Crop Talk
The Newsletter of Great Country Farms
June 22, 2015: CSA Week 4 -- Snow Peas

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A Word from the Farmer
   With blueberries coming in this week and apricots on the horizon, we have to give thanks for all the sweet treats this farm produces -- new gems every week. We got the fall squash in the ground right before the big rains this week, along with 2,000 sweet potato plants, with 2,000 more on the way. The beets look beautiful, and there's a lot of them. They'll go well with those big heads of magenta lettuce. In the greenhouse we've started cilantro, chives, and mint, which we'll send home in pots so you can replant them in your own garden.

CSA Week 4 
Shares this week include: 
  • bag of kale 
  • head of lettuce
  • pint of snow peas
  • bundle of spring onions
  • 1/2 pint of blueberries
  • 2 garlic scapes
  • broccoli
   If you're wondering what to do with another bag of that beautiful kale, you might try braising it with one of those lovely garlic scapes -- or with both of them. Though it takes up a lot of space when it's raw, that much kale will shrink to the size of a hearty side dish when you braise it. If you want to save the precious garlic scapes for something like pesto, those spring onions would make another great compliment to the kale.

U-pick bonus for June 23-29: 1 pint black raspberries
Note that bonuses run from Tuesday through the following Monday each week.

   Wagons will run at least every hour on the hour, from 9:15 until 5:00 -- more Frequently if we are busy. Please allow enough time to check in before the wagon departs. And please bring back your empty berry containers to use again.

Remember that there's no CSA pick-up or delivery on Mondays. 

Also available in the market:
watermelon,  cantaloupe,  tomatoes,  cucumbers,  sweet corn, yellow squash, zucchini, tart cherries

World Police & Fire Games

Fairfax County, Virginia is the proud host of the next World Police and Fire Games. The 2015 Games will take place at 53 different venues throughout the National Capital Region from June 26 to July 5, including a cycling venue right here in Bluemont. The event is expected to draw more than 10,000 athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies representing 70 different countries to compete in 1,600 medal events across 62 sports. The World Police and Fire Games are the second largest multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Summer Olympic Games. 

We are celebrating the Games at GCF by offering a complimentary admission to All First Responders from June 26-July 5th.  Just show your Fire & Rescue or Police ID. 
In This Issue

Light and Fresh

Glazed Snow Peas




"I was looking for a different veggie to go with roasted chicken the other night and I found this. It turned out amazing. The snow peas stayed nice and crispy and the onions added great flavor. Definitely something we will have again, not a single bite was left!"


Read more here.




2015 Bonus Ticker

What is this?  Each week we offer a bonus u-pick item for members visiting the farm and this ticker  tracks the dollar value of the bonuses.  Many members find that month picking adds a nice extra value to their CSA share. 


Week 4 CSA 

1 pint Black Rasp $8.00


Year to date


Farm Market Feature
Take a step back in time to when milk arrived directly from the farm in glass bottles. We are pleased to offer Whole, 2% and Creamline Milk from Trickling Springs Creamery in our Farm Market.  We place orders on Fridays for Tuesday delivery.  We will be regularly stocking, heavy cream, whole, 2%, chocolate and organic Cream-line milk.    There is a $2 bottle deposit on the glass bottles. 

Learn about the Farmers for the Creamery.

The Roosteraunt is Now Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10am-3pm


With the arrival of summer, we have added Fridays to the Roosteraunt schedule so guests may enjoy hand-dipped ice cream and lunch for Friday visits.