Order form for Saturday ARTfarm Produce Boxes 3/28/20, Yummy!

Hello, hungry stay-at-homers. Thanks to all who came out and supported us last week, we appreciate you so much. The pickups have been going amazingly smoothly and you are all to be praised! We are starting to find some equilibrium on our end with this new system. Apologies to anyone who missed an item in their box, we think one person with a large share may have missed collecting their zinnia flowers last week. Sorry about that!

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Hugel beds can extend the tomato season into April and May (along with all that extra rain we got this winter). This bed of tomatoes rests on top of an excavated hollow cavity of hurricane-downed tree logs and branches in the soil that acts like a reservoir of water and nutrients.

Farmer Luca wants you to know that the fourth and final set of tomato plants we started for this season are starting to ripen now. Just when we thought tomato season was over, there will still be a few more to pick and share with you all soon! Wow! The unusual rains this winter have extended the season to record setting lengths for tomatoes this year.

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Baby dragons!

Additionally, in deeply thrilling farm news, the first dragonfruit flower bud has appeared one of our vines; if the trend continues in another month or two there may be some beautiful dragonfruit available. Summer has not been cancelled!

And finally, just to keep you all entertained, the newest set of watermelon vines are setting handsome amounts of fruit. Some fruits are currently as small as an orange and a few are as large as ten pounds, so far. Some of the larger ones should be ready in 2-3 weeks.

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 two weeks, with pre-reserved pick up shifts of 10 people max, to follow the executive orders from our territorial government and slow the spread of novel coronavirus in our island community. Plus it helps to avoid long waits, traffic issues and crowds forming.

It’s as easy as S-A-N, as in SANity!! Here’s what to do:

  1.   S  is for :  Sign up with our sign-up form (link at the bottom of this here webpage).
    • 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 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 shut this whole thing down.
    • 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 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 refuse any unwanted items from your share 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, March 28th:


Small box, $15, “Just the (One or) Two Of Us”, will include:

1 bag of sweet salad mix
1 cucumber, or a radish/turnip bunch as available
1 herb bunch (random selection)
1 bag of a mix of ginger and turmeric
1 onion/scallion mini bunch


Double Small Box, $30, “Sharing is Caring But Don’t Sneeze On Me”, 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, “We Love Food”, will include:

2 bags of sweet salad mix
1 bag of either teen spicy salad mix or sunflower sprouts
1 bag of teen arugula
1 pint of cherry tomatoes -or- equivalent value slicer tomatoes (random selection)
1 lb. cucumbers
1 bunch of radishes
1 bunch of cooking greens
2 herb bunches (random selection)
1 sour orange
1 bag of a mix of ginger, turmeric, and seasoning peppers
4 serrano peppers and 4 Thai chili peppers
1/2 bunch of onions/scallions
3 cheerful zinnia flowers


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

1 quarter chunk of watermelon: $5
1 lb. bag of slicer tomatoes: $5
1 extra bag of sweet salad mix: $6
1 bunch cooking greens (kale, collards type): $3

*we suggest bringing a few small bills to the distribution, as there may be some extras available at the last minute beyond what we predicted.

  • 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.
  • This signup form does NOT sign you up for a farm email subscription.
  • We know a few people are going to tell us they already having ginger and turmeric left over, but mom says you should be consuming more of it to boost your immune system. You can make a ginger bug, plant some, or share it with a neighbor. Also, it freezes well. 🙂

 

Here’s the link to this week’s SIGNUP FORM
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Order form for Saturday ARTfarm Produce Boxes 3/21/20, Happy Spring

A farmer holds up a giant head of lettuce in front of his face. Giant HEADS of Lettuce are growing at ARTfarm! And they can help keep you healthy! But they do not make virus-proof barriers.

Hello, dear ones. We are living in temporarily interesting times. We urge you to protect our island community with social distancing, please. Check out these amazing interactive simulations on WaPo of how it works if we all pitch in.

It is possible to spread this virus before you have acute symptoms. So please, especially you immortal young ones and those who have traveled recently (or live with those who have), we know it’s the pits, but heed the advice of Italy…

…Don’t be an ‘aerosol.’ Assume you’re infected. Assume everyone around you is vulnerable, or lives with their asthmatic grandmother. Stay home, stay apart from others for a few weeks, wash your hands, sing from your balcony and give this virus a chance to die before it spreads.

Once again we will NOT BE OPEN for retail shopping on Saturday. We are going to run another socially distanced online ‘box sales’ program like last week, with four pick up shifts of 10 people max, to follow the latest edict from Governor Bryan Jr., to avoid long waits, traffic issues and crowds forming. It’s as easy as S-A-N, as in SANitized!! Here’s what to do:

  1. S  is for :  Sign up with our new improved sign-up form (link at the bottom of this here webpage).
    • Choose one pre-selected, pre-priced box of ARTfarm produce (contents listed below)
    • Commit to a pick-up time slot
  2. A is for :  Arrive 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 shut this whole thing down.
    • 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 table, you’ll pack your own bags or box.
  3. N is for :  No substitutions or price adjustments.We are not making change.
    • We’ll do our best to give you options at pickup if we can.
    • You can refuse any unwanted items and we will pass them on to another lucky customer!

We will have 15 large and 30 small ‘boxes’ of produce available (10 of those as “doubles”).

Box choices for Saturday, March 21st:


Small box, $16, “Budget Shopper”, will include:

1 bag of sweet salad mix
1 cucumber, or a radish/turnip bunch as available
2 assorted herb bunches
1 bag of a mix of ginger, turmeric, and seasoning peppers
1 onion/scallion mini bunch


Double Small Box, $32, “I Love My Friends”, will include:

As listed above, but double: one for you and one for a friend. How awesome are you for saving everyone from more exposure! Love it!


Large box, $66, “Going Green”, will include:

2 bags of sweet salad mix
1 bag of either teen spicy salad mix or teen arugula
1 bag of either sunflower shoots or microgreens
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 lb. cucumbers
1 bunch of radishes
1 bunch of cooking greens
2 assorted herb bunches
1 sour orange
1 bag of a mix of ginger, turmeric, and seasoning peppers
1 bunch of onions
1 quarter chunk of watermelon
3 cheerful zinnia flowers

  • 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.
  • This signup form does NOT sign you up for a farm email subscription.
  • We know a few people are going to complain about already having ginger and turmeric left over, but mom says you should be consuming more of it to boost your immune system. You can share it with a neighbor. Also, it freezes well. 🙂

 

Here’s the link to the SIGNUP FORM
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Next Produce Box Availability: Saturday March 21st. Sign up link will post soon…

 

After unusually booming productivity this winter, the end of ARTfarm’s 2020 tomato season is arriving soon…
Things are getting crispy as usual in the spring with dry hot winds…
Everything gets more pungent in flavor at the end of the season … onions full of weeds!

Hey there folks. We hope everyone is staying home as much as possible, avoiding stress, washing hands, resting, eating healthy and trying to keep that 6′ distance. Schools and many businesses and organizations across the island and the globe are temporarily shutting down over coronavirus. We are all finally hunkering down to wait out this crisis, “flatten the curve” of the timing of acute medical needs, and put our community and elders first.

Last week with the COVID-19 risks clearly laid out, we decided to cancel the regular farmstands for the rest of the 2019–2020 season. We considered the demographic of our customers and family, and the typical close proximity provided by our popularity and petite retail space.

But the lettuce continued to grow, so we tried a ‘socially distant’ distribution experiment with pre-sold boxes on Saturday. We sent out our usual email, but with an order form link. Customers signed up for a large or small prepacked box of ARTfarm produce via that one-time link on our website. The first 40 requests received an order confirmation and order number via email, then were scheduled to arrive Saturday morning at staggered pickup times, keeping a generous distance between each other and us, with a check or exact change in (sanitized) hand.

We were able to distribute the majority of the produce we would have sold at the farmstand, while maintaining a minimum of contact and virus transmission. The prepacked boxes and bags made transactions very quick.

There was more demand than supply, unfortunately, and we apologize for anyone who missed the email or the cutoff.

Farmer Luca has walked the fields and estimates that we do NOT have enough produce for a full scale mid-week (Wednesday) distribution of box shares to our customers. This is actually typical for this time of year, as the season continues to dry up. The monster tomato harvests that broke seasonal records and almost broke the cart a few weeks ago are almost finished now.

A small handful of the customers who were ‘next in line’ for a box on Saturday but missed it, have been contacted individually for a small Wednesday share this week. We are doing our best to accommodate as many people as we can with decreasing harvests.

We will post a signup link later this week on our website with pricing and contents for Saturday (March 21st) ARTfarm boxes again, probably 10 large and 30 small boxes. We’re hoping to put in place a more organized signup process and online form and continue for at least a few more weeks, so watch for another farm email sometime on Thursday or Friday! (If you’re not a subscriber, sign up!) We won’t take any orders directly through texts, calls or other means. Please stick to the signup link, later this week.

Our pineapples are looking good, the dragonfruit vines are looking very healthy and may bear heavily this year, and mango trees have set nicely. We’ll try to keep things going and growing as long as we can.

Stay safe and healthy. And thanks for your support!

Love, ARTfarm

ARTfarm Saturday Coronavirus Precautions: Reserve a Box for Pickup 3/14/20, Limited Supply, Farmstand Canceled.

THIS PAGE IS OUTDATED. FORM HAS BEEN REMOVED, CHECK LATEST POSTS FOR CURRENT ORDERING INFORMATION.

March 13th, 2020. Good morning, dear loyal ARTfarm customers. We hope everyone is feeling healthy.

After carefully reading through the escalating and almost surreal coronavirus/COVID-19 news reports, and strong recommendations for social distancing by epidemiologists around the globe and our USVI Governor Albert Bryan Jr. this morning, AND considering our family and customer demographics, limited local health care resources, and the risks associated, we have decided to temporarily change our produce distribution plan and curtail regular farmstands for the the next few weeks at a minimum, to avoid crowds of people coming into personal contact with each other and with us, at the farm.

We will NOT BE OPEN for retail shopping on Saturday. We are going to try an experiment in ‘box sales’ ONLY for Saturday. The first 40 people to sign up with the form at the bottom of this here webpage can opt for one pre-selected, pre priced box of ARTfarm produce, to be delivered right to your car window from our ‘drive-through’ parking lot on Saturday, in staggered pick up shifts.

We will have 10 large and 30 small ‘boxes’ available, and you, our customers, will commit arriving in one of three pick up shifts to avoid long waits, traffic issues and crowds forming.

Small box, $15, Budget Shopper, will include:

  • 1 bag of sweet salad mix
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 assorted herb bunches
  • 1 bag of a mix of ginger and turmeric
  • 1 onion mini bunch

SOLD OUT Large box, $61, Veggie Lover, will include:

  • 2 bags of sweet salad mix
  • 1 bag of baby spicy salad mix
  • 1 bag of baby arugula
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch of cooking greens
  • 2 assorted herb bunches
  • 1 bag of a mix of ginger and turmeric
  • 1 bunch of onions

We apologize for the inconvenience. We know how much our customers enjoy socializing and choosing their own produce items. We are also sorry about the sudden dip in tomato and watermelon production. But there is still much to be grateful for. Here’s how to get a box of fresh harvested ARTfarm goodness Saturday:

  1. To reserve a box, please fill in the box order form at the bottom of this webpage (artfarmllc.com) completely with your name, phone number, email address, name and phone number of pickup person, and choose your preference for box size and pickup time. One box per customer (unless demand is low by late Friday). It is by online reservation only and you MUST COMMIT to pickup! Super bad karma if you reserve and don’t show up or call. Please help us help the community.
  2. We will respond by email to give you an order number, confirm your requested box size and pick up time, and your total; or let you know if you’re on the standby list.
  3. Please arrive at the requested time to pick up your box. Please bring your own box, basket or shopping bag that we can transfer your box of food into, and exact change or a check for payment at pickup.

Please know that we are trying this method to distribute food to as many folks as possible with limited contact, to increase health outcomes in the community. We are not allowing any substitutions in the boxes. If there is an item you don’t like, please take it home and share it with a neighbor, or you can opt to leave it with us and we will distribute it to the next lucky customer. These are prix fixe prices, so similar to a CSA, we will not substitute or adjust the cost of a box if you refuse an item. Again, please BRING EXACT CHANGE or a check made out to ARTfarm LLC, we want to keep these transactions brief.

We hope everyone will make smart choices over the next days and weeks, and stay healthy and community-minded during this unprecedented global health crisis. Please remember that even if you feel you personally are not ill or at serious risk from the coronavirus/COVID-19, you, your family members or coworkers could be asymptomatic but unknowingly spread the virus until it reaches someone who is vulnerable. Show your elders you care!

We are, personally, temporarily moving to virtual hugs and social distancing to help slow and stagger the inevitable spread of this virus in our community. You can always send and receive ARTfarm love through social media, our website, email or texting for the next few weeks or until the epidemic risk has lessened.

This is an experiment, so please feel free to leave us feedback on the box concept and selections. We may adjust the offerings in subsequent weeks. We welcome your thoughts.

FILL IN THIS FORM TO RESERVE A BAG FOR SATURDAY:

THIS PAGE IS OUTDATED. FORM HAS BEEN REMOVED, CHECK LATEST POSTS FOR CURRENT ORDERING INFORMATION.

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