Every Saturday since January, I’ve been volunteering at the newly formed Virgin Island Farmers Cooperative.
It’s a stellar combination: sustainably grown local produce, appreciative customers, banter among the crew, and a day outside. Oh, and inspiring subjects for photos and paintings.
” Sorting Cukes ” 6X8 oil on panel
St Croix was long known as the breadbasket of the Caribbean. After years of a downturn in recognizing the importance of locally grown food ( 90% of our food is shipped in- old and nutritionally deficient by the time it arrives here ), the VIFC is revitalizing food production as a vital and greatly appreciated necessity to the residents of St. Croix.
Lettuce, mustard greens, peppers, cucumbers, local fruits, real eggs with orange yolks, free range chickens, goat, lamb, pork, all hormone free.
It’s one of my favorite days of the week, tiring, hot, fun, and a refrigerator stocked with real food.
Taste being one of our senses, smell is definitely another. It’s humid, hot, things get moldy and mildewed faster than you can launder or bleach them.
So I laughed when I saw this sign for a new ” fragrance ” shop that opened here-
( Thanks Ted, for the photo )
I have personally forsaken Chanel No. 5, and Angel, my two previously favorite perfumes for the only fragrances that have any useful purpose here:
and the new fave,
Some days, turp smells great by comparison.