What a perfect way to start our Dinner in the Field series for 2015 on Thursday evening. The weather was absolutely perfect, not a cloud in the sky and low humidity. A majority of our guests were joining us for the first time and we tried to show them a good time. Many thanks to Island Creek Oysters and Charles Smith Wines for sharing their time and tasty oysters and wines with us as well as our other local partners whose products were featured in this evening’s dinner alongside our extensive list of HOMEGROWN produce. See the full menu and more photos below and keep an eye on the cooler in the farmstand as some of the standouts from the dinner are reinvented as take-away options for your own farm-to-table dinners this week.
Island Creek Oysters from Duxbury paired with Nasturtium Mignonette and a Cucumber Lemon Verbena Granita
Clockwise from left: Roasted Beet Tart, English Pea Cake with Salmon Bacon, & Karrot Kraut Kale & Quinoa Salad with Charred Scallion Ranch and Appley Red Cabbage & Seared Radish
Lemongrass Grilled Beef, Stuffed Collards, Cucumber Peanut Relish and Celtuce
Berry Rhubarb Mousse with Candied Lavender and Greek Basil
FREE Jazz Concert!
Wednesday June 24th from 7:30-9pm
Echoes Quartet is a fabulous group of young musicians, one of whom hails from Wellesley! The jazz group found its roots at Oberlin College and is touring down the east coast this summer.
Come grab an ice cream cone, pull up a chair al fresco, and enjoy some summer jazz music on our patio.
Join us as we celebrate our annual Customer Appreciation Day this Saturday, June 13 from 11-4 with dozens of our local vendors and food artisans. Come talk to the people who make the special food we sell alongside our homegrown produce. Meet them, sample their food and learn the stories behind them and why we not only think Local is Best but that these products are the cream of the ever growing crop.
Just a few of the people we are expecting to be on hand include:
|Black River Meats|
|High Lawn Dairy|
|Chica de Gallo|
|New England Charcuterie|
|La Nina Tortillas|
|OWL Energy Bars|
|Bruce Cost Ginger Ale|
|Starlight Creatives Cookies|
|Pure Gold Granola|
|Chilly Cow Custard|
|Feather Brook Farms|
|Our Favorite Dressings|
|Alex’s Ugly Sauce|
|White Lion BakingWe Grow Microgreens|
And likely many more! So stop in this Saturday and visit with us and a few of our favorite local partners.
Menu Update: the July 16th dinner will feature Charles Smith wines from Washington State and Island Creek Oysters from Duxbury MA.
Join us in the field at Volante Farms for one or several in our series of Dinners in the Field. These multi course meals celebrate the bounty of our fresh picked homegrown produce and the creativity of our chef and kitchen crew for an enchanting al fresco evening.
The menu is usually developed the week of with an emphasis on including the most variety of fresh produce as possible, in unique and extravagant dishes and paired with fine wines. The meal itself is casual and served on compostable dinnerware. Please wear sensible shoes for traversing the gravel path.
Notes & Cancellations:
We are happy to announce the Spring 2015 Greenhouse Workshop Schedule. This year it is bigger than ever before and we are happy to be offering additional classes from a variety of area professionals in addition to our staff of experts.
Please consider stopping in one of these Saturdays to take part in our informative and fun workshop series. They are free, and attendees receive a 10%off coupon to use in the stand that weekend, excluding the free soil testing.
10 am Spring Pruning of Winter Damaged Shrubs
Our gardens are supposed to offer a welcome retreat, but this winter has been as hard on them as our mental state. As the snow and ice finally melts away the destruction from compaction, bitter cold, and snowplow and blower damage becomes very evident. Our pruning expert Mike will lead you through a brief and informative class on general pruning, with an emphasis on repairing winter damage and revitalizing your plant. We have plenty of now ugly and damaged shrubs in our gardens here thanks to the winter, so he will be able to demonstrate on some full size specimens.
10 am – 3 pm Free Soil Testing
April 11th we will once again be offering free soil testing courtesy of John Howell, of New England Vegetable and Berry Association
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. Stop by any time between 10 and 3 to meet with us and get your garden growing.This is being held in tandem with our Kids Gardening Workshop so there is something to keep the young ones occupied while you get your garden going. Attendees of the kids workshop will receive a 10% off coupon to use in the store, this offer does not apply to the soil testing.
10-3 Kids Gardening Workshop
This week, April 11 Kids Gardening Workshop 10 am – 3 pm
Join Michelle for a fun morning and afternoon of gardening fun. She will have several activities to keep young children occupied with the wonder of nature in the greenhouse. Kids will plant their own seeds to take home and learn about the life cycle of plants as well as the ways to care for them and conservation methods we use in our greenhouse. Kids activities will take between 20 -45 minutes depending on crowd size and other factors.Please join us April 11, stop by between 10 and 3 in our greenhouse. This is being held in tandem with our Free Soil Testing Workshop, so parents can grab a cup of coffee and get their own garden growing while the kids work with Michelle.
10 am Curb Appeal
Tips and strategies for increasing a home’s curb appeal with Paul Lambe
It’s real estate season again, so the perfect time for Paul Lambe, manager for NatureWorks Landscape Services to review strategies for improving curb appeal of your home. Curb appeal is what gets potential buyers in the door by enhancing visual interest, removing eyesores and ultimately providing a cohesive look. Paul will discuss the benefits and methods to increasing the curb appeal of both the home and landscape. His landscape discussion will likely discuss a variety of aspects including shrub and tree pruning, lawn care, plant health, animal damage, hardscape and lighting, irrigation systems, as well as new plantings. Bring your questions along and access his knowledge of 20 plus years in the business of making lawns and homes beautiful for discerning metrowest customers.
10 am Shrubbery, Traditional and Modern Varieties
Volante Farms Perennial and Shrub experts will offer a short course on many of the new varieties of shrubs available for your landscape. We will discuss popular landscape shrubs like Hydrangeas: The New (Endless Summer etc.) vs the Old (Traditional Oak Leaf). We will also cover other new hybrids of shrubs and roses, Bloomerang, Knockouts etc and how they perform vs. the tried and true varieties and why you might choose one over the other for your landscape.
10 am Container Planting
Our most popular workshop returns. Dianne will take you through the steps of creating beautiful container gardens for your home. She will go over the varieties of plants that work best in different pots, and the care they require. She will also have a wide variety of samples on hand and plenty of time to answer your questions while she leads you through the creative and imaginative world of container gardening.
Also don’t forget our Design & Drinks Class on April 11, also with Dianne, where you make your own spring colorful container and take it home!
10 am Irrigation & Water Conservation
Water Conservation in your Garden with Paul Lambe from NatureWorks Landscaping
Paul Lambe, manager of NatureWorks Landscaping, returns with a special program on creating a landscape to beat the summer heat. Many of us have to deal with water bans in our towns and he will give us some great ideas how to succeed despite restrictions. He will go over plants that are drought and heat tolerant, as well as ideas on how to conserve water in the garden, including irrigation methods and equipment.
Join us for our first ever daytime event in our continuing Design & Drinks Series. This April 11 at 3 pm Dianne and Linda will meet you in the greenhouse for a spring container workshop, our design being to get some color on your front porch as soon as possible.
Let’s melt away the remainder of the winter mess with a few glasses of wine and a good time building some cold weather ready mixed pots to brighten your entry way. The basics are we will give you your choice of terracotta colored pot or fiber urn liner, enough plants and soil to fill it and the tools and instruction necessary. You’ll have the option of adding a few glasses of wine on for just $10, as well as upgrading your container with our fine clay and pottery ones available in the farmstand as well as fancier plants if you so choose.
This is a great deal for just $50 ( $60 with wine) as the average designed planter will have a retail value of at least $40 to take home.
We expect to have some nice perennials, flowering bulbs, and pansies and violas by then and will help you make your selection from what is available and cold hardy.
Volante Farms Brings Fresh Approach to Food Drive
Needham, MA February 2015 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 first two weekends in March (March 7-8 and 14-15), 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 third and fourth weeks of March, when Volante’s will match pound for pound every customer donation!
During last year’s drive, shoppers donated over 500 pounds of nourishing vegetables and fruit. Coupled with the Volante’s match, Rosie’s Place received a half ton 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 email@example.com and Ruthie McDonough at Rosie’s Place (www.rosiesplace.org), 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118 or
Join us on March 7th for a new type of Cooking Class. We will be holding it in our greenhouse, to get a sense of spring. We will hold it during the day, starting at 1 pm. Chef Todd wants to focus on Spanish Tapas, and will lead you through a variety of small plates, perfect for snacking and appetizer alone, and a complete meal when followed one after another. We will pair with a couple glasses of Spanish wine for an additional charge.
Seats are $40, plus $10 for the wine option. sign up by clicking on the Flamenco Dancer emoji below and we’ll see you there!
Join us for our Fairy Gardening Workshop February 28. You’ll enjoy instruction and have all the materials necessary to make a cute miniature Fairy Garden, one of the trendiest things around. We’ll provide plants, container, soil, one fairy and knick knack 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 2 pm and probably run to about 4, but we do ask that parents of children remain at the farm during the class.
Cost of Workshop, including materials, $35.
Sign up by clicking the link below, for more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.