ARTfarm Salad Greens Thursday 7/29/2021, Preorders 5-6pm: Reserve your pickup slot!

Man oh man, this pandemic keeps on spiking. We’ve got healthy fresh foods from ARTfarm to share for tomorrow, but decided for your safety and ours, to go back to pandemic preorders with scheduled customer pickup timeslots this week as Governor Bryan has requested no mass gatherings.

Summer salad greens at ARTfarm. A miracle in the desert, basically.

This keeps us down to a more relaxed ten people in the parking lot at a time. So click the link at the bottom to reserve your pickup time and items, and check for your confirmation email before hitting the road… Please wear your mask and keep plenty of social distance at pickup!

Luca harvested some beautiful lettuce this week thanks to careful late night watering, and the lovely but brief rainshowers and thunderstorms crossing the area recently. Thursday afternoon we’ll start distributions for 30 customers at 5pm with summer bounty: plentiful SALAD MIX!!! and tons of mangoes, including Mallika mangoes from Farmer Alex at Tropical Exotics. Alex’s sweet and juicy Mallika mangoes feature THE MOST MANGO PER MANGO due to the flattest bone (mango pit) you have ever seen!

Mallika mangoes are big and fat with a minimal pit. YUM!

From our fruit trees we will have Nam doc Mai and Haitian Kidney mangoes, a few pomegranates, and dragonfruit. Also herbs: garlic chives, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, white/mango/super turmeric, pineapple slips and lots of farm fresh eggs from Mongoose&Zinnia: our daughter’s happy pastured chicken business for her college fund.

We’ve also got lots of beautiful fresh turmerics to add to your dishes and smoothies and health tonics; to make golden milk (great with non-dairy milks too); grate into dishes and add gorgeous color and flavor plus health benefits to sauces.

Finding farm email subscriptions or pre-orders confusing? Check out our help page for some DIY tips, or contact local techie teen Wyatt B., to help you troubleshoot any email or ordering issues. You got this!!

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 ahead on our website; check for 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; Let the farmer handle the produce for you; Wait to bag until we’ve totalled your items; Bring change, cash or check and pen; drop payment in the bucket, we will not handle cash. Masks are STILL mandatory. Please help us protect our at-risk family members and customers!

Farmshare choices for Thursday, July 29th, 2021:

Grow your own pineapples! Baby slips available at the farmstand!

We will have just 30 timeslots 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 size farmshare. Add-ons and extras are not currently available independently of a farmshare purchase; to minimize community contact during the pandemic.

Greens farmshare, $14, will include:
  • 2 bags of sweet salad mix

(Add this on to another share if you like!)

Haitian Kidney Mango farmshare, $5, will include:
  • 2 lb. Haitian Kidney mangoes

(Add this on to another share if you like!)

Mallika Mango farmshare, $13, will include:
  • 5 lb. Mallika mangoes

(Add this on to another share if you like!)

Additional Limited Quantity Reservable Add-Ons*

(please add to your total)

1 dozen pastured M&Z eggs: $7
1 bag superpower BKK turmeric: $4
1 bag red Hawaiian turmeric: $4
1 bag white/mango turmeric: $4
1 bunch extra garlic chives: $2

*(if these are sold out on the order form – or you’d like more than one of an item – there are often additional extras available at the time of pick-up, so if you can’t reserve, leave a note in the comments, bring some extra cash or wait to write your check total. Bring a pen.)

Extra Add-Ons (no reservations)

(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):

  • DRAGONFRUIT: $8/lb. as marked
  • POMEGRANATE fruits: $6
  • sweet SALAD GREENS: $7/bag
  • sweetest you ever tried PAPAYA: $3/lb. as marked
  • MORE MANGOES: as marked depends on variety
  • assorted HERBS bunches: $2 each
  • pineapple SLIPS to grow-ur-own: $2-3 each as sized
Herb bunch choices for this distribution

(Available as EXTRAS, not included in farmshares this time.)

  • Garlic chives
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Lemongrass
  • Assorted turmerics

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!

ARTfarm Saturday Mango Pop-Up 11-11:30am, 7/23/2021

Saturday’s ARTfarm Summer Pop-up is a mango mashup. We will have Mallika mangoes from our good friend Alex with Tropical Exotics Farm.

Mallika mango.

Mallika mangoes are one of Farmer Luca‘s favorite mangoes. They are green to yellow medium to large mangoes, with no fibers to get stuck in your teeth. Very nice, warm flavor with citrus scent.

Also ARTfarm grown mangoes including Nam doc mai, and Haitian kidney! Not very many of our own mangoes because this drought is ongoing. For flavor descriptions, enjoy our Mango Flavor Guide.

Other items: A few sweet summer papayas, and literally just a couple dragonfruit for the earliest early birds. We will also have three types of turmeric, garlic chives, kefir lime leaves, lemongrass (aka “fever grass” – makes a cooling bush tea drink), and at long last – a few dozen fresh eggs from our littlest farmer’s own flock of chickens. She is working on a gorgeous label for her packaging.

Unpeeled ARTfarm pineapple slips are priced according to size. From four dollars for the very largest down to one dollar for the smallest slips. These slips, unpeeled, can be stored for several weeks before planting. They are quite tough and hardy. These shown are $3, $2 and $1 each. Check out our grower’s guide on this website!

Pineapple slips (baby plants) have been flying out the door at ARTfarm lately. These drought resistant plants are great to plant on a hillside or in a large pot. We’ll have a couple dozen slips for sale at the pop-up, the same Sugarloaf variety we grow and sell. Our easy Pineapple Grower’s Guide with helpful video tutorial can help you get started with your own mini pineapple farm.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, 11 to 11:30. We won’t have any salad mix available, sorry folks. Please mask up and social distance!

Love, ARTfarm

ARTfarm Summer Fruit + Salad Greens Pop-up this morning, 7/10/21, 11am–11:30am.

Despite the drought we got you! Fresh local fruit greens and herbs. First come first serve starting at 11am Saturday 7/10/2021 til’ the line is done. Come stock your fridge! Photos just in!We have beautiful red fleshed Natural Mystic dragonfruits, Sugarloaf pineapples, sweet papaya, mangoes including Nam Doc Mai, Valencia Pride, Jakarta, Haitian kidney. Also salad greens, bok Choy and fresh herbs including ginger and turmeric! Mask up and social distance please! We appreciate you.

We made these! Learn to make beautiful baskets like these at Mount Victory Camp‘s Caribbean Earth Skills school on St. Croix’s west end.
Fresh herbs and bok choy from ARTfarm, summer pop-up
Some say mangoes from drought conditions have more intense flavors than in wet years. These beauties from ARTfarm and Farmer Dennis Nash

ARTfarm July 10th Summer Fruit + Salad Greens Pop-up This Saturday, 11am–11:30am.

A July pop-up stand! Red dragonfruits are so sweet!! Come see us and stock up because you never know when the next pop-up will be! First come first serve starting at 11am Saturday til’ the line is done. Come stock your fridge with fresh permaculturey produce from your friendly local regenerative soil-building farming nerds!

Heavy basketloads of fresh ripe dragonfruits at ARTfarm

Farmer Luca will greet you Saturday to provide lots of sweet summer salad mix, lots of red (inside and out) dragonfruit, and for the early birds we’ll have a few fresh pineapples, small amounts of Thai mangoes and sweet papaya. Also available: lots of ginger and turmeric, plus seasoning peppers, baby bok Choi, garlic chives, lemongrass, and kaffir leaves… and Pineapple slips (baby pineapple plants for growing your own pineapple). (Text ahead if you want more than half a dozen pine slips so we can prep them for you, they are $2-4 per plant depending on size.)

Farmer Luca swore the ginger and turmeric were done last month but then he discovered a forgotten patch while planting out next year‘s crop. So we have some beautiful freshly harvested ginger and turmeric, surprise!

We look forward to seeing you — once again please, from the bridge of your nose to your beautiful forehead! We are still wearing masks and require that you do the same during our transactions. Kindly please maintain social distancing in the line, as everyone has their own comfort (and immune) level. You are awesome!

Love, ARTfarm