CSA Season About to Begin
Crop Talk: May 19, 2014
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Holly Morris Works the Rows
Fox5 news personality Holly Morris returns to Great Country Farms this week for a Strawberry Jubilee preview.
On Thursday, May 22, she'll be doing three live spots, including a Diaper Derby segment for which we're recruiting a few fast-crawling Baby Farmers. If you wear diapers and you'd like to be on live TV this week, ask your mom or your dad to email us at askthefarmer@greatcountryfarms.com to let us know that you'll be coming. We'll have complimentary cider doughnuts form Mom and Dad, and souvenir rompers for the little racers. Plan to arrive at the farm by 8:30.

Deliveries Just Around the Corner

CSA deliveries and pick-ups begin the week of June 3. If you're picking up your share at the farm, then you've already chosen your day of the week. (Check your account if you've forgotten.) If we're delivering your share, check this list to see which day of the week deliveries will come to your zip code:

Tuesday: 20170, 20171, 22003, 22015, 22030, 22032, 22033, 22150, 22151, 22152, 22153, 22304, 22312, 22315

Wednesday: 20132, 20135, 20141, 20158, 20164, 20165, 20166, 22027, 22031, 22041, 22042, 22043, 22044, 22046, 22066, 22101, 22102, 22124, 22180, 22181, 22182, 22201, 22203, 22204, 22205, 22206, 22207, 22209

Thursday: 20105, 20120, 20121, 20151, 20152, 20190, 20191, 20194, 22202, 22301, 22302, 22303, 22305, 22314

Friday: 20147, 20148, 20175, 20176

Note that deliveries to Large Group Sites may come on days other than the ones listed for the zip codes associated with those sites, so it you're a large group member, please log into your account and verify your delivery day.

In fact, we urge all members to log into their accounts and verify their delivery days. You can access the log-in page from our website, or you can click on this link. Your user name for our system is your email address; if you've forgotten your password, leave that box blank, and the system will give you the option to reset your password. 

While you're logged in, please make your vacation requests. To do that, click on the button that says "Log a Case" near the top of your account page. The "View Cases" button will show you cases we haven't yet addressed, and the "View Closed Cases" button will show you cases we've resolved and posted. If we've posted your vacation request, it will appear on that page.
Farm News
Upcoming Events
May 24 & 25 and May 31 & June 1
at Great Country Farms

May 24
If you join the group site hosted by Leesburg Chiropractic, Dr. Sampson will thank you with a chiropractic wellness assessment followed by a 60-minute massage therapy session at a discount rate of just $78 -- that's half price!
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.
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Bluemont, VA 20135
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INOVA Blood Drive at the Farm
On May 24 from 10 until 2,  INOVA's bloodmobile will visit Great  Country Farms as part of its ongoing effort to maintain a safe, adequate blood supply in northern Virginia. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.inova.org/donateblood, click on the link that says Donate Blood, and enter the sponsor 8066. Walk-ins are welcome as well. INOVA requires that donors bring a photo ID to their appointment. The donation process takes about an hour. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. A full list of restrictions and requirements is available at inova.org.

Get Your Picking Fingers Ready. For May 31st
This year's Strawberry Jubilee is a two-weekend extravaganza featuring a tart toss, a pie eating contest, live music, but upicking will have to wait until the second weekend this festival.
Weather out here on the Blue Ridge continues to unseasonably cool, and our berries are ripening slowly, so the second weekend of the Jubilee festival will probably offer better picking than the first. Remember that weather and picking volume will determine how long the fields remain open each day (last year we closed the fields at 11:30am on Saturday), so plan to come early on a weekday next week or on the second weekend for a better picking experience. To keep up with field conditions, follow us on Twitter at  Twitter @TheFarmerSays  and at facebook/greatcountryfarms for up to the minute news.
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