ARTfarm is a small and highly diversified sustainable market garden farm, with a tiny staff and a focus on variety and high quality. We grow seasonally, to meet or exceed USDA organic standards, and we sell direct to customers and chefs right off the farm.
It’s always best to check our latest online postings to know what we have now, this season. But we have several ways for you to search this site:
Our sustainable farming techniques and constant crop rotation make the publishing of an exhaustive pricelist of all the things we grow, nearly impossible and even confusing for the customer looking for something available now.
We farm to organic standards with low rainfall, so crop rotation is used to avoid the use of pesticides; therefore crops may go in and out of season according to growing conditions. We grow a ton of variety; but unlike a farm aggregator or a grocery store, we’re just two farmers with part time help and not open with everything all year long.
In the winter months, we’ll have up 30-40+ different vegetables, fruits and herbs being harvested in any one week, with certain crops coming in and out of season. In spring and summer we focus more on fruit production, maybe a dozen varieties or more. In early fall we might be closed for a month for maintenance, or we might have greens, depending on the weather. So when someone asks ‘what we grow’ at ARTfarm, it’s a long long list, not a quick answer!
What’s available now?
Start at our latest blog post for the most recent listings of farmstand (or pandemic farmshare) produce available now.
Click on one of these posts to read the latest farm news and produce listings!
Ugly tomatoes, spicy greens, seasoning peppers. What a cool, dry and gusty end-of-winter it’s been. With the lack of good deep aquifer-refilling rains, the tomato vines took a bit of a beating. We are somewhat between succession plantings of tomatoes, and nearing the end of the harvest on the older vines, so we have some … Continue reading Wednesday ARTfarm Produce Pickups 3/3/2021: Ugly tomatoes
Our teen’s baby chicks have rapidly become growing teenagers themselves. One of the joys of farming is seeing how quickly things can evolve. The winter seems to be resolving into spring on the South Shore and we are seeing the lush green pastures turn their seasonal golden color as dry times take over. Tomatoes are … Continue reading Saturday ARTfarm Produce Pickups 2/27/2021: Teenagers
Looking for something specific?
You can browse the tag cloud on every page of our website. It lists our most popular items and topics, and you can also click on individual keywords like “summer” or “cooking greens” to search our site for tagged posts. That way you can see what is typically in season when, or in what month or season a certain crop is typically available.
You can also use the search bar on every page of this site, to search for any topic such as a specific crop like “passionfruit” or “salad” or “cherry tomatoes” or service like “nursery” or “seedlings” or “hours of operation”, or even a time period like “2012” or “May” or “summer.”
Planning a visit or event?
If you need to know what we’ll have in season for a specific future time period, such as your visit to St. Croix or an event you are planning, you can look at farm blog entries from that month in previous seasons, to help you plan. (Every season has been pretty drastically different in the last few years, with rising temperatures and severe storms disrupting our usual farm routines and crop schedules, so keep your thinking flexible. If you need wedding flowers, definitely contact us six months ahead of time.)
ARTfarm archives by month: “Musty Old Posts”
ARTfarm’s season has been shifting and shortening with climate change since about 2015. Pre-COVID, our farmstand was typically open year-round on Saturday mornings, with the exception of a few weeks ranging from near the end of August or beginning of September to mid November where we may take a summer/fall break to work on bigger construction projects. (Some years due to natural disasters we may vary slightly or greatly from this schedule.)
The week before Thanksgiving week, we’ll usually add Wednesday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm through the end of the growing season in May.
Our prime growing season (tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, vegetables) generally runs from October through April. In the summer months, we remain open to sell seasonal local fruits and whatever salad greens and herbs are available.
Tomato season is generally from mid-December through April, depending on the weather and other variables. Mango season begins in May – June, although some years we have had mangoes in October – December.
With the notable fluctuations in rainfall and climate, seasons can vary greatly, so please consider these to be estimates!
The big all-year list: ARTfarm specialties
We grow a lot of prewashed bagged salad greens in spicy, sweet, and arugula mixes, in micro, baby, teen and mature stages of growth and tenderness. Cooler months of the year.
Every year we experiment with new varieties of heirloom and slicer tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes. We grow at least three kinds of cucumbers every season. December through April, typically.
We grow a lot of heirloom watermelon varieties. Fruits are typically summer, but some go year-round.
We grow many kinds of bunched greens for cooking or juicing. We also feature a variety of popular root vegetables including beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes. Cooler months of the year.
We grow squashes: Caribbean pumpkins, butternut squash, little Asian pumpkins, winter and summer squashes including zucchini. Cooler months of the year.
We grow other popular row crop veggies in small quantities: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, long beans, eggplant, okra, onions; hot, seasoning and sweet peppers and more. Cooler months of the year.
We grow many types of fresh herbs including three kinds of basil, parsley, cilantro, recao, garlic chives, scallions, lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, lavender, dill, mint, sage and more. Typically cooler months of the year but some year-round.
We grow aromatic root herbs: multiple varieties of ginger and turmeric. Cooler months of the year.
Edible and decorative cut flowers including zinnias, cosmos, pansies, nasturtiums, beneficial attracting mixes, sunflowers and orchids. Cooler months of the year.
Tropical fruits available in season (increasingly hard to predict) include pineapples, mangoes, limes, soursop, mediterranean figs, avocados, jojo plums, longan, bananas, chocolate pudding fruit, sugar apple, mamee apple, mesple, golden apple and more. Fruit trees and vines typically tend to produce more in summer and fall months of the year, but climate change and severe hurricane damage to trees has caused great variation.
Value added products from other local farmers that we distribute include goat cheese, local honey, fresh baked breads, and locally made dairy-free coconut-based ice cream.
We have grown native trees and plants from seed under contract for medium-scale reforestation projects (300-800 saplings) for local and federal entities. We usually have surplus inventory of native tree species (drought-resistant, shade-producing) for sale, please ask. Species have included black olive, pouhy, sandbox, lignum vitae, pasture fiddlewood, orange manjack, mangrove, dog almond, brisselette, pigeonberry, black mampoo, blackrodwood, water mampoo, linguam, century plant, jamaican caper, ironwood, sea grape, turpentine and others.
We sometimes offer plant seedlings for sale if we have excess: herbs, tomato plants, young lettuce starts, grafted fruit trees, pineapple slips, and dragonfruit cuttings a few times per year. Generally we send people to the VI Department of Agriculture for vegetable starts or to the SGV Botanical Garden for trees and orchids.