Staff News April 1, 2016
Out with the Old, In with the New
What a Fluster Cluck!
   The beer with the name you're eager to shout across the tap room, after a couple of glasses of Pants Off, is finally on line. "This one-off, one-of-a-kind seasonal packs a fruit-forward punch," Janell says. And that's no wonder: peaches, apricots, nectarines, and strawberries combine to give this light summer ale a full fruit mouth with a rhubarb finish. With an IBU of just 17, there's not much hop flavor here, but we might suggest that hop-lovers blend this ale with one of our 3 IPAs.

 We cleaned out the freezers to make room for the fruit these blossoms will produce!
Events this weekend:
Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest Saturday and Sunday

Food Tastings This Weekend
Carolina Chanolla and Mike Lusby, 10/28 wedding
Stephanie Beeler and Tim Farrell, 8/5 wedding
Lyndsay Jorns and Bob Simpson, 10/1 wedding
Erika Strong and Jason Franklin, 5/15 wedding

Weekend Special  at the Vineyard:  turkey sausage and GCF kale soup
Weekend Special at Dirt Farm: Boots Off Brats, cooked in Dirt Farm's Boots Off IPA
Farm News   

Ripe Marshmallows
   Marshmallows are always our earliest crop. We've sold about 130 advance tickets to harvest marshmallows, and the advance number is usually around 15% of total attendance. Current weather forecasts call for a cold weekend, especially Sunday, but marshmallow harvesters know that the season is short -- two days -- and they've have been known to pick in mittens when it's cold. If you're working Sunday, layer up.

When I Work
   All Farmhands should have received an invitation from Kate to join the GCF When I Work scheduling system. If you haven't already done so, please log into that system and fill in as much information as you can, especially the days when you're not available, so we can build the schedule accordingly. If you have trouble navigating the system, there's a video tutorial here. The April schedule is up now.

   Note: The work schedule is no longer available through our website; it's accessible only on When I Work. If you're having trouble setting up a When-I-Work account, give me a call and I'll walk you through it. 540-554-207.   
   Vineyard News

Staff Meeting Sunday
   Orderport training will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 8:00 a.m. for anyone who couldn't make it Thursday night. 

Spring Menu
   April marks our shift toward longer days, longer hours, and a new menu. Take a look so you know what you're pouring.

True Blue Wine Club Launches
    Our new wine club offers three levels of membership, including a two-year barrel club, which includes a real wine barrel! Full package details are available here.

Feeling Fine with Yoga and Wine 
   With Alexandra Patton,  April 10, 9:30 - 10:30

Red Barn Wine Flight Special
   Flight includes 2-ounce pours of each of these three: Farm Table Red 2014, Merlot 2014, 951 Norton 2012.

White Silo Wine Flight Special
   Flight includes 2-ounce pours of each of these three: Farm Table White 2014, Chardonnay 2014, Vidal Blanc 2014

Weekend Music
   Patty Reese, April 3, 1:00

Weekend Special: turkey sausage soup with GCF kale

   Brewery News

Beyond the Beltway
   The third of four contract brews from Beltway Brewing arrived today -- 64 kegs of Session all together.

New Brew
   The Winter Ale has kicked, and the Sweet Potato Stout is down to its last pint. Their departure makes room for the long-awaited Fluster Cluck, a red four-fruit celebration that manages to suggest the flavor of rhubarb even though it has no rhubarb in it.

Whiskey Barrel Beers 
   Two of our new beers are busy extracting the flavor of bourbon from used whiskey barrels: a whiskey barrel peach and a barley wine, which is a beer with wine-level Abv. Both beers should be ready for release some time this summer. 
Fine Arts

   Beautiful ink-on-aluminum etchings created by Monica's neighbor on sale now in the Vineyard. Buy now for Mother's Day or just to satisfy your hunger for beauty.   

Super Hero Update

   Jane Schwartz and Gracie Zurschmeide have joined the team. So now we'll have this illustrious group representing GCF and her sister venues at the Super Hero 5K on April 24: Scarlett, Emma, Colleen, Matthew, Ava, Maya, Jane, Amy, Michele, Kathy, Mark, Janet, and Gracie. If you'd like to join us, email me at csa@greatcountryfarms.com.

Great Country Farms | 540-554-2073 | CSA@GreatCountryFarms.com | www.GreatCountryFarms.com
Bluemont Vineyard | 540-554-8439 | hailey@bluemontvineyard.com | www.bluemontvineyard.com
Dirt Farm Brewing | 540-554-2337 | janell@dirtfarmbrewing.com | www.dirtfarmbrewing.com