Did you know that nearly ALL the food on St. Croix (approximately 99%) has been imported? Imagine the journey your food has taken to get to your plate. The boats, planes, and trucks that carried it from farm to warehouse to grocery store or restaurant. How long ago was your produce picked? Where did it come from? Buying local produce and products eliminates all these middle steps and a whole lot of time and resources. Buying local means enjoying farm fresh foods on the day they were picked. It means knowing where your food is coming from. It means eating produce when it’s at is freshest, tastiest, and most nutritious.
Why Buy Local?
- To Support the Local Economy! When you spend your money on local produce and products, you are providing stability to our local economy by keeping the money on St. Croix.
- To Save Natural Resources! Buying locally cuts out the middle men – the shippers and distributors. Without these added steps, resources like fossil fuels and packaging materials are spared. Bonus: Excess packaging materials don’t end up in our landfill.
- To Support a Way of Live! The number of small farms in the United States has decreased significantly over the last decade. By buying locally you can help to preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
Where to Buy Local:
VI Locally Grown: Order online at www.VI.LocallyGrown.net (Orders accepted Monday – Tuesday). Pick Up at Polly’s at the Pier, Frederiksted, on Wednesday from 3:30 – 6:00 pm.
La Reine Farmers’ Market: Estate La Reine (Mid-Island) West of La Reine Shopping Center. Saturday 6 am – Until
Smithen’s Farm Store: Centerline Road (Mid-Island) West of the Superior Court. Weekday Afternoons
Jackson’s Farm Store: Centerline Road (Mid/West-Island) Near intersection of West Airport Road and Centerline Road. Weekdays : 9 am – 5 pm; (340) 332-1584 or (340) 332-3900
VIFC Farmers’ Market: #9 Estate Grange (Mid/East-Island) across from the Beeston Hill Health Club. Saturdays 7 am – 3 pm; (340) 773-3276 or (340) 277-6046
GLG Plants and Produce Stand: Southgate Corner (East End). Wednesday 8 am – 3 pm; (340) 332-3932
Art Farm: Estate Longford (South Shore Road) halfway between Camp Arawak and Ha’penny Beach. Wednesday 3 pm – 5:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 am – 12 pm; (340) 514-4873
Tropics Hydroponics: Estate Glynn (North Shore). Monday – Saturday 8 am – 12 pm (when gate is open); (340) 227-5546
Country Snack Stand: Mahogany Road (West End Domino Club). Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; (340) 772-0604
Roadside Stands: Island Wide. Vending Daily at Various Times