Love is in the Air… Dragonfruit in Love

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Here is your Dragonfruit horoscope for today: Sometimes a juicy dragonfruit will split open right on the vine, giving the appearance of a smiling dragon head. This delicious, juicy wonderment elicits a deep passion within many people. If you happen to be a dragonfruit, look out for the affection of others… It can be all-consuming.

We have a huge box of locally grown dragonfruit (pitaya) for your holiday weekend today! Like revenge, they are a dish best served cold, so grab some and put them in the fridge to chill! (Yes, that is Farmer Luca singing in the video, and Christina on human beat box. Sweet!)

Saturday summer farm stand at ARTfarm, 10 AM – 12 noon: salad mix, microgreens, cucumbers; beets, radishes and onions with their beautiful edible green tops; Italian basil, recao, mint, thyme, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, and Julie and kidney mangoes from ARTfarm. From our partners: Dragonfruit from Solitude Farm, fresh bread from Tess, raw local honey from Errol!

ARTfarm Saturday – 10am -12! Iron yourself out!

Talking vegetables on sale at ARTfarm today.

Microgreens, sweet salad mix, arugula, lots of beautiful crispy and sympathetic kale, collards, tender broccoli green tips, sweet and crunchy-stemmed sweet potato greens, super tender cooking/juicing greens, carrots, lemon-Thai-holy-and-Italian basils, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, onions, radishes, beets, papaya, ginger, chili peppers, zinnias, passionfruit, pineapple, bananas, long beans, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bread from Tess!

Speaking of dancing yourself into exhaustion…tonight is the final performance of the annual Caribbean Dance Company’s fantastic show at the St. Croix Educational Complex auditorium! Tickets on sale at the door for $15. Show time at 7 PM sharp tonight (as sharp as it gets on St. Croix)… last night’s performance was unbelievable and tonight’s promises to be even more amped up. Don’t miss it!

ARTfarm Launches New Product! iArugula! Open Today, 3–6 p.m.

Get online with fresh vegetables! Stop staring at your phone, and instead fix your gaze on some leafy greens! 20140507-090440.jpg

ARTfarm Wednesday, 3–6 p.m.: Sweet salad mix, spicy salad mix, microgreens, iArugula, sweet corn, garlic chives, cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, carrots, passionfruit, pineapple, eggs from Ali, and fruity coconut-based ice cream from I-Sha.

This is the quiet time of year, all of a sudden. The hustle and bustle is over and things are dry and hot. We appreciate all of our customers who continue to come and see us!

ARTfarm Postseason Monday, 3–6 p.m.

Did anyone hear that wooshing sound about a week ago? It was the soft beating of the wings of the snowbirds taking off en masse and leaving St. Croix with its roadways practically deserted except for the triathletes.

It is that time of the year, as the sun burns brighter, the days grow longer and the nights hotter, when the farmstand lines at the ARTfarm are shortened, and we have lots and lots of delicious produce on Mondays.

Open today, 3–6 p.m.: Fresh pineapples! Super sweet papayas! Sweet corn! Passion fruit!

Sweet salad mix, spicy salad mix, baby spicy salad mix, baby arugula, microgreens, collards, mustard greens, large bunched arugula, radicchio, broccoli leaves, carrots, onions, fresh ginger root, cilantro, Italian basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, holy basil, dill, garlic chives, recao, epazote, mint, thyme, sage, rosemary, lemongrass, fennel, figs, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, pineapples, passionfruit, papayas, sweet corn. We also have vegan coconut-based ice cream from I-Sha, raw local honey from the Jolly Hill Apiary, and fresh local eggs, from Marti Gotts. 20140428-134322.jpg…did we mention, sweet, sweet, adorable fresh pineapples?

ARTfarm Monday: Q & A with Farmer Luca

Q&A Monday with Farmer Luca

Q: What is your favorite fruit?
A: As of this very moment right now, FIGS. 20140224-111435.jpg

Live in the now! Today, from 3–6 p.m. on South Shore Rd.: Microgreens, sweet salad mix, teen spicy salad mix, teen arugula; TOMATO MADNESS with cherry tomatoes, big tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes in GREAT ABUNDANCE; radishes, onions, carrots, cooking greens, garlic chives, cilantro, parsley, hot chili peppers various types, farm fresh eggs from the ARTfarm chickens, and cute, cuddly, irresistible Mediterranean figs! And a new batch of I-sha vegan coconut milk ice cream in sweet, delicious St. Croix fruit and veggie flavors!!

ARTfarm Q & A Monday with Farmer Luca

Q: Why have you planted so many trees around your farm?

A: To attract bird watchers.

More on that in a moment: today’s Monday 3-6pm farmstand includes: sweet salad mix, teen spicy mix, teen arugula, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, recao, garlic chives, lemongrass, onions and carrots.

On January 27, we heard a strange noise in a densely shaded area of the farm. It sounded like this: We also heard tell-tale hammering on a tree trunk.

Christina called local birdwatcher Carol Burke of SEA, and biologist Claudia Lombard of US Fish and Wildlife, to try to identify the bird, who clearly was indicating to us that he or she was some kind of woodpecker — not something you typically encounter in the Virgin Islands. Soon, the farm started looking like this: treeholes
And then this: birdwatchers

The bird was indeed a woodpecker! It has been identified as a young female yellow bellied sap sucker. Female yellow bellied sap suckers spend summers in the northern regions of North America, and do venture south to Central America and parts of the Caribbean for the winter, but not often in the USVI. According to ebird.org, this is the first recorded sighting of one in the territory since 1999. Here’s a couple of Lisa Yntema’s shots! YBSapsucker_5Feb2014_Longford_LDY-7sm
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Our little red headed lady has peppered the neem tree with tiny holes, which drip sap that she likes to drink. The sweet, sticky sap also attracts bugs, which attract lizards. It’s pretty interesting how one little bird can shift an entire ecosystem around herself. She’s so industrious, we might have to call her “Martha”.

ARTfarm Monday stand, 3–6 p.m.!

Q and A Monday with Farmer Luca

Q: What is your favorite vegetable?

A: Onions. 20140203-105102.jpg
Today’s farmstand: spicy salad mix, sweet salad mix, microgreens, arugula, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, carrots, onions, yes onions, chinese cabbage, mustard greens, trace amounts of broccoli and corn for the early birds, garlic chives, cilantro, recao, lemon basil, holy basil, Broccoli greens, chili peppers, radishes, and ice cream.

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