ARTfarm Saturday 10am-12 noon! We have Derby Mint and Pineapples!

Chef Jamie Hughson stopped by this week to pick up ingredients for a Bon Bagay sunset sail! If you haven't been out with Captain Jerry for this farm-to-galley experience, jump on it soon! They'll be sailing away for a few months this summer.

Chef Jamey Hughson stopped by this week to pick up ingredients for a Bon Bagay sunset sail! If you haven’t been out with Captain Jerry and his crew for this farm-to-galley experience, jump on it soon! They’ll be sailing away for a few months this summer.

The ARTfarmers enjoyed a local dinner sunset sail with the Bon Bagay team recently. The boat chefs have been visiting us regularly all season long for their farm-to-galley menus, and we had to go and see what they were doing with all our produce. It was so relaxing to be out on the water in the starlight and we are still marveling at the various, off-the-charts tasty, creative courses Chef Jamey Hughson put together. If you haven’t been out west to enjoy this secret gem of an experience, give them a call (340-277-7660) or make reservations on their website. They are headed down island in late June for a few months to work on the boat, so hurry and get a reservation in now! The boat seats six but singles and couples are welcome to mix from different parties. Treat yourself!!

Today we have MINT for your Kentucky Derby mint juleps, and a few ARTfarm pineapples today for the early birds! Also on today’s list: Sweet salad mix, teen spicy salad mix, arugula, microgreens, macrogreens, a few cucumbers, a few tomatoes, yard long red beans, onions, scallions, beets, carrots, lots of radishes, dandelion greens, bagged kale, mini bell peppers, Serano peppers, Italian basil, sage, rosemary, mint, zinnia flowers, and amazing local fruit flavors of vegan coconut ice cream (from our partner I-Sha).

Eat the whole thing! These crunchy ARTfarm radishes are sold with fresh, delicious green tops. The tops are great rinsed, chopped, and dropped into, sprinkled over, or wilted on just about any savory dish you are making! Slightly peppery (less so when cooked), and oh-so-good for you!

Eat the whole thing! These crunchy ARTfarm radishes are sold with fresh, delicious green tops. The tops are great rinsed, chopped, and dropped into, sprinkled over, or wilted on just about any savory dish you are making! Slightly peppery (less so when cooked), and oh-so-good for you!

Things are greening up on the South Shore! Come check things out!

Wednesday Open 3–6 p.m., Get Your Greens!

If you haven’t seen your farmer’s latest watercolors and mixed media paintings at the Men Of Industry exhibition at Walsh Metal Works, it’s open for a few more weeks so be sure to check it out! (340) 332-2504

"Dolphin", 7.9" x 7.9" watercolor (c)2015 Luca Gasperi

“Dolphin”, 7.9″ x 7.9″ watercolor (c)2015 Luca Gasperi

Today’s harvest: Sweet salad mix, arugula, lots of microgreens, a few cucumbers and tomatoes, radishes and beets with leafy green tops, a few Serrano peppers, bananas, sweet potatoes, basil, carrots, onions, and zinnia flowers.

From our partner I-Sha we have vegan dairy-free ice cream – bahn’ya – made from local coconuts in completely local fruit flavors.

"Rain from the North", 12 x 16" watercolor (c)2015 Luca Gasperi

“Rain from the North”, 12 x 16″ watercolor (c)2015 Luca Gasperi

Rain! ARTfarm Saturday, 10 AM – 12 noon

If you want to make a farmer happy, send a beautiful inch of rain! IMG_8949.JPG
Sweet salad mix, spicy salad mix, arugula, beets, radishes, onions, beautiful carrots, Italian basil, Thai basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, freshly dug ginger root, a handful of beans, a few tomatoes, a few chili peppers, and zinnia flowers.

ARTfarm Wednesday, 3–6 p.m.! Get a Taste!

It is really Taste week on St. Croix! We had a brief visit from visiting celebrity Chef Sam Choy early this week when he came out to ARTfarm to pick up some ingredients for a charity dinner. We enjoyed talking to him about growing techniques in Kona, Hawaii, where he is a leader in the farm-to-table movement.

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy visits the ARTfarm to pick up some ingredients for a St. Croix Food & Wine Experience charity event. We talked breadfruit and ate limes!

Celebrity “Iron Chef” Sam Choy is actually a big ol’ softie. Here, he visits us at the ARTfarm to pick up some ingredients for a St. Croix Food & Wine Experience charity event. We talked breadfruit and ate limes! Whatta nice guy!

For today’s midweek farmstand we have on offer: Sweet salad mix, baby arugula, baby spicy salad mix, a few bags of microgreens; scallions and Italian basil; onions, beets, carrots and radishes with beautiful green tops for cooking or juicing; cucumbers, and diminishing numbers of end-of-season cherry tomatoes, small heirloom and slicer tomatoes.

Yummy beets for you and for Chef Joe! Looking forward to the Taste of St. Croix event on Thursday, April 16th 2015!

Yummy beets for you and for Chef Joe! Looking forward to the Taste of St. Croix event on Thursday, April 16th 2015!

If you need some fresh ideas of what you can do with your ARTfarm produce, we will be hosting a table at the Taste tomorrow night! Chef/restauranteur Joe Smith and his partner and lovely wife, Jen Valiulis are owners of Garden Table Market in Salem, Indiana, and both have been longtime residents of St. Croix and employee farmers at ARTfarm. Joe and Jen will be our chefs tomorrow night, representing us with several delectable dishes using a lot of ingredients straight from ARTfarm and a few other local farms and producers, including Dr. Bethany Bradford’s Fiddlewood Farm local goat cheese! Come see us at booth #4 on the west end pier of the event if you are fortunate enough to have tickets to this great charity event.

Saturday ARTfarm Stand 10 AM – 12 noon!

Happy Saturday everyone! We are open regular hours today, 10 AM – 12 noon. Today’s harvest: Lots of salad greens! Sweet salad mix, lots of microgreens, arugula, teen arugula, spicy salad mix, cucumbers, onions, beets, carrots, watermelon radishes, the beginning of the end of the cherry tomatoes, medium sized tomatoes, a few pounds of baby sweet potatoes, radicchio, escarole, dandelion greens, sweet potato greens, ginger, Serrano chili peppers, Italian basil, Thai basil, cilantro, parsley, thyme,  zinnia flowers, and from our partners:  limes and sour oranges from Spring Gut Gardens, and I-Sha’s vegan fruit ice creams to cool you down during these hot, dry days before the rainy season.

"South Shore Dragon", 9 x 12" watercolor (c)2015 Luca Gasperi

“South Shore Dragon”, 9 x 12″ watercolor (c)2015 Luca Gasperi

Last night was the opening reception for “Men Of Industry”, a new art collection from Mike Walsh and Luca Gasperi at Walsh Metal Works Gallery here in St. Croix. So many of our wonderful farmstand customers and fellow artists came out to support Luca and Mike’s creative efforts, and we appreciate all of you who were able to make it last night! It was really packed!

If you missed it, or you’d like to go back and enjoy it without quite so many people there, the exhibition will run through May 9, 2015. Call the numbers listed below for exhibition open hours, or to make an appointment. For those of you off island who cannot attend in person you may view each piece through the link below! And if so inspired, purchase artwork by phone. The link is through the WalshMetalWorksVI.com website. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the information about the art exhibition and pieces for sale.

http://www.walshmetalworksvi.com/#!art

The phone numbers to call are:
Office: 340-773-8169
Barbara: 340-332-2504
Mike: 340-332-2682

Please note, all credit card purchases will have a 4% service fee added to the price listed with the work. Shipping arrangements can also be made with The Walsh Metal Works Gallery.

The muse for the painting. An outlier early-season dragonfruit ripens on the vine at ARTfarm.

The muse for the painting. An outlier early-season dragonfruit ripens on the vine at ARTfarm.

 

Wednesday before Luca’s art show! Open today 3–6 p.m.

This Friday, 5–8 p.m., please come to the Walsh Metal Works Gallery in Peters Rest for an exhibition of Farmer Luca and Metalworker Mike’s interior lives, expressed in watercolor and steel. The art exhibition will run through May 9, but the fun and festivity is to be had on the opening night!

Today’s haul for the farmstand, 3–6 p.m.: Sweet salad mix with a touch of colorful radicchio, teen arugula, teen spicy salad mix, kale, onions, carrots, long beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Italian basil, cilantro, dill, beets, zinnia flowers, dandelion greens, a few dozen eggs from ARTfarm pastured hens, and from our partner I-Sha amazing handmade vegan ice cream in a varied selection of local fruit flavors.

Luca and Mike are both local artists and Men Of Industry on St. Croix. Please come to their exhibition of new works on Friday, April 10th, 2015!

Luca and Mike are both local artists and Men Of Industry on St. Croix. Please come to their exhibition of new works on Friday, April 10th, 2015, 5-8pm!

Original watercolor (c)2015 by Luca Gasperi.

Original watercolor (c)2015 by Luca Gasperi.

 

Original watercolor (c)2015 by Luca Gasperi. Exhibition opens Friday, April 10th 2015 5-8pm at Walsh Metal Works Gallery in Peters Rest, St. Croix USVI!

Original watercolor (c)2015 by Luca Gasperi. Exhibition opens Friday, April 10th 2015 5-8pm at Walsh Metal Works Gallery in Peters Rest, St. Croix USVI!

 

Basil, dill, cilantro with coriander seeds, radicchio, radishes, escarole, long beans...

Basil, dill, cilantro with coriander seeds, radicchio, radishes, escarole, long beans…

 

Beautiful heads of radicchio to enliven any dish with color and panache!

Beautiful heads of radicchio to enliven any dish with color and panache!

ARTfarm Last Monday, Open 1 Hr 3–4 p.m. Today

Greetings ARTfarm supporters!

After many months of green abundance and tomatoes galore, the season is naturally starting to slow down. We have experienced extreme dryness and drought conditions this spring, which are bringing the “summer” season to us a few weeks sooner than usual, perhaps.

We have a limited range of items today in a small quantity, due both to weather conditions and because Farmer Luca is feverishly preparing for his art show which opens on Friday. (Please come and enjoy his new paintings of the farm and island, and new works from Mike Walsh, from 5–8 p.m. at the Walsh Metal Works Gallery in Peters Rest this Friday evening!)

So, this will be our last Monday farmstand for this season. We will only be open for an hour this afternoon, from 3-4pm. (We will be open regular hours Wednesdays and Saturdays for another month or two, then just Saturdays through the summer!) We have small amounts of salad greens, tomatoes, basil, garlic chives, onions, and giant zinnias today. And from our partner I-Sha we will have vegan ice cream in a virtual rainbow of different local fruit flavors!

Thank you as always for your support of local farmers and producers, and local artists!

Farmer Luca harvesting herbs. The zinnias have gotten to a pretty ginormous size this week! Treat yourself to a few happy blooms for spring!

Farmer Luca harvesting herbs. The zinnias have gotten to a pretty ginormous size this week! Treat yourself to a few happy blooms for spring!

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