It’s a Blackberry Bonanza!

Photo courtesy of
‘Blackberries on the Towpath’
courtesy of ‘Girl Interrupted Eating’
It’s not often that we authors call the same story at once. But the Suggest a Story form that came in for this weekend’s Blackberry Bonanza and Wellness Fest at Great Country Farms of Bluemont, Va., created quite a stir.

And why not? They’ll have no less than pick-your-own organic blackberries (“Berries are one of the top foods to go organic because they tend to retain high quantities of chemicals applied to them,” said owner Kate Zurschmeide), blackberry wine, blackberry ice cream and slushies, freshly baked peach berry pies, BBQ and salads and burgers. Plus yoga demonstrations, handmade berry bowls and make-your-own tie-dye souvenir shirts.

There will be a “fear factor” style bug trapping contest so that we can beat the beetles to the berries in true organic style. And a 2,800 square foot jumping pillow, rope swings and a Tractor Tire Mountain for which no upper age limit is specified. I’m just saying.

The festival costs $10, runs 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 25 and 26, and sounds (all together now) berry, berry cool!

An area resident since 1997, Donna C. is a DC outsider. When she’s not running her writing and Web business, she’s running around the city, exploring the great outdoors, or trying to figure out how best to go green. See why she loves DC.

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