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!

ARTfarm Wednesday, 3–6 p.m. Tomato Time!

It’s a Wednesday that feels like a Monday. We are open 3–6 p.m. today, and the theme is tomatoes, crazy tomatoes!IMG_7630.JPG

Also: sweet salad mix, spicy salad mix, arugula, microgreens, sweet corn, cucumbers, loads of cherry tomatoes, lots of slicing and heirloom tomatoes, radishes, escarole, kale, lettuce heads, cilantro, dill, mint, basil, lemongrass, chili peppers, passionfruit, and zinnia flowers.

For our gardening friends, we are offering beautiful starts: cherry tomato seedlings and pineapple slips!

From our farm partner I-Sha today: all natural, locally collected ingredients, coconut creamy vegan ice cream in quickly disappearing flavors: banana, soursop, and beet-ginger!

Sweet and Spicy Saturday at ARTfarm 10am Today!

Season’s Greetings! Saturday ARTfarm holiday goodies, 10am – 12 noon: sweet salad mix, spicy salad mix, all sizes of arugula, itty bitty microgreens, crisp cucumbers, two types of radishes, beets, cheery cherry tomatoes, kale, sweet potato greens and lettuce heads. Plenty of freshly picked herbs: Italian basil, lemon basil, cilantro, recao, mint, garlic chives, rosemary, dill, ginger, chili peppers, lemongrass and holy basil. Rumor has it that lemongrass is effective in the treatment of chikungunya symptoms.

Luca also has selected pineapple and vegetable starts available for your garden.

For your holiday gift list, why not a bunch of exuberant fresh zinnia flowers, a pineapple or basil plant that you pot up yourself in a pretty pot, or a bunch of sweet bananas. ARTfarm gift certificates are also available.

From our partners we have the last of the ripe, juicy mangoes for this winter season from Alex at Tropical Exotics, petite (perfect stocking-stuffer-sized) honey bottles from Errol Chichester, and we have big “Marcus Pumpkin” avocados from retired UVI fruit tree agronomist Aberra Bulbulla.

We’ll also be open 12-4pm on Christmas Eve day (Wednesday, December 24th) and we’ll start up Monday farmstands again right after Christmas!

We look forward to seeing you. Thanks as always, for supporting small local family farms on our beautiful little jewel of an island. Having the privilege to farm organically in this place is a gift that our customers give to us year-round. Happy holiday season!

IMG_7177.JPGMatthew loves cultivating with our wheel hoe. No fossil fuels required!

IMG_7178.JPGColors are so bright at this time of year on the farm. It’s a great season to be inspired artistically. This section of the farm has been grazed/graced by the ARTfarm sheep flocks for several years. This year, it is rotating in to be a productive powerhouse of tomatoes and veggies and herbs!

ARTfarm Pre-Holiday Joy! Saturday 10am – 12 noon

Start stocking up for Thursday! Fresh for you, Saturday morning at ARTfarm: Microgreens, baby arugula, sweet salad mix, sweet potato greens, French breakfast radishes, Japanese radishes, cucumbers, fresh mint, Italian basil, lemongrass, recao, garlic chives, thyme, rosemary, passionfruit, a few dragonfruit, zinnia flowers, vegetable starts, pineapple slips, native trees and some young thin-skinned ginger root!

From our partners: we have fresh Mahi from Ryan & Kim, vegan ice cream from I-Sha, honey from Errol, ridiculously amazing Nam Doc Mai mangoes and mamey sapote from Tropical Exotics, and avocados from Smithen the Cane Juice Man!!

Ripe, green skinned mangoes are piled in a tub for market.

5am mangoes harvested and ready for the farmstand!

 

 

ARTfarm Slow and Steady Summer, 10 AM – 12 noon today

With fewer and fewer people around at this time of year, ARTfarm stand has been pretty quiet. We might start a summer break in a few weeks, so hurry in and enjoy some ARTfarm summer greens while you can! Open this morning, 10 AM – 12 noon: Sweet salad mix, microgreens, cucumbers, onions, beets, Italian basil, recao, bananas, papayas, and fresh Mediterranean figs. From our sweet partners; Malika, Julie and Nam doc mai mangoes, plus mamey sapote from the orchard at Tropical Exotics. We have a beautiful selection of homemade breads from Tess, and super dark raw local honey from Errol Chichester.

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ARTfarm Monday Q and A. Open 3–6 p.m. Today!

Q: Do you still have tomatoes?

A: Yes. We have more tomatoes at this time this year, then we did last year. It has been a good year for tomatoes for ARTfarm.

Monday’s farmstand, 3-6pm this afternoon: cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, sweet salad mix, baby spicy salad mix, teen arugula, microgreens, fresh ginger root, thyme, chili peppers, purple long beans, radicchio, cooking greens.
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