Smile and say “season”! We are back to weekly (socially distanced) farmstands: ARTfarm will be open every Wednesday afternoon 4:30–5:30pm. For now these will be first-come, first-served socially distanced distributions, but we may revert to the online pre-order system and longer open hours, as the season gets underway and crowd sizes increase. Your feedback is always welcomed.
Farmer Luca is finally smiling underneath his COVID mask, because we have finally gotten a few early morning rain showers on the farm this week. It hasn’t exactly replenished our reservoirs, but it is a reprieve from the drought conditions that South Shore farmers have been experiencing this season.
Wednesday 12/8/21, come see Farmer Luca in the breezy parking lot. He’ll have plenty of fresh sweet salad mix, lots of radishes and garlic chives, turmeric, and zinnia flowers! Early birds will also get pick of: dragonfruit, yellow summer squash, cilantro, dill, baby bok Choi, turnips, baby ginger (super thin skin no fibers), Thai basil, lemongrass, green hot chili peppers, and eggs from Mongoose&Zinnia (just one or two cartons, as chickens island-wide have been on a laying strike during the extra warm autumn months). And…
Looking to grow some food at home? Farmer Luca will have a few extra tomato slips ready for transplanting into your garden or container: Black plum, Black cherry, Hawaiian slicer, Cherokee green varieties. We’ll also have pineapple slips available.
Extra thanks and shout out to super customer Jennifer Larkum for her sharp eyes and memory, she was able to connect a stray cat that showed up on the farm with its relieved owner via a several-weeks-old Facebook missing pet post. Awesome detective work! PSA: Please, please bring lost, found or unwanted pets to a vet clinic or the animal shelter. Do NOT drop animals at a farm, it is an unsafe environment for them and stray animals cost the farmers a lot of time. They will wind up at the shelter anyway, so save us the trip please!
The painting above is a new original artwork soon to be added to the current exhibition, “Small Life” showing at Café Christine Tues-Fri 10am-2:30pm, now through December 26th. Please visit the Café in Christiansted over this holiday time and enjoy this ARTfarm production!
ETA: This farmshare pre-order signup is now closed. If you’re new, you should still read through this information to find out more about the process and the types of produce we currently have. New farmshare pre-order signups appear here and via farm email subscription, usually on Fridays around 10-11am. Stay safe, stay cool, see you soon!
Pineapples are starting, gorgeous salad greens, onions with green tops, papayas. It’s true, we’ve harvested and sampled the very first pineapple of the season, we’ll have some for early birds as an extra at pickup! To celebrate Earthday, our littlest farmer moved her hens into their new digs this week and they should start laying beautiful eggs in the next few weeks! Thanks to Spencer Fulkerson for welding up the frame to withstand tropical weather! We are also continuing progress with our WCK grant project. We’ve been saying it for a while, but seriously folks we’ll be winding down the big distributions in May for the summer (unless the weather shifts dramatically) and shift to pop-up stands for any remaining bursts of produce. Wednesday distributions are curtailed for now.
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 on to familiarize yourself with our new socially distanced pre-order arrangements. We are not holding regular retail farmstands at this time.
Masks are STILL mandatory. Please help us protect our at-risk family members and customers!
New to ARTfarm pandemic procedures? Welcome. Here are the details:
It’s not the usual farmstands at ARTfarm during the pandemic. No walk-ins, no farm tours, no crowds, no long conversations. We are only accepting pre-sized pre-orders called ‘farmshares,’ plus add-on items, with pre-reserved pickup time slots for a minimum of waiting or mingling in this COVID-19 season. (We know you’d prefer to set your own schedule and shop for just one or two items, and we’re sorry for the inconvenience. This system is to prevent our typical long tightly packed customer lines and to protect you and us, the farmers and our family, from exposure, while maximizing distribution of healthy food to the community.)
We will have 10 small farmshares, just 5 large farmshares, and 20 greens farmshares available for scheduled pickup Saturday. You can also order and specify a neighbor, friend or family member to pick up your order. 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.
Large farmshare, $25, will include:
2 bags of sweet salad mix
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 lb. mixed heirloom and slicer tomatoes (some unripe)
Small farmshare, $12, will include:
1 bag of sweet salad mix
1 lb. mixed slicer tomatoes
Greens farmshare, $14, will include:
2 bags of sweet salad mix
(Add this on to another share if you like!)
Additional Limited Quantity Reservable Add-Ons*
(please add to your total)
1 bag of sweet salad mix: $7 1 bag fresh ginger: $4 1 bag red Hawaiian turmeric: $4 1 bag white/mango turmeric: $4 1 bunch extra garlic chives: $2 1 bunch extra Italian basil: $2 1 bunch extra Thai basil: $2 1 bunch of nine bright assorted color zinnia flowers: $5
*(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):
the first PINEAPPLES of this season: $3/lb. as marked
bunched mature ARUGULA: $3
sweet SALAD GREENS: $7
lots of extra ONIONS fresh harvested with green tops: $5/bunch
sweetest you ever tried PAPAYA: $3/lb. as marked
assorted WINTER SQUASH: $3/lb. as marked
KOHLRABI, a healthy cabbage-like vegetable: $3-4
BOK CHOI and Swiss CHARD: $3/bunch
extra sweet late season CARROTS: $3
HERBS bunch: $2
extra TOMATOES of all types: prebagged, as marked
Herb bunch choices for this distribution
(Available as EXTRAS, not included in farmshares this time.)
Kaffir lime leaves
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)
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!
We’ve been fielding lots of calls and messages from folks who want to shop for one or two items at the farm. We have temporarily closed the farmstands for the rest of the 2019-2020 growing season, extending now into the 2020-2021 growing season, due to efforts to practice social distancing, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
We ARE distributing our produce through pre-reserved, pre-packaged farm shares, ordered through our website, with once-a-week distribution. Check our recent posts on this site for instructions on how to participate. A fresh new farm share signup is posted every Friday*, typically close to 10am. Customers can reserve a limited number of items, and arrive in staggered pre-reserved pickup groups the following day to collect their items. This makes the social exposure much less, assures that customers are not touching food items, and keeps the interactions very brief. For more details on our COVID response efforts, read this page.
To get ARTfarm produce, sign up for FARM EMAILS to receive the weekly harvest list, pricing and signup links.
We love our customers, we miss chatting and joking with you, and we’re proud of everyone in the US Virgin Islands working together to flatten the curve. Special thanks to our healthcare and essential workers who are on the job to keep everyone healthy and safe and fed.
*We sometimes have to move our schedule around from Fridays to avoid holding distributions on major holidays. Information on schedule shifts will always be posted on our website!
UPDATE: Farmer Luca may have slightly underestimated the amount of sweet corn we have available today. Please come and help us enjoy the bounty! No GMO’s, people!
Wednesday afternoon ARTfarm shopping: sweet salad mix, baby arugula, baby spicy salad mix, loads and loads and loads of tomatoes including lots of heirlooms, cherry tomatoes; watermelon, lots of fresh figs, cooking greens, dandelion greens, endive, cilantro, dill, garlic chives, Italian basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, French breakfast radishes, carrots, Thai pumpkin, butternut, all of our assorted spicy and sweet small peppers, and zinnias. Early birds will get cucumbers and sweet corn.
This mindblowing spread of diversity is grown here at the ARTfarm, using sustainable methods, fewest possible inputs, closing loops, minimizing machinery use, pulling from over 20 years of farming experience to keep it all as organic as possible.