Membership Cards on the Way!
Crop Talk: March 17, 2014
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Membership Cards are On the Way!
Thank you for being part of our CSA/Fan membership this season although all this snow today makes us feel like spring will never get here!  For those of you who and made your first payment by March 10th, we have printed your membership cards and they should be in the mail next week so you will receive them before our Grand Opening Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest on April 4th & 5th. Each household member listed on the card receives FREE admission to all of our festivals and daily visits. You also get a special speedy check in so be sure to look for the Member check-in signs when you arrive at the Farm Market.

The members on your card should only be your family members who still live in your household and can not be traded for other friends or family members who are visiting. If you have any guests that would like to attend you can purchase advanced tickets here.Buy Now
  
Discounted Guest Egg Hunt Tickets

What happens if I signed up after March 10th!? Don't worry we have a master list of all of our members that if you do not have your membership card when you arrive.  The next round of membership cards will be printed on April 10th.

 Build Your Own Compost Pile at Home!   

 

Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil amendments, as it uses natural organic matter that retains water to offer nutrient-rich soil to fuel plants' growth. Best of all, compost is cheap! You can make this "black gold" without spending a cent and use it instead of commercial fertilizers while helping to reduce landfill Learn Morewaste which is one third compostable material. Learn more about starting a compost pile at home.  

   

Our compost pile is almost 7 acres! We receive leaves from the Town of Leesburg and the Town of Herndon along with manure from local farms which provides all the nitrogen-rich matter needed for a healthy balance. Compost naturally begins to heat up as it breaks down. It reaches temps higher then 140 degrees which kills bacteria and weed seeds. With regular turning, it takes 90 days for compost to break down enough before we spread it in our fields. Last year it took us an entire year to turn all of our compost using our loader. We are very excited to have added a Large Self Contained Compost Turner that can turn all of our compost every week. Check it out! 

Brown Bear Self Contained turner.wmv

      

 

Corned Beef, Swiss and Bacon Breakfast Wraps
Recipe from Spoonful.com Corned Beef Breakfast

St. Patrick's Day is all about leprechauns, pots of gold and delicious corned beef! But why should corned beef be relegated to dinnertime? Have some left over from tonight? Paired with eggs, cheese and bacon, make yourself (and your kids) a Corned Beef, Swiss and Bacon Breakfast Wrap! Get the Recipe Here!

   
Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
Easter Egg HuntApril 5th & 6th Opening Weekend
CSA & Fan Member Admission Included with Membership
General Admission: $10/child $12/adult
10am-5pm
 
Buy NowOrder Advanced Guest Tickets ~ Save $2/adult  
 
After a long cold winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm! Join us for the first "crop" of the spring-- Marshmallow Picking!! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob.  The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs and we need you to help us find them! There will be multiple egg hunts each day this year with over 18,000 eggs filled with treats. Thanks to Northern Virginia Magazine, each child will receive a u-pick bucket to collect eggs and use all season for pick your own fun on the farm!
 
Be sure to vote in the Northern Virginia Magazine 2014 Best of Northern VA Poll and share some love for your favorite winery, kids party place and lots more.
 
Reserve Baby Chick's for Easter!
Here a peep there a peep, take some home to share a peep!

Learn first-hand the fun of raising spring chicks as a Spring Break and Easter project! Raising baby peeps is a really awesome experience for both little people and big people. If you're not allowed to keep them, NO WORRIES! We can take your peeps back and give them a good home after they are all grown up.  for more details and to order your chicks today. 

Supplies are limited!

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Middle School Motivation & Study Skills Group
March Mondays from 6-7pm at
The Wellness Connection
South Riding, VA (call for Snow Updates)
  •  Has this winter sucked the motivation out of your middle schooler?
  • Are you nervous about whether you student will be ready for high school?
  • Does your middle schooler need organization skills and motivation, but won't hear any of your advice?
  • Do you wish there was a way to help your child in school without the whining and pain?
Neil McNerney will be offering a Motivation and Study Skills group for middle school students on Mondays in March to focus on two important aspects of school success: increasing motivation and learning easier ways to study & stay organized. CALL TODAY!
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Farm News
Upcoming Events
Order Baby Chicks as an Easter Activity
Reserve Today!

March 22nd 
Italian Journey at Open Kitchen, Falls Church
11am-2pm $89+

April 5th & 6th
Opening Day: Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest

April 6th
951 Hill Run at Bluemont Vineyard

April 4, 11, 18 & 25th
5K Fridays in Crystal City
2014 Kids Bucket List Video Contest!
Kids TrailTurn in by April 4th and you could win $1000.00!

Think about the best kid activity experience you have had and why other kids enjoying the Shenandoah Valley Blue Ridge Mountains should also have this experience. Make a Video and turn it in to the Kids Trail Contest! Have any videos of Great Country Farms from last year? If not, make sure to take some this year so you can create a video with us for next year!
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Learn How Your Business can Earn Points for Loudoun's Healthy Business Challenge!
The Healthy Business Challenge was created to recognize and honor businesses that have implemented innovative programs and policies to promote the wellness and productivity of their employees. Click Here to learn more about the challenge.

You can earn 3 points by having your business host a CSA group site! Contact us today to learn more about it.
Contact Us
Great Country Farms
540-554-2073
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd.,
Bluemont, VA 20135
csa@greatcountryfarms.com
www.greatcountryfarms.com
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