Bull Run Mountain Farm

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Downhill trend from previous reviews

By: Michele Rhodes    (Aug 18, 2017)

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.

One week I cracked open 4 eggs for breakfast that were not only fertilized but had actual baby chicks with feathers inside. Leigh's explanation, "They must have been old. " NO KIDDING!!!! Who harvested and distributed those eggs??? I am reluctant to open the remainder of that carton.

I purchased an add-on fruit share and, so far, the only fruit has been tiny pears that dropped off the stressed tree(s) and rotted on my counter before they would ripen, just as I expected. I have pear trees myself. I understand when to harvest them ( they are always unripe when harvested) and how to ripen them. This week, there were gorgeous peaches in the egg fridge. Leigh did not include any in our share just one tiny watermelon he admitted was underripe. Tried to eat it, but it was only fit for compost.

Leigh is pleasant. That is the strongest point I can say about the CSA. We have belonged to another CSA for a few years but chose to switch when Sunnyside eliminated their Saturday pickup. Leigh accommodated us with a Saturday, on the farm, pickup. Luckily for us, Sunnyside is willing to offer us a partial share for the remainder of this season so we will switch to Tuesday pickups and will kiss goodbye the over $1000 paid to Bull Run for a bushel share plus eggs plus fruit in favor of getting beautiful, delicious, organic, and highly varied produce elsewhere in copious quantities. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

This is the entire email of the upcoming week's share, the Aug. 18, a sample of the litany of promises Leigh makes. 3 weeks into August and he is trying to say he still has few tomatoes to share? Every other farmer and garden for miles around is drowning in tomatoes.

August 18 Week ten vegetables Friday's vegetables (I think this is what I'll be picking) green bell peppers - plenty of large bells. The only thing that holds back from giving you a dozen a week isthat if I leave some large ones the vine they will turn into red, orange and yellow peppers in a few weeks. purple bell pepper sweet corn (maybe this week, definitely next week) Italian basil (all you can eat and then some) Thai basil tomatoes (cooking, slicing and maybe some cherry tomatoes. They are finally starting to ripen.) eggplant -- they are real slow in starting - once they do it will be all you can eat from then on out. The hot peppers are starting... soon it should be all you can eat herbs - for Monday I picked sage, rosemary and spearmint. Is there anything you want? Next week, after Monday deliveries, I'm flying out to visit a brother and sister in Colorado. And I won't come back until Sunday. One of my neighbors, Brian, will do next Friday's picking and delivering. Leigh

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Leigh Hauter says:    (Jan 12, 2018)
I'm sorry that Ms. Rhodes was unhappy. The real problem with her and her husband is that I broke most of our logistics rules attempting to make her and her husband happy. The Rhodes signed up to pick up at our farm drop off (preboxed and left at the end of our mile driveway on Friday afternoons so people did not have to drive all the way in to the farm. However they did not want to pick up his vegetables on Friday and he wanted to drive in to the farm. That was fine with me however the difficulty arose when we couldn't schedule one time and day for him to get his vegetables so I could have them picked and ready. Which meant that when he showed up without giving me notice I would have to put down what I was doing and walk through the fields with him picking a share as we went. Even that was fine. I enjoyed visiting with him however he didn't always show up when I was at the farm and instead go around the farm looking for vegetables he could put into his share. This meant that sometimes he would go out into the fields picking vegetables and other times he would go through boxes of old vegetables and eggs looking for produce to put into his share. I tried to explain to him the problem of coming out to the farm without setting up a schedule before hand but we had difficulties communicating. They didn't answer my emails and instead would send notes to me through facebook which at the time I didn't know how to use as a means of personal communications (my fault, obviously). In short the Rhodes and I had a major communication problem. I would pick shares for them to pick up that would go to waste when they didn't show to pick up their vegetables and other times they would show up when no one was at home on the farm and no picked to put in their share. I could go on and on about the many snaffus attempting to get them their weekly share. Finally, about the time Ms. Rhodes wrote her review they stopped coming out to the farm and I emailed them that their share would no longer be at the farm but would be out at the end of our driveway with the other two dozen shares. Fruit share. We offer a fruit share from fruit we buy from orchards out in Rappahannock County. We make it very clear on our webpage and in person that the fruit does not come from us. Our fruit share begins with peaches when the local crop begins to ripen around mid July.. It usually consists of 12 peaches per week beginning the second week of July. On about the third week of August when the local peach harvest ended the share switches to local apples.. We had a few Asian pears in the fruit share in early September but largely when the peach crop ended the fruit share switched to apples. usually twelve apples of different varieties per week. Again the fruit share begins around mid July and goes to the end of the season and usually consists of 12 pieces of fruit, usually peaches and apples. The pears that Ms. Rhodes refers to were not part of the fruit share. On our farm is an old heirloom pear tree with a small but sweet fruit. When they ripened around the end of June we picked the pears and offered them to the people getting vegetable share. These small pears were tasty and especially good for making jams. The only thing I can say about the bad eggs is that I'm sorry. I wouldn't have willingly given them bad eggs and when I was told about it I have them two dozen fresh eggs to make up for it. I don't know where the bad eggs came from though I suspect they came from one of Mr. Rhodes unsupervised search for vegetables. Our 2017 season was a better than average growing season. Unfortunately the problem I encountered with the Rhodes were largely do to our failure to adequately communicate and because I tried to adapt my delivery system for their special needs which, again, because of our poor communication, did not work.