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NoVa’s largest U-pick Strawberry Festival kicks off the harvest season

Babies race to the finish line at last year’s Diaper Derby at Great Country Farms. Courtesy Photo
Great Country Farms will welcome the first harvest of the season with its Strawberry Jubilee May 24, 25, 31 and June 1.

The festival was born in the late 1970’s, Farmer Bob Zurschmeide would load his truck and share the harvest with former co-workers in Washington, D.C. They were so popular the family decided to invite people out to the strawberry fields to pick their own.

Farmer Bob recalls, “Strawberries were always an important crop and folks loved to pick their own fresh berries. The Jubilee helped us realize how much people care about where their food comes from.”

The annual festivities include live music, pie eating and tart tossing contests, and the Diaper Derby where babies 9-12 months crawl across a finish line to win prizes. Pre-picked berries will be available in the Farm Market but those that want to pick their own are advised to arrive early (9:15 a.m.) to catch the first wagon rides out to the fields. U-pick will be open on Saturdays of the Jubilee at 9:15 a.m. while supplies last, which is usually until about 11 a.m.

GCF social media pages (@TheFarmerSays) will be updated frequently during picking weekends and guests can sign up for U-Pick alerts via email to for Sunday availability.

Great Country Farms operates the region’s largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with weekly deliveries beginning in early June through mid-October. The CSA includes admission to all weekend events and discounts in the Farm Market and farm parties. Produce varies from week to week providing diverse and healthy eating options.

Event Details
Saturday & Sunday May 24-25 as well as May 31 and June 1. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10/child; $12/adults; children 2 and under and military ID holders are free.
Visit http://www.GreatCountryFarms.com or contact 540-554-2073 for a full schedule of music and activity times.


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