Staff News April 29, 2016
Great Country Runners
Super Hero Farmers

   We did the Farm and the Vineyard proud on Sunday. Thirteen of us represented GCF and BMV at the Second Annual Super Hero 5K last weekend . We were the largest corporate contingent on the course, and we had more fun than anybody else. Left to right in the photo are Colleen Gallivan, Jane Schwartz, Matthew Raymond, Ava Royce, Mark Dewey, Michele Wacker, Ruth Zurschmeide, Gracie Zurschmeide, Carly Zurschmeide, Maya Royce, Emma Royce, Janet Dewey, and Scarlett Royce. In addition to having a great time, Gracie and Emma finished second and third in their age group, and one of us finished 21st over-all out of 240 runners and walkers! We attracted a lot of attention -- people rightly assuming that our stamina, enthusiasm, and good looks all come from eating farm food. Some of us are already signing up for the Second Annual Color Me Clarke 5K in Berryville on June 5. Join us for another good time.

Weddings this weekend:

Aubrey Klenner & Bryce Dexter, April 29, 5:00 to 10:30

Sydney Shapiro & Paul D'Ornellas, April 30, 5:00 to 10:30

Anne Marie Drake & Daniel Bussanich, May 1, 5:00 to 10:30

Weekend Special at the Vineyard:  

Farm News 
Members Open House This Saturday

   Our annual welcome back to the farm event is scheduled for this Saturday from 10:00 until 5:00. Various GCF farmers will be on hand to talk about what's happening in the fields these days, and Mike McLaughlin will be back for a last day driving wagon rides before moving on to new endeavors this summer.

   Tell friends who might want to learn more about the farm and our CSA program that Saturday will be a great day to visit -- non-members are welcome after the pancake breakfast ends at 11:00.

   Sampling vendors will include  7-4 Peace Gluten-free Baking Mixes, Farmstead FermentsSpartan Olive OilFalling Bark Syrups, and  Audley Farm Beef, and LAJ Foods.
   Vineyard News


Aubrey Klenner & Bryce Dexter, Friday
Sydney Shapiro & Paul D'Ornellas, Saturday
Anne Marie Drake & Daniel Bussanich, Sunday

You Might Like to Know

   Kelsey was prepping the new low-tech table-service system on Thursday: place your order, take a numbered spoon to your table and put it in an empty bottle, and we'll find your spoon when your order's ready. Kelsey and Kim held down the kitchen while Monica was in the Florida Keys swimming with the manatees and pretending to like Jimmy Buffett.
Last Friday Music: Tommy Rothman , April 29 from 4:30 to 8:30

Food Truck Fridays will start on May 6 with the Saffron Gourmet Truck.

   Brewery News

Moving Boulders

   Bruce built a new stone retaining wall beside the brewhouse this week, creating a level spot where a new storage shed will go eventually.

   Wes and Nick are at work on another batch of Red Merl, along with a Red Merl variant called Red Nectarine. The wheat beer is done, and the Cider Doughnut Stout is progressing. 

   Wes will be representing the brewery at Bramfest -- the Brambleton Craft Beer festival, which is scheduled for opening weekend of American Craft Beer Week .  Send your Brambleton friends to our booth. 
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