Have a Party and Picnic at the Farm!
Crop Talk: March 24, 2014
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For the young ones our Barnyard Bash includes a designated venue and party host for you and your guests, a cowtrain ride around our 5 acre play area, and an animal feed cup to visit our animals. For the older ones try our Laser Tag Party with out door laser gun!

Have a group you want to bring out to enjoy a Bonfire & Sunset Wagon Ride? We can do that too! Check out our website for more pricing details and don't forget to let us know you are a member to receive your discount!
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The Impact of Old Man Winter on the Farm
First field planting are scheduled to begin next week!
Brocccoli Plants growing strong in Layngs Greenhouse

With all this cold and temps in the teens this morning, the number one question we are getting is, "How is this long winter affecting the crops?" Farmers are always challenged with Mother Nature's curve balls, but after working with her for 21 years we do our best to "field them". With the help of greenhouses, our starter plants are already growing strong. Despite the many snows, we have just finished trimming the last of our fruit trees to prepare them for bloom in a few weeks. March winds to help the ground dry quickly this time of year and when it does we will start planting potatoes & onions, hopefully next week.  The snow actually helped insulate the strawberries from the deep chills we had this winter and the plants are growing nicely nestled under their winter coat of remay fabric.  Our CSA shares should be right on track by the first week of June if we get the warming predicted next week.

Last year we didn't have much of a winter, so this time last year we were already tilling and planting. Since many items were running a bit early, we had some additional u-pick bonuses for our members in May but this year the snow could affect our early Spring U-Pick kale & lettuce availability.  We do not anticipate an impact for kale & lettuce in CSA boxes.
Welcome Letter Typo- Oops!
For those Mistaeks Happen Members who signed up before March 10th your membership cards went in the mail on Wednesday and many of you have already received them. However, I noticed I accidentally printed the Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Dates incorrect on the letter. Just to confirm the Event Dates are Saturday & Sunday April 5th & 6th.

What happens if I signed up after March 10th!? Don't worry we have a master list of all of our members at check in for those who do not have their membership cards. The next round of membership cards will be printed on April 10th.
Carrots with Rainbow Chard
Recipe fromNova Medical GroupCarrot & Chard our CSA Group Site

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 160
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups carrots, peeled & sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups rainbow chard (or kale), finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine
Directions:
  1. In a medium sauce pan, take the water to a boil. Add the carrots and let it cook for 5 minutes. Remove  from heat, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium skillet at medium heat, add the olive oil and let it heat up for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the cooked carrots, rainbow chard, seasonings and wine. Let it cook uncovered for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.  
  4. Serve warm 
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Upcoming Events
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April 5th & 6th
Opening Day: Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest

April 6th
951 Hill Run at Bluemont Vineyard
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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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You can earn 3 points by having your business host a CSA group site! Contact us today to learn more about it.
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540-554-2073
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd.,
Bluemont, VA 20135
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"951" 5K Run at Bluemont Vineyard April 6th at 11:00AM- SIGN UP NOW!
951 5K
We are again looking forward to the 951 Run and hope you will join us! Bluemont Vineyard' s 951 Run is not your typical 5K! It is a very challenging course that is run entirely on the grounds of the Vineyard. The course includes running on trails and gravel and several passes through the orchard. And let's not forget the signature portion of this 5K Run: the challenging last 1/2 mile consisting of a 350 foot climb to the finish. Runners of all levels are welcome, but be prepared for a challenging course. Register Today for the 951 Run and Walk to Support Loudoun Free Clinic - Register Now
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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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
 
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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.
 
 
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