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This blog is all wet.

June 26, 2012

The skies over the farm, partly cloudy or partly sunny? Depends on your outlook.

It was recently brought to my attention that these blog posts tend to focus on the weather, and in particular my apparent obsession with rain. While I was not fully aware of this, I will admit, as farmers it plays a pretty major role in our day to day lives. Moreover, I think the reason you hear so much about the rain from me is the likelihood that a rainy day affords the opportunity to pause for a minute and catch you up.

And with this week’s exciting rainstorms, the crops are well watered and I am well rested. So here is the news:

Homegrown Green Beans, Provider Variety, First tastes of summer.

From the fields:

We are bringing in  some new tastes this week. Green beans from our very early field crop arrived over the weekend and are a real summery flavor for your table. Small amounts of Broccoli and Summer Squash will start filtering in off and on this week as well, no guarantees but if you time it right you might be the lucky ones for those Homegrown staples.

Broccoli and Zucchini starting to trickle in…

This week has also seen the return of our Greenhouse Cucumber crop. Absent for about 5 years since the demolition of our old hoop houses, this year we finally found the right spot in our new growing houses down by the barn. We have been picking small Persian Cukes for about a week, and the larger European Gourmet Cukes will probably arrive this weekend.

Other crops to keep an eye out for are cabbage, carrots, romano and wax beans. These all seem like they could be harvested any day now.

Persian Cucumbers, fresh from our greenhouse each morning.

We are also pleased to be taking part in American Express’ Shop Small Now: Boston. When registered card members spend $10 at Volante’s or other participating merchants, they can receive a $10 credit on their statement. Register on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, or by going to shopsmallnow.comto learn more.

It’s not much but it’s ours: home base for our greenhouse cuke production.

Next week is the Fourth of July, and Volante’s will be taking part in a time-honored tradition of taking a few days off to celebrate. The farmstand and Greenhouse will be closed all day the 4th &5th. Ice Cream will be open its regular hours, 11-9 both days, from the windows, so you can certainly get your cold treat fix.

Shrubs, hangers, and most annuals are on sale. Plus these beautiful annual Patio Planters have been arriving regularly from our trusted growing partners. Outfit your Independence Day bash in a hurry with one stop at Volante’s!

But for all your other garden sprucing up, and grilling supplements, plan ahead this week as you’ll need to be stocked up by next Tuesday. And we’ll see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Friday morning.

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