Crop Talk, February 20, 2017  

Our Thanks for Your Support

   Last week the Loudoun Times-Mirror released the results of its annual Best of Loudoun survey, and we farmers were honored and humbled by your high regard for our work. You all endorsed us and our sister properties in eight categories:

Best Agritourism Attraction:
Great Country Farms #1

Best CSA Program:
Great Country Farms #1

Best Farm:
Great Country Farms #1

Best Pick-your-own:
Great Country Farms #1

Best Event Venue:
The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard #1

Best Event Planner:
Amy Thunnell #2

Best Winery:
Bluemont Vineyard #2

Best Catering Company:
Savoir Fare #1

   We thank you for choosing us to be your farmers and for endorsing our work with public recognition. Your support means a lot to us. 

CSA Day and CSA Charter

   February 24 is National CSA Day, and this year the celebration includes adopting a CSA Charter that articulates the features and the goals of this model for uniting around the most basic human necessity: food.
   We encourage you to read journalist Steve McFadden's comments on the CSA Charter and to share the charter with your friends, so they get a broader sense of what you like about your farm membership.
   

J oin Us In Purcellville 

The Seventh Annual Loudoun Grown Expo showcases the county's growers, producers, artisans, and makers of all kinds this Saturday, February 25, at the historic Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville. Tastings, samplings, and sales from purveyors of fine foods, wines, beers, and art.


Admission: $2 per person or $3 per family.
Purcellville residents within Town limits are free. (Please bring ID).     


A New Supermarket Lets You Pay What You Want for Less-Than-Perfect Food


   A new supermarket in Germany only sells food that would be tossed out by most grocery stores. While they aren’t the first store to sell would-be-garbage goods, they are the first to be a “pay what you want” establishment.

   That’s right. You get to name your price for the fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and even beer (beer!) that don’t make the cut at regular stores because the items are either imperfect or have an expired sell by date, but are still perfectly edible.

   Nicole Klaski, the woman behind the grocery store, called “The Good Food,” launched it as part of her on-going fight against food waste, an international issue of immense proportions that is not only a waste of resources that could go to feed the hungry, but also has negative impacts on the environment.  According to the non-profit EndFoodWaste.org, 10 percent of human-made greenhouse gas emissions come from producing, transporting, storing, and preparing food that is never eaten. In the U.S. alone, nearly half the food produced isn’t eaten.

Read more here.
 

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