Chambourcin pre hair cut - But kind of think they are styling now 😃
Bleu Frog Vineyard is a family owned farm in Loudoun County, VA at the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. Plans for wines and visitors starting in 2020.
New vineyard, not a winery, yet.
Chambourcin pre hair cut - But kind of think they are styling now 😃
Joe working on the new netting with 7 helpers today! LOL 😀🍇
Meanwhile.. in our grapes’ dreams.. 💯 ☀️ ☀️
Oh and we are on instagram now :)
Vines (Circa April 2017) are now into their 3rd summer with the fruit setting up and the vines enjoying good growth. We survived the beetles with little damage- but it was a scare! Thankful to great advisors Doug Fabbioli & Ben Sedlins, and our vigilant, hard working team and family. Should have good wine production from this fall's harvest!
We are also developing plans so we can enjoy the public sometime within the next year, and hope to launch our website too.
Thanks for following us!! 😃🐝🐾🍇
Friends just opened a charming brewery! It is wonderful! Please support and have a great time!
Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery officially opened for business today. Located along Berlin Turnpike just north of the Rt. 9 intersection, it will be open Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each week and will offer guests all types of beer—from pilsners to lagers to IPAs. Owners John and Bonnie
Hands on insights to all kinds of agriculture. Doug cares and loves to share his wealth of knowledge. Having our own vineyard, the insights, are not from text books, but from experience, and we appreciate Doug's experience so much!
😀 Contact the New AG school anytime - always fun classes and great way to meet people who share an interest. Fabbioli Cellars Doug Fabbioli Jenna Moon
Doug Fabbioli kicked off the new edition of Saturday On The Farm on 06/08/2019 with The Ins and Outs of Viticulture #02.
Next Saturday On The Farm will be Ask The Arborist with Flint Anderson on 06/15/2019 @ Fabbioli Cellars from 9 AM to 11 AM. Sign Up Now!
Saturday On The Farm is an initiative of The New Ag School.
June sunset on the Chambourcin - what a great day! #thankful
Evening walk about with Mouse- sunset on the Vidal Blanc vines. Follow Mouse on instagram: 😀 Mouseofbleufrogvineyards
Want to learn about viticulture? This Saturday is a great class! Check it out!
Brought to you by The New Ag School for FREE! Saturday On The Farm is back this 06/08/2019 as from 9 AM to 11 AM at Fabbioli Cellars. This Saturday On The Farm's theme: The Ins & Outs of Viticulture with Doug Fabbioli Vintner at Fabbioli Cellars and Director of The New Ag School.
Please RSVP as spots are limited. Sign up: [email protected]/3852100537!
Saturday On The Farm is the place to be if you want to learn to farm and get a real taste of what it is to be a farmer. ALl our courses include in class sessions and experiential learning on the farm.
We are not on this fabulous tour yet, but have high hopes one day. Great weekend to enjoy the offerings of rural Loudoun County. #loveloudoun Visit Loudoun
Spend a weekend in the countryside hugging baby animals and picking locally-farmed food:
Future vineyard guard-dog (lol) Bernie-Doodle "Bear" (14 weeks) getting his first mini grooming experience. Welcome to the pack!
Good news Bleu Frog Vineyards is now a certified vineyard with the national Farmer Veteran Coalition ! We can proudly use the official Homegrown By Heroes label too. If there are other veteran farmers in the area, please reach out to us, am hoping to get us all together and work together.
The Master Doug Fabbioli took time from his busy schedule to teach us how to prune and set our Vidal Blancs vines into a bilateral Cordon system. Our pups Mouse and Dexter found Doug irresistible, of course! Thanks Doug! (video- 2.5 minutes but very interesting!)
This is good news for those of us in Loudoun County- something that could help the ash trees !
The extreme temperatures moving in with Sunday's arctic blast may kill off a significant percentage of emerald ash borer larvae.
Wildlife helping tidbit. We have had about half a dozen little birdies lately knock themselves out. "didn't your Momma say not to fly into closed windows?" 😃
Yes, it's winter, but birds hitting windows is a year round issue. Coming into feeders & winter bird baths means close proximity to homes. If you've ever heard a bird hit a window you know they hit HARD. If they survive the impact they often can be knocked out cold. So it's important not to just leave the critter laying there where it can be picked up by a predator (often a cat) or succumb to outside temperatures. Just gently pick the bird up and place it in the center of a "doughnut" shaped cloth or paper towel that is placed inside a cardboard box. The box should just have a few air holes and a cover. Keep one handy if you have a lot of window collisions.
Birds have air sacs (that work similar to our lungs) all along the sides of their body. The air sacs need to expand and contract freely. If the bird is left laying on its side, the bird can't breathe comfortably- thus why you place them upright in a doughnut for support.
So if you find a bird that is laying on its side, place it in the center of a "doughnut". Place the box in a warm, dark, quiet spot for the bird to recover. After a short while in the box, the bird may be OK to just fly up and away. You can do a short test flight in your bathroom. If the bird cannot fly after 1-2 hours call your nearest Wild Bird Rehabiltator. See photos below on how to make a doughnut to keep a bird upright. (Photos from Help Wild Birds FB page)
The hens and our little rooster enjoying Christmas Eve in the coop and listening to Christmas Carrols.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! 🐣🐔🎄✨
Mouse: "Hermes and I are teaching Daddy Joe how to prune the Chambourcin vines. " 👨🌾🍇🐾
"You missed one" said Doc our fearless grape hunting Lab😎🍇
Yes Doc ,after the grape season is over, and their work is done they get one last wish to be any color they want to be. 🍁
This is a cute idea ❄️🍇
Turn a wine barrel into an outdoor porch light!
Rural Loudoun is a treasure that people enjoy visiting, and living in, and there is a better way to address the traffic than more traffic lights and 4 laning with cement barriers north of White’s Ferry.
We trust that telling Loudoun farmers to move to "Wyoming" if they want to live on a farm is not a common point of view among our follow Loudouners.
Rest assured, we're not going anywhere. We'll be here to provide Loudoun consumers with locally raised meat, locally grown veggies, wool, honey, wine, fruit and countless other products.
So yes, we'll leave Wyoming to our friends in the Wyoming Farm Bureau.
Hi Just FYI on Sky Lanterns (chinese flying candle lanterns at night) that you let go in the air. Today we found around 25 in our vineyard, a couple in our creek. and some were in trees. Guess they were launched nearby, and not mad at anyone, but wanted to share. Additionally, these have metal and are not biodegradable plus they could have caused a major fire if they landed on the house and especially with the dry corn field next door. Thankfully our vines are green but if they had been dormant this could have been really sad. Please beware using candle lit lanterns. 😟
Update: Upon further review, as fun and mystical as Sky Lanterns are, they are illegal in VA unless tethered (not sure how we feel about a fire kite either 😉) but if you do ever have the chance to send Sky Lanterns to heaven, please do so in a legal area and use safe, biogradable materials that will not harm our crops, streams, rivers, and wild life. There are alternative fun things to do as well but spoiler alert: what goes up, must come down 👩🌾👨🚒🐢🐸🐈🐓🌲🌱🌿🌷🔥
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If's official! We have formally adopted Route 15 N between White's Ferry and Montresor Rd.
You might need a note from us (parental approval) for any proposed changes to this section. 😁💙😁
#loudounfarms #Route15N #loveloudoun #VisitLoudoun #loudounvineyards #loudounrural #loudouncounty #vascenery #leesburgva 😁
So is everyone mowing like crazy? Geez!!👒
The sun is shining! Have a happy day! 🌞🌼🌻
Hey Blue Froggers! A friend of mine has opened a pretty B&B and I would like you all to like her FB page and follow the new happenings there. Click on her page and then like it for me. Thanks !! Jan https://www.facebook.com/wheatlandspring/
Established circa 1832, the historic Wheatland Spring property is nestled among gently rolling hills in the heart of rural Western Loudoun County.
A little informative video giving a status update on what’s been going on in the vineyard. 😀
Prepping the vines to help them thrive in their second year. Watch us grow~
Happy First Birthday to the vines. :-)
" I win! I win! " said the first bloom of our cherry tree. 🌸😁
Need to keep this out of Northern Virginia
The spotted lanternfly is beautiful, but dangerous. This invasive pest is in Pennsylvania. Learn how to keep it from spreading. bit.ly/2iRV6Wg
Snowy day in the vineyard. Birdhouse ready for new tenants!😃🐦
What’s Next on the Ag Business Front? Virginia’s Going Hemp – Loudoun Now
Doug Fabbioli, Fabbioli Cellars winemaker and owner and host of the Chamber of Commerce's PolicyMaker Series State of the Rural Economy event, listens to Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now) Biz News What’s Next on the Ag Business Front? Virgin.....
Cold and icy day, but Mouse (our dog) still loves to play! 🐶
Snoopy and the Peanuts gang
This Weekend! $1 from every Bottle Purchase will be Donated to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in the state of Texas! #AmericanRedCross #HurricanHarvey
We are also accepting separate cash donations for American Red Cross.
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A little update on the vineyard. Things are growing well! These vines (close in) are Vidal Blanc vines and the vines farther out- are Merlot. We had a beetle scare- but they rebounded wonderfully. They will only be 3 months old July 28th. Some of the sleeves will be coming off soon. Jan Williams Kernan
For those of you who live along route 15 or use it to commute - here is a very unique and well done traffic survey that is being encouraged for participation: https://route15.metroquest.com
Information about relieving congestion on Route 15 north of Leesburg
Blue Frog is not a winery....but if we were one, we would want to be like Fabbioli Cellars by Doug Fabbioli Just down the street from us. They have a great offering this weekend!
Are you ready for Summer? A "Taste of Summer" is here with the new July Tasting Lineup!
And check out what's BACK just in time for Summer! Petit Manseng!
2015 Something White
2016 Peti Manseng - Blue Waters Salad, Cucumber and Lemon Ginger Aioli on stone wheat cracker
2015 Chambourcin - Strawberry, Cream Cheese and Balsamic Glaze Drizzle on fresh baked baguette
2014 Zinfandel - Blueberry, Basil, Mozzarella and Dried Cherry
2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve - Goat Cheese, Lemon Beet Hummus and Blue Potato Chip Flakes on pita chip
NV Raspberry Merlot - Dark Chocolate Truffle Perfect Truffle
So if you are starting a vineyard, or just interested- wanted to keep sharing the steps along the way as we do them. The planting of vines, bamboo guides, the first guide wires and a sleeve on each baby vine have been completed. Our next step is to attach a wire clip to secure the bamboo guide poles to the lowest wire. Ben Sedlins of Short Hill Winegrowers is our advisor/manager/mentor for Blue Frog Vineyard. Here is Ben giving a tutorial on how to attach the clips. Monday 6/19 Ben will have his team out to help get the guides clipped.
Our Logo in great company! We are not a winery at this point (just a family vineyard) - but have the greatest sign!! Our sign is creating a huge demand for one!! Thank you Stilson Greene for the wonderful design.
Starting a new marketing campaign this week in Loudoun Now, here's the first ad with regards to the logos I've designed. Lightfoot Restaurant Blue Frog Vineyard and Farm Black Shutter Antiques Center The Kernan Group HalfKing Dog Money Restaurant & Brewery The Laurel Brigade Law Group
16413 James Monroe Hwy
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