Opening Saturday Nov. 19th, 10am–12noon

An animation shows a tiny farmer repeatedly bouncing high into the air from a wheelbarrow.

Get ready for yummy salad! Farmer Luca bounces in his giant wheelbarrow to express his gratitude for the recent rains and for the end of the endless US presidential election.

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Our passionfruit vines are loaded with flowers at the moment!

Thanks to all of you for your patience as we closed for our summer/fall break and began gearing up for this 2016-2017 season! We’ll be open and ready for you this Saturday with quite a few treats to reward you with:

Dragonfruit (pitahaya) ripening on the vine.

Dragonfruit (pitahaya) ripening on the vine in November! Extended season for this summer crop!

Sweet salad mix, baby arugula, baby spicy salad mix, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, Ethiopian kale, a few bunches of Italian dandelion greens, kangkong (Asian water spinach), fresh herbs (including Italian basil, lemon basil, holy basil, Thai basil, rosemary, recao, garlic chives,) a few papayas, the LAST (really!) dragonfruit and passionfruit.

We’re happy to welcome back our good friend and farmer James Love to ARTfarm this season. He’s already fixed a lot of stuff we broke since the last time he was here! Farmer Katie has reupped with team ARTfarm to work the gardens and pastures for the fall season, and you’ll see Heather back again, helping out at most farmstands and bringing her fresh eggs from ecstatic chickens and selected organically produced produce from her family homestead, Yellow Door Farm. We’ll have other special guests, including fishermen stopping by when fresh fish is available. And our farm kid is carefully tending lots of native tree varieties to plant and to sell this season! The ARTbarn gallery/studio (the old tool shed you walk through to get to the farmstand) has been repainted and patched up, and there will be some fresh new paintings to ponder.

Last year (2015-2016) we began a slow recovery from the drought and damage from South Shore brushfires with a lot of experimental permaculture techniques (we opened in mid-December last year!). This season, thanks in part to a general return to more favorable conditions and a six-day rain bonanza in the last few weeks, our rain catchment ponds have been mostly replenished. We are grateful to make it to your holiday table this year in time for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Fall Harvest Celebration, or however we choose to celebrate coming together in these socially progressive days! We hope you’ll enjoy time with family and friends, and count and share your many blessings.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Can’t wait to see you all – we’ve missed familiar faces, we welcome new customers, and we’re looking forward to sharing and enjoying the fruits of the season! Lots more treats to add to the produce list in the coming weeks. Thank you for your support.

Love, ARTfarm

 

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18lb. Wednesday at ARTfarm! 3-6pm

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Welcome, big baby!

Hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful Mother’s Day weekend. Lots of love to all the maternal beings in our universe! The ARTfarm delivered an 18 pound baby yesterday and Midwife Luca was there to catch it!

3-6pm today down the South Shore: Sweet salad mix, baby arugula, baby spicy salad mix, bunched arugula, sweet bell peppers, Trini seasoning peppers, serrano peppers, parsley, Italian basil, lemongrass, a few bunches of onions, a few tomatoes, multiple varieties of watermelons, honeydew, loads of papaya, loads of passionfruit, shaddock, fresh ginger root, and fresh goat cheese from Fiddlewood Farm!

 

ARTfarm Wednesday Great Happiness, 3–6 p.m.

 

The cry of the hounds in the early morning fog punctuates the hunt for wild cucurbits. Luca’s Great-Great-Great-Granduncle Daniele Giorgio Wilfredo Blaghini Gasperi IV displays his prized trophy in a rare daguerreotype from the family album.

Great Scott! The ebb and flow of our farmstand customers is ever changing like the sands of time. Wednesdays have become Saturday-like recently, quite popular. We look forward to seeing everyone, and we will have more Fiddlewood Farm fresh local goat cheese this afternoon. Please note, we will also feature Dr. Bradford’s fresh goat cheese on Saturday morning this week, so everyone need not come Wednesday just for that creamy delectable treat.

 

Also featuring, Wednesday afternoon, from the ephemerally  rain-kissed gardens here at ARTfarm: Sweet salad mix, teen arugula, teen spicy salad mix, loads of cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes (don’t squeeze please!), exceptionally tasty pumpkin, kale, sweet bell peppers, not-hot seasoning peppers, mildly hot serrano peppers, fairly blazing Indian chili peppers, loads of freshly harvested onions with gorgeous green tops for your soup and garnishing purposes, Italian basil, lemon basil, holy basil, garlic chives, cilantro, dill, parsley, cooking greens, radishes with yummy green tops, and big bold zinnias and marigold cut flowers.

And if you’ve missed out (by the bittersweet vagaries of timing) on one of the farmstand items you had your heart set on, or if you are suffering mild fits of nostalgia brought on by the encroachment of tax season or even the onslaught of headscratching headlines in the news media nowadays, be sure to console yourself with a uniquely local vegan fruit ice cream treat by the I-Sha chefs, from our cooler. It is a perfect mini vacation from any negative thoughts. As in any fine dining establishment, we will supply you with comfortable seating and a spoon of quality flatware (which we ask you to leave behind when you depart so that we may clean and polish it for another day). We remain, at your service, at the foot of the rolling hills of the South Shore, between Ha’Penny Beach and the Boy Scout Camp. Open Wednesdays 3–6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 noon. As always, Island Casual.

Men Of Industry: Luca and Mike @ Walsh Metal Works Gallery!

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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 celebrate their inspiration and perspiration – come to their exhibition of new works on Friday, April 10th, 2015!

Finally! Luca is painting again! An exhibition of new works from Farmer Luca Gasperi and Metalworker Mike Walsh, titled “Men Of Industry”, is opening on Friday April 10th 2015 at 5pm, so save the date!

The boys had a good time capturing the stoic image Christina had envisioned for the exhibition poster. Official ARTfarm Photographer Heather Maynard asked for “Blue Steel” and got some great shots. Let us know if you think we should extend this into a full twelve-month calendar! Here are a couple of outtakes.

Between takes.

Between takes.

We tried a few different locations.

If they decide to start an 80s cover band, this will make a great album cover.

If they decide to start an 80s cover band, this will make a great album cover.

Mike has a James Bond thing going; Luca is doing his Wolverine face.

Mike has a James Bond thing going; Luca is doing his Wolverine face.

Come out to the show and bring your checkbook in case some piece of art moves you! Mike is about to go big, driving his prices up, and who knows when Luca will have time to paint again in this decade!!?

I’m Your DreamVegetable…Saturday 10 AM – 12 noon!

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These cucumbers at ARTfarm may be both talented and beautiful, but they are not Divas*!

This season’s Caribbean Community Theater musical Dreamgirls has been sold out nearly every show and is being held over for this weekend! Christina went to see it last Saturday and raved about the incredibly spot-on casting, seriously flamboyant performances, costumes and wigs! Lots of laughs as well as some thought-provoking themes and plot points, CCT recommends this show for mature audiences (ages 13 and up). Support the arts in our community and enjoy this and other excellent theatrical productions at CCT!

Saturday’s farmstand will feature triple-threat cucumbers as well as: sweet salad mix, spicy salad greens, arugula, baby arugula, microgreens, loads of heirloom and slicer tomatoes, loads of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, long beans, ginger, baby bok choy, collards, kale, Italian basil, holy basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, chives, onions, scallions, collards, thyme, endive, escarole, carrots, a few petite bell peppers, assorted chili peppers, passionfruit, sweet potato greens, zinnia flowers and a few early bird ripe Mediterranean figs.

From our partner I-Sha we have vegan ice cream. Next week we’ll have Errol Chichester’s honey again!

*A “Diva” is a variety of cucumber. Oh, we got jokes on the farm.

Wednesday’s Corny Joke – Open 3-6pm Today!

We hope you’ll agree with us that an excessively corny joke can never be in truly poor taste. Well, you be the judge: ARTfarm Theatre presents “A Radish Walks Into a Bar”.

It’s true, all of the featured actors in the presentation above are available for purchase at today’s stand, along with other fresh items: Sweet salad mix, arugula, spicy salad mix, sweet corn, loads of tomatoes and cherry tomatoes (all types), beans, Italian basil, holy basil, lemon basil, Thai basil, parsley, cilantro, garlic chives, radishes, beets, onions, scallions, chili peppers, a few mangoes, black sapote (chocolate pudding fruit), passionfruit and a few bags of fresh Mediterranean figs!!

We still have plenty of freshly made refreshing vegan coconut ice creams in a rainbow of natural fruit and vegetable flavors from I-Sha.

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And…an exclusive for our subscribers, a behind-the-scenes look at our film studio…IMG_8207.JPG

Love is in the Air… Dragonfruit in Love

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Here is your Dragonfruit horoscope for today: Sometimes a juicy dragonfruit will split open right on the vine, giving the appearance of a smiling dragon head. This delicious, juicy wonderment elicits a deep passion within many people. If you happen to be a dragonfruit, look out for the affection of others… It can be all-consuming.

We have a huge box of locally grown dragonfruit (pitaya) for your holiday weekend today! Like revenge, they are a dish best served cold, so grab some and put them in the fridge to chill! (Yes, that is Farmer Luca singing in the video, and Christina on human beat box. Sweet!)

Saturday summer farm stand at ARTfarm, 10 AM – 12 noon: salad mix, microgreens, cucumbers; beets, radishes and onions with their beautiful edible green tops; Italian basil, recao, mint, thyme, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, and Julie and kidney mangoes from ARTfarm. From our partners: Dragonfruit from Solitude Farm, fresh bread from Tess, raw local honey from Errol!

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