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 fresh foods from farm stands 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 from Local Farm Stands?
- 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:
At our farmers markets and farm stands you’ll find locally grown produce, herbs, fresh eggs, goat cheese, honey and locally raised meats, as well as plants, flowers and preserves.
La Reine Farmers’ Market: Northside Road (Route 75) near Centerline Road. Saturday 6:30am – 11am
VI Department of Agriculture Market: Route 669, VI Department of Ag Station, East Building. Saturday 6:30am – 11am
Southgate Farmers Market: Southgate Corner (East End). Saturdays 9am – Noon
ARTfarm: Estate Longford (South Shore Road) halfway between Camp Arawak and Ha’penny Beach. Wednesday 3pm – 5:30pm, Saturday 10:30am – 12pm; (340) 514-4873
Tropics Hydroponics: Estate Glynn (North Shore). Monday – Saturday 8am – 12pm (when gate is open); (340) 227-5546
Sejah Farm VI: On Route 72 in Mount Pleasant. Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 7am – 5pm; (340) 227-6046
VI Locally Grown: Order online at www.VI.LocallyGrown.net (Orders accepted Monday – Tuesday). Pick Up at Estate Little LaGrange, Home of the Carl & Marie Lawaetz Museum on Mahogany Rd, Frederiksted. Wednesday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
Roadside Stands: Island Wide. Vending Daily at Various Times