Order form for Saturday ARTfarm Produce Boxes 4/11/20, Maskquerade

Hey farm supporters. Happy Passover and Easter holidays. We are hopping around the farm pumping out some more food for you guys during the COVID-19 weirdness. The pickups are smooth, and we appreciate everyone who has been consistently maintaining at least 10-15 feet of distance, wearing masks to keep each other safe, and being patient with us and each other. We thank you for maintaining physical distance, as do all the medical professionals in the territory. We are doing great flattening the curve! Keep it up!

Once again we will NOT BE OPEN for retail shopping on Saturday. For the rest of this season we are going to run socially distanced online ‘box sales’ like we did the last four weeks, with pre-reserved pick up shifts of 10 people max, to slow the spread of novel coronavirus in our island community. We want to avoid long waits, traffic issues and crowds forming. We encourage everyone picking up a box to wear a mask, and we will do the same. Hide those cute twitchy little noses. Extra style points if you also wear bunny ears.

A young farmer harvesting zinnia flowers at ARTfarm.
Spread love but not coronavirus! Make sure you get outside! New gardening classes and info for Victory Gardens, soon come!!

Getting a farm share box is as easy as S-A-N, as in SAN-sational!! Here’s what to do:

  1.   S  is for :  Sign up with our sign-up form (a link at the bottom of the weekly signup page is posted on Fridays, usually by 10am).
    • Choose one pre-selected, pre-priced box of ARTfarm produce (contents listed below)
    • Choose any add-on items (limited supplies)
    • Commit to a pick-up time slot
  2.   A is for :  Arrive on Saturday at (or wait in your car until) your appointed time in the ARTfarm parking lot on Saturday. Too many people showing up at the same time could risk exposure. Please maintain plenty of space between customers, and between us and you when you approach the pickup table. We’ll be wearing masks as an extra precaution.
    • Bring exact change or a check to drop in the bucket – we are not handling any money.
    • Bring your own bags or box to put your produce into. We’ll place your items on the sanitized table, some things will be pre-bagged, you’ll pack your own bags or box for the rest.
  3.   N is for :  No substitutions or price adjustments. To maintain sanitation and keep things moving, we are not swapping items, handling payments or making change.
    • We’ll do our best to give you options at pickup if we can, to meet or exceed the value.
    • If desired, you can leave any unwanted items from your share on the table and we will pass them on to another lucky customer!

We will have 16 large and 30 small ‘farmshares’ of produce available (a few of those available as “double small” orders). You can also order and specify a neighbor, friend or family member to pick up your order. And if you are a small family and it works for you, consider alternating between large and small from week to week to give others a shot at ordering a large box.

Please contact us immediately by text and phone 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. We will hold your box for you and we expect to hear from you. We understand life happens, but please do not leave us hanging, waiting for you, with your food! 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.

Box choices for Saturday, April 11th:


Small farm share, $15, “Little Peep Box,” will include:

1 bag of sweet salad mix
1 mixed bunch of radish/turnip/scallion, with edible green tops for cooking
1 herb bunch (random selection)
1 bag of fresh ginger, turmeric and mango-flavored turmeric root


Double Small farm share, $30, “Two Peep Boxes for Sharing”, will include:

As listed above, but double: one for you and one for a friend. Take distribution into your own (recently washed) hands, deliver to a neighbor or loved one!


Large farm share, $67, “Bunny Family Farm Box”, will include:

2 bags of sweet salad mix
1 bag of baby spicy salad mix
1 bag of baby arugula
1 lb. cucumbers
1 lb. bag of slicer tomatoes
1 radish bunch with edible green tops for cooking
1 turnip bunch with edible green tops for cooking
1 bunch carrots
3 herb bunches (random selection)
1 bag of ginger
1 bag of mixed turmeric (regular and mango-flavored)
4 seasoning peppers
4 hot chili peppers


Additional Limited Quantity Add-Ons*

(please add to your total)
1 extra bag of sweet salad mix: $6
1 bag microgreens: $10
1 pint of cherry tomatoes: $6
1 lb. bag of slicer tomatoes: $5
1 lb. bag of ‘seconds’ slicer tomatoes (blemishes, for cooking/canning): $3{4}
2 lb. watermelon quarter: $5
1 bunch mixed cooking greens (kale, collards type): $3
1 bag (mango-flavored) turmeric: $3.50
1 bag ginger: $3.50
3 cheerful zinnia flowers $1
1 Mediterranean fig tree (potted) $28


Herb bunch options

(Large share = 3 herb selections, Small share = 1 herb selection. Choose from what’s available at pickup, or we’ll pick some for you, but these are the basic options we should have, you can start mulling it over 🙂

  • Garlic chives
  • Italian basil
  • Lemon basil
  • Thai basil
  • Mint
  • Dill / Dill Seed
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro / Coriander Seed
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass

*We suggest bringing a few small bills, or a check and a pen, to the distribution, as there may be some extras available at the last minute beyond what we predicted. We are not making change!!!

  • This signup form will show you a Thank You page and send you a confirmation email if submitted successfully. One order per customer, please.
  • Three people reported having problems with the online signup form telling them incorrectly that they had already placed an order. It’s an overzealous security feature to prevent multiple orders from the same customer. Workarounds our customers figured out (thank you!!) were to
    • just try again
    • use a cellular device (smartphone or tablet) that isn’t using WiFi internet
    • clear your cache and cookies in your browser/device
    • reboot your router (unplug it for a minute and plug in again)
  • We are asking that people ration, by not allowing any one customer to purchase all of one extra. Sharing is caring. If we have extra, we’ll do our best to let you know.
  • This signup form does NOT sign you up for a farm email subscription.

Here’s the link to Saturday April 11th’s SIGNUP FORM
(opens a new window).

 

 

Wellness Blast Thai-ish Soup Recipe

Being a season of viruses, we’ve definitely been cooking up some antiviral recipes lately that can be prepared with or without meat. Late spring is sort of the beginning of the winding down of our veggie season at ARTfarm, but ingredients can be sourced from other local farms or your own backyard Victory Garden. The recipe ingredients list seems long here, but in these days of social distancing we thought it best to give people lots of options and substitutions. It’s mostly a lot of chopping and preps quickly.

Our ginger and turmeric have such tender skins they don’t need peeling. Just wash, chop and go!

We will be presenting a series of articles on starting a small home garden for those of you who have been asking us what to plant and when. Stay tuned on our website, we’ll be offering some information and also soon put up a signup sheet if you’d like to attend a Zoom videoconference class with local experts from UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service to answer more of your questions on starting a home garden.

Tom Khing Michi-Gai Phak*

(Ginger Not-Chicken Coconut Soup)

Feeds about 3 hungry people who really love soup. We usually double it.
10 minutes prep time, 40 minutes cook/simmer time.

This is a garden veggie heavy/homemade sort of homage to one of ARTfarm family’s all time favorite Asian soups: Galangal Chef Kenneth Biggs’ Tom Kha Gai soup. We are substituting ginger and turmeric for Chef’s galangal root and adding more veggies.

The coconut is nourishing and anti-viral, the turmeric color is cheerful, the gingery warmth of the rich smooth broth and onions and chili peppers (if desired) help open the sinuses without acidity, the customizable, whatever-you’ve-got-available veggies make it hearty; it’s just soothing and lovely. The citrus tang and floating cherry tomatoes added at the end offer little pops of sweet vitamin blasts and the cilantro is cleansing to the body.

This recipe is verrry adjustable. You can make it with some, or all, or substitutions for, the various chopped vegetables and herbs in this recipe. Tiny white Japanese enoki or bonapi mushrooms are a fun texture in this if you can get them, but any (or no) mushrooms will do. (Mushrooms may have anti-viral qualities!) This is traditionally a chicken recipe and we’ve suggested tofu or a light milder fish like mahi or wahoo to substitute, but you can make it without – it still has such a rich broth and holds up well if you add other veg.

Ingredients

2 stalks fresh lemongrass, tough outer layers removed
1 one inch piece (a man thumb) baby ARTfarm ginger, grated, no peeling necessary
1 one inch piece (a man thumb) baby ARTfarm turmeric, grated, no peeling necessary
3 large kaffir lime leaves
1 – 2 sprigs Thai basil
1 sour orange or other large citrus: all the juice and a tiny bit of the skin oil or zest
6 cups broth – veggie or whatever you’ve got
1 lb. your favorite protein: a pack of firm tofu, cut into 1” or smaller pieces
– or – chicken (boneless breast or thigh), sliced into thin strips
– or – mahi or wahoo, cubed
1 large onion, sliced thin into crescent moons
8 oz. mushrooms (Japanese or whatever you’ve got)
1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk well shaken**
– or – make fresh coconut milk!!! (Crucian Contessa’s recipe)
2 Tbsp. fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
– or – a slurry of 2 Tbspn. miso paste dissolved in some of the broth
– or – 2 Tbsp. Bragg’s Aminos to taste

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
1-4 finely chopped Thai chili peppers to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves with tender stems
a few sour orange or lime wedges (for garnish, if you’re feeling fancy)

——–optional add-ins (we do all of them!!)——-
* 1 cup pumpkin, sliced thin then cubed into chunks
* 1/2  bunch cooking greens (radish tops, kale, chicory etc.), remove hard center ribs, cut leaves into 1″ pieces or julienned
* 4-5 seasoning peppers, seeded and sliced
* 1 bunch radishes or turnips, washed, root sliced into coins, use the tops as greens
* 2 medium bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced

How to make it

  1. Using the back of a knife, lightly smash lemongrass; fold and bundle it up to about 4-5″ long, to fit in a large sauce pan. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors are melded, 8–10 minutes. Pull out the lemongrass with tongs and discard, and add microplaned/grated ginger and turmeric to the hot broth.
  2. Add tofu and your big pile of chopped onions, pumpkin, greens, (and seasoning pepper if desired), and return to a boil. Reduce heat, add mushrooms and citrus juice, and simmer, skimming occasionally, until cooked through and onions and pumpkin are soft, 20–25 minutes.
  3. For the last five minutes, turn the heat to low and add radish coins, bell peppers, (chicken/fish if applicable). Simmer until the protein is cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. Ladle some of the hot broth into a teacup and add your miso, stirring until liquified.
  4. Mix in coconut milk, your brown flavor sauce option (fish sauce/miso slurry/aminos), tiny leaves of Thai basil, and kaffir lime leaves. Heat through.
  5. Divide soup among bowls. Serve with garnishes: cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced pieces of thai chili peppers, cilantro, and citrus wedges. OMG it’s so good. If you have any hint of a cold this nutritious soup will blast it out of you!!

 

*thanks Google Translate. Apologies to Thai people. Hopefully we haven’t said something rude.

** Chef Ken’s coconut tip: if you purchase canned coconut milk, check the fat content (in grams per can, not the percentage). Look for something in the 10+ grams range. Less than that, it can come out too thin – and sometimes canned coconut milk contains emulsifiers that can give it a weird mouth feel.

 

COVID-19 Response at ARTfarm; How to Get Food

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.

Carrots that twisted together while growing, on a bed of scallions
Don’t let life tie you in knots!

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!

Order form for Saturday ARTfarm Produce Boxes 4/4/20, New Normal

Good morning you awesome people. Hope everyone’s finding the small joys in the New Normal, despite fears and frustrations. Deep gratitude to all who have been supporting us in the last few weeks, we appreciate you so much. The pickups have been going well and everyone is maintaining at least 10-15 feet of distance and being patient with us and each other, which is great. Thank you. We did miss putting a sour orange in the large boxes last week. Seems like we have one oops per week. Oops! We welcome your feedback on how to make things better.

Ravishing Radishes – They grow faster than the bugs can keep up with! The crunchy bottoms can be eaten raw (peppery) or used as a root vegetable cooked (mild). The tops are more nutritious than the root, and can be used as salad or cooking greens. Some folks make smoothies with them! Don’t waste an inch of this mighty veggie! We love them sliced thin in oil and vinegar with a pinch of salt. More recipe ideas here: 8 ways to eat radishes!

More items will be add-ons today as we don’t have enough quantity to share to all bags. We wish we could increase production to accommodate more items to more of you, but our season is winding down as the dry hot summer approaches and the insect population gets more aggressive.

Once again we will NOT BE OPEN for retail shopping on Saturday. For the foreseeable future, we are going to run socially distanced online ‘box sales’ like the last three weeks, with pre-reserved pick up shifts of 10 people max, to slow the spread of novel coronavirus in our island community. We want to avoid long waits, traffic issues and crowds forming. We encourage everyone picking up a box to wear a mask, and we plan to do the same.

Getting a farm share box is as easy as S-A-N, as in SANative!! Here’s what to do:

  1.   S  is for :  Sign up with our sign-up form (a link at the bottom of the weekly signup page is posted on Fridays, usually by 10am).
    • Choose one pre-selected, pre-priced box of ARTfarm produce (contents listed below)
    • Choose any add-on items (limited supplies)
    • Commit to a pick-up time slot
  2.   A is for :  Arrive on Saturday at (or wait in your car until) your appointed time in the ARTfarm parking lot on Saturday. Too many people showing up at the same time could risk exposure. Please maintain plenty of space between customers, and between us and you when you approach the pickup table. We’ll be wearing masks as an extra precaution.
    • Bring exact change or a check to drop in the bucket – we are not handling any money.
    • Bring your own bags or box to put your produce into. We’ll place your items on the sanitized table, you’ll pack your own bags or box.
  3.   N is for :  No substitutions or price adjustments. To maintain sanitation, we are not handling payments or making change.
    • We’ll do our best to give you options at pickup if we can.
    • If desired, you can leave any unwanted items from your share on the table and we will pass them on to another lucky customer!

We will have 16 large and 30 small ‘boxes’ of produce available (16 of those available as eight “double box” orders). You can also order and specify a neighbor, friend or family member to pick up your order, if you know another customer who is planning to order! And if you are a small family and it works for you, consider alternating between large and small from week to week to give others a shot at ordering a large box.

Box choices for Saturday, April 4th:


Small box, $15.50, “Widdle Bunny Wabbit Box”, will include:

1 bag of sweet salad mix
1 radish bunch with edible green tops for cooking
1 turnip bunch with edible green tops for cooking
1 herb bunch (random selection)
1 bag of fresh turmeric root


 Double Small Box, $31, “Two Bunny Boxes for Sharing”, will include:

As listed above, but double: one for you and one for a friend. Take distribution into your own (recently washed) hands, deliver to a neighbor or loved one!


Large box, $60, “Big Harvey Farm Box”, will include:

2 bags of sweet salad mix
1 bag of spicy salad mix
1 bag of arugula
1 lb. bag of slicer tomatoes
1 lb. cucumbers
1 radish bunch with edible green tops for cooking
1 turnip bunch with edible green tops for cooking
2 bunches of cooking greens
3 herb bunches (random selection)
1 bag of turmeric
4 seasoning peppers
4 hot chili peppers
3 cheerful zinnia flowers


Additional Limited Quantity Add-Ons* (please add to your total)

1 extra bag of sweet salad mix: $6
1 lettuce head: $3.50
1 pint of cherry tomatoes: $6
1 lb. bag of slicer tomatoes: $5
1 lb. bag of ‘seconds’ slicer tomatoes (blemishes, for cooking/canning): $3
1 lb. cucumbers: $3
1 bag microgreens: $10
1 bunch cooking greens (kale, collards type): $3

*we suggest bringing a few small bills, or a check and a pen, to the distribution, as there may be some extras available at the last minute beyond what we predicted. We are not making change!!!

  • This signup form will send you a confirmation email if submitted successfully. One order per customer, please.
  • About three people reported having problems with the online signup form telling them incorrectly that they had already placed an order. A workaround one of our customers figured out (thank you!!) was to use a cellular device (smartphone or tablet) that wasn’t using WiFi internet. This worked for those who tried it.
  • We are asking that people ration, by not allowing any one customer to purchase all of one extra. Sharing is caring.
  • This signup form does NOT sign you up for a farm email subscription.

 

Here’s the link to Saturday April 4th’s SIGNUP FORM
(opens a new window).