ARTfarm Wednesday 3 – 5:30 PM

Sweet salad mix, baby spicy salad greens, a few tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, watermelon, loads of sweet potato, pumpkin, loads of papaya, pineapple, ginger root and baby ginger shoots, turmeric, a few cucumbers, all of our peppers, cooking greens, dandelion greens, Italian basil, dill, parsley, garlic chives, recao, lemongrass, beets, onions, radishes. Zinnia flowers!

Rain or shine, we are OPEN today! 10 AM – 12 noon

A pair of whitecheeked pintails apparently mistook a large puddle near the toolshed for a body of water. Who could blame them? We’ve gotten over 9 inches of rain in the last fortnight.

Some of our helpers who came in early today told us that there is still some roadside flooding this morning after last night’s rain (we measured slightly over 2 inches here at Longford). Please take your time on the roadways, but rest assured we are open with lots and lots of great produce today! Looking forward to seeing you all!

Pineapple Boom: Saturday 10am-12pm

Pineapples, pineapples. These beauties take a year and a half or more to grow. Longer than just about any other row crop.

These plants flowered in December. So the fruits seem to take roughly 4 months to form and ripen, depending on conditions.

The fantastic rainfall we experienced the season means that our pineapples are bigger this year. They are still very sweet and flavorful, however. Wait until your pineapple smells unbelievably delicious before enjoying it.

After the hard rains we had over the past few weeks, the plants at ARTfarm are now offering the result: lots and lots of beautiful fruit! Farmer Luca and Co. harvested over 40 pineapples the other night and almost broke the harvest cart! We also have experienced a bit of a cherry tomato bump as well. We don’t usually have a glut of them at this time of year, more of a steadily decreasing trickle, so enjoy them while we have them! Other treats right now include papaya, watermelon, and even a few early dragonfruit! Get your fruit on!

Sweet salad mix, baby arugula, baby spicy salad greens, loads of pineapple, loads of papaya, a few slicer tomatoes, a good bit of cherry tomatoes, a little bit of cucumbers, lots of beets, beautiful onions, radishes, cooking greens, dandelion greens, Italian basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, green coriander and fennel seed, recao, lemongrass, ginger root, turmeric, bell peppers, seasoning peppers, serrano peppers, chili peppers, watermelon, passionfruit, assorted pumpkins and miniature butternuts, and of course our beautiful sweet potatoes, big and small, and cut flowers. And Dr. Bradford is back! Hooray, lots of fresh creamy beautiful Fiddlewood Farm goat cheese from her alpine dairy goats up in the rainforest.

We have had to divert a good bit of our energy from farming to flood mitigation on the property, since we’ve already received several generous inches of precipitation. We will be open rain or shine tomorrow morning so please come out but bring an umbrella and a friend, and stay safe!

Wednesday ARTfarm 3-5:30pm

Aruuuuuuuuuugla

Well, that was a lot of rain. Sweet salad mix, less of baby spicy salad mix, teen arugula, all of our tomatoes (but we have less), lots of sweet papayas, sweet potatoes, lots of different types of pumpkin slices, onions, beets, radishes, Italian basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, recao, garlic chives, all of our peppers, dandelion greens, cooking greens, a few chunks of watermelon, pineapples, passionfruit, ginger, turmeric and zinnia flowers. 

Lignum vitae tree in flower

All this rain is making us want to plant trees. If you feel the same way, we have some wonderful drought tolerant young lignum vitae trees for sale. They are a relatively small, slow growing, long lived dense evergreen (not messy) tree with amazingly beautiful light bluish-purplish flowers followed by bright red and yellow seedpods. We also have calabash tree seedlings for sale. They are a bit young yet but they will cost less at the smaller size. And of course pineapple slips are available. 

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate biodiversity on Earth Day! Try one of Luca’s favorite heirloom watermelons: Ali Baba is a famous variety selected for taste and drought resistance by Iraqi farmers.

A long row of “Candy” Walla Walla variety onions at ARTfarm. They should be mild, juicy and sweet. Try some and let Farmer Luca know what you think!

Happy Earth Day! It’s a great day to renew your commitment to conservation and sustainability: turn off lights, fans and a/c, remember your reusable bags and containers, buy less packaged stuff from far away, and reduce, reuse, repair, recycle! Also, Science March on the F’sted Pier this morning at 9am in congruence with the much larger one in Washington DC. 

Saturday from 10am to 12 noon we’ll have a similar lineup to this past Wednesday’s stand: Sweet salad mix, baby arugula, baby spicy salad mix, all of our tomatoes, extra cherry tomatoes, all of our peppers, beautiful big onions, beets, lots of young, tender but huge red-skinned orange fleshed sweet potatoes, Italian basil, dill, parsley, recao garlic chives, radishes, cooking greens, dandelion greens, loads of papaya, a few pineapples, sweet juicy watermelons, lots of pumpkin, a few passionfruit…and the return of the zinnias as well. Farmer Jimmy will be on hand with fresh lamb, but only for the first half hour or so. 

Look forward to seeing you! Love, ARTfarm

Farmers In The News

We had a nice mention and link in Frommers.com this week. ARTfarm has been photographed or mentioned in a number of articles this year, including in Travel and Leisure magazine, Coastal Living (pictured here) and other print/online lifestyle news outlets. The hot topic for these travel writers is St. Croix transforming into a foodie’s paradise, but Frommers’ writer, Alexis Flippin, seems to capture it in a way that is really succinct and well researched. 

We love this focus on a more sustainable, tourist friendly, picturesque and healthy industry direction on St. Croix. We are proud to be a small part of the greater agriculture community here and grateful to our fantastic chefs and tourism department who are directing attention toward this topic.

Wednesday stand, 3 – 5:30 PM: Sweet salad mix, baby arugula, baby spicy salad mix, all of our tomatoes, all of our peppers, beautiful big onions, beets, sweet potatoes, Italian basil, dill, parsley, recao garlic chives, radishes, cooking greens, dandelion greens, loads of papaya, a few pineapples (it’s not over, but it’s just not abundant at the moment), watermelons, lots of pumpkin, a few passion fruit. 

No zinnias today – they all are attending a wedding! 

Saturday Bunny Food

Can you find Farmer Luca?

Happy Passover and Easter! Renew the mind body and spirit with healthy food! Open Saturday, 10 AM – 12 noon on the South Shore Road: Sweet salad mix, spicy salad mix, teen arugula, loads of sweet tasty papaya, a few pineapples, all of our tomato types, French breakfast radishes, dandelion greens, Italian basil, dill, parsley, recao (culantro), freshly harvested ginger root and turmeric, all of our peppers, cooking greens, and a few zinnia flowers. Oh and sliced pumpkin, oh and watermelon! and a few passionfruit. Farmer Jimmy will be on hand with fresh cuts of lamb as well. Enjoy the holidays!

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