Where are you located?
Our farm is situated aside the Potomac River, northeast of Leesburg off of Route 15. We are roughly 1hr 15min from Washington DC and 40 minutes from Dulles Airport. You can find our address on the contact us section of this site.
Is your farm certified organic?
We are not certified organic, though we follow many organic practices. Because sustainability is at the core of our farming philosophy, there have been circumstances that require us to deviate slightly from organic methods in order to secure a particular crop at a given time. For example, in a very wet Spring an abundance of slugs might threaten our young strawberry crop; in such a situation we do our best to prevent slug damage with organic pest controls, but will resort to the least amount of effective conventional deterrents. We exercise great care and effort in balancing our goal to remain as organic as possible while maintaining sustainability, and Steven painstakingly attends to any issues by hand and extremely delicately. We are always searching for new organic methods to aid in our endeavors.
Do you allow visitors?
At this time we take visitors by appointment and in season, always with great care against potential bio-threats...If you care for animals, please let us know before you visit as we want to limit any potential contamination from your animals to ours. Produce season typically runs from April through October, whereas the animals can be seen year round. Please contact us for more information or to request a visit.
What do you grow?
Our Lost Corner farmers choose crops each season based on projected need, but our selection usually includes a few carefully selected varieties of strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry, rhubarb, asparagus, sweet corn, tomato, sweet potato, pole beans, peppers, lettuce, herbs, and several types of winter squash and pumpkins. Check back for news about our seed selection each season.
Do you offer u-pick berries?
We do not offer 'u-pick' at this time. Much of our berry production is allotted to Mom's Apple Pie Bakery pies and sales in their retail locations, Potomac Vegetable Farms, and our CSA shares and farm market days.
Check back, though- we may offer 'u-pick' berries in the future.
Where can I find your produce?
As with our berries, when in season our produce can be found at Mom's Apple Pie Bakery locations, Potomac Vegetable Farms, and our CSA shares and farm markets. Depending on the time of year, you might also find some of our produce available through the virtual farmer's market, Loudoun Flavor.
Do you sell breeding stock?
Yes. We sell registered American Guinea Hog piglets at weaning age (roughly 8 weeks) and sometimes breeding age (roughly 6 months). Various heritage chicken breeds are sold as either chicks or pullets/cockerels. We occasionally offer full grown hens and roosters. We also offer registered LaMancha dairy goats and, soon, Icelandic sheep. Please see the animals page or contact us for more info.
What do you feed your animals?
Our animals enjoy a forage and pasture diet supplemented with produce grown on the farm. During the colder months and pregnancy or milking, some of our animals require additional nourishment and we provide them with organic, soy-free, non-GMO feeds from Countryside Organics. While this specialty feed is nearly double the cost of conventional feeds, an organic, soy-free diet is as beneficial to the animal as it is to the caretaker and consumer.
Why soy-free?The more we learn about soy, the more important it seems to keep it out of our diets in the processed form. The folks at Little Sprouts Farm have broken it down in their blog, but the main point is that processed soy proteins are a common allergen already overused in the modern American diet. Adding soy to our feed would increase an unnatural substance in their diet and yours by way of the eggs and meat that you eat. We work hard to make sure our animals are raised mostly on pasture and forage for their benefit and ours.
What is so important about forage and pasture/grass feeding?
Besides the fact that it is natural that most animals to forage and feed on grasses, all recent studies on grass feeding point to a number of benefits for both animal and consumer. When you eat meat from a pasture-fed animal you are consuming a balance of omegas, vitamins, and fats that is better for your body. For detailed information, please visit the Eat Wild website.
Are the animals on any kind of health/maintenance program?
Our animals are on a health program from the second they are born! Because we believe in pasture and forage feeding, natural preventative care and remedies are a part of their lives from the beginning. By not feeding soy or unnecessary grain, we are already improving the health of our animals. We give all animals access to winter squash and pumpkin seeds, a natural wormer. We truly care for our animals and like to keep them happy with pets and belly rubs-- which happens to be the best way to know if something is off. By spending time with them and interacting on a daily basis, we are able to detect any health changes as soon as possible and treat them as necessary.
Where can I buy your heritage meats?
Heritage pork and poultry will be available on the farm via appointment (contact us) or for pick-up at one of our drop locations. When meat is available we will offer it for sale at Mom's Apple Pie Company's retail locations in Leesburg and Occoquan. For whole hogs and live chickens, please contact us.
Why goats milk?
For a variety of reasons, many people have intolerances to cow's milk but not to goat's milk (please see Garden Harvest's detailed explanation of the differences). While I enjoy cow's milk, I can't always be sure that I am getting the healthier, A2 beta-casein protein that goat's milk guarantees. You can read more about A2 beta-casein in great detail here.
Can I buy raw milk from you?
No! It is illegal to sell raw milk in our state. It is not illegal to drink milk from your own goats, however, and so there is always the option of purchasing a share of a dairy goat herd. With your purchase of a share you become part owner of the herd and, as such, enter into a boarding contract with the farm. Owning goats can be expensive, but by becoming a share owner you can save on space and costs, board your goats, and enjoy a share of what they produce!
I want raw goats-milk... how do I buy a goat herd share?
Goat herd shares are renewed each Spring when new kids are born and the herd freshens. Goats typically produce milk from March/April through November/December (roughly 8 months) before taking a break to put energy into kidding. If you are interested in a goat herd share, conact Ansa for more information and a contract, or visit the Goat Share page to sign up online.
Do you offer a cow-share program?
While we do not offer a cow share program at this time, we just recently acquired Guernsey heifers. We want to be sure that our cows will be able to provide A2/A2 milk, so we are testing our cow and heifer and will be breeding them to an A2/A2 bull. Please bear with us while we build our herd and check back for cow share news in the future. In the meantime, why not try a goat herd share? You might be surprised by the delicate flavor of raw goat milk... and the cheese-making is fabulous!
I am planning an event- how do I place an order for flowers?
Thea Cox is the woman to speak to! Please email email@example.com to get in touch with Thea about your arrangement needs. Please remember, flowers are seasonal and not all flowers are available at all times. If you know in advance that you will need a particular variety, email to ask us for a custom planting in advance of the Spring season and we will do our best to accommodate you.