Seedy Farmstand! 10am – 12 noon ARTfarm Saturday 

Come try out one of our new heirloom variety watermelons! You can even prepare and eat the seeds! It’s the year of experimentation!

Since the beginning of May, we’ve received over six inches of rain on the South Shore. Yeah, we’re kind of psyched about that.

Farmer Luca has been growing trials of many different kinds of watermelons and other melons this spring at ARTfarm. Today we will have four types for you to try! (Limited quantities, so arrive early if you possibly can.) Frankly, we love them all, but please give us your feedback on what are your favorites so Luca can plan to grow more of the best ones. They taste sweetest when chilled, if you can wait long enough!

The heirloom watermelon varieties we are growing tend to have many prominent seeds (compared to a commercial supermarket type watermelon). While everyone knows that the modern advent of the seedless watermelon has saved humankind countless tedious hours of spitting, our robust and weighty old fashioned seeds can be useful as more than mere projectiles at an outdoor children’s gathering. Of course they can be saved and planted, but they can also be prepared and eaten: The seeds can be juiced; or sprouted, then ground into a sprouted grain flour and used in gluten-free baking; perhaps a more accessible use for the lay watermelon-seed-eater would be to rinse and dry them, then prepare them much like salty roasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Here’s a recipe we found online!

Come to the South Shore this morning and hook up your week with organically produced fresh fruits and veggies, herbs and other treats: Sweet salad mix, teen spicy salad mix, bunched arugula, a few bunches of kale and Kan Kong (Asian water spinach) and of sweet potato greens, loads of bell peppers, all three of our hot/seasoning types of peppers, the end of the tomatoes for this season, Italian basil, parsley, recao (culantro), rosemary, lemongrass, garlic chives, a few bunches of onions, radishes, a couple of shaddock (giant grapefruit-like citrus), lots of passionfruit, pumpkin, various types of watermelons – whole and cut, beautiful papayas, fresh ginger root, and loads of amazing zinnia flowers.

Everything we grow is free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. We are not a certified organic farm, but we grow everything as though we were – meeting or exceeding national organic production standards set by the USDA and keeping careful records – because we want to. Healthier for us, healthier for you, healthier for the soil, healthier for the planet. We are health nuts and we want to improve our soil with every crop and we are obsessive about it. Don’t get us started unless you’ve really got some time on your hands! 🙂

We have fresh local goat cheese  from Fiddlewood Farms! Freak out! It’s so good!!!

Resolve To Eat Local Veggies! 10am-12 noon!

Happy 2015 everyone! Harvested for you, for Saturday morning: sweet salad mix, teen spicy mix, baby spicy salad mix, teen arugula, baby arugula, microgreens, sweet corn, loads of cucumbers, loads of cherry tomatoes, slicing and heirloom tomatoes, radishes, beets, kale, sweet potatoes, sweet bell peppers, escarole, romaine and other assorted lettuce heads, cilantro, parsley, dill, Italian basil, holy basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, recao, chives, lemongrass, chili peppers, ginger root, passionfruit, and various vegetables starts including lettuce and cherry tomato plants and a few herb starts!

And from a friend with a giving tree, we have some very nice avocados!

Here’s to a sustainable, environmentally just, critically informed and reasoned spin around the sun for all beings. Spread love!


TOMATO CRISIS CONTINUES at ARTfarm; Wednesday 3-5:30pm

A big basket full of orange sungold cherry tomatoes and purple ball cherry tomatoes at ARTfarm

Purple ball cherry tomatoes mix with orange sungold tomatoes at ARTfarm. Great eaten out of hand, or added to a salad for a burst of color and sweetness. All sweet, sunripened and juicy!

Freshly picked, ripe orange and yellow cherry and dark purple plum tomatoes in a large tub.

ARTfarm's cherry tomatoes are left to ripen on the vine and then picked at the peak of sweetness. Our black plum tomatoes are rich in flavor and are great in sauces, salsas, and just as a snack.

A huge pile of harvested plum and slicer tomatoes at ARTfarm.

Our plums and smaller slicers are ideal tomatoes for cooking, canning, or eating fresh on a sandwich or sliced as a tomato salad.

A pile of tomatoes ranging from red to orange to purple and green shouldered, at ARTfarm

Heirloom tomatoes are the most delicate and densely flavored of the tomatoes we grow at ARTfarm. They range in color from red to orange to purple and green shouldered. They vary in shape and size - some of the larger varieties can weigh over a pound for each fruit!

Some of you may have read in the St. Croix Avis about the tomato crisis at ARTfarm. We have more tomatoes than we can eat. Please, come and buy some of our delicious field and vine-ripened organically grown tomatoes. They come in all different sizes, shapes and colors, and each of the varieties has its own special flavor and nutrient mix, so why not try a few of everything and see what you like best?

If you refrain from eating your ARTfarm tomatoes right in the parking lot, we have salad mixes to go with your tomatoes, or you can pick up some herbs and make a tomato salad, salsa or tomato sauce, or cook them up in a creole to go over rice or fish!

For Wednesday we’ll have: heirloom tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, plum tomatoes, three kinds of cherry tomatoes, spicy salad mix, sweet salad mix, microgreens, arugula, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, papayas, basils (lemon, thai, italian and holy), cilantro, dill, parsley, sage, lemongrass, garlic chives, scallions, chili peppers, broccoli greens, kale, escarole. All healthy for you and full of micronutrients and minerals from the soil!

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