Pop-up Monday ‘Maters 3-4:30pm

A customer’s selection of our heirloom and slicer tomatoes was so lovely we had to snap a picture right on the scale!

Monday farmstand: Tomato happiness continues, with all types of tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, a little bit of sweet salad mix, lots of lettuce heads, endive, Italian basil, Thai pumpkin, turmeric and ginger, seasoning peppers and hot chilies, and early bird watermelon.

Please note: this is not a big farmstand, we are not able to harvest our full diversity of products on Mondays. We are just moving ‘maters on Mondays! Thank you so much.

ARTfarm Healthy Lifestand 10am – 12noon

Seasoning peppers are pungent little packages of intense fruity pepper flavor with no (or extremely mild) heat. They look like scotch bonnets, and some folks assume that’s what they are, but these things have all the fragrance of the scotch bonnet with none of the pain factor. They ‘taste like the Caribbean’, as Farmer Luca likes to say. They are amazing to add to all kinds of dishes and sauces, and impart a smoky kind of flavor.

One of the great secrets to really tasty food preparation is just to start with really good fresh ingredients. If you do that, you can keep things very simple and they will taste incredible.

This Saturday’s farmstand, 10am – 12noon: welcome to February! Tomato incredibleness continues, with even more heirlooms (please don’t squeeze), loads of fresh sweet salad mix, teen arugula, baby ‘almost micro’ spicy salad mix, tons of figs, beautiful seasoning peppers, sweet bell peppers, assorted spicy hot peppers, no-peel baby ginger and turmeric, lettuce heads, various cooking greens, dandelion greens, endive, Italian basil, lemon basil, Thai basil, holy basil, cilantro, dill, garlic chives, a few bunches of parsley, sage, French breakfast radishes, baby carrots, butternut squash, Thai pumpkin (so so so good with edible skin), and zinnia flowers.

Early birds will also choose from a few bunches of scallions and onions, some watermelon, some cucumbers, and the first of our Hawaiian sweet corn.

See you in the morning!

Wednesdays will continue… until morale improves. 3pm

We’ve been growing fresh Mediterranean figs at ARTfarm for about seven years now. We’re having a nice bumper crop this season, probably thanks to all the heavy rains in November. They are sweet and delicate and incredible!

Happy Wednesday everyone! The bounty continues. From 3 PM until 4:30 PM, the farmstand will be open on the South shore.

We’ve got tons of tomatoes, plenty of sweet salad mix, loads of fresh figs, cooking greens, dandelion greens, endive, assorted lettuce heads, Italian basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, cilantro, garlic chives, dill, radishes, baby ginger, all of our assorted peppers (from super spicy to not hot), butternut and Thai pumpkin, and zinnia flowers. Earlybirds will also get watermelon and cucumbers, two crops that are starting to wane.

Anyone who might happen to be in St. Thomas Friday night (Feb. 1) should check out the opening of Seven Minus Seven gallery’s new exhibition ‘Debris Field,’ featuring St. Croix artists Mike Walsh and Farmer Luca Gasperi along with gallery owner Clay Jones showing sculpture, paintings and photography around the theme of hurricane recovery. Check out sevenminusseven.org for more information.

We just want to keep thanking all our amazing customers for your positivity, your unwavering support, your smiling faces (even when we open five minutes late because we are scrambling to get everything ready for you), and your persistence in coming all the way to see us. Thank you!

Pop-up Monday Farmstand 3-4:30pm

Everybody goes crazy for our hypersweet orangey-yellow cherry tomatoes. Usually mixed in with some rich plum tomatoes, some mellow purple black cherries, and a few little red ones.

Every now and again we have a burst of production that needs to find a home. Right now our tomatoes are ripening faster than anticipated, so despite our farmstand sales, liberal use of tomatoes in every dish, pizza eating every night and canning of tomatoes, we still have more than enough for an extra farmstand!

Monday 3-4:30pm at ARTfarm: lots of tomatoes all types including heirlooms, slicers, plums and those sweet little orangey-yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh harvested lettuce heads, butternut squash, baby ginger. Early birds will also find sweet salad mix, watermelon, Italian basil, I-Sha’s vegan ice cream, fewer crowds than usual, and perhaps a wisecrack from Farmer Luca.

This Monday afternoon stand will probably recur for a couple of weeks as we continue to experience this temporary bump in production.

As we have done for the last 18 years, everything that we grow is using or exceeding USDA organic production standards. We are not certified (too expensive and time-consuming) but our food is as sustainably grown as we know how to do, and we are always striving for new techniques and varieties that further reduce our footprint.

Thanks! We appreciate your support.

Eat More Tomatoes! Saturday 10am

Farmer Bob harvesting beautiful baby ginger

ARTfarm Saturday tomato extravaganza continues! We are currently testing tomato pie recipes, will share the winner with you soon!

Don’t ask us for current pictures of our family members, but we always have plenty of photos of vegetables that look like people. Aren’t these guys adorable?

10am: Lots of heirloom, slicer and cherry tomatoes, lots of sweet salad mix, teen arugula, teen spicy salad mix, early bird cucumbers, watermelons in yellow, red and pink, Kiku melons, loads of fresh figs, lots of cooking greens in a multitude of colors, shapes, sizes, flavors and textures that are all very delicious and healthy for you, dandelion greens, butternut and Thai pumpkin, assorted seasoning peppers, assorted spicy peppers, Italian basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, cilantro, dill, a few bunches of onions, small radishes and large radishes, garlic chives, a few bunches of baby carrots, lots of baby ginger, and zinnia flowers!

For those of you who cherish your early-morning beauty sleep on Saturdays, Farmer Luca says that we will not run out of tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, ginger, sweet salad mix or Italian basil. Seriously, you can roll up towards the end and there will still be plenty, so come late you well rested ones, and show off your dewy skin and youthful visages.

Wednesday Tomato Party 3-4:30pm

Share the love! ARTfarm fresh heirloom tomatoes in creative and expressive shapes and sizes!

Wednesday farmstand – Break out your salsa recipes, your tomato bisque recipes, pico di gallo, tomato sandwiches, red gazpacho, Manhattan clam chowdah, fried green tomatoes, Grandma’s marinara sauce, tomato salad, tomato sorbet, and Lady Gaga style tomato fashion accessories. It’s that time of the year!

From 3-4:30pm we have for you: Amazing amounts of tomatoes all types — including lots of beautiful heirlooms, slicers, black plums and cherry tomatoes and a few green ones because Lisa asked. We’ve also got loads of sweet salad mix, some teen arugula and teen spicy salad mix, lots of fresh Mediterranean figs, some cucumbers, watermelons in yellow and pink, baby ginger, lettuce heads, cooking greens, Italian basil, lemon basil, garlic chives, cilantro, dill, various spicy peppers, some deliciously pungent not-hot seasoning peppers (the first for the season), butternut squashes small and large, Thai pumpkin, and zinnia flowers.

Speaking of sweet delicious plump red juicy fruits, Surinam cherry young trees for sale. Come after the first half hour, we will definitely have tomatoes and salad mix all the way until 4:30pm!

Farm Goodies, Cool Breeze and SEA Free Trees

We are always experimenting with new watermelon varieties. This one is super sweet! Tell them apart by their outer rind patterns.

Farmer Luca likes to cuddle the baby carrots. Aren’t they sweet?

Luckily, the carrots seem to stay pretty sweet even when they get a little bigger. Yum! And you can juice the green leafy tops if you get inspired to put more greens in your diet!

ARTfarm Saturday 10am — 12 noon down the South Shore:

The St. Croix Environmental Association will be on hand to distribute free native shade and drought resistant trees! Two per family, first come first served. Species include lignum vitae, divi-divi, pink poui, desert cassia, and a few calabash.

The farmstand will have: loads of tomatoes of all types (beautiful heirlooms and large and small slicers plus cherry tomato pints), lots of sweet salad mix, lots of teen arugula and teen spicy salad mix (we ran out of arugula and spicy salad mix on Wednesday, but Farmer Luca says we will not run out of it Saturday because we harvested a lot), lettuce heads, cucumbers, baby carrots, large radishes, sweet bell peppers, Serrano peppers, Indian and Thai chili peppers, watermelons, fresh Mediterranean figs, a few musk melons, Japanese melons, lots of beautiful butternut squashes, lots of Thai pumpkin, baby ginger, an assortment of fresh picked cooking greens, dandelion greens, bok choy, plus fresh herbs: Italian basil, cilantro, dill, a few bunches of parsley, lemon basil, Thai basil, and zinnias. Goat cheese should return next week.

The St. George Village Botanical Garden is also having a plant sale tomorrow for rare plants.

Planting a tree is a simple and easy way to:

  • Recover natural habitats & wildlife pollinators
  • Reduce floods, soil erosion and water runoff
  • Increase aesthetic views and property values
  • Improve the quality of air in our environment
  • Keep St. Croix beautiful with trees and shade
%d bloggers like this: