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Smurfsbane
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August 28, 2010 1:33 am  

Hello everyone!

After reading a lot of posts on this forum, it sounds like everyone on STT has to shop at grocery stores, or eat at restaurants. Are there no farmers on St. Thomas? In other tourist cities, if you veer off the beaten path, you find where the locals go. I'm talking about the small shops with locally grown produce. I don't care for the boxed foods, or other "food-like substances" at big grocery stores or restaurants.

I want to eat local fruit, local seafood, and buy very little at the stores/restaurants.

Is this possible in STT?

Thanks for your help!


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congasan
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August 28, 2010 2:06 am  

The Rastas have a farmers market on the west side. I think it it the 1st Sunday of the month. There are a few fruit and veggie stands and a mobile truck or 2. You can get fresh fish by Frenchtown and a few other places. You will do a lot more driving to gather up what you need. Oh, and market square downtown very early every Saturday morning is good too (local produce, fish,etc). There is not as much agriculture as you might think because real estate is worth more as a villa than as a farm, and, the steep hillsides are hard to work. Real Rastas survive OK on all natural foods. Just having dreads does not, of course, a Rasta make.


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AllMashUp
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August 28, 2010 2:13 am  

Sounds like you should come check out STX


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Smurfsbane
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August 28, 2010 2:17 am  

Besides what you already mentioned, what are some of the other natural foods of the island? What kinds of natural fruit is there that I could buy from a fruit stand?


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August 28, 2010 2:24 am  

Can I survive on the natural foods of STX easier? I currently eat nothing boxed, or processed. I would love to find a really small place to live and survive on the natural foods there.


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AllMashUp
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August 28, 2010 2:57 am  

I would think so, STX has a larger land mass and more local farms,

On the weekend there is the La Reine farmers market with local fish, the Beeston Hill farmers market with local meat, all the fruit/farrm stands down Centerline during the week, Frederiksted fish market, the fish stand across from Plaza East, the Art Farm, Creque Dam Farm, the online farm co-op, Annaly has local beef, Southgate farm....plus all the ones I can't name, oh yeah and then all the people you eventually get to know who have fruit trees in their yard and give you bags of fruit....I have so many sugar apples and passion fruit coming in this year I should have started my own roadside fruit stand.


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AllMashUp
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August 28, 2010 3:25 am  

Besides what you already mentioned, what are some of the other natural foods of the island? What kinds of natural fruit is there that I could buy from a fruit stand?

Depending on the season I can currently properly identify about half of the fruit available

on my half acre I have
Sugar apple (sweet sop)
west indie lime
sour orange
avocado
golden apple (i think it really called June plum)
grapefruit
hogs plum
passion fruit
red guava
bananas
some hybrid of banana and plantain I think
pineapple (eventually)
there's a guinip (sp?) tree on the road
and.....papaya

People give me
Umpteen different specie of Mango
plantain
sapodilla
coconut
jack fruit
cashew
carambola
sour sop

I have bought
custard apple
sugarcane
pomegranate
sapodilla
tamarind
star apple
and some others can't pronounce....there is one guy at the farmers market that always has some very odd fruit...i cant remember the name of the berries that tasted like concord grapes that had been rolled in black pepper.

And that's just the fruit I've tried...Im sure other people can help with this list.


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August 28, 2010 4:16 am  

You certainly can live without 'boxed or processed' food on STT and even easier on STX. STT has poor soil, expensive flat land lots, steep and rocky topography, and no fresh water source like a river,lake or reservoir.
STT is 32 Sq. Mi and STX over 90 Sq. Mi. so STX has much more land for agriculture, flatter topography, and an active agrarian culture. STX has some of the the same water problems though.
It may take some searching but once you understand the possibilities it can be done on either island.


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mminstx
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August 28, 2010 4:24 am  

The berries may be seagrapes.?? I have a tree in my yard and they look like a dark bunch of grapes when ripe, but are bitter. I know there are a lot if little side fruit stands here in St Croix, as well as the farms mentioned. I have a great lime tree also, and mango and avocado. The orange tree comes out too bitter, same with the pomegranite that I have here. It's great to go in the backyard and pick your own bananas! So sweet. You may like St Croix better...if you like more natural


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August 28, 2010 4:34 am  

..oh, someone here grows something called longbean.. Never tried it, though


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Smurfsbane
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August 28, 2010 3:47 pm  

All good information. I guess the next step would be to visit!


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