It was fun having out to take some pictures of “typical” farming activities… we picked berries, gave our gorgeous bell peppers their time in the spotlight, and played with the chickens.
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Operating as usual
It was fun having out to take some pictures of “typical” farming activities… we picked berries, gave our gorgeous bell peppers their time in the spotlight, and played with the chickens.
Sharing these beautiful pictures from a customer who bought some tomatoes to make sauce.
It makes us so happy to feed people, and seeing this and knowing that this family will be nourishing their bodies with our food in the depths of winter makes us feel all the feels! 🥰
That’s a wrap on the onion harvesting for another year! The most we have ever grown, and a three way experiment between 2 suppliers plus our own from seed.
These guys will cure for a few weeks in our greenhouse - with a shade cloth and fans, it becomes a great little spot to dry all the things!
“1 dry quart”
Not that accurate today, but we are here at with delicious produce including our FIRST TOMATOES!
If sungold cherry tomatoes don’t make you feel like summer on a rainy day, we don’t know what will.
Thanks to the customers who are hitting up the farmers markets in their rain boots, umbrella in hand. Supporting your local farms on Saturdays like this one is EXTRA important.
Summer Solstice Kimchi Making Party!
Not really a thing but it should be! Each year we make a spring Kimchi to use up all the spring crops that aren’t gonna kick it in 90 degrees day in day out.
Napa + kale + bok choy + radishes + kohlrabi + hakurei turnips + scallions + garlic scapes + farm team + one volunteer CSA member + a load of salt + gochujang + ginger, both from a store, + 1hr 45 minutes (and 2 weeks for fermenting) = just shy of 110lbs of kimchi.
Available at the market in July!
What a perfect day to host our first food event of the year!
So grateful to all our guests who joined us for our tasting tour, cooking demo from the talented and brunch!
Watch this space for more fun on-farm events.
We threw in a cheeky row of beans on April (yes… APRIL) 26th just to fill in this bed.
It was a bit of a gamble since normally we wouldn’t seed beans till at least mid May in case of a late frost, but the gamble paid off!
We had our last frosty nights just a few days after that and the beans had not popped their little sunny green heads out of the soil and we are so thankful for their patience.
The romaine will be harvested soon and the beans will be left to do their thing a few weeks after that!
Tomorrow is our first market of the season and we are SO PUMPED! Can’t wait to see all our wonderful customers.
Gathering Springs Farm is a small scale, sustainability-focussed diversified produce farm. Pam Jones and Sarah Waybright put the health of the planet and their customers at the forefront, which helps drive every decision made on the farm, specifically by NEVER using synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. They also bring homemade crafts (pottery etc) as well as a few ferments and value added items to the market.
Visit Pam and Sarah every Saturday at the EatLoco Farmers Markets @ One Loudoun, 9am - 1pm.
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Who is planning on growing a garden this year?
Who is a little late in starting some seedlings?
Well fear not, we’ve got you covered!
There is just over 1 week to go till our 2nd annual plant sale, right here on the farm!
Sunday 24th April from 10am-2pm we’ll be opening up the farm and selling vegetable, herb and some flower plants for your growing needs!
There will be a pottery demonstration by our very own farmer Sarah, and farm tours which *might* include a visit to some itty bitty baby chicks.
We are getting lots done around here on the farm, in spite of many inches of rain over the past few days. It makes for muddy work but the worms are pretty dang happy… Pam, who wears an above average-sized boot, found this xxl worm today.
A sweet snow pup picture is the best way to formally introduce the newest member of the GSF team, and Norman’s new pup-patrol partner in crime, Vallon! Pam and Rob were delighted to re home Vallon with the help of .
He has already settled right in to life on the farm, and is always delighted to meet farm guests, run circles around the garden at full speed and pose for cute photos.
For any Loudoun County farmers out there!
Join us for a potluck and group discussion aimed at empowering our young farmers to overcome challenges and create connections and community
Imagine making dinner tonight with THIS. This is just one example of a CSA delivery from last summer. Each week, our CSA members get a box like this to take home and serve their families.
If that looks like fun, then CSA may be right for you. We’re celebrating all this week. It's the most popular week of the year to sign up for a CSA farm membership.
What would you cook with this? Beets, turnips, scallions, swiss chard, lacinato kale, fennel, microgreens and fresh sage and thyme... Comment below!
One of the best parts of being in our farm’s CSA is the “mad skills” you’ll learn about how to cook our veggies. Our community will help you discover fast and easy ways to eat and preserve a huge variety of veggies so that you stop wasting food and feel like a kitchen master.
This week is is National . Now through Feb. 26, farmers around the country are promoting their CSA membership and encouraging farm lovers to get behind a specific farmer for one season. If you are local to the Northern VA area and want to join our farm this year and get a weekly box of veggies, head to https://www.gatheringspringsfarm.com/2022-csa-sign-up
If you are not local, get on the googles and find yourself a local farmer who you can support. Know where your food comes from and join the movement to EAT LOCAL!
Wow. Someone from our CSA farm membership made this from our veggies!
Does this make you drool?
One of the things I love about our CSA is seeing what our members make every day with our food. This is stuffed delicata squash w/rice, onion, thyme, mushroom, and garlic, on a bed of arugula... If you’ve ever thought about joining our thriving farm community and getting a weekly share of our veggies, NOW is the time to join.
This week is National -- during this time, farmers from around the country are banding together to promote CSA. Join our CSA today and start taking some delicious pictures like this one! To learn more, go to: https://www.gatheringspringsfarm.com/2022-csa-sign-up
What does eating sustainably mean to you? Comment below and join the conversation.
Do you know your farmer (part 2)?
I’m Sarah and I am also one of the farmers who wants to grow your food! We started Gathering Springs Farm with the following mission at its heart: Healthy soils = healthy food = healthy people.
I am a Registered Dietitian and am passionate about working with people who want to maximise the health benefits they can get out of their food.
As a member of our CSA, you get more than just wonderful fresh vegetables each week, you also get our weekly CSA newsletter which contains recipes, storage instructions and facts about the food we are sending out, as well as a chance to come out to the farm to see it being grown!
We also have the option to opt out up to 3 times in the season (yay...vacations!) and have an online member portal where you can manage all this.
This week is and its the time to get yourself signed up: https://www.gatheringspringsfarm.com/2022-csa-sign-up
Are your kids healthy eaters?
When Pam became a mum (she is English don't you know?!), she knew one of her job's was to create healthy eating habits from the start. No soda or juice. No processed food. Lots of veggies. Pam's son Harry is 2 years old, and some days it is a struggle to get him to eat ANYTHING! But each day he is more and more interested in healthy farm-grown food, especially if he gets to go out to the field and pick it himself!
We hope our CSA farm members experience the same success with their own kids. Healthy eating habits start at a young age! Surround your kids with all kinds of vegetables. It is a gift you are giving them.
Do you know your farmer?
I’m Pam, one of the farmers from Gathering Springs Farm. I know what it feels like when you don’t know where your food comes from. It’s one of the reasons I decided to farm. I don’t just farm because I love to grow vegetables. I do this because I want to help my neighbors reconnect with their food.
I want people to know the hand that feeds them.
This week, we’re celebrating National . It's the most popular week of the year to sign up for a CSA farm membership. CSA farmers across the country (including us!) need your support now for a successful harvest this year.
Will you join our farm? In doing so, you’ll get a weekly share of veggies from the fields and the chance to make something truly delicious in your kitchen. (Plus you’re supporting a local farmer!)
It’s amazing to see the beautiful variation in shell color that our chickens produce. These kind of “anomalies” would be pulled and likely discarded in industrial egg operations. Yet another reason to eat local and support your small farmer. Less waste, less miles from field to fork.
As we sit here in the depths of winter, with hazy plans for the coming season drifting in and out of our brains, looking back on another year and recognising the successes and failures of a time we poured ourselves into.
Finally catching our breath between the waves of an exacting but beautiful dance with Mother Nature, whilst being Mother to beautiful but exacting children.
Feelings of excitement of spring and dirty fingernails, the first taste of a sun warmed tomato straight off the vine conflicting the need for more time, more rest, more space to mother and hibernate and stay indoors.
But damn, if this doesn’t make me gaze in wonderment of the journey we have been on over the last 4 years.
Thanks for joining us on this journey so far!
Harry is mighty grateful for all the pumpkins dropped off with and - his chickens are already loving the treats! If anyone has in-carved pumpkins that they want to see go to a good cause and not just fill up the landfill, get in touch about dropping them off on the farm for our creatures to turn into delicious eggs!
With just over 1 month till Thanksgiving, now is a great time for you to start planning for a locally grown feast! We have a limited number of Thanksgiving Harvest Shares available for pick up from Bull Run Mountain and also here on the farm.
We also have an optional add on of a heritage breed Thanksgiving Turkey, raised right here on the farm. Just 5 left so if you want one, make sure to get your deposit down ASAP.
DM us if you have any questions. Link in bio for all the details!
Any local Farm Bureau members, be sure to get your tickets to the annual meeting next Tuesday at Walsh Family Wine and Vineyard. We'll be hearing from some of our local young farmers and would love for you to be part of the conversation about the future of farming in Loudoun.
See you NEXT weekend (August 14) back One Loudoun!
Without wanting to sound like a discount furniture store… come take advantage of our overstock position…
Our farm store is STOCKED to the rafters (nearly) with fresh tomatoes - heirlooms, paste, hybrids and cherries! Big sales on these beauties and other veggies so please come grab yourself as many as you can carry.
Cash, PayPal and venmo happily accepted. DM us for more information!
Want to come and get your hands in the soil at Gathering Springs Farm? Tuesday April 20th from 1pm-5pm. Limited spots, registration required.
Future Harvest and GSF are collaborating on an event for farm-focussed people interested in sustainable agriculture and aspiring farmers.
For more information visit: https://futureharvest.z2systems.com/np/clients/futureharvest/event.jsp?event=139&mc_cid=50f2d9bf2d&mc_eid=d6b74324db
Learn how to kickstart the spring at this young, co-owned Virginia farm.
Important announcement: our 2021 CSA is open for registration! As part of our veggie membership, you get 18 weeks of the freshest produce from June thru October. You can opt out of any 3 weeks (plus one fixed date) in case of veg overload or going on vacation (VACATIONS remember those?!) and you'll get first notice on any seasonal bulk buy options...along with lots of other benefits! If you want to be a part of your local food community, have a direct impact on sustainable agriculture, and eat the best the season has to offer, this is the way to do it. If you follow us from afar, FIND a farm near you...we can almost guarantee there is one with a similar program somewhere you can reach!
Cost: $540 ($30/week), 20% deposit due by end of Feb. Market pickup option if you are near Ashburn (select your own items!) and a DC pickup location is also on!
We are so excited to be your farmers. Exceptional customer service, excellent food, and a weekly newsletter to supply recipes and updates are all part of the package. Link in profile to see the rest of the details, tag someone who should sign up!
We'll miss Julia a LOT this year! But we are hiring for 2021 - see our website for the application...do you have what it takes?
Big news from the farm! We have eggs for sale! Finally the girls have started laying in numbers which can satisfy both our families and our customers.
We are only publicising availability here on Instagram and Facebook to give our loyal local fans first dibs. We’re heading into the hallowed “double yolk” time that most hens go through just after they start laying whilst their bodies figure out how to do it.
We’ll be putting up the sign at the end of the driveway next week sometime so if you want some eggs, now is the time - Once the sign goes up, the girls struggle to keep up with demand.
As always, the eggs are from our free range hens, fed non-gmo soy free LOCAL feed from and fed an abundance of veggies.
Speaking of which, if you come to the farm for eggs please bring any clean egg cartons you have as we can reuse them. The chickens also love all your un-carved un-painted fall pumpkins.
DM us for the farm address if you don’t know where we are located.
GSF refrigerator is restocked! It is a self-service system with everything costing $5, (2 for $5 or peppers are 10 for $5!).
We have arugula, super greens, baby kale, green cabbage, Napa cabbage, radishes, bok choy, and loads of delicious sauerkraut!
Come by and help yourself if you are in the Middleburg area. DM for the address. Parking is in front of the red tractor shed and the self-service refrigerator is inside the white building (follow the sign for eggs/milk).
Only a few Thanksgiving bags left! We are putting all our best seasonal veggies into a one-time CSA bag for your celebratory meal next week. These gorgeous heirloom pumpkins that Julia grew are included for the most authentic pie you've ever done, as well as recipes for all the ingredients we're supplying! Here's the link to grab yours - https://gathering-springs-farm.square.site/product/thanksgiving-box/109?cs=true - pickup on the farm the 24th or 25th and on Bull Run Mountain the 24th.
Happy Veteran’s Day, especially to farmer Pam’s husband Rob.
Rob is a Marine and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat engineer.
Did you know: we stock our fridge up with foods for sale when we get back from market each Saturday?! Everything is $1-3 cheaper than our market rates, priced in $5 increments, and is cash only, self-service and honor system pay. The fridge is in the white trailer next to the barn when you pull in!
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As we sit here in the depths of winter, with hazy plans for the coming season drifting in and out of our brains, looking back on another year and recognising the successes and failures of a time we poured ourselves into. Finally catching our breath between the waves of an exacting but beautiful dance with Mother Nature, whilst being Mother to beautiful but exacting children. Feelings of excitement of spring and dirty fingernails, the first taste of a sun warmed tomato straight off the vine conflicting the need for more time, more rest, more space to mother and hibernate and stay indoors. But damn, if this doesn’t make me gaze in wonderment of the journey we have been on over the last 4 years. Thanks for joining us on this journey so far! #eatlocal #sustainableagriculture #smallfarm #regenerativeagriculture #northernvirginia #femalefarmer #farmlikeamother
Sarah Waybright and Pam Jones are friends and farmers who together founded and run Gathering Springs Farm.
They met in 2017 whilst working at the local stalwart sustainable farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms. They were both working at PVF for similar reasons, to learn more about where their food comes from and how it should be grown for optimum health. But they both had very different journeys getting there...
Sarah grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College in 2006, a Master of Science (MS) in Human Nutrition at Drexel University in 2010, and a dietetic internship through Utah State University’s distance program to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). A longtime DC resident, she has been featured by many Washington media outlets, including the Washington Post, The Express, DCRefined, WUSA9 and as a regular contributor to ABC7’s Good Morning Washington. She’s also been featured by local bloggers including fANNEtastic Food, Boderstan, and LadiesDC and health websites including The Active Times and SheKnows. She has appeared as a guest on the podcasts Foodie & the Beast, Beautiful Life Self Care, and RD Real Talk.
It was Sarah’s love for food, cooking and learning that lead her to farming, firstly as market staff at 78 Acres Farm and then as a farm apprentice at Potomac Vegetable Farms.
Pam grew up in rural England, with no family connection to farming. When Pam was 7 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare kind of arthritis. In spite of this diagnosis, at age 16 Pam joined the British Army on a scholarship scheme that saw her attend Welbeck DSFC as a Royal Engineers cadet. After 4 years of military training and higher education, Pam was medically discharged from the Army due to her progressing arthritis, which happened whilst she was completing her Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham in 2011. The medical discharge lead Pam down a path of gaining classification to compete as an adaptive athlete in the sport of rowing.
After just 18 months in the sport, Pam competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and won a Gold medal for Great Britain. She continued on that streak for 4 more years, culminating in another Paralympic Gold Medal in the Rio 2016 games. Pam retired after the Rio games, and moved to the USA to be with her Loudoun County local husband Rob Jones, a retired US Marine Corps sergeant who has his own story to tell here...
It was during Pam’s time as an athlete that sparked her interest in agriculture and the sustainable food movement. It began by watching the documentary Food Inc and inspired Pam to take a closer look into where her food comes from and the way it was being grown and raised. After Pam moved to the USA in 2017, she started working at PVF and knew this was the career she was meant to have.