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    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on

    Heck of a lot new this week at the farm. Every day brings in something new from the fields. Getting so crowded we rushed into the new wine and craft beer space as fast as possible. Have you seen it yet? much nicer and easier to shop than our temporary setup, and off to the side so you can take real time to peruse the great selection of wine and beer.

    Wine & Craft Beer Selection gets bigger and better and some space of its own.

    Stop in soon and remember to check it out as you are picking up your dinner and lunch for the week. We make it easy. And what from the field? Well check our Now Picking page of course, it is getting longer all the time! So much fresh produce coming in daily I am sure I even left some of it off that but here are some of today’s finds:

    Homegrown Flowers are ready to cut! We will have fresh mixed bouquets available until frost, full of jewel toned zinnias, snapdragons, celosias, ageratum and many more striking flowers in combo.

    Are these the Salad Days? I know they happen at some point, and this might as well be it. Too hot for much else, and a great time to try a different type of lettuce from the farm every day! In fact right now we have enough homegrown variety you could go almost 2 weeks without ever eating the same type of lettuce twice!

    Just a sampling of the lettuce we cut every morning.

    Plenty of greens coming in for other fresh preparations, in addition to the three types of kale we have offered this year, Collard Greens are available homegrown now too. Another southern staple, Okra, also came in heavy this week. A super popular crop the last few years, we have actually quadrupled the amount we grow since we started just three years ago!

    Clemson Spineless Okra

    Homegrown peppers have started to trickle in, as well as Eggplant and Tomatoes. The beginning of these crops is always very exciting, but it will still be a few weeks before they are producing enough for you to be sure to get them. The variety is really what floors me though; for those three crops alone we have over 55 different types of plants in the field this year. Certainly no small challenge keeping them all straight.


    Homegrown Peppers: Cubanelle, Hole Mole, and Jalapeno: harvesting to lighten the load on some stressed for rain plants.

    Next weekend is Corn Fest! We will be boiling up ears of our homegrown corn from 10-4 for you to enjoy, plus visits from Four Star Farms, our favorite local grain supplier, and a new vendor, Stretch’s Pickles. Be sure to stop in a visit and come hungry!

    Mass Grown Peaches have arrived from Sunnycrest Orchards in Sterling and all is right with the summer. So juicy and rich right now, this is the best reason to come by this week.

    One last minute reminder, that if you want to eat the food and be part of the farm, but you’d just rather have someone else do it all for you while you relax with a glass of wine in casual elegance with a bevy of servers at your command, we are holding another Dinner in the Field on Aug 3rd that has seats available still. You can buy tickets online HERE, as well as join the wait list for the last Dinner on August 24 which has now sold out.

    Purple Peppers? These Blue jay peppers are one of our earliest to harvest. Their purple color is actually the immature version of a very orangey red that comes on much later, their taste similar to a green pepper.

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    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on

    Our first Dinner in the Field of the season was held Saturday night in a humid but blissfully not too buggy field, that was 99.9% rain free. Luckily it was 200% magical and everything we hoped for. Thank you so much to all of our guests for joining us, and hopefully you enjoyed the night as much as we did. Also great thanks to our friends at Island Creek Oyster Farm  and Truro Vineyards for joining us for the evening, providing oysters to kick off the night and wines to pair with the meal throughout. What a wonderful evening to keep it local!

    Following is the menu of the night, told in words and pictures for those who were not able to join and those who perhaps wonder if they should in the future. The answer is yes, and as of today you still can by the way.

    Island Creek’s Duxbury Raised Oysters on Ice

    The evening kicked off at 6 with an introduction from Dave Volante, setting out the tempo of the evening and welcoming everyone. Brian from Island Creek arrived early to shuck about 10 dozen oysters from their Duxbury farm, and then told us a bit about their method and history. The oysters were paired with a homemade Garden Mignonette and Cocktail Sauce with Truro’s 2012 American Rosé. Certainly such a hit that table mates were rushing to sneak the last ones out from each other’s noses!

    Truro Vineyards’ Dave Roberts presenting his flight of wines from near the end of the Cape paired to Todd’s dishes of the evening.

    Dave Roberts of Truro Vineyards spoke to us about all this and all the wine from his family’s vineyard. Todd then stepped out of the kitchen to address the crowd, as the first Appetizer arrived. The “Lunch Plate”  was a Braised Pork Belly served on a fresh Pretzel Bun with Spicy Hoppy Mustard made with Jack’s Abby Beer and a Farmer’s Slaw. On the side were Chioggia Beet Chips  and a crisp house pickle. This rich start paired nicely with Truro’s 2011 Zinfandel, newly award-winning Wine of the Year, and as of today available on our shelves as well.

    These Chioggia Beets became the “chips” to pair with the Pork Sandwich.

    I took a few minutes then to explain how and where we grow our vegetables at Volante’s,  a bit about what crops were growing right around us, and then answered a few questions about home gardens to fill my time slot. I had been thinking more about harvesting than speaking all day but muddled through!  I did get the opportunity to explain that all of the dinnerware for the evening was fully compostable. This includes the plates, flatware and “glass”ware, making our waste footprint very small for the evening.

    Salad Greens, with Roasted Beets and Weeds in the background.

    The Salad Course arrived family style, a mix of nine homegrown lettuces were tossed, chopped and topped with bright Nasturtium Blossoms and an Onion and Fennel Vinaigrette. These built a bed for the Roasted Beets w/ Fresh Weeds ( long story but we were very sustainable last night) and Horseradish Croutons. Additionally a Four Star Farm WheatberrySalad with preserved Lemons and Whipped Feta Yogurt gave a hearty fresh punch to the salad plate. Truro offered their 2011 Chardonnay to brighten the beverage end of this course.

    Todd and our customers love these field fresh onions. Among many of the dishes tonight, they also had a role in the Onion and Fennel Vinaigrette for the Salad.

    While appetites were sated we paused to mingle some more and hear from Todd about the night’s Entreés, his philosophy about farm cooking, and several “very funny” jokes.

    Herbed Cannelloni with Summer Squash, Arugula, and Kale Pesto

    Dishes arrived, family style again, with fresh Herb Cannelloni with Zucchini, Summer Squash, Baby Arugula and Kale Pesto  as well as a Ginger Scallion Chicken Breast with spiced Carrots and Peas. Truro’s 2011 Triumph brought the necessary heft to the heartiest portion of the meal. This course also saw sides of early summer vegetables like Romano beans and Corn as well as Roasted Broccoli.

    Family Style Fun

    For dessert our bakery put together a Trio of Desserts featuring the farm’s flavors. A lemon Verbena Panna Cotta dripping with Homegrown Blueberries, as well as a homegrown Blueberry Crumble Pie with a scoop of Crescent Ridge Ginger Ice Cream. Then for the vegetable twist a very necessary Zucchini Chocolate Ganache Cake.

    A Sweet Trio: clockwise from top, Blueberry Crumble Pie with Ginger Ice Cream, Zucchini Chocolate Ganache Cake, and Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta with Blueberry topping.

    By this point we were nearly in the dark, and though dry, the mosquitoes were finding their way. So as desserts and conversations trailed off, guests and staff found their way back up and out of the field, to see it re-transform into the familiar old family farm this morning. A marvelous night showcasing all of the wonderful talents and efforts of the team here at Volante’s and a great way to enjoy a very casual but special evening down on the farm. Check out the gallery below for more snapshots from the night and consider joining us for the next one, we missed you!


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    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on

    So we haven’t had much to say since it finally stopped raining. When was that again? sometime before that infernal heat wave that ended for a minute and came right back. Though  really without the amazing heat many of this seasons crops would still be languishing under all that water. Long story short we had a wonderful 4th of July break and came home to find a host of new tastes ready to go, one of them being record early pick on Corn!

    So it was only this hot in the greenhouses this weekend, but yeah, that’s a real temperature that a real working thermometer read. Hot Stuff Baby.

    We also picked up pickle cucumbers this week, blueberries are super right now, and those heavenly homegrown onions are back as well. Really there is so much new on the stand right now you need to stop in and see. With our first Dinner in the Field happening this weekend, its great to see Todd and crew have worked just about everything we pull out of the dirt on this farm into the menu. So if you want to know what you’ll be eating if you attend, or just what huge variety is available to you for your own kitchen right now, as always be sure to check out our Now Picking Page!

    Is it Corn yet? It is!

    Pickling Season is here! start now to have them all season!

    New Crop, Fennel, not the most successful first attempt ever but we still managed to get a few nice heads out. Be one of the lucky few for this trial crop.

    The very popular Romano Bean is back in action too. We are picking our second crop already and they are flying out the door so fast I had to grab a picture of them while being picked!

    Blueberries, the sweetest thing going around here right now! Picking more this weekend!

    A new trial of Summer squash, another year, but seems we’ve hit it right this time! Productive and tasty!

    NIce to be back in the homegrown lettuce again, though the heat makes it tough to count on. One of the first crops to suffer when the mercury goes above 90!

    Corn in the field, but not for long!

    Crazy Blue Dragonfly on mosquito patrol at Standish Fields.

    And for a less helpful insect, here’s a Tomato Hornworm. If you see this in your garden, remove it quickly. One can devastate a tomato plant overnight. You should see what six did in our green house! And yes that is an adult sized finger next to it.



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