicer city! We have lots of gorgeous juicy meaty sweet tomatoes of all flavors from tart to rich and mellow. They are little reservoirs of sunny days and little rain showers. You can reserve more than one share for Saturday’s pickup – at 11am we’ll start distributions for 50 pre-order customers with heirloom and slicer and cherry tomatoes, fresh greens and more listed below… serving you one at a time inside our old farmstand building, so arrive on time for your group and listen for your name to be called in the parking lot; and play the ladybug game: one customer per ladybug inside the gate! Please arrive on time but not more than 10 minutes early to prevent traffic jams and longer wait times. We appreciate your cooperation!

A storage bin at ARTfarm holds an industrial amount of red slicer tomatoes with a few yellow heirlooms mixed in.
Juicy and dependable slicer tomatoes may lack the flashy colors of the heirlooms, but their gorgeous stop-sign red and sweet simple flavor make them a great choice for cooking, canning, or on sandwiches or sliced into salads. Despite the drought we’ve had a decent tomato season at ARTfarm in 2022!

The masking rules are changing, and eventually we may go back to a more traditional first-come-first-served farmstand experience, but we’d still like to remain cautious for the moment. For your safety and ours we are continuing to crowd control with preorders – scheduled customer pickup timeslots served in order of your order submission, and super spaced lines. We’d appreciate for now, customers continuing to mask when passing by others in line or chatting with our farming family, to help protect those with compromised immune systems and/or health complications. We are all one! Grateful for life!!

Still not open for retail. If you’re new to ARTfarm or haven’t been to see us since the COVID-19 pandemic began, please read THIS PAGE to familiarize yourself with our new socially distanced pre-order arrangements. We are not holding regular retail farmstands at this time. In a nutshell:

Order at least one farmshare (minimum purchase) ahead on our website; check for your confirmation email so you know your name will be on the list! Please practice all the protective measures possible: Sanitize hands in your car before approaching the table, Maintain social distance between yourself, farm staff and other customers; Masks up when talking to farm staff or other customers; Let the farmer handle the produce for you; Choose extras from first-come-first-served availability; Wait to bag until we’ve totaled up your items; Bring change, cash or check and pen; drop payment in the bucket, we will not handle cash. During this adjustment period, masks are still mandatory at ARTfarm when less than 10 feet from another customer or farm staff. We’re cautiously optimistic we may be able to loosen restrictions soon, but for now please help us protect our at-risk family members and customers!

ARTfarm pineapple plants stand guard over the lettuce beds at sunset.
ARTfarm pineapple plants stand guard over the lettuce beds at sunset. South Shore farming is dry and windy but also extremely beautiful.

Farmshare choices for Wednesday, March 16th, 2022:

We will have 50 timeslots/farmshares available for scheduled pickup Wednesday. You can also order and specify a neighbor, friend or family member to pick up your order and theirs. The minimum order is one farmshare, and you can order more than one farmshare. Add-ons and extras are not currently available independently of a farmshare purchase; to minimize community contact during the pandemic.

LARGE farmshare, $35, will include:
  • 2 bags of sweet salad mix
  • TEEN arugula or spicy mix (mesclun-ish: arugula, mustard greens, radish greens etc.)
  • 1 lb. slicer and heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
MEDIUM farmshare, $18, will include:
  • 1 bag of sweet salad mix
  • 1 lb. slicer tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
TOMATO LOVER farmshare, $10, will include:
  • 2 lb. slicer tomatoes
Extra Add-Ons (non-reservable)

(Must accompany farmshare purchase, these items cannot be purchased individually. No reservations on these items, they are all first come first served during your pickup slot):

early birds:
  • THAI PUMPKIN squash: $3.50/lb. as marked
  • CUCUMBERS: $3.50/bag 1lb.
  • TEEN arugula or spicy mix (mesclun-ish: arugula, mustard greens, radish greens etc.): $10
  • ONIONS with green edible tops: $5/bunch
  • RADISHES: $3/bunch
  • SECONDS tomatoes (great for cooking/salsa): $8/bag 2lb.
  • SWEET PAPRIKA, green pimento cheese and cornito PEPPERS: $3/bundle
  • POBLANO and ANCHO peppers, smoky sweet and mildly hot, great fresh/dried: $3/bundle
  • DANDELION greens: $3/bunch
plenty:
  • extra bag of SWEET salad mix: $7
  • CHERRY tomatoes: $6/pint
  • slicer TOMATOES: $5/1lb. bag
  • HOT hot hot peppers: $2/bundle
  • assorted HERBS bunches: $2 each
  • GINGER/TURMERICS: $3.50/bag ($7 half pound)
  • Zinnia flower BOUQUETS: $5
  • “Natural Mystic” self-pollinating DRAGONFRUIT CUTTINGS – 30-36″ XL vine cutting, $15 each
  • PINEAPPLE slips to grow-ur-own: $2-3 each as sized
Herb bunch choices for this distribution

(Available as EXTRAS)

  • Italian (Genovese) basil
  • Garlic chives
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • green Coriander (fresh cilantro seed)
  • Dill
  • Lemongrass
  • Hot peppers incl. serranos, jalapeños, thai chiles, paprika and Lemon Drops!
Fresh red and white bulb onions from ARTfarm include beautiful fresh green tops that can be chopped and used in cooking or as a garnish.

Please contact us immediately by text and phone at (340) 514-4873 if you have reserved a farmshare and cannot pick it up. Supply is limited, demand is extremely high and someone else will gladly purchase your share, if given enough time to respond. We have limited time for distributions and they are scheduled. Our produce is harvested fresh and needs to go home with you same day. This is an honor system since we are not collecting payment until pickup. We do not have cold storage for uncollected shares.

The signup form will show you a “Thank You” page and send you a confirmation email if submitted successfully. If you don’t find it, please check your spam/junk, inbox tabs, and ‘all mail’ folders for the confirmation email, as this has been a common problem for several customers and with a little searching they typically find it. For more tips, visit our Help page.

Need help with the pre-order signup form? (Click here):
Q: I can’t seem to order more than one item.

A: We have designed our order form not to allow any one customer to purchase all of one extra. Sharing is caring. If you’d like extra of something (beyond what you could reserve through our order system), put it in the comments with your order, and remind us at your pickup time: if we can supply it to you we’ll do our best. If you are in the food service industry and looking for bulk availability, please contact us; our order form is for individuals and families to place a single order for a scheduled pickup.

Q: My order isn’t going through.
  • if the automated confirmation email is not immediately found, check your spam folder
  • and the ‘all mail’ folder
  • make sure all required fields are filled/selected
  • just try again
  • use a cellular device (smartphone or tablet) that isn’t using WiFi internet
  • restart your browser/device
  • clear your cache and cookies in your browser/device
  • reboot your router (unplug it for a minute and plug in again)
  • visit our “help” page for additional tips
Q: The form says I didn’t enter my email, but I did.

Our pre-order form requires everyone to type their email in twice, and makes sure the two match exactly. We had a lot of customers in such a rush to get their order in that they’d spell their own email incorrectly and then complain that they could not find the confirmation email. Our ‘type it in twice’ system ensures that you’ll find any email mistakes before you submit the pre-order form.

Q: I ordered before, but I’m not getting your emails.

Our pre-order form does NOT automatically sign you up for an ARTfarm email subscription. Do that HERE!

2 thoughts on “ARTfarm Farmshare Preorders for Pickup Wednesday 3/16/2022, 4-6PM!

  1. When COVID precautions come to an end, I would love it if your present method of farm pick-ups would continue. I DO NOT miss the zoo of everyone piling in like it’s a roller derby. Your present method is much more civilized. But, if this present method is more work for you, then I can understand reverting to the old routine.

    Cheers, Rich

    1. Thanks Rich! We’ve been getting similar feedback from a number of customers. We might do a hybrid, do reservations for the first 20 customers type thing, or alternate between open farmstand days and reservation days. Some people actually prefer the pre-COVID, more unscheduled drop-by arrangement. It does entail a lot of extra online work, website maintenance and expense, question answering, and of course all of the pre-weighing and packaging of the food which puts more plastic into the environment. We haven’t raised our prices to accommodate these extra expenses and hours of labor. But we have our own safety concerns due to immunocompromised family members in our household. We will continue to revisit our policies and retail arrangement! Appreciate your thoughts very much!

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