Our next Acoustic Coffee Set is coming up June 25th, 9 am – 11 am. Stop in and enjoy acoustic music with your coffee, doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches. The musicians will be stationed out on the patio and play a variety of music for your easy morning enjoyment weather permitting.
Mark your calendars now for some inexpensive summer entertainment. What began as a haphazardly casual collection of beautiful music last summer has turned into a carefully curated full blown musical series this year. Please join us for one or many of this season’s Free Summer Concert Series on the Ice Cream Patio. The shows are still quite casual and seating is first come basis. The Ice Cream Stand windows are open until 9 pm on concert nights. The shows are shine only as they are outdoors.
Friday June 3rd 7:30 pm
Echoes Jazz Quartet Echoes kicked off our concerts last summer and we are happy to have them returning this year. They are leaving on tour later in the summer so we started the series extra early this year in order to fit them in. Listen to them now on Soundcloud or watch a bit of last year’s performance at the end of this post.
Tuesday July 12th 7:30pm
Tuesday July 19th 7:30pm
Eva Walsh “Eva Walsh is a fun-loving folk-pop singer, fiddler and songwriter from Boston who delivers a heartfelt performance of charming original songs and smiles. Equally influenced by a catchy pop song, a jazz standard and an old-time stringband breakdown, her music and her sweet sincerity make her a delightful performer you don’t want to miss.”
Tuesday July 26th 7:30pm
Jack & Hill Our very own Jackson ( we still claim him despite his departure to pursue music) and his friend Hillary are back for a set of popular favorites.
Tuesday Aug 2nd 7:30pm
Indigo Q returns to the patio this season with an exciting jazz combo. This all female group had great set last year and we are thrilled to have them back!
Tuesday Aug 9th 7:30pm
Mark Van Holmes, following his return to the east coast after many years in the LA music scene, Mark is making Volante Farms one of his first stops on the next leg of his musical career.
Wednesday Aug 17th 7:30pm
The Magpies return to close out the concert series for another year. They “specialize in Folk-Rock Odysseys” but for us keep it pretty acoustic.
Echoes in 2015:
Join us for another Fairy Gardening Workshop June 11. Our last one was so popular we had to add another one to our tight summer schedule. This one is right before Father’s Day so a good opportunity to do some gargoyle gardening too ( it’s a thing ) if fairies aren’t your speed.
You’ll enjoy instruction and have all the necessary materials available to make a cute miniature Fairy Garden, one of the trendiest things around. We’ll provide plants, containers, soil, fairies and knick-knacks to get your garden started right.
We think this a great event for all ages, come by for lunch and hang out for the class. Class will start at 1 pm and probably run to about 2:30, but we do ask that parents of children remain at the farm during the class.
Cost for class is $10 which includes instruction, refreshments and soil for the garden. Materials including container, plants, fairies and accessories are a la carte and may be purchased during the workshop.
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Join us for another of our popular wine and cheese pairing classes perfectly timed to the beginning of the summer patio season. We’ll taste some of our favorite wines for the grilling season, especially some of this year’s best rosés
and pair them with some of the season’s perfect cheeses to help you ace your easy summer get-togethers. Click the button below to reserve your seats.
Join us at the farm this Saturday from 8 – 9:30 for this month’s Porsche Club of America Northeast Region’s Cars & Coffee series.
Happy to Announce our Grilled Cheese-apolooza that began today and will continue through to National Grilled Cheese Day on Tuesday ( and maybe beyond?!) Specials available while supplies last- so get here fast to stake a claim to your favorite. We’ve got some classics and some new innovations this time around.
Free Soil Testing for your garden and lawn. Come by with one or two dry samples of soil from areas of your garden you would like tested. John Howell of the New England Vegetable and Berry Association will be here to analyze your samples and help point you in a growing direction, and we will be here to help you pick up the lime, bone-meal, acidic fertilizer or whatever he suggests to you.
Join Michelle in the greenhouse for a special all day Kid’s Gardening Workshop while the soil testing is happening. Stop in between 10 and 3 to see what flowers are ready to go in the greenhouse and have your children work with Michelle as she talks to them about basic gardening techniques and what it takes to make a plant grow and then has them plant a seed to take home and grow into their own flower or vegetable.
Join us for a stroll around the farm to learn how to identify common plants that have been used in traditional herbalism for centuries. Our outing will explore the medicinal and edible use of these local herbs, how to identify and harvest them, and ways to use them as foods or beverages. Many of these often-overlooked plants may surprise you with their health benefits!
Want a garden in your yard but not sure about the soil quality? Maybe the sunny side of your house is mostly paved. Maybe you just like the clean architecture of a framed and defined space. Raised Bed Gardening might be right for you. Join Mike, who constructed many of the large wooden planters around the farmstand, as he takes you through the basic benefits and limitations of raised bed planting, how to construct and maintain them and how to efficiently use the space you create by choosing plants and spacing that works in a confined area.
Jenni will highlight the current state of pollinators (honey bees in particular) and then go over ways to help the population, and pollinator friendly plants.
Still our most popular workshop every spring, Dianne walks you through the steps of choosing a container and the basic pieces of creating a mobile beauty for your deck or patio garden. A container is a great way to showcase a favorite plant or draw attention to an overlooked part of your garden. Stop in to learn about pot size and shape, soil and fertilizer requirements, and the general artistic element and theory behind creating a world-class container.
Our series of Design & Drinks Events continues with a Spring Container Workshop on April 9. Please consider joining us in the greenhouse to shake off the winter blues and prepare a pot ready to drop on your front porch right away! We will have a selection of spring hardy plants to choose from, dependent on the best available to us at the time, but will likely include, forced spring bulbs, early perennials, pansies and violas. You will have (3-6) plants in your pot depending on the sizes you choose. You will have your choice of a plastic clay-colored 12 inch Patio Pot or a fiber pot meant to drop into the popular cast iron urns that many households have on their front entry. We also offer a vast selection of larger and fancier containers, metal, wooden, clay, porcelain in all imaginable sizes and invite you to look at these in our shop. We will offer you the ability to upgrade your container to one of these during the workshop as well as add additional plant if you choose to.
These pots will be bursting with color and sure to brighten your doorstep until the real warm months finally come along. Our designers, Dianne and Linda will be leading the workshop and helping you select and put together. This workshop will be held in the afternoon, with light refreshments. As usual a wine option will be available, you may purchase that with your ticket now, or on site day of for $10 additional.
Additionally we offer free workshops all through the month of April including a free Spring Container Workshop on the best new options for creating a container garden in the spring, and this years will be held April 30 at 10 am. That workshop is free, but attendees do not get to build a container during it, it is only for demonstration and inspiration.
Please join us in the greenhouse for our 3rd annual Grand Wine Tasting, this March 19th from 1-4 pm. The event is free and will feature wines from a wide variety of locations around the globe. Talk with the distributors and wine-making representatives about what makes each of these wines perfect for your Easter table, spring picnic or summer barbecue. Enjoy larger bulk discounts all day Saturday on 6 or more bottles. Eleven reps will be present tasting 4 or more wines each, so there will be something for everyone. We will also be joined by a number of local cheese artisans, offering something to taste with your sips.
Please bring valid ID to enjoy your time in the warm flower filled greenhouse with us. Valid id includes those 21+with US passport, US military ID, MA drivers licence, MA liquor ID, or MA state ID.
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Volante Farms Brings Fresh Approach to Food Drive
Needham, MA March 2016 Volante Farms is excited to announce the return of their groundbreaking fresh food drive – Rally for Rosie’s Place – a month long effort to provide nutritious vegetables and fruit to those in need of help with their groceries.
For the thousands of poor and homeless women Rosie’s Place serves each year, impossible choices among food, rent, medication and heat are commonplace. When groceries are an option, nutritional value usually takes a back seat to cost since healthy food choices are often more expensive.
During the last six growing seasons, Volante Farms has partnered with Rosie’s Place in their commitment to provide substantial and nutritious meals to their guests. Patricia Jones, Food Pantry Manager, explains, “For more than 40 years, Rosie’s Place has provided a safe and nurturing environment for poor and homeless women to maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Our food programs further our mission by giving our guests access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious food that is too often simply not an option for families struggling to make ends meet.”
While Rosie’s Place has had great success partnering with Volante’s and other local farms during the warmer months, there is an expressed lack of fresh food donations available to them during the winter. Volante’s is looking to once again change this for the entire month of March!
Here is how the month long effort will work. For the last two weekends in March (March 19-20 and 26 ), Volante’s is encouraging the community to visit the Farm and donate fresh produce from the market at the register. No gift is too small…a single piece of fruit improves the quality of a meal. The donations will be kept in refrigerated chests until they are tallied and delivered the following Monday morning. These totals will be used during the first and second weeks of April, when Volante’s will match pound for pound every customer donation!
During last year’s drive, shoppers donated over 350 pounds of nourishing vegetables and fruit. Coupled with the Volante’s match, Rosie’s Place received over $1300 worth of healthy food during a difficult time of year when donations are at a low and utility bills are high!
The public is asked to help strengthen this tradition by donating at the Farm and spreading the word to your friends, school and community groups. For more information please contact Teri Volante Boardman or Ryan Conroy at Volante Farms (www.volantefarms.com), 292 Forest Street, Needham MA, 02492, 781-444-2351 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Katie Amoro at Rosie’s Place (www.rosiesplace.org), 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118 or