Organic Fruits & Vegetables Near Washington, DC
Located 70 miles west of Washington, D.C. in Rappahannock County, Virginia, The Farm At Sunnyside grows certified organic fruits and vegetables for sale locally. Land not in agricultural production is actively managed for biodiversity and beneficial ecosystem services.
Consumers can purchase our produce at the Dupont Circle and Reston farmers’ markets and through an on-farm community supported agriculture program. We also supply a limited number of wholesale outlets and fine restaurants.
The Farm At Sunnyside blends sustainable agriculture with environmental protection. Our commitment to organic production means that our food as well as our soil and water are free of toxic chemical residues. We take additional actions to restore habitat for native wildlife, including the pollinators that help make it possible to grow a wide diversity of produce.
Our land is protected by a conservation easement ensuring that it will never be developed. And we are continuing to search for ways to reduce energy consumption and diminish our carbon footprint.
Rich in Agricultural Tradition & Environmental Protection
The Farm At Sunnyside sits on the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains next to Shenandoah National Park in Rappahannock County, Virginia, just two miles from the historic town of Washington.
The farm is owned by the Lapham family who purchased it in 2006 and commenced operations in 2008. The Laphams have a background in environmental conservation, public health and sustainable development and unite these experiences and interests in their management philosophy.
Sunnyside was the site of one of Virginia’s earliest commercial apple orchards and carries a rich agricultural tradition. It became a certified organic farm in 1996 under the previous owner. Today its dedicated team of full-time and seasonal staff produces a wide array of vegetables and fruits as well as eggs, flowers, herbs and a selection of products harvested from species naturally occurring on the property.
The farm’s philosophy emphasizes linking agriculture with environmental protection. We actively promote native biodiversity, and today the farm provides habitat for over 136 species of birds; black bear, bobcat and other mammals; and countless varieties of insects, amphibians, reptiles and plants. We pay special attention to encouraging beneficial species that provide pollination, pest control and other ecosystem services.
The Farm At Sunnyside believes strongly in servicing the community in which it operates. In 2008, we launched a community supported agriculture program for Rappahannock County residents.
We participate in the local high school’s Farm-To-Table program through which students are exposed to farming and encouraged to incorporate healthy local foods into their diets. And we are active with several local non-profit organizations focused on protecting Rappahannock County’s scenic and agricultural character.
In the video below, farm owner Nick Lapham and conservation manager Sam Quinn talk about the farm’s mission at a recent forum sponsored by College of the Atlantic in Maine.