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What Do Super Heroes Eat?

  Fresh spinach, not the canned stuff that my mother fed me 40 years ago. We'll be picking spinach by April 24, so I propose we hold a special spinach feast for everyone who runs the Super Hero 5K. I'll get the ball rolling by committing myself to run --  in the old guys' heat. Who wants to run with the not-yet-senior-citizens? How about a Super Hero Couples Challenge? 

The first five people to commit get to choose the team hero.

Email CSA@greatcountryfarms.com and I'll add you to the list.

Reminder: Great Country Farms serves on the committee that oversees Loudoun County's annual Healthy Business Challenge, which is an initiative aimed at improving workplace wellness by developing guidelines for keeping people healthy and by honoring businesses that are good at doing so. The culminating event for this initiative is a 5K run at Bolen Park in Leesburg, with a Super Hero theme -- meaning runners are encouraged to dress as comic book characters.


   


We'd like to extend our involvement in this initiative from the committee room to the race course, so we're putting together a GCF Super Hero team, complete with tee shirts appropriate to whatever hero we decide to be. So if you like to run, or wear strange costumes, or support good causes, email CSA@greatcountryfarms.com and I'll add you to the team list. The race is scheduled for April 24 at 8:30 a.m. We'll cover the entrance fee. All proceeds benefit Boulder Crest Retreat.

Goat Cheese
Georges Mill Farm will be delivering cheese CSA shares to GCF again this year. You can try their fresh chevre and their bloomy rinds at the vineyard, and then you can buy a share for yourself through our new digital shopping cart.

At the Vineyard
Last Friday with Dave Minninberg
5:00 to 9:00 p.m. today. Come on up and sit on the other side of the bar for a while.

Best Vineyard
The wine drinkers of Loudoun -- our customers -- have  voted us Best Vineyard in the county! That's because of our great wine, and our great venue, and because all of you make people glad to be here. Thanks for doing that.

New POS Coming Soon
We're moving forward with the Orderport point of sale system. Implementation is expected to take four weeks, so watch for training sessions some time toward the end of March. 

Visiting Brides

Visit Loudoun is promoting a self-guided wedding venue tour on Sunday, March 13 from noon to 6:00. Should be a big day!

Client food tastings at Savoir Fare for this week:

Saturday, February 27
Trisha Turnbull & John McCann 
Molly Moran & Ryan Gilhooley 
Megan Brewer & Adam Dove 
Ashley Bubel & Ryan Burgess 

Sunday, February 28
Anisha Mathur & Suresh Shanmugam  
Brianna Bauer & Jon Marsten 
Kennedy Dickersen & Phillip Carroll 
On the Farm

CSA Day Video
   Here's the entry that won the CSA Day video contest. Enjoy this great description of what CSA means to the people of Summit County, Colorado.

CSA Discount

   We're offering CSA shares to staff members at a 25% discount again this year, so if you want to take home a full box every week, go to the CSA Produce Membership page on our website and click the squash-colored Purchase button. After you get through the portal, choose the membership type called Farm Pick-up Pack Your Own, and when you get to the screen that asks if you have any questions or comments, write "I'm a GCF employee," and I'll reduce your installments by 25%. The CSA season starts June 7 and continues through October 21.

In the Brewery
From the Zester Daily
DFB in the National Brewing News
   Zester Daily, "an award-winning online destination for food, wine and travel enthusiasts  eager to discover what's new and delicious in the world," featured Dirt Farm Brewing in a recent article. The article also mentions breweries in Texas, Oregon, Maryland, and North Carolina.

In Other News...
~ The Brewers are at work on 3 different experimental brews using spinach, kale, and honeydew melon -- imagine!
~ Pants Off, our double IPA, is coming on soon -- great name, no?
~ Winter Ale and Sweet Potato Stout are about to kick for the season, so fill your growlers now.
~ Work is underway to turn the garage to our second bar!