Peaches Galore!
Crop Talk: July 28, 2014 
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Week 9 CSA Shares include:






Green Pepper


You-pick bonus: peaches.

Look for cantaloupe next week!


We had a little fun with this week's packing video.  For those of you who know Farmer Debbie, she is up to her antics again.  Be sure to check it out on our Facebook page.


Wondering what to do with your beets? Here's a delicious recipe from Food 52:

French Peasant Beets

4-6 Beets with greens 

1 bunch Swiss chard

3 tablespoons butter

1 shallot

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons white wine 

2 tablespoons water

half pound Bucheron Cheese (room temperature)

Crusty peasant style bread (warmed in oven)


Scrub and peel the beets. Remove the greens and chop coarsely. Chop the Swiss Chard and mix with the beet greens. 


While sauteeing  the shallots in the butter, slice the beets into 1/4 inch rounds and add them to the shallot-butter mixture. Crack some pepper over the beets and a toss in a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and sautee beets, turning over to ensure even cooking. 


About 15 minutes later when beets are begnning to glaze and become tender, add greens and chard. 


Sautee for about 5 minutes, then add wine and cover. Cook until greens are wilted, adding water if necessary. Allow liquid to be mostly absorbed into greens. 


Scoop greens and beets into a low shallow bowl. Garnish with a sizeable wedge of bucheron and some crusty bread. Crack a little bit of pepper over the entire dish.



And here's a lovely squash recipe from

Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin


2 medium yellow squash, about 1/2 pound

4 small to medium red potatoes, about 1 pound

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 ounces goat cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup whole milk

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil or thyme leaves


Preheat oven to 400�F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish with a drizzle of olive oil.


Use a mandoline or chef's knife to slice the squash and potatoes into very, very thin slices, 1/8-inch or less. Toss the sliced vegetables with the 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl.


Place 1/3 of the squash and potato slices in the bottom of the dish - no need to layer them - then season with salt and pepper. Top with half of the goat cheese, scattered evenly in large chunks. Repeat with another 1/3 of the vegetables, seasoning again with salt and pepper and topping with the other 1/2 of the goat cheese. Finish by layering on the final 1/3 of the vegetables and seasoning with salt and pepper.


Pour the milk over the entire dish. Top with the parmesan cheese. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 15 more minutes, until the top browns. Scatter on the fresh basil, if using.

 Loudoun Farms in Loundoun Restaurants

Farm to Fork Loudoun, "a dynamic 11-day celebration of locally sourced foods," continues through August 3. During the celebration, 23 local restaurants will feature food from 14 local farms. 
Great Country Farms will be supplying produce to Rangoli Thai, Belmont Country Club, Fireworks Pizza, Buffalo Wing Factory in Leesburg, Savoir Faire, and Salamander. Stop by one of those establishments and taste these wonderful chef's creations with our fruits and vegetables.

A few of our Partners for Dog Days Peach Festival 

August 9 &10


If you've ever worried that your pet might be unhappy while you're away on vacation, consider sending your dog or cat to Olde Towne Pet Resort. In addition to a luxury suite, Fido can enjoy a few laps in the doggie pool, some quality time on the dog agility course, a massage, and a pedicure. Olde Towne Pet Resort  offers day care as well as extended stays, and a full range of training and grooming services in two locations, Dulles and Springfield.



"There's nothing quite like standing, walking, and being in balance with another creature," says Marnie Montgomery, owner of The Joyful Dog. "I relish those moments, and the opportunity to help others, canine and human, to live in that space." Joyful Dog works one-on-one with people and their dogs, teaching fun ways to live together using force-free tools and techniques for creative communication. We provide training in basic manners, and behavioral problem-solving, using a combination of rewarding techniques.


Karla, a Maltese-poodle mix, may be the only dog in Northern Virginia with her own book series. Karla the Dog: Island of Mysterious Wonders is scheduled for release at the end of this month. Karla and owner/story-teller C.Q. Wilder will be at the farm this weekend telling stories and signing paw-print autographs.


Sit Stay Dog Training offers a variety of dog-education packages,

Meghann and Luc
ranging from basic leash training to advanced work on obstacle courses. Owner Meghann Weller-Redmer, a graduate of the National K9 School for Dog Trainers, has been education dogs for 15 years. She offers sessions either at Blue Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Purcellville, or in a dog's own home.





Vet Wagon owner Susan Cooke, VMD, brings modern veterinary medicine to your pet's home. Vet Wagon offers a full range of laboratory services, minor surgical procedures, vaccinations, microchipping, wellness consultations, and chronic illness management. 


NOVA Dog Magazine is the love-labor of publisher Angela Meyers and managing editor C. Claiborne Linvill. They describe their mission thus: to celebrate the canine-human bond with informative and insightful articles written by dog-owners and experts alike. The magazine "is committed to creating and fostering an active and supportive community for local dogs and their owners to share, learn, interact, and engage."


Go Blueridge Travel offers comprehensive travel services for adventures or other leisure pursuits in Loudoun County's wine country, Wild West Virginia, The Shenandoah National Park, The Shenandoah Valley, and the Virginia Piedmont.

 Asian Apples?

You may be interested in knowing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently considering a proposal that would allow China to export fresh apples to the United States.

The website The Packer

reports that "under the terms of the proposal, apples from areas in China free of the Oriental fruit fly would have to be produced with a so-called systems approach, requiring registration of places of production and packinghouses, inspection for quarantine pests at set intervals by Chinese plant health officials, bagging of fruit, safeguarding, labeling, and importation in commercial consignments." 



China produces more apples than any other country in the world. Market experts predict that if the proposal goes through, Chinese apple imports will effect growers on the west coast more than growers on the east coast. 

Vacation Requests Welcome!!
With vacation season in full swing, don't forget to take advantage of our CSA Vacation Request benefit so that you enjoy the full value of your share.  Just login .to your account via our website to add a vacation date and request the week you would like to receive a make up share.  Many members choose to take their make up shares when they are expecting company or in September and October when many items have a longer shelf-life, such as apples, potatoes and fall squashes.  If a double share is just too much produce, we also offer the option to donate your share to Loudoun Interfaith Relief, our local food pantry.  The farm donates 4 shares each week, and we are glad to take vacation shares to help those in need in our community
Farm News
In The Farm Market July 28 - August 3
Canteloupe  $3.99 each
Cucumbers $1 each
GCF Peaches  $1.99/lb
Watermelon $5.99 each
Sweet Corn $5.99/dz or $.69/ear
Tomatoes $1.99/lb
Summer Squash $1.29/lb
Plums $2.89/lb
Potatoes $.1.50/lb
Pristine apples $1.29/lb
Beets $2.99/lb
Canary melons $3.99 each
Red okra $2.89/lb
Tomatillas $1.99/lb
Green peppers $2.79/lb
Cayene peppers $2.79/lb

CSA U-pick Bonus
July 29 -- August 3
6 peaches i pint blackberries
CSA Bonus Ticker
Week 9 : $6.67
Year to Date: $45.37
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