Just because we are in the middle of winter doesn’t mean your access to local food is shut down! We continue to have homegrown and local produce on the produce floor, even now deep into January. In addition to our homegrown leeks, there are amazing locally grown roots like radishes, carrots, turnips, and beets, as well as apples, acorn squash, fingerling potatoes, cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, fresh greens and even local heirloom tomatoes from a number of area growers, including
to name just a few.
But coming up next weekend, January 28th from 11 am to 3 pm we will be focusing on the other local food makers in our area. In what sounds to be our largest Local Food Fest yet, with over 40 of our small local businesses in attendance, our vendors and makers will be sampling their creative and artisan made foods for you. Please stop in and hear their stories and meet the farmers and chefs behind some of your favorite Volante Farms finds. Many of them are brand new to our shop and several have been with us through the years.
Please join us for this free event as we celebrate the local flavors of our region. Slated to be in attendance so far:
Easy online gifts for the foodie in your family. Join us for some of our exciting upcoming events here at the farm this winter, or treat your loved ones and those you want to show your appreciation to a gift card that will get them all the sandwiches or spring perennials they desire or a gift basket full of gourmet and local food & wine. We want to make it easy!!
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Pattie Flynn, a first time entrant in our Apple Pie Contest, who won with her Mother-in-Law Loretta’s Swedish Apple Pie. She said it was one her husband’s favorite recipes of his mother’s and he was a very willing taste tester as she perfected it. With her first place award she took home one of the largest prize packages in Volante’s Apple Pie Baking Contest history! In addition to our first ever engraved pie plate trophy, she recieved a $150 gift card to Volante Farms, plus a bevy of rewards from our very special guest judge, Ann of Autumn
Hills Orchard in Groton MA.. These include apple picking for 4 at her orchard including a VIP tour and a reserved picnic table on her visit, plus a copy of The New England Orchard Cookbook. Pattie also reserved a spot as a judge at next year’s event.
Our judge Ann was joined by last year’s winner, Malin-to date our youngest baking champ, and Sarah from the Volante Farms Pastry Department, a graduate of Johnson & Wales. They enthusiastically went after the dozen pies, one of our smaller fields of late. They found Pattie’s to be the clear winner based on a combination of score for appearance, crust, and filling.
A close second place went to Zoe Lockhart, no stranger to the winners circle in this contest having placed in the top 3 three times in the last 5 years. She took home a $75 gift card for her efforts and is well on her way to being an All-Star baker by our standards.
As is oddly often the case, third place was a tie, between past winner Tamara Takoudes and Vanda Alexopoulous. They each received a $35 gift card for their success. Best presentation went to past winner Irit Feldman, for her beautifully layered apple slices fanned across the top of her pie. Her husband must have been aware of the judges eye on this one as he was witnessed turning it to catch the light from just the right angle before judging began. Irit won a $20 gift card for her very attractive pastry.
Thank you to our contestant and judges, and everyone who came out to enjoy the morning with us. As always it was a ton of fun and next year’s is right around the corner! Following are the recipes for the top pies, should you want to get cracking on them now, to perfect them yourself before the holidays hit. In the meantime we really hope to see you on October 29th at our Annual Pumpkinfest to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. This year it is bigger than ever before with live entertainment all afternoon, refreshments, facepainting and more! For more info about it look here.
Here is Pattie’s Winning Pie Recipe:
This recipe was my mother in-laws ( Loretta ) she gave it to me on the day I married her son. I think she would be very proud to know that her pie won a contest. We lost her 5 years ago and baking and cooking her recipes are some of our favorite ways to remember her by!
My mother in-law called this pie a Swedish Apple pie because there is no bottom layer crust.
First coat the bottom of the pie plate with butter or margarine. Cut up 5 Honeycrisp apples and layer them into the plate. Sprinkle a little bit of sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples.
Mix Together –
Once all the ingredients are mixed together layer the dough on top of the apples.
Cook for 40 minutes at 350 degrees
Update: We are no longer accepting orders for Thanksgiving. Turkeys have sold out. We have also closed the ordering window on sides and desserts, however almost everything on our menu will be available in large quantities in the farmstand all weekend and next week. We are open 8-6 this weekend, 8-7 Monday and Tuesday, and 8-5 on Wednesday 11/23. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!
Take a look at our menu to see what wonderful dishes in addition to Turkey we have available for you.
As many of you may have seen over the summer, our turkey producer, Bob’s Turkey Farm, suffered a catastrophic loss due to a fire and as a result has limited quantities of turkeys available to us this year. Thankfully, we have been able to secure a large amount of supplementary turkeys from Stonewood Farm in Orwell, Vermont. The farmers at Stonewood hold the same values as Bob’s does when it comes to raising their birds. The turkeys from both farms are never subjected to growth hormones, preservatives, or antibiotics, and are humanely raised. This all natural process means that you and your family can enjoy a clean, safe, and unbelievably tasty meal this November. Quantities are limited so order yours today.
Please join us this year for our 4th Annual Pumpkinfest, which we are excited to announce will be bigger than ever before. Once again the push is going to be to carve as many pumpkins as possible for our evening Pumpkin Stroll, but this year we have added entertainment for the whole family all afternoon.
Festivities start at 1:00 pm with the beginning of our Carving Party. You are welcome to make as many jack o lanterns as you want for the afternoon. We hope you will take your photo with it and post it to Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, to show everyone the great work you’ve done.
Also at 1, Jungle Jim will bring his Balloon Magic Show to the greenhouse, it is a great treat for children ages 3 – 10, with each show geared towards the age of the group of children present. This performance combines balloon art, storytelling, magic, and a whole lot of fun! http://www.junglejimboston.com/
At 1:45 Big Joe the Storyteller will take over for a half hour session with one from a collection of over 500 tales, Big Joe has stories that will delight and amaze his audience. http://www.bigjoe.com/
The Pumpernickel Puppets will arrive for the 2:30 session and will tell the story of Peter Rabbit. Pumpernickel Puppet shows are presented with a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects and fast paced scripts that not only entertain, but stimulate children’s imagination and creativity. The performance lasts approximately forty minutes and is appropriate for children ages three and up. http://www.pumpernickelpuppets.com/
During the entire afternoon Needham Bank will be sponsoring Face Painting and a Photo Booth. And Stacy’s Juice Bar will be down to sample some of the pumpkin inspired treats they have been making this fall with Volante Farms’ Sugar Pumpkins.
We will have Volante Farms Donut Holes, Apples, and Cider available all afternoon as well. So please consider stopping by and carving a pumpkin for our display while you enjoy some of the fantastic entertainment we have lined up this year.
We ask only for a $10 donation to include all the festivities and pumpkins you can handle. Children under 2 are free. 100% of your donated funds will go directly to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s Pumpkinfest!
As an added bonus we hope to be sampling from our Thanksgiving Menu during the Pumpkinfest so parents can take a minute to sample and place their orders while their kids are occupied!
Bring in your home-cooked apple pie and our local celebrity judges will taste and evaluate it! Please provide your recipe and most importantly, which varieties of apples are included. Pre-registration (required) and pay attention to the very few rules below!
Apple Pie Contest Rules:
APPLE PIE BAKING CONTEST
Saturday October 15th @ 11am
Bring in your home-cooked apple pie and our local celebrity judges will taste and evaluate it! Please provide your recipe and, most importantly, which varieties of apples are included. Rules:
Each participant will receive a 10% coupon
good for that day!
UPDATE JULY 27
It gives me SO much pleasure to tell you that we are clear to open in our farmstand on THURSDAY July 28th at 8am! All departments will be open regular hours (Yes, that means Deli, Kitchen, Bakery, Ice Cream, Wine and Beer too!)
Starting Thursday our hours are back to normal:
We will be working full-force for the next few days to get product back into our farmstand and set everything up. We aim to have most of our products in stock for Thursday’s opening, but as you can imagine it may take a couple weeks to get every last item restocked.
In the meantime, we are still open in the greenhouse selling our beautiful Homegrown Produce and plants!!!
Through this whole horrific experience, one thing is for sure: we have the greatest employees and customers in the world. We received countless inspirational emails and facebook posts which really kept us positive. Thank you so much for supporting us when we needed it most!
So, if I could humbly ask one last thing: Please help us by spreading the word! We are BAAAACK!
The Volante Family
UPDATE: July 19
We will continue our temporary setup with produce in the greenhouse at least through the weekend of July 24.
We are making huge strides in the farmstand and the abatement of the odors of July 4th weekend. The next few days will be very telling but we are thinking positive.
Regular hours of 8-7 weekdays and 8-6 weekends continue and events are suspended for now.
Homegrown Corn is here!
The Garden Center and Homegrown Produce will continue to be open in the Greenhouse for the short term during our regular operating hours.
8-7 on weekdays and 8-6 on weekends.
Kitchen, Deli, Ice Cream, and Wine and Beer remain closed for the time being. Our most up to date information will continue to be posted on our Facebook page as it is the fastest way to get info out there. Thank you again for your patience. Please call 781-444-2351 if you would like to speak to someone at the farm.
Update July 12:
We are THRILLED to announce that we will be able to open in a limited capacity in our greenhouse tomorrow.
We will open at 9am and close at our regularly-scheduled 7pm.
We will be selling Homegrown produce along with the plants and gardening supplies normally offered in the greenhouse. The kitchen, deli, bakery, ice cream and wine and beer departments will remain closed for the time being.
We are making some progress in the farmstand and today we started a rigorous heating and ventilating program inside. We are heating the retail area to 90 degrees for 3 hours, then flushing air through the building in an effort to get rid of the last of the odor. We will repeat the heating and ventilating process over and over all day and night until the odor is gone.
For updates Facebook is still your best bet, or call the farm and listen to the outgoing message.
We are thrilled to be taking a step toward normalcy and can’t wait to see you in our greenhouse tomorrow! Thanks for sticking with us!
The Volante Family
We will remain closed tomorrow Monday July 11th.
Yesterday we took some positive steps in our farmstand. We have been working closely with ARS restoration specialists. They have scrubbed the floors twice with a cleaner that should help get rid of the odor, and last night they filled the farmstand with ozone. Yes, apparently that’s a real thing. The ozone is supposed to get rid of the last of the vapors, and now we are ventilating like crazy again in order to get the scent out of the building.
The odor has dissipated dramatically since Wednesday, that is for sure. So we are definitely moving in the right direction. Over the weekend a lot of the decision making was put on hold, due to many key players being out of the office. Our hope is that we are able to get the answers we need when offices open back up tomorrow, at which point we will push forward with a more concrete plan of action.
Keep checking here for updates, or call the farm and listen to the outgoing message. You can also join our email list by going to our website www.volantefarms.com.
As you can imagine, it is against our nature to sit still, but we are staying positive because of our incredible employees and customers. Thank you so much for your support here on Facebook and through your email responses. We realize that we are very lucky to have so many people in our corner. Fingers crossed for what Monday brings…
The Volante Family
UPDATE JULY 9:
We will remain closed through the weekend. After another day of heartbreaking work, the farmstand is now completely empty of food and packaging materials, as well as many other items that the odor was clinging to. We are happy to say that the odor is finally dissipating and tomorrow we will be able to take significant aggressive steps to help speed up ventilation. We are harvesting some of our homegrown veggies to be sold to local restaurants until we can set up a temporary retail solution. We have received so much positive feedback from our wonderful customers and are so grateful for your patience and support. And it is official that we have the best employees around. Hands down. We will post more information as we receive it. Thank you!
– The Volante Family
Tough couple days here on the farm. In short: we’ll be closed for at least a few more due to the heartbreaking loss of our entire inventory, which was unfortunately caused by a misapplication of a floor sealant by an outside contractor. Luckily we have the best crew on the planet and their positivity is keeping us whole. Thanks to all of our customers and friends for your continued support, we owe you the world. Check facebook for details and updates, we’ll see you soon – The VF family
UPDATE July 8:
Unfortunately, there is not much to update. The company we hired to apply a sealant to the floors used a product that was intended for exterior use. Like we mentioned in yesterday’s email, the fumes and odor are nontoxic. We have been assured by multiple parties that there is no health concern, but rather a strong odor that has managed to stick to almost everything. As a result, we had to throw out every food item and piece of packaging in our farmstand today. We are heartbroken.
We will be closed today to continue to ventilate and clean. We will likely be closed through the weekend. We hope to have more answers by the end of the day. Please check Facebook for updates as we don’t want to bombard you with emails. You can also call and listen to the outgoing phone message for updates.
As we mentioned yesterday, we will refund any purchases made on Wednesday July 6th that may have had a foul odor or did not meet our typical high standards. You can contact us by calling the farm at (781) 444-2351 or by replying to this email.
Please know that we are working tirelessly to remedy this situation. Thank you for your patience as we sort this out.
The Volante Farms Family
July 7, 2016
Over the July 4th holiday we took advantage of our two days closed to apply a sealant to our retail floor. We were assured that venting it for two days would be sufficient, but evidently it was not. We have spoken to both the company that applied the sealant and the manufacturer of the sealant and are assured that the fumes are nontoxic and safe.The scent, however, seems to have clung to plastic bags, packaging material, and other items.
We will be closed Thursday July 7th in order to fully ventilate the building as quickly as possible.
While we assure you that the produce and products you have purchased are completely safe, we will give full refunds for any items that did not live up to our usual high standards.
If your purchase has an off scent, please discard it.
Contact us by calling the farm at (781) 444-2351. We will be here to process refunds and field any additional questions.
Quality is our first priority at the farm and we take great pride in what we do. We are deeply sorry to those who had an unpleasant experience today. Thank you very much for your understanding, we will send along additional information as soon as we are able.
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.
Sunday June 26th 9 am – 11 am
Join us for the return of our Sunday Morning Sounds with acoustic music to pair with your coffee and donuts.
Tuesday June 28th 7:30 pm
Jam Sandwich. Local favorites Jam Sandwich return to the Ice Cream Patio.
Tuesday July 12th 7:30pm -this show has been canceled due to farmstand maintenance issues we will reschedule if possible when we know more
Impromptu Trio will be performing. This small group includes members of the Indigo Q group performing in August and we look forward to hearing their sounds. Could be surprising by the look of it!
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
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 August 16th 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.”
Wednesday Aug 17th 7:30pm
Neil & Kera 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: