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Five organic experiences you should have before the summer ends

Picturesque entrance to Pearmund Cellars Organic Winery
Picturesque entrance to Pearmund Cellars Organic Winery
Photo taken by Beth Eller

It’s that time again. Back to school commercials are popping up all over your television, school supplies are flying off the shelves, mornings and evenings are a little cooler, and the days are getting a bit shorter. Fall is right around the corner, but before you say goodbye to those lazy days of summer, here are five organic outings you should give a go.

One- Visit an organic winery
They don’t call Virginia wine country for nothing. Ok, so they don’t call Virginia wine country, but they could. In fact, in 2012, Wine Enthusiast Magazine voted Virginia one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world. There’s no shortage of organic wineries near Arlington either. Pearmund Cellars is one of Virginia’s sustainable wineries. Located not too far away in Broad Run, it is a picturesque, eco-friendly destination to enjoy some award winning wine.

Two- Pick your own produce
Fresh is best, and it doesn’t get any fresher than picking your own produce from a local farm. Right now is the best time to gather some summer fruits and veggies like blackberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, tomatoes, and corn. For a list of pick your own farms in northern Virginia visit pickyourown.org.

Three- Try eco-friendly camping
Disconnect from everything for a while with an eco-friendly camping outing. Try somewhere like Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, just off the beaten path near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Kayak the black water channels of Back Bay while you reconnect with nature.

Four- Relax at an organic spa
After roughing it, unwind in one of Northern Virginia’s organic spas. The Boutique Spa at the Ritz Carlton, Georgetown has an expansive menu of organic treatment choices. From organic facials to their blueberry organic scrub/wrap, you’ll be sure to find the right eco-treatment for you.

Five- Plant an organic garden for the fall
The end of summer is a perfect time to try your hand at growing your own vegetables for fall. It’s pretty easy to do but maintaining them organically, without harsh pesticides takes a little bit if research. Visit Gardner’s Supply Company’s website for a little organic gardening 101.

So, while the summer is drawing to a close it doesn’t have to be a drag. Keep it interesting and green by trying out some of these ventures and you’ll be refreshed and ready for fall!