Crop Talk
The Newsletter of Great Country Farms
April 1, 2015: The 2015 Season Is Underway! 
April 2015
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The First Bounce of Spring

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The Pumpkin Pillow is Back in Action!
Bring the kids out to jump off some of that pent-up pumpkin pillow energy.

We're open all week but closed on Sunday, April 5.
In This Issue
Trickling Springs
  New feature in the market this season: organic milk from Trickling Springs Creamery.
Trickling Springs works only with farmers whose cows are pasture-raised and grass-fed, which means they produce milk that's fundamentally different from milk produced by feed-lot cows. It's much richer in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and conjugated linoleic acid, which has been shown to combat a host of diseases.

We'll carry half-gallons of whole milk, 2%, and skim, all of which are homogenized, and we'll carry quarts of whole milk that hasn't been homogenized -- which means the cream will rise to the top of the bottle.

And bottle is the right word -- the old-fashioned glass kind, on which you pay a deposit. 

If you like this milk and plan to buy it often, please let us know so we can order accordingly.

Falling Bark Farms Hickory Syrup
The market is also featuring this extraordinary natural sweetener, made by Clarke County farmers Joyce and Travis Miller from the bark that falls from shagbark hickory trees. The Millers will be sampling their syrup at this year's Members Open House Pancake Breakfast.

Listen to the Millers explain their craft:
Falling Bark Farm Hickory Syrup in Berryville Virginia
Falling Bark Farm Hickory Syrup in Berryville Virginia

Run For Caden
in this year's 951 5-K
April 11

   Run or walk this 5k race through the vineyards and orchards of Bluemont Vineyard. This challenging course takes you along gravel roads and paved roads and through scenic grass lands, and it ends with a half-mile time trial that gains 350 feet in elevation. At 951 feet, the finish line offers spectators and participants a great view of Loudoun Valley. This year Bluemont Vineyard and Bluemont Community Center are hosting together to benefit Caden Thorn, a local child who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). 
   To register for the 5k run/walk, go to . The cost is $45.00 per person -- no charge for people aged ten and under. There will be free wine tasting for all 5k runners (21 years and older). Get your cheering section up the hill before the race to support you, Bluemont Community Center, and most of all Caden!
Yelp on our CSA Program...

"Best CSA value around! In addition to your CSA box, you get free weekly u-pick options and free admission to all the farm festivals and events."  --Jessica D., Ashburn

"We absolutely love Great Country Farms! Last year was our first year subscribing to their CSA, and we loved it. Getting fresh fruits and vegetables of great variety delivered every week helped us discover new foods and recipes. Who knew kale chips were so good?"  --Robert B., Sterling

We still have shares available, so please encourage your friends and neighbors to give us a try.
New Additions
   We're still compiling a list of members who might be interested in adding meat, cheese or wheatgrass to their CSA pick-up shares. The  cheese comes from Georges Mill Farm , and the meat comes from Spring House Farm .

   We grow the wheatgrass right here in our green house, and some of us are becoming truly enamored of the stuff. For a glimpse of how wheatgrass might effect your exercise routine, take a look at the latest post on Barn Talk. If you'd like us to reserve a flat for you each week,  send us an email and let us know.
  Be advised that these additions are available  only for pick-up at the farm . They cannot be delivered
Farm Market Feature
Come on in...
Upcoming Events
Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest
April 11 & 12

951 5k
April 11
   "  Last week I really wanted to make something with shrimp in it, and it just so happened that the shrimp at Whole Foods was on sale. I bought a pound of unpeeled shrimp, but in hindsight I should've paid the extra dollar to get the already peeled and de-veined shrimp. One thing I really like about this dish is that it tastes so fresh and light even though it's a pasta dish. It also requires minimal ingredients, dishes, and time. Plus, as an added bonus, my non-fish-loving fiance really enjoyed it!"

Read more here.