Great Country Farms Team Newsletter
Learn what's coming, what's happened and what's great at Great Country Farms
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In This Issue
Upcoming Special Events

Opening Day
March 28

Marshmallow Harvest
April 11 & 12




Weekend Music at Bluemont Vineyard 


February 14 Nathaniel Davis


February 15 Quentin Walston


On Valentine's Weekend, the Tasting Room will be serving local lamb chili and pot-de-creme desert paired with blackberry wine.


February 27 -- Last Friday Bobby Stevens


Meet the Artist

February 21

Betsy Grady

Portraits, Landscapes, Still-lifes in oil and pastel










Dear Farmhands,


   The temperature on the mountain is supposed to drop to 15 degrees this weekend, but here in the Hen House we're keenly aware that opening day, March 28, is just around the corner, and we're getting ready to embrace an exciting new season. Spring festivals and events include:

Bluemont Shamrock Run, March 21

Great Country Farms Opening Day, March 28

Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest, April 11 & 12

Members Open House and Pancake Breakfast, April 25 Dog Days Blossom Festival, May 2 & 3

Asparagus Mother's Day Weekend, May 9 & 10

Strawberry Jubilee, May 23 & 24 and May 30 & 31


   As we plan our staffing needs for these events and the full 2015 season, we're eager to know who'll be coming back to work on the farm this year. Please drop Michele ( a line and let her know if you'll be joining us again. 

What's New?

There's a new crop in the greenhouse this spring: wheat grass, which is pretty much what it sounds like. Many reports suggest that wheat grass juice may provide truly remarkable health benefits. Mark has several flats growing on heated mats, which protect the grass against the single-digit temperatures we've seen on a couple of nights. For more information on wheat grass, chat with Mark or Debbie, or watch for an upcoming article on Barn Talk.

The Big Red Barn is getting an addition, which will substantially increase the covered seating capacity of that venue, making it large enough to accommodate parties of 300 people.

The CSA program has added two new public group sites. Olio2go, located in Fairfax, sells fine olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and Brew LoCo, located in Belmont, sells brewed beverages and supplies for all kinds of brewing.

And the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has finalized the zoning regulations governing farm breweries, so Dirt Farm Brewing should start pouring drafts in the Stone Haus some time this spring. Three cheers for a successful legislative process!

So Long, Karen

If you've worked in the Roosteraunt at all during the last five years, your spirits have surely been buoyed by the indefatigable Karen McLaughlin, who has anchored the kitchen crew since 2010. Karen's first assignment in the kitchen was to grill a couple thousand pancakes in a couple of hours for that year's Big Dig Pancake Breakfast, and that monumental achievement set the tone for Karen's career. This year we bid Karen farewell, as she shifts her energies toward her four grandchildren and her own kitchen. Our best wishes go with you, Karen. Thanks for all your hard work.

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