Saturday ARTfarm Produce Pickups 4/24/2021: Happy Hens, Glorious Greens, Prima Pineapples

Luca’s been hard at work this week finishing our new moveable chicken tractor coop – ready to put the recycled billboard roof on!

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.

Finding farm email subscriptions or pre-orders confusing? Check out our help page for some DIY tips, or contact local techie teen Wyatt B., to help you troubleshoot any email or ordering issues. You got this!!

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.)

Farmshare choices for Saturday, April 24th, 2021:

Pineapples are typically a spring-summer treat that appear on the harvest list as the tomatoes begin to wane in the heat!

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.)

  • Garlic chives
  • Italian basil
  • Thai basil
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass

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)
  • visit our “help” page for additional tips
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!

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


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 ( 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.



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CORN!! Baby Spicy Wednesday 3-4:30pm

baby spicy salad mix
Baby spicy is our super young salad mix of mustard and arugula varieties with a bit of baby Chinese cabbage. Enjoy its mild wasabi-like flavor as a standalone salad or a garnish.

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!

The sweet corn we are growing at ARTfarm is a Hawaiian hybrid variety. It is deeeelicious! And we usually only have it for very short bursts of time.

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.

ARTfarm Healthy Lifestand 10am – 12noon

Seasoning peppers are pungent little packages of intense fruity pepper flavor with no (or extremely mild) heat. They look like scotch bonnets, and some folks assume that’s what they are, but these things have all the fragrance of the scotch bonnet with none of the pain factor. They ‘taste like the Caribbean’, as Farmer Luca likes to say. They are amazing to add to all kinds of dishes and sauces, and impart a smoky kind of flavor.

One of the great secrets to really tasty food preparation is just to start with really good fresh ingredients. If you do that, you can keep things very simple and they will taste incredible.

This Saturday’s farmstand, 10am – 12noon: welcome to February! Tomato incredibleness continues, with even more heirlooms (please don’t squeeze), loads of fresh sweet salad mix, teen arugula, baby ‘almost micro’ spicy salad mix, tons of figs, beautiful seasoning peppers, sweet bell peppers, assorted spicy hot peppers, no-peel baby ginger and turmeric, lettuce heads, various cooking greens, dandelion greens, endive, Italian basil, lemon basil, Thai basil, holy basil, cilantro, dill, garlic chives, a few bunches of parsley, sage, French breakfast radishes, baby carrots, butternut squash, Thai pumpkin (so so so good with edible skin), and zinnia flowers.

Early birds will also choose from a few bunches of scallions and onions, some watermelon, some cucumbers, and the first of our Hawaiian sweet corn.

See you in the morning!