Last weekend, we went blackberry picking! We went out to Great Country Farm in Bluemont, VA, which just might be one of my favorite spots around. It is the same place where we went strawberry picking a few weeks ago and we also got our Christmas tree there last winter! It is such a neat place. There are barnyard animals, like goats and turkeys and geese. There are also peacocks! It is such a fun place for children. They often have festivals, where there are games and activities. They do CSA's too, which I want to join next year. There is apple picking in the fall, Christmas trees in the winter and berries all summer long! While there, we discovered that the peaches were ripe for picking, so we grabbed a few of those too!
I told Steve that I think I may have been a farmer's wife in a past life, but he didn't believe me, hehe. I love farms though! This town of Bluemont is seriously adorable. They have a general store! Love it.
I had plans to make something wonderful with the blackberries, but I pretty much ate them all...ooops. They were SO good though, so sweet and juicy and perfect! I still have the peaches though...does anyone have a good peach recipe? Maybe peach muffins? I don't want to make a pie, because we won't be able to eat all of it....
Across the street from the farm is a winery- so convenient! Bluemont Vineyard is one of my favorites in Virginia. The view from the deck is gorgeous- you can see for miles and miles. They claim that on a clear day, you can see the Washington Monument. I am not disputing this claim, though I haven't seen it yet! Oh, and this is a good hour from DC- you take I-66 past Dulles, and then get on route 7, and it is a bit passed Leesburg.
They have several different wines, including a strawberry, a blackberry and a peach wine! All of their wines are named for the farm animals-
2008 Viognier "the goat"
2008 Vidal Blanc "the cow"
2008 Rose "the donkey"
2007 Merlot "the ram"
Norton "the pig"
My favorite, aside from the fruit wines, is the Vidal Blanc. As you can see, we, along with some friends, enjoyed some refreshments after our afternoon of berry picking!