Experienced, fertile soils, reliable water supply.
There are many factors that go into making a good CSA.
Leigh Hauter, Bull Run Mt's owner and farmer is one of the most experienced CSA farmers in the DC area. Leigh, a former high school teacher, has now been CSA farming for more than twenty years. We were the first farmer owned CSA in the DC area.
For the past two decades we have been steadily building up the quality of our soil.
Here at Bull Run Mountain CSA we are not dependent on adequate rainfall. Our water comes from two continuously flowing artesian springs that reliably, year after year, provide pure, cool spring water for our vegetables. The upper spring provides 24 gallons per minute. The lower 35 gallons.
'Over the two decades plus I've been growing vegetables I've seen many CSA's coming and many of those CSA's disappear. Here at Bull Run Mountain we have a proven record and a reliable water supply and while there are always factors outside a farmers control, (destructive storms and insects, two of the most obvious) my experience and our farm's reliable water supply give us an advantage over other farms.
Finally, we are still an old time CSA. Most farms today that call themselves CSA's are actually box programs. With those farms you sign up to get a box of vegetables each week. Not only are these farms selling vegetables through a box program but they are also selling their harvest at farmers' markets, at farm stands, at auctions, restaurants and on the market.
At Bull Run Mountain Farm are complete harvest goes to our shareholders. Our members are provided with everything we grow. There is none of the sticking the seconds into the box program and selling the first's at market where they will bring a higher price.
Our members get the best vegetables we grow, from an experienced farmer using our reliable water supply.
Water! Water is the most important element for growing vegetables. Unlike many farms that have an insufficient or unpredictable water source our vegetables receive an endless supply of water from a pair of artisans springs that have providing over 60 gallons of spring water a minute at least since my wife's parents moved to our farm back in 1962. To have water when our vegetables need it we have five 3000 gallon tanks and a 140,000 gallon reservoir of stored water.
Season: May through October
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 200
Share Prices: Our standard share, 'the bunch', is what most CSA's call a large share. This share provides enough vegetables for a couple or a family with small children. $740 for the whole season. We also offer this share for part of the season for people who can'
Work Req? No
If you are considering this CSA, please pay close attention to the dates of the reviews. Most of the decent reviews are years old. I can reiterate what the reviews from 2015 forward have stated about poor quality, minuscule amounts that are actually edible along with significant portions going straight to compost, multiple excuses and promises that do not pan out.... [more]
With Organic becoming so popular nowadays, it can become a harrowing task trying to find the right farm and people. Howver i can safely say ive found mine in Bull Run Mountain Farm.... [more]
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This is our first year with this CSA and we have really enjoyed it. Leigh is so knowledgeable and not only do we get great veggies of all varieties but we also got seedlings and many chances to go out to the farm for more!... [more]