ARTfarm Farmshares Wednesday 1/12/2022, Preorders 4:30-5:45PM: Reserve your pickup slot!

Cooler temperatures are keeping the salad greens crispy! Come out tomorrow as we may not be open Saturday. Wednesday afternoon at 4:30pm we’ll start distributions for 35 pre-order customers with fresh treats: ARTfarm sweet salad mix along with baby arugula and baby spicy mix, tomatoes, crunchy sweet cucumbers, herbs, kale and other healthy cooking greens, zucchini and watermelon… Once again for your safety and ours, because the omicron variant is more spreadable, we have returned to our pandemic preorders with scheduled customer pickup timeslots this week in order to keep crowds of more than ten customers from forming. Because we love you! Not everyone has the same level of immunity! Spread yourselves out!! Grateful for life!!

ARTfarm early winter season! Yellow and green zucchinis, cucumbers, and long beans. Corn is done, but we’ve also got plenty of zinnias and herbs, and a few tomatoes!

Click the link at the bottom to reserve your pickup time and items, and check for your confirmation email before hitting the road… if you can’t find the email, check our help page… Please wear your mask and keep plenty of social distance at pickup!

We’ve also got fresh fresh cilantro, garlic chives, dill, kaffir leaves, green Thai chiles, green Serrano and jalapeño peppers. Plus, ward off any winter ailments with lots of beautiful fresh ginger and turmerics to add to your dishes and smoothies and health tonics; to make golden milk (great with non-dairy milks too); grate into dishes and add gorgeous color and flavor plus health benefits to sauces.

Epic breathtaking sunset reflecting off the young corn plants. And now, breathe.

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 THIS PAGE to familiarize yourself with our new socially distanced pre-order arrangements. We are not holding regular retail farmstands at this time. In a nutshell:

Order ahead on our website; check for your confirmation email so you know your name will be on the list! Please practice all the protective measures possible: Sanitize hands in your car before approaching the table, Maintain social distance between yourself, farm staff and other customers; Masks up; Let the farmer handle the produce for you; Wait to bag until we’ve totalled your items; Bring change, cash or check and pen; drop payment in the bucket, we will not handle cash. Masks are STILL mandatory. Please help us protect our at-risk family members and customers!

Farmshare choices for Wednesday, January 12th, 2022:

Unpeeled ARTfarm pineapple slips are priced according to size. From four dollars for the very largest down to one dollar for the smallest slips. These slips, unpeeled, can be stored for several weeks before planting. They are quite tough and hardy. These shown are $3, $2 and $1 each.

We will have 35 timeslots/farmshares available for scheduled pickup Wednesday. You can also order and specify a neighbor, friend or family member to pick up your order and theirs. The minimum order is one farmshare, and we are rationing one size farmshare per customer at the moment. Add-ons and extras are not currently available independently of a farmshare purchase; to minimize community contact during the pandemic.

Hungrier farmshare, $33, will include:
  • 1 bag of sweet salad mix
  • 1 bag of baby arugula or spicy mix (mesclun-ish: arugula, mustard greens, radish greens etc.)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb. cucumber
  • 1 small Baby bok choy
smaller farmshare, $10, will include:
  • 1 bag of sweet salad mix
  • 1 big Baby bok choy
No Additional Limited Quantity Reservable Add-Ons this time
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):

  • early birds:
  • slicer TOMATOES: $5/bag 1lb.
  • CHERRY tomatoes: $6/pint
  • extra bag sweet SALAD GREENS: $7
  • extra bag BABY SALAD GREENS (spicy or arugula): $14
  • WATERMELON: $2.50/lb. as marked ($7-12)
  • CUCUMBERS: $3.50/lb. 1 lb. bag
  • ZUCCHINI/summer squash: $3/lb. 1 lb. bag
  • KALE: $3/bunch
  • plenty:
  • BABY BOK CHOY, TURNIPS, RADISHES: $3 per bunch
  • assorted HERBS bunches: $2 each
  • GINGER/TURMERICS: $3.50/bag ($7 half pound)
  • Zinnia flower BOUQUETS: $5
  • PINEAPPLE slips to grow-ur-own: $2-3 each as sized
Herb bunch choices for this distribution

(Available as EXTRAS, not included in farmshares this time.)

  • Garlic chives
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Hot peppers incl. serranos, jalapeños, thai chiles

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 First 2022 Farmstand! 4:30 – 5:30pm Wednesday 1/5/2022!

ARTfarm early winter season! Yellow and green zucchinis, cucumbers, sweet corn and long beans. We’ve also got plenty of salad mixes and herbs, and a few tomatoes starting!

Here we are in 2022! We are back to weekly (socially distanced) farmstands: ARTfarm will be open every Wednesday afternoon 4:30–5:30pm. This week our farmstand will be a hybrid of first-come, first-served socially distanced shopping, and 15 online pre-reservable farmshares for pickup at 5:15pm. Your feedback is always welcomed, and we are always experimenting to maximize your convenience. Saturdays will be added at some point later in the season…

Wednesday afternoon 1/5/22… Starting at 4:30pm, we’ll have sweet salad mix, baby and teen spicy salad mixes, baby and teen arugulae (pretty sure that’s the plural for arugula right?), cucumbers, long green beans, summer squash, scarlet turnips, radishes with cookable green tops, cilantro, dill, garlic chives, Italian basil, baby ginger, baby turmeric, chili peppers, Swiss chard, kale, baby bok choy, dandelion greens, SWEET CORN and a few SLICER TOMATOES, and zinnias…

If you don’t want to wait in the seasonally lengthening line on Wednesday afternoon, there will be 15 large ‘late bird’ farmshares, reservable for pickup at 5:15pm Wednesday. $44 will include:

LATE BIRD farmshare – $44, 5:15pm pickup, reserve online:
2 bags sweet
1 bag baby arugula -or- baby spicy
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 lbs. cucumbers
1 lb. summer squash (zucchini)

No reserved add-ons for these boxes, but there’s a good chance we will still have some extra special goodies off the main list for our late birds, so feel free to bring extra cash or wait to fill in your check. Traffic has been a little slow this winter so far.

Click below and fill out a short form to reserve a farmshare. You must receive a confirmation email to know for sure that we got your reservation. If you can’t find the confirmation email, please read these tips and do some extra searching before you contact us!

Mongoose & Zinnia fresh pastured eggs! The rainbow comes from the diversity of handpicked heritage breed hens, all of whom are talented foragers and help the gardens with both fertility and pest control. They also help close nutrient loops by eating plenty of discarded salad greens and other ARTfarm byproduct produce!

We’ll have eggs from Mongoose & Zinnia (still just one or two cartons, as our chickens are STILL on a laying strike). And…

Looking to grow some food at home? Farmer Luca still has a few extra Black Plum tomato slips ready for transplanting into your garden or container (this is a cherry-sized oval shaped sweet, flavorful and rich tomato for eating and cooking). We’ll also have pineapple slips available. If you want seedlings, please text us ahead so Farmer Luca can prep them and bring them up to the gate ahead of time for you. Text your name and number, variety and quantity to the farm phone at (340) 514-4873.

Ms. Eurythrma Mongoose in her Finery, ca. 1889. Mixed media on paperboard, 10” x 12.5” ©2021 Marina Gasperi.

ARTfarmer, mongoose documenter and chicken wrangler Marina Gasperi recently had a solo art exhibition, “Small Life” at Café Christine Tues-Fri 10am-2:30pm (call for holiday open days). The exhibit is officially closed now as the collectors are picking up the purchased works, but we’ll leave a few available original artworks up through January 11th or so, and high quality art print greeting cards are still available. Marina has also created some adorable Chicken vs. Mongoose holiday ornaments out of recycled irrigation supplies. We are working on her website where her art can be viewed, coming soon! Please visit the Café in Christiansted over this holiday time and enjoy this ARTfarm production!

Love, ARTfarmers

Cover photo: We are a three generation family farm. Luca’s dad has farmed on this spot since the late 1960s, although when he was in charge it was a Senepol cow pasture! Nowadays in 2022, salad and radishes for all! And hoping for rain… the grass is slow to grow in these drought conditions!

ARTfarm New Year’s Eve’s Eve’s Eve Farmstand! 4:30 – 5:30pm Wednesday 12/29/2021!

Dystopian Hybrid Mongoose. Sumi ink and gouache on paper, 6″ x 6″. ©2021 Marina Gasperi

Happy couple last days of 2021! Here’s hoping next year will morph into something magical and highly adaptive. We are back to weekly (socially distanced) farmstands: ARTfarm will be open every Wednesday afternoon 4:30–5:30pm. For now these will be first-come, first-served socially distanced distributions, but we may revert to the online pre-order system and longer open hours/days soon for safety. Your feedback is always welcomed.

Wednesday afternoon 12/29/21 might be your last chance to see Farmer Luca this year… in the breezy parking lot once again: Sweet salad mix, baby spicy salad mix, BABY ARUGULA’s back kids!, cucumbers, long green beans, summer squash, red and white turnips, radishes with cookable green tops, cilantro, dill, garlic chives, Italian basil, baby ginger, baby turmeric, chili peppers, Swiss chard, kale, dandelion greens and zinnias… plus a few early bird specials… shhhhhhh…

and eggs from Mongoose&Zinnia (still just one or two cartons, as our chickens are STILL on a laying strike). And…

Looking to grow some food at home? Farmer Luca still has a few extra Black Plum tomato slips ready for transplanting into your garden or container (this is a cherry-sized oval shaped sweet, flavorful and rich tomato for eating and cooking). We’ll also have pineapple slips available. If you want seedlings, please text us ahead so Farmer Luca can prep them and bring them up to the gate ahead of time for you. Text your name and number, variety and quantity to the farm phone at (340) 514-4873.

The painting above is an original artwork by Marina Gasperi recently shown in her exhibition, “Small Life” at Café Christine Tues-Fri 10am-2:30pm. The exhibit is officially closed now as the collectors are picking up the purchased works, but we’ll leave a few pieces up through January 11th or so, and this painting and many others are still available at the Café as high quality art print cards. Marina has also created some adorable Chicken vs. Mongoose holiday ornaments out of recycled irrigation supplies. Please visit the Café in Christiansted over this holiday time and enjoy this ARTfarm production!

Love, ARTfarmers

ARTfarm Holiday Farmstand! Bells On! 4:30 – 5:30pm Wednesday 12/22/2021!

Two egg carton labels with merry winter holiday drawings of anthropomorphic mongooses celebrating
Mongoose & Zinnia Holiday Egg Carton Labels. Gouache and mixed media on watercolor paper, 7” x 12” ©2021 Marina Gasperi. We’re short on eggs lately at the farm, but we have lovely egg carton labels!!

Happy Winter Solstice today! And merry holidays to all! We are back to weekly (socially distanced) farmstands: ARTfarm will be open every Wednesday afternoon 4:30–5:30pm. For now these will be first-come, first-served socially distanced distributions, but we may revert to the online pre-order system and longer open hours soon for safety. Your feedback is always welcomed.

Wednesday afternoon 12/22/21, visit Farmer Luca in the breezy parking lot for a whole lotta harvest: fresh sweet salad mix, BABY SPICY MIX!!!!, CUCUMBERS ooooh boy, long green beans, green and yellow summer squash (aka zucchini), baby bok Choi, Swiss chard and dandelion greens, tantalizing turnips, ravishing radishes, cilantro, dill, garlic chives, Italian basil, baby ginger (super thin skin no fibers), green hot chili peppers, sorrel in 8oz bag from Farmer Bob, gorgeous happy zinnia flowers that all the bees have crushes on, and eggs from Mongoose&Zinnia (still just one or two cartons, as our chickens are STILL on a laying strike). And…

Looking to grow some food at home? Farmer Luca will have a few extra tomato slips ready for transplanting into your garden or container: Black plum and Hawaiian slicer tomato varieties. We’ll also have pineapple slips available. If you want seedlings, please text us ahead so Farmer Luca can prep them and bring them up to the gate ahead of time for you. Text your name and number, variety and quantity to the farm phone at (340) 514-4873.

The painting above is a new original artwork by Marina Gasperi recently added to the current exhibition, “Small Life” showing at Café Christine Tues-Fri 10am-2:30pm, now through December 26th. Marina has also created some adorable chicken holiday ornaments out of recycled irrigation supplies. Please visit the Café in Christiansted from now until January 26th, over this holiday time and enjoy this ARTfarm production!

Love, ARTfarmers