PRLog - May 16, 2012 - LEESBURG, Va. -- Bluemont, VA – The extraordinary spring weather has produced the earliest Strawberry Jubilee Weekend in Great Country Farms history. The exceptionally warm March and April days combined with vigilant frost fighting efforts have ripened the strawberries well before their typical June harvest. Owner Kate Zurschmeide exclaims “We have never seen strawberries ripen this early and have advanced the Jubilee weekend to May 19 & 20 to target their peak season.” The U-pick portion of the event is open in the morning only and draws an enthusiastic crowd so people are advised to come early as last year fields were picked out by 10:30am! Nothing tastes like the sweet strawberry you find fresh off the vine. Kids love filling their berry boxes and parents treasure the photo opportunities. There will be plenty of pre-picked berries in the Farm Market for the late arrivals.
Great Country Farms' royal strawberries at peak flavor now
Both days are filled with music, food, and celebration like the annual Diaper Derby where babies (4-9 months) can compete in a crawling contest that ensures prizes when (and if!) they cross the finish line. Their siblings can visit with the Strawberry Princess for photos and stories. There will be live music and goodies including the traditional Grandma Z’s strawberry shortcake, chocolate dipped strawberries and freshly baked strawberry rhubarb pie. All ages love the 5 acre play area with unique attractions like the pedal cart track, multiple rope swings, the giant jumping pillow, and more. Hayrides take visitors to the strawberry fields and guests are welcome to bring their gear for catch and release fishing in the stocked pond.
Farmer Bob notes that “Great Country Farms is committed to fostering sustainable farming”. The Farm Market carries their own farm raised eggs with meat and dairy products from local producers. You’ll find delicious jams, jellies, and baked good along with gifts from local artists. The Roosteraunt features strawberry slushies and natural hot dogs, burgers, BBQ, and fresh Kettle Corn from 11-4pm.
Event Schedule & Admission info:
Strawberry Jubilee May 19 & 20
The Farm is open daily from 9am-6pm
Admission: Adults $12; Kids $10; Children 2 and under & Military ID card holders FREE
CSA & Fan of Farm Members are FREE (if you join by May 18)
Purchase Advance Tickets http://greatcountryfarms.force.com/
Please contact email@example.com or 540-554-2073.
Great Country Farms 18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia 20135