Monday ARTfarm 3-6pm Today

Come down to the South Shore on this beautiful Monday afternoon and pick up some fresh produce for your table this week! Sweet, spicy and baby spicy salad mixes, baby and teen arugula, bagged young kale leaves for salad, loads of cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, Italian basil, cilantro, dill, mint, garlic chives, dandelion greens, assorted chili peppers, small mangoes, a few fresh Mediterranean figs, passionfruit, and zinnia flowers. IMG_8299.JPGIMG_8329.JPGIMG_8326.JPG

Monday Mango Special Bonanza! 3-6pm Today!

Unbelievably off-season, some of our mango trees flowered in early winter. The Julie mango fruits are actually ripe now and we have more than we can eat, so a tub of mangoes will be available at the farmstand today! Open today and Wednesday, 3-6pm (Saturday 10am – 12noon on South Shore Road, between Ha’Penny and the Boy Scout Camp.

I must be dreaming. Farmer Luca is filling a bucket with RIPE MANGOES in FEBRUARY?? Off season madness!

I must be dreaming. Farmer Luca is filling a bucket with RIPE MANGOES in FEBRUARY?? Off season madness!

Several dozen green-to-purple mangoes are piled in a large green rubber bucket that is almost the same shade of green.

Julie mangoes grown at ARTfarm! Ripe in February – very unusual.

Also available for your health and enjoyment: Sweet salad mix, microgreens, baby and regular spicy salad mix, baby and regular arugula, purple yard long beans, loads of tomatoes of all types, piles of pints of cherry tomatoes, black sapote (a.k.a. chocolate pudding fruit), passionfruit, Italian basil, holy basil, lemon basil, garlic chives, cilantro, chili peppers, fresh ginger root and fresh cheerful zinnia flowers.

Two giant baskets hold dozens of large green-skinned black sapote fruits, also known as the "chocolate pudding fruit".

Two giant baskets hold dozens of large green-skinned black sapote fruits, also known as the “chocolate pudding fruit”.

By now you’re wondering what the heck to do with chocolate pudding fruit…these will be ripe in a few days to a week, when the skin takes on an olive-yellowish cast and the fruit softens, so you have time to research more recipes for these Mexican persimmons! (If you cut into it and the flesh isn’t dark brown, it isn’t ripe yet and will have a bitter flavor). Black sapotes are great eaten out of hand, prepared either sweet OR savory, blended in a drink or smoothie…with a pinch of brown sugar the sweet dark brown flesh takes on the character of chocolate pudding! The Crucian Contessa has promised to give us some more ideas soon for this vitamin C-rich fruit!

Have you tried the coconut-based homemade vegan ice cream we get from I-Sha? Right now we have some of their absolute best flavors: beet ginger, mamey apple, locust bean, avocado and banana! We’ve got spoons at the farmstand so you can take a few minutes and enjoy one after you shop!

Delicious, non-dairy, coconut based local fruit ice creams from I-Sha are the creations of Feel-I and Shalima. The coconut cream used in the ice cream is made fresh from local coconuts! Nothing canned!! These little treats are the perfect size for a light and refreshing dessert or anytime snack. Pictured here, clockwise from top: Beet-Ginger, Banana, Mamey Apple, Locust Bean, and Avocado!

Delicious, non-dairy, coconut based local fruit ice creams from I-Sha are the unique-to-St.Croix creations of Feel-I and Shalima. The coconut cream used in the ice cream is made fresh from local coconuts! Nothing canned!! These little treats are the perfect size for a light and refreshing dessert or anytime snack. Pictured here, clockwise from top: Beet-Ginger, Banana, Mamey Apple, Locust Bean, and Avocado!

ARTfarm Monday Stand: 3–6 p.m.! Cherry Tomatoes Jubilee!

“The cherries are finally really coming in! We should have enough for everybody today,” according to Farmer Luca. IMG_7504.JPGAs a nice side to your giant bowl of cherry tomatoes, may we suggest any of the following: Sweet salad mix, microgreens, arugula, spicy salad mix, loads of cucumbers, a few slicer tomatoes, radishes with delicious edible green tops, cilantro, Italian basil, lettuce heads, and fresh cut zinnia flowers.

We also have Errol’s beautiful raw dark local honey in small bottles. Perfect little holiday gifts. Don’t forget about Three Kings Day!

We will be open on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, special hours for you special people. We will be open in the morning as if it were a Saturday, 10 AM – 12 noon. According to Farmer Luca, the sweet corn will be ready on Wednesday. He’s been holding out on you guys, waiting for the peak of flavor and size on every ear.

Jen and Joe are back on St. Croix for the winter and back helping out at ARTfarm! We’re thrilled to have them around!

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ARTfarm Wednesday Super Fly Cucumber Guy

IMG_7228.JPGMama slice the vegetables Christmas comin’! ARTfarm is open 3–6 p.m. on the South Shore this afternoon with plenty of healthy crunchy green items for your holiday fridge!

Sweet salad mix, baby spicy salad mix, baby arugula, arugula, microgreens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, radishes, beets, chili peppers, sweet bell peppers, lettuce heads, romaine heads, fresh ginger root, garlic chives, lemon basil, holy basil, Italian basil, dill, recao, tarragon, escarole, zinnia flowers. Beautiful honey in stocking-stuffer-sized bottles from Errol Chichester!

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Art Wednesday at ARTfarm, 3–6 p.m. today

20140219-113358.jpgIt’s the ultimate salsa Wednesday! Everything you need to make the perfect salsa or pico de gallo. AND early bird kale! It’s the hottest trend in the kitchen right now!

Sweet salad mix, spicy salad mix, microgreens, dill, cilantro, Thai basil, garlic chives, carrots, scallions, zinnia flowers, cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, kale, dandelion greens, broccoli greens, and an assorted variety of chili peppers. As pictured below, clockwise from top: Tejaswani Indian chilies, jalapeños, cayenne peppers, golden cayennes, and Serrano peppers.20140219-113414.jpg

Please, don’t make fun of Luca’s puffy face at the farmstand today. He got into a throwdown drag out fight with some ladies at the Ag Fair on Monday evening over the last bottle of discounted hot sauce.

And, for those of you still reading this, here is your art for Wednesday, entitled: “Ag Fair To-Do List”. 20140219-113519.jpg

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