Some of our 2008 broccoli, pac choi, sorrel and basil
Bull Run Mountain Vegetable Farm is a family owned and operated Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, providing fresh, subscription vegetables grown using organic techniques without chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Our farm is GMO free.
We are now taking new members for the 2014 season. How to reserve a share.
The Bates/Hauter families have raised honeybees and grown vegetables without chemical fertilizers or pesticides on their farm in the Bull Run Mountains since the 1960's. Leigh has managed CSA's since the early 90's. This will be our 20th year of CSA farming, making us the oldest and most experienced, continually operating CSA in the Washington DC area.
Our farm is located on the side of the highest mountain (variously called Highpoint or Leathercoat Mountain) in the Bull Run Mountains. This is the first mountain ridge as you leave Washington, crossing the Potomac and going west past Manassas.
When reaching Thouroughfare Gap, if you stopped and walked north, following Catlett Branch until the creek ends with a series of springs, our farm is on the hillside above you.
Back in the early 60’s, when our family first moved here, before Interstate 66 was built, and before Thouroughfare had been widened to accommodate all of the vehicles, the trail along Catlett was a farm road. But then the roads from here to Washington were narrower and it took much longer to reach the city.
Now, though, the DC suburbs have spread out just to our east of our farm and over the past decade most of the forests and farmland there has been turned into housing projects and strip malls.
Our valley, though, over the past four decades, was largely acquired by an agency of Virginia, dedicated to preservation, and has remained undeveloped and forested and a habitat for a number of animals that otherwise wouldn’t live here, at least not at their current population level.
And while keeping deer out of our vegetables, bear away from our beehives and foxes and owls out of our chickens’ pastures is almost a fulltime job it is one we enjoy when considering the alternatives.
If you come out to visit, and our shareholders are welcome (for more information about how to join our CSA go to the questions answered page) the spring water that fills the irrigation tanks on the hill comes from one of two artisan springs on our farm that provide a regular pure source of water for us and our vegetables.