We are pleased to announce the opening of the final stage of our renovation, an ice cream stand serving hand scooped, locally made Crescent Ridge ice cream and frozen yogurt. The crew has been training all week, learning the ropes of scooping, jimmies vs. sprinkles, sugar vs. waffle. All the important stuff.
Volante’s Ice Cream Stand is inside the new Farmstand, next to the deli and seating area. Ice Cream will be testing the logistics of this very happening place, by introducing a parallel set of hours to contend with. The Ice Cream Stand will be open from 11 am til 9 pm everyday through the summer. You can
order from the inside during regular stand hours and from the two outdoor windows during the day and after the Farmstand has closed.
We have added a whole new crew to handle this other feather in our cap, but you’ll be sure to see some familiar faces in there as well, to keep everything operating at the high standard Volante Farms strives for.
So, this Friday, everyone eat all your veggies and clean your plate, so that you can all come down and get an after dinner treat with us. Or make a night out of it and stop in for some world-class sandwiches and follow it up with some quality cones.
Lest we forget, beyond cups and cones, we’ll offer frappes – thickened to your taste, sundaes with the critical accoutrements, and even the classic Black Cow, made with Tower Root Beer from Somerville.
Without further ado the ice cream stand’s
So we have reached the point in the season when everything is happening at once. It seems like everyone got the hint last weekend, when we finally saw some beautiful weather and the crowds that will come in with it. Pretty excited that this weekend is going to bring more of the same. So this is going to be short and sweet, at least by my standards.
From the field: The heavy rains are of course a blessing and a curse. We need the rain and it is bringing early produce in faster than ever, but the mud in the after effects is slowing down progress. But it will be back on track soon.
Radishes in a rainbow of colors, beet greens, bok choi, broccoli raab, and purple scallions have all been gracing the stand this week, and hopefully your tables. Spinach both green and scarlet have started as well. This weekend, we should have all this and maybe more in Homegrown. Turnips, mint, and rhubarb are on the way. When shopping the farmstand keep an eye out for the Homegrown in green on the top of signs, it tells you the produce below was grown and picked by us here at Volantes.
In the farmstand: Lots of Sampling of local favorites this weekend.
Boar’s Head will be handing out samples at the deli, 10-2 on Friday.
Saturday is for sweets, with Fancypants cookies on hand with their all natural decorated cookies from 11 -3 and Jamaica Plain’s AKA Marvelicious and their vegan and organic cookies from 11:20 -3. Mann Orchards will be in as well on Saturday with tastings of their apple pies and crisps from 12-3.
Sunday you can wash it all down with another visit from High Lawn Farm milk in the afternoon.
From the kitchen: Todd has whipped up a lot of new specials over the last few weeks. Back by popular demand, breakfast sandwiches, served on Saturday and Sunday until 11 with house made bacon and Tasso ham.
For lunch last week’s soft shell crab was such a hit, it’s back again. Served Po Boy style with house pickled ramps remoulade, there are a limited number so get in early. Additionally there is a pulled pork sandwich with cabbage slaw and a smoked chicken sandwich with avocado and jalapeno pickled vegetables.
In the Greenhouse: Plants are literally flying off the benches and out the door. You all have the bug. It is great to see all these blooms going to their new homes. The way the forecast looks, we are pretty much almost all the way okay safe to plant almost anything. I’m still going to hedge there a little, but it seems like with a little attention and care you can go ahead and go to it out in the garden. Frost is still a possibility for the next two weeks, but unlikely, just be prepared to cover plants if the weather advises.
Impatiens and tomatoes have been the plant of choice of the week, and geraniums and tropicals have been moving as well. Lovely perennials have been arriving by the truckload everyday as well. If you haven’t felt like doing much in the garden yet, now is the time.
Speaking of time for Gardening, just a reminder that Volante Farms is sponsoring the Needham Women’s Club Garden Tour. Tickets are $30 in advance and available from our cashiers. The tour is June 3 from 11 to 3 and our own Linda Mauro will be at one of the homes on the tour reprising her Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardening talk, so if you want to get an idea how to attract nature’s flying beauties to the garden, and seeing some amazing landscapes in the process, consider joining the tour.
Let’s see, what else?
From the ICE CREAM STAND:
It has been a few weeks since Volantes unveiled a revolutionary new side to ourselves. So next Friday, May 25th we are doing it again. The Ice Cream Stand will be open for business starting Friday. Steve and Jerry are working out the last minutes kinks, like calling in the help, finding space in the freezers, and testing out the frappe machine. My favorite place to be is there when Jerry is fine tuning his frappe mixology, it keeps working in my favor. We will be hand scooping Crescent Ridge Ice Cream, made right around the corner in Sharon. It is the same tasty treat they serve at their two Dairy Barn locations. We will have cones, cups, sundaes and frappes right off the bat. Additionally, Ice Cream will be available its own special hours, from 11 am to 9 pm every night. Even though the farm closes at 7 ice cream will be available from two windows off the front of the building, and plenty of picnic tables to eat it at. As soon as I get a look at flavors, I promise to shoot a list of initial offerings your way.
Well, I guess short isn’t in the cards after all, but still plenty of sweetness. Stop in soon and let us know how your spring is going![wpvideo g1UFWZiR]
It never hurts to be reminded that this is the weekend when one has to remind their mother that they do in fact love her. Is there a better way to show this than with the gift of spring flowers? Especially after a dreary week like this one is promising to be.
Volantes is here to help. We have over 3000 hanging flowering baskets to choose from, and thousands of potted plants from traditional roses and geraniums to unique mixed baskets with this season’s hottest new blooms.
But also consider a gift that keeps on giving. The blossoms below belong to perennial flowering plants, shrubs, and climbing vines of all sorts. As they are blooming now, they will bloom again this time next year to help remind your mom how much you thought of her in years past.
So come down while the selection is still vast and pick up the unique gift that says exactly what you want it to. Or pick up a gift card, and forward this link to your mother so she can start brainstorming her own shopping spree.