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  • Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on June 24, 2015

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    Happy Fourth of July weekend!

    The Farmstand will close early on the 3rd at 6 pm and we will see you again on Monday the 6th at 8 am.

    The Ice Cream Stand will stay open til 9 on the 3rd and be closed the 4th and 5th as well.

    Thanks for a great first half of the season!

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on June 23, 2015

    Tuesday show cancelled due to rain: rescheduled for Wednesday Night 7:30 pm– Thank You !Volante Farms Flyer JPEG

    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.

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    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on June 10, 2015

    Saturday June 13, 11 am – 4 pmEat-Local

    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:

    Ogusky Ceramics
    Black River Meats
    High Lawn Dairy
    Revitalive Juice
    Chica de Gallo
    New England Charcuterie
    Apotheker’s Chocolate
    La Nina Tortillas
    OWL Energy Bars
    Mccrea’s Caramels
    Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
    Starlight Creatives Cookies
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    Pure Gold Granola
    Bisousweet Bakery
    Beth’s Chocolates
    Chilly Cow Custard
    Feather Brook Farms
    Our Favorite Dressings
    Spindrift Soda
    American Stonecraft
    Venus Crackers
    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.

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    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on April 23, 2015

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     All Seats have sold out to all three dinners. There is a waiting list for cancellations. Clicking the date below will take you to the event page and allow you to sign up for the waiting list for that event. Additionally, please consider signing up for our weekly email, either at the top of our website or from our contacts page, this is the best way to find out about ticket sales first for all of our events. 

    All seats are $125 eachjuly 16 ticketsjuly 30 tickets

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    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:

    • Dinners are rain or shine. In the event of inclimate weather we will move the dinner into our large glass greenhouse overlooking the field, or an alternate location on the farm, as deemed necessary.
    • If you need to cancel please contact us 48 hours in advance of event so we can offer seats to the waitlist and offer you a refund.
    • Seating is family style at tables of 8. If there is a party you would like to be seated with, please contact us in advance of the dinner and we will do our best to accomodate your request. Likewise, contact us with accesibility concerns as the path to the field is gravel.
    • For allergy concerns please contact us directly in advance of the dinner.
    • For seating, allergy, and other information direct inquireies to info@volantefarms.com.
    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on March 25, 2015

    CIMG0634We 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.

    April 4

    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.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Spring Pruning Winter Damage

    April 11 

    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.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Free 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.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Kids Gardening Workshop

    April 18

    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.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Curb Appeal

     

    April 25

    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.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Shubbery: New vs. Traditional Varieties

    May 2

    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!

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Container Planting

    Eventbrite - Design & Drinks Workshop: Spring Container Planters

     

     

    May 9

    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.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Water Conservation in the Garden

     

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on March 24, 2015

    blue pansyJoin 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.

    Please see our page on Eventbrite to register, or ask for more information the next time you are in the farmstand.
    Eventbrite - Design & Drinks Workshop: Spring Container Planters

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on March 4, 2015

     

    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 info@volantefarms.com and Ruthie McDonough at Rosie’s Place (www.rosiesplace.org), 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118 or

    617-442-9322.

     

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on February 6, 2015

    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!

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on January 16, 2015

    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 info@volantefarms.com.

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on December 9, 2014

    Join Dianne and Linda for the third installment of their Drinks & Design Series, workshops patterned on the popular Painting Nights all over town. Only these fun events let you leave with a real work of art, something put together by you and Mother nature together. We’ve already done cut flower bouquets in the summer, and boxwood arrangements for the holidays, but this time we are going to break the winter doldrums with something not cut at all, but living and growing!

    Terrariums are the next rage in gardening, and we are going to help you put together a mini desk or table top garden under glass of your very own. We’ll provide you with a choice of appropriate plants, a handsome glass container, soil and instruction on how to put it all together into a work of natural art. You just bring your hands, and a willingness to kick back and create with some snacks and wine.

    The materials of this course are a bit more expensive than our usual classes, but we want to make sure a lot of you can join in the fun so we are keeping our workshop price the same for this class, which means the project you take home could have a retail value more than the entire event ticket! How’s that for an incentive?

    So please join us with your friends. Maybe make this the holiday get together you know you just wont have time for in this busy season, but get it on the books now. A solid month after the hectic New Year, we think it’s a great time to get out and celebrate again.

    The class starts at 7 pm, January 31st in the farmstand. Seats are $50, or $65 with wine. Purchase seats with our cashiers in the farmstand or online right now by clicking the button below. Hurry while space remains!