ARTfarm Pickups Sat. Feb. 25th! 11 am – 12:30 pm, OPEN for all 12:30 – 1:15 pm

ETA: Farmshare signups are open until noon, after that just plan to swing by between 12:30 and 1:15, we’ll be open for anyone, no reservation needed.

Winter bounty down the South Shore: fresh salad greens and so much much more! Cooler nights make for sweeter lettuce! Also featuring cucumbers, kale, radishes and turnips, red/orange sweet potatoes and more. Reserve a spot for a scheduled pickup, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sign up below for one of 70 ‘health-bubble’ pickup timeslots, for Saturday starting at 11 am! If you missed this signup, there will be another one in less than a week.

The hilarious comedy musical Sister Act is now SOLD OUT this third and final weekend (Fri Sat Feb 24-25th 8pm and added matinee Sunday, 26th 4pm). Thanks everyone for coming to the show and supporting the arts on St. Croix!

Please wear a mask at the ARTfarm pickup table. Instructions below if you’re new. Can’t find the confirmation email? Click HERE. If you need to contact us, text or call the farm phone, (340) 514-4873. Welcome!

Choose from four different size preorder ‘farmshare’ selections that include bags of sweet salad mix, herbs, veggies and/or plenty of tomatoes. See details and a list of extra add-on items available first-come-first-served during your pickup time, below. Reserve an earlier pickup time to catch these first-come-first-serve items.

Brisk farm workouts in peaceful breezy nature available: We’re looking for volunteers (non smokers). Luca could use a hand even if it’s only for two hours at a time, mainly to do garden bed preparation. You can get a great ab and full body workout, mostly standing using rakes and hoes. There is also sifting of compost, hand weeding, late day transplanting and more. Learn about market gardening, construction, food prep. Fast walkers encouraged. Could convert to part-time employment depending on skills and efficiency.

Feeling a little under the weather during flu and cold season? Grab a couple of bags of fresh organic local ginger root and a knob of turmeric, and make yourself a health boosting ginger/turmeric tonic to keep in the fridge and add to hot or cold drinks, smoothies, soups, sautees and anything else! Helps move a cold along, opens the sinuses, and it’s great for digestion. Recipe below:

ginger and turmeric root, and jars of prepared ginger/turmeric concentrate

ARTfarm Ginger-turmeric Tonic

  • Put 2 or 3 hands fresh washed ginger and a thumb of fresh turmeric in a strong blender like a Vitamix (no need to peel our baby ginger with its translucent thin skin!). Add a pinch of black pepper, which makes the turmeric’s medicinal qualities more readily absorbable by your body.
  • Cover generously with water and blend until you have a smooth, creamy purée.
  • Place it in a sauce pan on the stove, and bring to a simmer.
  • Let cool, and strain solids out.
  • Keep it in a jar or pitcher in the fridge and splash a couple teaspoons or tablespoons into anything you’re drinking —from hot tea to plain old water. (I put some in my mocha coffee sometimes!)
  • You can add some honey or maple syrup to the beverage, and/or have it undiluted as a shot, with a little bit of lemon or apple cider vinegar for a health tonic.
  • We keep the strained leftover ginger solids in a jar in the fridge and use it by the spoonful in cooking. It’s a great little addition of ginger and fiber, added to soups, sauces, sautees, salad dressing, even brownies!
Fresh picked same day local herbs grown with pure rainwater will make every dish come alive! Throw a few handfuls in the blender and make a goddess dressing! So refreshing!

Farmers Luca and Christina want to take a moment to encourage everyone to support local farmers. If you can’t make it to our farmstand, don’t forget about Sejah Farm, another wonderful mom and pop farm/market that sells their own produce plus lots of produce from all over St. Croix. They have a wide selection and are open more hours and days than we are, and run amazing educational programs too. There is also the Saturday producers’ market at the Department of Agriculture grounds where you can buy directly from farmers. And there are many farms with a stand out front including Grantley Samuel and Mr. Smithen the Cane Man on Centerline Road.

Remember the best way to support agriculture in the US Virgin Islands is to buy produce directly from farmers.

Hop down to the South Shore and see Farmer Luca!

New to ARTfarm? HOW TO ‘ORDER’:

During the COVID era we switched to a pre-order system instead of open farmstands, and customers preferred the predictability and shorter wait times: Order/reserve at least one farmshare (minimum purchase) and choose your timeslot ahead on our website; check for your confirmation email so you know your name will be on the list! Please arrive in our parking lot on time but not more than 10 minutes early to prevent traffic jams and longer wait times. We appreciate your cooperation!

At the stand, please bring a mask. We’ll call your name during your timeslot in order of signup. 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 blue bucket, we try not to handle cash.

Please note: With all the flu and viral infections circulating and effects of the “tripledemic”, some of which we have experienced, and Farmer Luca caring for his elderly folks who are immune compromised, we’d appreciate if all customers would help us stay healthy and working, and PLEASE wear a mask and maintain social distancing when interacting with us at the ARTfarm stand this winter season. We shall do the same! We are all one! Grateful for life!!

ARTfarm is a tiny mom and pop family farm who have been growing food with sustainable organic and permaculture methods on St. Croix since 1999. See our FAQs for more info!

Thank you!

Farmshare choices for Saturday, February 25th, 2023:

Oh kale yes! Rinse well and chop fine in any dish; sauté with garlic; or toss with spices and oil and roast in the oven to make kale chips! Melt in your mouth!

We will have 70 timeslots/farmshares available for scheduled pickup Saturday. 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. At the farmstand, you can choose from remaining add-on extras and we’ll total your order. We are chronically understaffed and need to keep farmstand hours brief; add-ons and extras are not currently available independently of a farmshare minimum purchase.

SPICY SQUASHY farmshare, $37, will include:
    • 1 bag of sweet salad mix
    • 1 bag of baby spicy salad mix
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
    • 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes
    • 1 lb. zucchini/squash
BIG BABY ARU farmshare, $41, will include:
    • 2 bags of sweet salad mix
    • 1 bag of baby arugula
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
    • 1 lb. slicer tomatoes
SWEET n’ CHERRY farmshare, $14, will include:
  • 1 bag of sweet salad mix
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
TOMATO farmshare, $10, (makes a great addition with another share) will include:
  • 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 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:
    • Mediterranean FIGS
    • TOMATO 2nds
    • teen SPICY SALAD MIX
    • baby ARUGULA
    • Japanese heirloom CUCUMBERS
    • KALE
    • sweet PEPPERS
    • ONIONS with green tops – YUM
    • fresh mixed LETTUCE heads
    • fresh ROMAINE lettuce heads
    • hot PEPPERS
    • CARROTS with juicable tops
    • slicer TOMATOES
    • HEIRLOOM tomatoes
    • CHERRY tomato pints
    • Italian DANDELION greens
    • RADISHES with green tops, $3/bunch
    • assorted HERBS bunches: $2 each
    • baby GINGER: $3.50/bag ($7 half pound)
    • baby TURMERIC: $3.50/bag ($7 half pound)
    • PINEAPPLE slips to grow-ur-own: $2-3 each as sized
Herb bunch choices for this distribution

(Available as EXTRAS or included in farmshare)

  • Italian (Genovese) basil
  • Lemon basil
  • Holy basil
  • Thai basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Garlic chives
  • Kafir lime leaves
  • Lemongrass
  • Parsley
  • Scallions

Please contact us immediately by TEXT or 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.

During this raging flu and cold “tripledemic” season, due to family members and customers who are immuno-compromised, we’d appreciate everyone wearing masks at ARTfarm during pickups. We went maskless for a while, and hope to loosen restrictions again soon, but for now please help us healthy at work, and protect our family and friends!

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, trash, inbox tabs, and ‘all mail’ folders for the confirmation email, and search for – 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 Pickups Sat. Feb. 25th! 11 am – 12:30 pm, OPEN for all 12:30 – 1:15 pm

    1. Hello Dr. Chen!

      We don’t have a subscription for food. We don’t have a CSA. But to prevent large crowds and long lines from forming, we have instigated an online reservation sign up system that goes up the day before each farmstand. Up to seven customers per 15 minute time slot arrive on time, and each is served in the order of their sign up. They can reserve a box or two (sort of a minimum purchase) as listed on our website (there are usually at three or four of these ‘Farmshare’ choices) and then during their pickup time, can also shop for any additional items that we have in smaller quantities. So there is no obligation for the entire season.

      To gain access to the order form, which is posted fresh prior to each farmstand, you can sign up for emails on our website and get those notifications directly as soon as they are posted, or you can check our website or Facebook page for the fresh reservation listing up to twice a week in season (November — April or so).

      Feel free to give me a call if you have other questions!

      Farmer Christina

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