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The results of that rain

June 9, 2012

 The nice steady rain we have been having off and on all week has left the fields lush and happy. The pea fields are popping with full pods and hence so is the farmstand. Both regular and sugar snap peas are available this weekend, so be sure to stop in soon. The season gets a little bit longer every year, but it is still all too fleeting, before you know it they will be gone.

Strawberries are in full season right now as well. We have a small number of homegrown berries available from time to time, but the crop we are picking is on its last legs, with a new one just getting established for next year. So you will find the best in local berries on our stand this Spring, some Homegrown, most Massachusetts and New England Grown whenever possible.

We have started bringing in some of the summer lettuce varieties this week too. Salad Bowl and new for us Red Salad Bowl are available, as well as Flashy Trout Back, a very cool freckled Romaine.

Events of note this week are the return of On The Edge Knife Sharpening, this Monday from 1-4. Patti will be in the parking lot sharpening blades and implements of all sorts so bring your kitchen fare and your garden shears down, and let her do her handiwork while you shop. Details available on her website. She is planning on coming every second Monday, so you can really get used to how nice it is to cook with a sharp knife.

One of Cape Ann Fresh Catch’s boats at port in Gloucester. Photo from http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org/

Also last week began the start of Cape Ann Fresh Catch’s Summer season. It is not too late to join if you want to have a healthy, sustainably caught, access to fish this summer. What better way to start the week than with some  fresh caught filets? Cape Ann Fresh Catch is a Community Supported Fishery, meaning you buy a share directly from them at the beginning of their season and they deliver filets, whole fish , or a combination to you throughout the season, every, or every other Monday. You pick it up at the farm and have all of our other fresh produce available to put together a great meal. Not too late to sign up for this season, they still had space as of last week, more info here.

Beautiful days happen fast between thunderstorms. Look close you might spot the blue heron flying over the cucumber patch.

Speaking of space, The first Dinner in the Field filled up in just three days. I will happily say, I told you so. Well we are thrilled with that excitement level and the fact that there is so much built up anticipation for future events of its kind. Stay tuned here for details on the next one, which will be announced shortly after our first one goes off (without a hitch).

Speaking of things that have been going well, Todd and the Volante Farm Kitchen are excited to be providing catering for the taping of Ming Tsai’s show for WGBH this week. Look for our logo at the end of the show once it airs this fall and tell your friends “your farm” is famous. The underlying comment there, if you were paying attention, is the catering part. We don’t quite have a full catering menu ready to roll out yet, but keep us in mind for your upcoming events, and consider if a platter of Volante Sandwiches wouldn’t just hit the spot. More to come on that as it becomes official, in the meantime direct inquiries to the Deli!

The Greenhouse has been bringing in more flowers daily, in large patio pots, ready to go. If you have a last minute soiree sneak up on you, outfit your BBQ night with some large and well established annuals. You will look like you’ve had it all under control for weeks, with just a minutes effort.

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