We are your Community Farm-Bakery
Little Hat Creek Farm is a successful diversified ecological vegetable farm and wood-fired bakery. Our beautiful five-acre property is nestled in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, close to the thriving “Brew Ridge Trail”, and abundant outdoor activities including Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. We are about one hour from Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Staunton.
2019 will be our sixth season; we have grown 30-40% every year selling at three fast-paced farmer’s markets and delivering our 20-member CSA. Our goal is to drive change in our regional food system by forging one-on-one relationships with our community of eaters, providing them with bread and vegetables that are directly linked to the land.
In our fields, we use ecological farming practices on about one acre of annual vegetables. We grow dozens of varieties of vegetables, focusing on building soil health and producing nutrient-dense food for our community. In our bakery, we specialize in using regional flours to produce naturally-leavened breads, croissants, and other pastries.
Our passion for regional grain motivated us to help found the Common Grain Alliance, a new non-profit that seeks to revitalize the grain economy in the Mid-Atlantic. This year we are focusing on developing products that allow us to use even more regionally grown and milled grain, including a new line of crackers, granola, and cookies. Wheat can be grown sustainably only in combination with other crops like buckwheat, millet, and rye. Thus, our research and development stance is to focus on finding products that make good use of what is available, drawing heavily on old world bread styles as well as current innovations. We don’t mill in-house; instead, we use our purchasing power to support our regional millers.
Many of our pastries use the eggs, vegetables and fruit grown on our farm, and everything is baked in a 5’x7′ wood-fired oven that is housed in a 1000 sq-ft climate-controlled bakery building on the farm. This year we will be adding on-farm events, including monthly pizza nights and workshops, that are intended to deepen our engagement with our community.
Our team includes 2-3 full-time employees in addition to myself, my husband, and our 1-year-old twins.