Locavore Pioneers Hold Open House at Great Country Farms in Bluemont

CSA Full or half shares of locally grown produce are delivered weekly.

Bluemont, VA – All are welcome to get to know the folks raising your produce and learn more about eating locally at the Farm’s Members Open House on Saturday 4.28. The Zurschmeide family has helped pioneer the locavore movement in our region and have customized their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to meet the needs their clients’ busy lifestyles. Weekly deliveries of fresh, locally grown produce include inspiring recipes and tips to integrate seasonal varieties into your family’s meal plan. CSA membership also includes free admittance to all of the Farms’ renowned weekend events and UPick crops. Owner Kate Zurschmeide says “Our goal is to connect families to their food and help children understand sustainable growing, reduce carbon footprints, and build a healthy lifestyle.” Farm visits get kids off the couch and encourages their interest in eating food they help prepare. The Farm’s special partnership with recreational culinary school, Cookology includes live cooking demonstrations, special recipes customized for each weeks produce delivery, and classes featuring seasonal produce from Great Country Farms.

The day’s festivities begin with a pancake breakfast and chat with Farmer Bob Zurschmeide about the joys and challenges of growing and integrating seasonal produce into your lifestyle. Bob says “over the years my own family has created new habits and techniques for preparing and preserving the bounty from the farm.”  Great Country produces farm fresh eggs and partners with other local farms to provide grass fed beef, humanely raised pork, honey, syrups and other regional specialties The Who’s Your Farmer? meet and greet will feature Beekeeper, Bill Bundy, Joyce and Travis Miller of Wildwood Hickory Syrup,  Steve Baker of Baker’s Pork, The Brown Family of Oakland Green Beef and guests can  investigate this season’s real milk share program with Shannon Nichols of Hedgebrook Farms. Fresh asparagus is available for $2.99/lb and members get 10% off all produce. The Farm Market offers jams & jellies, baked goods and great gift ideas from local artists. The Roosteraunt serves cold drinks and natural hot dogs, burgers and BBQ from 12-4pm.
Included in the general admission price are many farm attractions like the animal barnyard with friendly animals and new baby goats. The five acre play area features unique attractions like the giant jumping pillow; corn bin “beach”, fishing pond, hay rides and much more!

Daily Event Schedule & Admission info:
The Farm is open daily from 10am-5pm
10-noon special pancake breakfast at the Roosteraunt
11-1pm Who’s Your Farmer Meet and greet and Cookology demonstration

Advanced tickets here
Event Day Admission: Adults $10; Kids $8; Children 2 and under & Military ID card holders FREE
Pancake Breakfast $5 for non-members.
CSA Members and Fan of the Farm pass holders are free if you join here before 4.27.12.
Questions? Please contact farmer@greatcountryfarms.com or 540-554-2073.
Great Country Farms 18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia 20135