We are excited to offer 3 month CSA shares for $300. This includes 10-12 lbs of local meat once each month, butchered and sealed, all frozen at time of pickup. A typical share consists of 2-4 lbs of ground meat, 3-5 lbs of roasts, and 5-6 lbs of steaks/chops.
Since this is our first-ever CSA, our early adopters can expect some awesome freebies, too!
Once a month we will get a delivery of fresh whole hogs, beef, lamb or chicken. We will break them down into home kitchen-friendly cuts and divide them up among the CSA share boxes, making sure everyone is receiving more or less the same amount of ground meat, roasts and chops.
Since some cuts are very limited (such as hanger steaks, tenderloin, etc.) we are unable to take requests for specific cuts but we will ensure that nobody gets the short end of the “hog”. Organ meat and off-cuts are available upon request for an additional charge.
By buying whole animals directly from the farmers who raise them, we are able to support local agriculture and ensure that our adventurous home cooks have direct access to humanely raised local meat, all while keeping our prices fair for the farmer and for you, our customers.
Royalton Farms is family owned and operated, providing local pork that is raised safely, humanely, and sustainably. They employ a highly-managed rotational grazing program for all their pigs, resulting in a better end product.
Their Berkshire Pork is known to be England’s oldest pig breed. The juiciness, flavor, tenderness, heavy intramuscular marbling and high fat content make Berkshire Pork the “Kobe beef” of the pork industry.
Weatherlow Farms encompasses 200 acres of pasture, field, and woodlands. Their animals are always on high quality pasture and treated with respect. They believe their biologically active soils are the secret to delivering beef that is packed full of vital nutrition. Their farming practices allow them to honor the special relationship between optimal soil health, animal health and human health.
Handling everything from start to finish, the folks at Featherbrook Farm specialize in poultry. Owner Tad Largey hand-feeds his small flocks, processes his birds humanely (which he believes adds to the flavor in the end), packages them safely, and delivers orders to our farm himself. His chicken is said to have the same melt-in-your-mouth qualities as filet mignon!
To celebrate this centennial year, the Volante family is marking the monumental occasion with The Volante Farms Cookbook: A Century of Growing.
Fresh from Italy, Peter Volante got his start in 1917 by trucking his homegrown produce from his Newton farm to Boston’s city markets each morning. (In 1962, the family moved their operations and home to what they called “the sticks of Needham.”) Today, the community comes to the farm, which features acres of productive fields, state-of-the-art greenhouses, and a massive, year-round farmstand overflowing with all varieties of fruits and vegetables and outfitted with a full-service deli, bakery, and ice cream counter.
The Volante Farms Cookbook offers a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at the farm’s exceptional bounty along with wisdom for maximizing those homegrown flavors. The cookbook also shares the four generations of family history that led to the farm’s extraordinary success and longevity, with stories, photographs, and the Volante family’s heirloom recipes.
“Our dedicated staff and the support we’ve received from the community have helped our business succeed for the last century,” says Teri Volante Boardman. “This book is a tribute to that.”
Enduring fluctuating economic climates, competition from nearby grocery chains, and a shifting agricultural landscape, Volante Farms remains as popular as ever, attracting gardeners, local food lovers, and large lunchtime crowds. In recent years, the family has invited the community to dine with them at their beloved Dinner in the Field series—an event that sells out within hours each year. Fans of the farm will find that same level of inspiration and creativity in the cookbook. Packed with over 100 recipes for vibrant salads, hearty soups, inventive dinners, and plenty of fresh flavors, the cookbook serves as a delicious field guide to using the homegrown produce from Volante Farms or from your local family farmstand.
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To kick off our Centennial Year at Volante Farms and to close out our 5th Annual Rally for Rosie’s Place, a fresh food drive we run every March, we are hosting a Pancake Breakfast on April 1st in the greenhouse, to coincide with the beginning of the spring planting season. Please come join us on Saturday morning for pancakes- 3 for adults, 2 for children- with syrup and butter, bacon, OJ & Coffee. Help us start our year long celebration with a fun morning in the greenhouse for a great cause!
The proceeds of the breakfast will also go to Rosie’s Place, joining the donations of fresh food from our customers matched by the farm all month.
Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for children under 10,
We will have 4 seatings; 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30
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 14th @ 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:
2nd Prize: Gift Cards
Other prizes may be awarded as earned, for innovation, presentation, and more!
Each participant will receive a 10% coupon
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