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aussie
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February 2, 2013 2:16 pm  

Veggies? Kale? Prices? Location? Hours?

I just watched the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I'm all in. My juicer is on the way but the price of veggies in the stores can make a grown man cry! A juice fast might cost more than my house payment and WAPA combined. ACK!

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February 2, 2013 3:18 pm  

The market in Le Riene opens by 7 usually cleaned out by 10-11 but good fresh stuff I grow a bunch of herbs, peppers, tomato, cucumbers, radish, and eggplant. Going to try greens, carriers, Ginger and beans. I do containers with soils mix and use earth juice for nutrients. Fun. Ag fair soon come and you can get plants from the Ag Dept. Seija and Jackson both have farm stands to.
Eat well

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aussie
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February 2, 2013 4:53 pm  

Thanks, Bombi. Is the Le Riene market open every day?


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February 2, 2013 4:59 pm  

Creque Dam / Ridge 2 Reef farm in the rainforest has a CSA that you can sign up for and get a box of seasonal veggies and fruit each week (pick up in F'sted or C'sted).

Check it out on vi.locallygrown.net

They are also the only certified organic farm in the VI


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February 2, 2013 5:08 pm  

ArtFarm out east has lots of produce--I follow them on facebook where they post opening times and what they are selling.

Ridge-to-Reef farm does a CSA (community-supported agriculture--pay upfront for 3 months, get a box of veggies--this week there is bok choy, argula, turnips, basil and a bunch of other stuff-- each week from whatever they harvested). You might want to email them and see if they have shares left. First pickup starts today.

Fresh kale and bokchoy, collard greens, arugula and some other vegetables are actually not that badly priced at Plaza West. They get more expensive at Foodtown and Plaza East. I've never been into the juicing thing down here because of the prices. And frankly, I don't think its truly necessary for maintaining a really healthy diet. Eat a mostly plant (with some lean meats-hormone and antibiotic free- and fish) diet, 100% whole grains for carbs (brown rice, quinoa, whole grain pasta etc), eliminate processed sugar, lots of fresh fruit, some good spices and herbs and you're good to go. A once in a while juice/raw cleanse can't hurt though!

I've actually found that it is easier to eat better down here even when going out because many of the restaurants use whole ingredients. Restaurant food in the states, especially at the chains, is mostly processed and filled with junk and sugar. I'd rather eat a good chunk of real, Irish butter and a good ful-fat brie cheese on a home-made bagette than a supposed "healthy" Subway sandwich (hint--meat is not supposed to have 20+ ingredients in it).


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February 2, 2013 5:10 pm  

I think just Saturday. Jackson is nearly every day

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February 2, 2013 5:48 pm  

Actually just got this in an email:

Today, Saturday Feb 2nd
3-6pm, Miriam's
(find our tent at the turn to gallows bay, in front of mexican restaurant and old YB Dirty Carwash)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Catch the RETURN of the Ridge to Reef Farm stand to our Saturday Christiansted market TODAY (and the following Saturdays), at 3-6pm in front of Mirams! Radishes, turnips, collards, braising greens, cucumbers, beets, bok choy, tat soi, lettuces, parsley, cilantro, beans, tai basil, italian basil, and much, much more from our OG orchards and gardens.

Certified organic produce is coming your way!


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February 2, 2013 10:02 pm  

the hydroponic place has tomatoes and lettuce-not sure what else


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aussie
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February 2, 2013 10:24 pm  

Great info. Thanks folks! Where's the hydropoic place, speee1dy?


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February 3, 2013 10:27 am  

lol, i know it is near salt river. i think you make the first left turn after you turn on the road to salt river. or the second left turn?? i never go there, my hubby does all the buying there. a few dogs are always out in the yard. i have been there twice. maybe someone else can give you better directions


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February 3, 2013 12:27 pm  

Saturday morniing market in downtown Csted too


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February 3, 2013 12:33 pm  

From http://www.stcroixthisweek.com/featured-articles/tropics-hydroponics-farm.html

"You can find Tropics Hydroponics Farm about half way down the road (Frangipani) that goes from Salt River to Mon Bijou, two properties east of the new bridge. We are open weekday mornings from 8-12, and whenever the gate is open. If you would like directions, or to place a restaurant order, please give us a call at 340-227-5546."

Or follow these directions, from the intersection of Route 75 and Route 80 (near Country Day School):
- Turn north onto Route 80 (a.k.a. Northshore Rd) towards Salt River
- Go 100 yards on Route 80 and take the first left turn onto Windsor Rd (not labeled)
- Go about 7/10 of mile on Windsor Rd and turn left at the sign for Tropics Hydroponics Farm

Brian McCullough the owner sells at the farm as described in the blurb above, and at the La Reine farmers market on Saturday mornings.

He sells butter lettuce, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and melons. Everything is always fresh-picked. The lettuce comes with the root, so you can keep it fresh in water at home for about a week. The melons are delicious.


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February 3, 2013 3:14 pm  

I tried to start a garden to grow all of my own food.
However, I could not find a source for Twinkie or donut seeds.:-o


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February 3, 2013 7:18 pm  

lol nice terry. I just filled my 2 raised bed gardens today. 4x4 and two of them. Pretty stoked to plant all the seeds I brought with. I am thinking thou, that the bounty from the garden needs to be pretty hefty in order to supplement the cost of the garden lol. It wasn't cheap.

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February 3, 2013 8:17 pm  

stxbob, we have had lettuce last 2-3 weeks kept in the water. very good lettuce


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February 3, 2013 11:36 pm  

Tortola friend told me that tomorrow (Monday) is the best planting day because of the moon and tide phase. Somebody try it!


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February 4, 2013 4:54 pm  

lol nice terry. I just filled my 2 raised bed gardens today. 4x4 and two of them. Pretty stoked to plant all the seeds I brought with. I am thinking thou, that the bounty from the garden needs to be pretty hefty in order to supplement the cost of the garden lol. It wasn't cheap.

Keep an eye on everything you plant as the bugs (aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs, spidermites, etc. to name a few) not to mention the various plant funguses, will do you in without total vigilance. Good Luck!


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February 5, 2013 3:31 am  

Creque Dam / Ridge 2 Reef farm in the rainforest has a CSA that you can sign up for and get a box of seasonal veggies and fruit each week (pick up in F'sted or C'sted).

Check it out on vi.locallygrown.net

They are also the only certified organic farm in the VI

Is there any like this in STT?


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nohstx
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February 5, 2013 10:36 am  

They deliver weekly to STT on Thursdays: Check them out at vi.locallygrown.net or www.visfi.org

Here is the schedule as posted on their website:

A weekly run-down of the Locally Grown market:

Saturday – Farmers and craft makers post all weekly items and quantities to site.
Sunday- Market is opened for orders.
Monday -Still open for orders.
Tuesday-Market orders stop at 7pm.
Wednesday- Farmers harvest and deliver to pick up locations!
- ST CROIX PICK UP DAY: Polly’s at the Pier in Frederiksted, on Strand Street.* Customers pick up from 3:30-6:00pm
Thursday- ST THOMAS PICK UP DAY: Barefoot Buddha, Havensight, St. Thomas. Customers pick up from 11:00am – 1:00pm


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