Volante Farms: an Authentic Farm Stand Gone Modern Near Boston, Mass.
Article and photos by Eric H.
Volante Farms in Needham, Mass., has turned into a giant pumpkin.
a small, unassuming roadside farm stand as recently as 2007, Volante
Farms now reigns as one of the larger farmstands open year-round in the Boston area. A
modern yet traditional-looking building addition from 2012 houses a wide variety of locally
grown produce, cheeses and meats, as well as a full service deli
with indoor and outdoor patio seating, a
bakery, ice cream stand and farm kitchen. A spectacular 16,000 sq ft.
energy efficient greenhouse allows for optimal plant development and an
outstanding selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs.
The beautiful farm land remains, as does its family-owned and
operated business model that dates back to 1917.
If your ancestors that frequented this farmstand were around to see Volante Farms today, they might first wince at the presence of a simple storefront giving way to modern development. That wistful sentiment would probably give way, however, to a greater appreciation of a local family clearly looking to expand upon its innately high quality business. Meaningful progress trumps expansion without a vision, any day of the week!
acres amongst three farm fields yield a tremendous variety of
"homegrown" vibrantly coloful fruits and vegetables that quickly make
their way to the
Sure, you'll see the usual garden variety of produce like tomatoes and
corn but also hard-to-find items like Kentucky Wonder beans, Red
Russian kale, fleshy trout back lettuce, Turkish orange
eggplant and several varieties of rare heirloom apples. And speaking of
the aforementioned tomatoes, Volante Farms offers 20 heirloom
Produce availability at the farm stand varies given the time of the season and what has grown to its fullest, freshest potential. The bottom line is, though, given the incredible vofferings of homegrown, Massachusetts and "New England Grown" produce, you're sure to find something at Volante Farms that you won't find anywhere else in the Boston, New England area.
Apparently, the need for a local farm strongly exists given the crowds of working professionals, families and all other walks of life that frequent this farm stand alongside suburban homes and those crazy Boston drivers speeding en route to their self-perceived important destinations that can't wait.
Volante Farms takes one away from the hectic suburban sprawl and into a simpler place and time -- yet with a presentation that goes beyond the traditional farm stand. It's an interesting mix that works quite well for the customer while validating the American Dream for a local family that carries on its early 20 century inception as a special Boston area farmstand.
Volante Farms in located at 292 Forest Street, Needham, MA 02492. Tel. 781-444-2351
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