Welcome to Fall at Volante’s. We are in full harvest mode right now. You have probably noticed the overflowing stand, the ever increasing varieties of apples, and the chill in the air.
It is clearly pumpkin time, we are well stocked now and will continue to be right up until Halloween, but why wait? Get in the spirit of the season now. We have literally tons of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to choose from. Multiple colors, and all types of fascinating winter squash as well, which you should remember are an effective decoration now and an edible treat at Thanksgiving. We may not be open then, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some homegrown tastes on your table in November too!
In addition to pumpkins and squash, we have bales of salt marsh hay and bundles of cornstalks a plenty. Don’t forget Sukkot begins Friday at sundown, and we think we have more than enough on hand for your holiday and decorating needs.
So, you are probably wondering about apples too. I had hoped to get a comprehensive guide up here at the beginning of the season, but time has gotten ahead of me. The great news is as of this morning we had over 23 varieties available, including all your new and old favorites: Macintosh, Macoun, Honeycrisp, American Beauty, Jonamac, Gala, Spencer, Freedom, Paulared, Ginger Gold, Red Delicious to name a few off the top of my head. We expect to get a few more in over the weekend. Check back soon for a complete list of all of our apples and pears.
In the tree fruit department, you are on notice that local peaches and nectarines are almost done. As in really, really soon. You have been warned!
In other harvest news we are continuing to have a great time with our baby greens. The lettuce and arugula have been huge successes, and we should have some mixed chard and beet greens ready this week. We even have some arugula micro greens available on a limited basis, perfect for garnishing a beet salad, or even a nice burger or steak!
The tomato harvest is winding down rapidly. Peppers and eggplant continue to produce. Corn is expected through Columbus Day.
But the real big news is the Broccoli harvest. The thing about the weather and farming is, well, they rarely sync up the way they are expected to. We plant two crops of broccoli and cauliflower every fall and know exactly when we want to start harvesting them and how many days before that we need to plant, and how many days before that we need to seed the crops. We know this year after year. And yet still the two crops rarely play along. In other words they love where they are in the Standish field so much, that the late crop and early crop have all matured together. Welcome to broccoli special 2009! Come down and get a great deal on some beautiful heads of broccoli.