ARTfarm OPEN on MONDAYS! Happy New Year!

Farmer Luca Gasperi reaches into a harvest bin full of ripe cherry tomatoes at ARTfarm.
2011-2012 has been a particularly great season for tomatoes. The plants are growing in areas that have had natural organic soil amendments for the last two years, and the record rainfall and cool temperatures have combined to make the plants super productive!

We’re now open every Monday, 3-5:30pm. We’ll have big ripe heirloom slicer tomatoes, sweet cherry tomatoes, three varieties of fresh picked lettuce heads, basil in three flavors: lemon, holy and italian, garlic chives, cilantro, cucumbers, cooking greens, papayas, and colorful zinnias. We have yellow pear cherry tomato plants for sale, ready to put in a pot or your garden! And spicy salad mix for one or two early birds.

We still have a few of our reusable ARTfarm shopping bags left! $7 for the regular size (replaces up to four disposable plastic grocery bags) and $10 for the really big ones (can work as a beach bag too). They stuff into their own cute tiny little stuff sacks with a tiny carabiner to clip onto your keys or toss into your purse. We used our ChicoBags for years for our own grocery and other shopping, and decided to get some for our customers to try. Kick the plastic grocery bag habit in 2012 with us!

Our farmstand schedule still includes Wednesday afternoons, 3 – 5:30pm, and Saturday mornings, 10am – 12 noon.

Tomatoes…and introducing our new pasture management team.

Five hair sheep in a paddock at ARTfarm
ARTfarm welcomes the newest members of our Pasture Management Team: Sleepy, Coco, Yooyoo, Nobby, and Whoopsie. These local hair sheep are Dorper, St. Croix White and Brazilian Nova mixes.

We are now at the point in the season where we put up the giant “TOMATOES” sign, and you’ll start to see our cherry tomatoes in local fine dining establishments!

Saturday morning’s stand will also include fresh microgreens, sweet mix, spicy mix, teen spicy, a plethora of varied cooking greens, herbs including some new ones for this season (sage! holy basil!) and your old favorites (delfino cilantro, italian, lemon and thai basils, thyme, caribbean oregano, lemongrass, garlic chives, and giant scallions!)…cucumbers, lettuce heads, and of course giant zinnia flowers, chocolates and a few baked treats!

Please call or let us know at the stand,  if you’d like to special order fresh local meats: chicken (half or whole), lamb or goat (leg, roast, cut for stew).

ARTfarm gift certificates are beautiful and make a thoughtful gift.

And in other exciting farm news, our Livestock Manager has acquired five experienced new employees (pictured above) who are charged with improving our pastures and keeping things nicely trimmed around the farm. Please join us in welcoming Coco, Sleepy, Yooyoo, Whoopsie and Nobby. They’re all expecting! Christina plans to bring them out to visit at the farmstand after they’ve had a chance to get accustomed to their new home and the staff.

Come visit the ARTfarm!

ARTfarm Stand 3-5:30pm today! Tomatoes!!

A basket of cherry and heirloom slicer tomatoes rests on a harvest of flowering tulsi (holy) basil and blue-green kale leaves.
Healthy holiday fare: Red and gold heirloom tomatoes, cooking greens and holy basil for anti-stress tea! ARTfarm is open Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings with the good stuff!
Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes available today! Cucumbers, microgreens, baby arugula, endive, sweet and spicy mixes, plus kale, collards, baby bok choi, chinese cabbage, and fresh herbs including dill, cilantro, lemon and italian basils, tulsi, lemongrass. And ridiculously large zinnia flowers in a multitude of colors! Stop by for some fresh local goodness!

Saturday’s Stand – Tomato Preview!!

A view from above of a basket with a few early cherry tomatoes in various colors.
The tomato season is ramping up! Here come the little cherry Ts, sweet as can be!

The first two pints of cherry tomatoes will be available at Saturday’s farmstand to the first two lucky customers!

Also featuring: kale, collards, italian greens, cooking greens; arugula, teen arugula, microgreens, sweet mix, spicy mix; herbs: basils, lemongrass, garlic chives.

For dessert: fresh coconuts, holy basil, papayas, honey and chocolate.

Farm gossip and rumors for Wednesday’s stand: CUCUMBERS will be available!! Don’t miss it!!