Reviews for: Bull Run Mountain Farm
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.
Bull Run Mountain Farm
By: Franz Hilberath (Feb 16, 2014)
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.
The vegetables are delicious, quality and quantity are both held to standard here. In the few years ive been a shareholder, ive yet to have a bad experience. Always ripe and always fresh is a motto this farm seems to grow on.
Always a plus when the farm and people are great too! Great experience being able to go out on the farm and see where your food is coming from.
This gets my reccomendation as well as 5 stars from me and i implore you to give it a chance as well
By: Liz Elllis (Aug 16, 2013)
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! We bought a 2 person share this year to test it out but will definitely be signing up for the family share next year!
10 years and still going
By: Asya Haikin (Jan 31, 2011)
Our family has been part of this CSA for over 10 years. We enjoy getting a variety of vegetables and learning new recipies. Pickups are conveniently located in the city. This is a great CSA for families with children. The farm is less than an hour away and Leigh always welcomes visitors. I've taken my two kids out to the farm many times to pick eggs, vegetables, observe the farm in action, and even help with chores and planting. Leigh provides opportunities to visit the farm outside the normal delivery season and pick some extra veggies. "Organic farming" is really a large spectrum of practices, but I am confident that Bull Run Mountain Farm farm is organic in the stricktest sense of the term. This may be the reason why the vegetables do not always look as "perfect" as some other produce, but we are not getting them for display. Being members of this CSA has been a great experience overall for us.
By: amy feuerstein (Jan 14, 2011)
Last year was my first CSA experience and I really enjoyed the experience. It forced me to try new veggies and helped me branch out in cooking. Leigh was very knowledgeable about all the vegetables and had some really unique things. The honey was delicious and I had a summer full of pesto with all the basil! Not only did we get our weekly shares, but Leigh also opened up the farm on weekends for some fun events. I went there in the fall to press fresh cider. I already signed up for next year's share and plan to try the egg share as well this year.
Authentic and Rewarding CSA Experience
By: Kirstin Corris (Jan 10, 2011)
This will be my fourth year as a Bull Run Farm CSA subscriber. I am a huge fan of the whole experience. One of my favorite aspects is the occasions when we get to go out to the farm to see what's growing, help do a little task and be rewarded with some extra goodies, pressing your own apple cider, and gleaning the fields at the end of the season. My cooking repertoire has grown in leaps and bounds due to changing how I cook to use with what I receive from the CSA rather than deciding what to make from a cookbook, then going out to buy it. I've learned new tricks and discovered new favorite dishes. As Leigh says, CSA is not for everyone, but if you want to support local food, sustainable and pesticide-free growing practices, you owe it to yourself to give it a try and be open to changing a little in the way you cook, eat and live.
By: Conor Williams (Jan 9, 2011)
We're returning subscribers for this coming year, and we've been 100% satisfied with everything that Leigh provides. It's a great value and a great variety of produce, with lots of flexibility for add-ons (honey, eggs, fruit, meats, etc).
By: maureen petrella (Jan 9, 2011)
2010 was my first season of the csa and i have already signed up for my second season.
i had a two person vegetable share and i was happy with the variety and quantity of vegetables given.
loved being able to visit the farm and leigh was always friendly and welcoming to shareholders. seems to be willing to work with shareholders for suggestions about what vegetables to grow, pick up locations, etc.
in response to complaints made in previous reviews: i prefer to select my own vegetables so other csa organizations that provide pre-bagged vegetables, wouldn't work for me. as far as complaints regarding squished tomatoes, leigh made the change this year to personally hand out the tomatoes to shareholders rather than us selecting our own; so i never received squished tomatoes. also, unwashed vegetables aren't surprising to me nor are they an issue. they come from a farm and they look like they come from a farm. i prefer to wash my produce just before eating it anyways, stays fresher that way.
would highly recommend this csa to others!