It’s a tower of power here at ARTfarm this morning. Luca harvested over 150 heads of lettuce early this morning (In addition to vast piles of fresh herbs, greens and root vegetables) and they are rapidly being converted into delicious salad mix for you! In addition to our sweet salad mix, baby and teen spicy salad mixes, baby and teen arugula, microgreens, and heads of Romaine lettuce, we have early bird CHERRY TOMATOES!! We also have fresh cucumbers, sweet potato greens, beets, radishes, the three basils, mint, dill, recao, garlic chives, bananas, and fresh picked zinnia flowers. From our partners we have I-Sha’s vegan coconut-and-fruit ice creams, and avocadoes and sugar apples from Aberra Bulbulla.
Today, 10am – 12 noon: Sweet salad mix, arugula, beets, sweet corn, onions, sweet potato greens, bunched arugula, Kang Kong Asian water spinach, Italian basil, holy basil, garlic chives, recao, mint, tarragon, bananas, papayas, and soursop! From our partners, we have dragonfruit from Solitude Farms, raw local dark honey from Errol, bread from Tess, and our famous “Shades of Joy” magic color indicator avocados from Tita & Diego.
Q&A: Someone stopped us in a parking lot the other day and asked us if our arugula was organic. For anyone who might be wondering, all ARTfarm produce is grown using organic methods, to the standards of USDA Certified Organic produce. In some cases, our sustainable practices exceed what is required by the USDA NOP (National Organic Program), and our farming philosophy and practices have continuously met our strict standards since 1999 on St. Croix.
BUT… it is against US law to claim that your produce is “organic” unless you have spent the time and money to achieve organic certification through a USDA approved agency. This involves lots of paperwork, expensive fees, a percentage of the farm’s profit going to a certifying agency on an annual basis, and flying an inspector to the island at the farm’s expense at regular intervals to examine our records and practices.
There are pros and cons to having the USDA organic stamp of approval. We respect those farms who have gone through the arduous process of becoming organic certified. We are considering the process, but are not interested in raising our prices to cover the cost. The official stamp from the USDA doesn’t seem to be important to most of our customers.
But is our arugula organic? If you really want to know, get to know your farmer. Ask about our farming practices. Ask how we raise food sustainably using organic methods. Ask us if we are involved in the community. Learn more about the debate and what growing organically really means, so you know the right questions to ask! You might just find the long answer as assuring and satisfying as the shortcut of a sticker stuck to your food. 😉
Hope Saturday’s parade put a big green banana smile on your face! Join us today for more of that smiling Irish color at ARTfarm!
Sweet salad mix, baby spicy salad mix, baby arugula, microgreens, regular arugula, early bird cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, cooking greens, lots of collards, basil, garlic chives, dill, parsley, chili peppers, Mediterranean figs, lettuce heads, onions, and raw local honey!
It’s officially mango season!! Today’s stand starts with a mélange of sweet and juicy local fruit: bananas from Reuben Liburd, Haitian kidney and Nam Duc Mai mangoes from Alex Ettienne, ARTfarm pineapples & papaya!! Microgreens, Kan-Kong (Asian spinach), sweet peppers, hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin, beets, scallions, bok choi, Bodhi yard-long beans, garlic chives; italian, lemon, thai and holy basil; lemongrass, zinnia flowers; native trees, and pineapple slips.
10am – 12 noon every Saturday. We are discontinuing Monday farmstands until next year. Wednesday hours are now 3-6pm! Thanks for your support.