Next Produce Box Availability: Saturday March 21st. Sign up link will post soon…

 

After unusually booming productivity this winter, the end of ARTfarm’s 2020 tomato season is arriving soon…
Things are getting crispy as usual in the spring with dry hot winds…
Everything gets more pungent in flavor at the end of the season … onions full of weeds!

Hey there folks. We hope everyone is staying home as much as possible, avoiding stress, washing hands, resting, eating healthy and trying to keep that 6′ distance. Schools and many businesses and organizations across the island and the globe are temporarily shutting down over coronavirus. We are all finally hunkering down to wait out this crisis, “flatten the curve” of the timing of acute medical needs, and put our community and elders first.

Last week with the COVID-19 risks clearly laid out, we decided to cancel the regular farmstands for the rest of the 2019–2020 season. We considered the demographic of our customers and family, and the typical close proximity provided by our popularity and petite retail space.

But the lettuce continued to grow, so we tried a ‘socially distant’ distribution experiment with pre-sold boxes on Saturday. We sent out our usual email, but with an order form link. Customers signed up for a large or small prepacked box of ARTfarm produce via that one-time link on our website. The first 40 requests received an order confirmation and order number via email, then were scheduled to arrive Saturday morning at staggered pickup times, keeping a generous distance between each other and us, with a check or exact change in (sanitized) hand.

We were able to distribute the majority of the produce we would have sold at the farmstand, while maintaining a minimum of contact and virus transmission. The prepacked boxes and bags made transactions very quick.

There was more demand than supply, unfortunately, and we apologize for anyone who missed the email or the cutoff.

Farmer Luca has walked the fields and estimates that we do NOT have enough produce for a full scale mid-week (Wednesday) distribution of box shares to our customers. This is actually typical for this time of year, as the season continues to dry up. The monster tomato harvests that broke seasonal records and almost broke the cart a few weeks ago are almost finished now.

A small handful of the customers who were ‘next in line’ for a box on Saturday but missed it, have been contacted individually for a small Wednesday share this week. We are doing our best to accommodate as many people as we can with decreasing harvests.

We will post a signup link later this week on our website with pricing and contents for Saturday (March 21st) ARTfarm boxes again, probably 10 large and 30 small boxes. We’re hoping to put in place a more organized signup process and online form and continue for at least a few more weeks, so watch for another farm email sometime on Thursday or Friday! (If you’re not a subscriber, sign up!) We won’t take any orders directly through texts, calls or other means. Please stick to the signup link, later this week.

Our pineapples are looking good, the dragonfruit vines are looking very healthy and may bear heavily this year, and mango trees have set nicely. We’ll try to keep things going and growing as long as we can.

Stay safe and healthy. And thanks for your support!

Love, ARTfarm

SOLD OUT Saturday March 14th. Orders must be confirmed by email from us!

Good morning ARTfarm supporters, we are completely sold out of box shares for Saturday March 14th 2020 and already have a pretty long waiting list. Sorry if we were not able to help you today.

If you have not received an email from us with an order number, that means that we cannot fill your order, even if you placed one online yesterday. If you do not have an email with an order number, please do not come to the farm today. The whole point is to limit contact to keep us all safe and healthy.

Feel free to sign up for emails on our website to be informed if we are able to provide the ‘box’ service again. It is starting to be the end of the season and, as usual, we are going to have less and less produce at this time of year.

We are truly sorry that the sign-up process was not clear. We did not have a plan in place for coronavirus and we did our best but it was a pretty slapdash order system that needs improvement. Our apologies if you found it confusing or if we left you empty-handed today.

Thanks everyone! Stay safe and stay healthy and try to stay home if you can.

Love, ARTfarm

ARTfarm orders closed for box shares for Saturday March 14th 2020

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March 13, 2020: Hey folks,

We have more than sold out for the produce we have available for Saturday, March 14th 2020. We will be sending out emails to confirm for those we are able to serve tomorrow. Anyone else currently on the bottom of the list as of 5pm today who is not getting a box tomorrow, will go to the top of the list for Wednesday’s distribution. Please do not continue to place orders now.

A few people ordered “SOLD OUT” Large boxes. Sorry for the confusion. Those folks will also get an email from us and can also go to the top of the priority list for Wednesday. Can’t say for sure right now exactly what we’ll have available for Wednesday boxes but we’ll let you know!

Thanks all. Wash those hands and keep hydrated!

Love,
ARTfarm

ARTfarm Saturday 3/14/2020 – Small boxes still available for preorder, updated link

THIS PAGE IS OUTDATED. FORM HAS BEEN REMOVED, CHECK LATEST POSTS FOR CURRENT ORDERING INFORMATION.

Goodness! Some technical difficulties.

We still have small boxes available for pickup on Saturday. To sign up, go to the updated form at https://artfarmllc.com/2020/03/13/artfarm-saturday-coronavirus-precautions-reserve-a-box-for-pickup-limited-supply-farmstand-canceled-updated/

Thanks for your patience!