Alfrea Producers

Meet the makers

Alfrea is proud to work with a variety of conscious growers and land owners who operate sustainably.

Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms

In 1919, the farm was purchased by Arthur P. Yeatman to be used for dairy operations. It wasn’t until 1921 that the first two mushroom houses were built, followed by three more in 1922 and 1923. By 1930, the dairy operation was discontinued and four more mushroom houses were built, operated as A.P. Yeatman & Sons. In 1949, Yeatman’s son Clarence (C.P.) bought another 77-acre farm with 3.5 mushroom houses and two dwellings.

Lancaster Farm Cooperative

LFFC farmers take pride in this and steward the land to preserve this reputation for future generations of abundant production.  With a thirst for knowledge to improve their sustainable agriculture techniques from one season to the next, they help each other to provide the highest quality produce possible.  Our farmers choose to work cooperatively together to succeed in growing and delivering crops that enrich the health of the communities around us, as well as, the health of the land we live on.

B&B Farm

At B&B Farms, they strive to cultivate community; connect local farmers, artisans and eaters; provide their customers high quality, healthy produce and create a meaningful on-farm experience.Sustainable. They grow using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and organic practices (not certified) that work for them. IPM allows them to reduce spraying and avoid crop loss, helps keep costs down and protect beneficial insects. Their plan is good field records and soil management using cover crops and crop rotations to break up pest and disease cycles. For weeds, they use tractors, mulches, hands and knees hand pulling/hoeing and where appropriate, use little or no herbicide. Their farm is an open book; they are willing to discuss how they grow it and why they do it. They eat this food too!

Weavers Orchards

We grow our fruit with your health in mind. As a family-owned farm, we are always thinking about the next generation and the generations to come. We strive to keep our family, our land and our community safe and healthy.To keep the harvest coming year after year, we practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. These farming practices limit the use of pesticides. We monitor each crop intently so we can make wise decisions about pest or disease control. Organic farming uses many of the same concepts as IPM; however, organic farmers are limited to using only organic chemicals. (Yes, even organic farming allows over 100 chemicals in production!)Pennsylvania’s climate is, unfortunately, not favorable for growing fruit 100% organically. (Most vegetables are considerably easier to grow organically.) We’ve seen several orchards attempt organic fruit production and fail, forcing them to go out of business and sell their farms. We love our farm and we are so grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to farm it for four generations. We hope to keep on farming and serving you for years to come.For further reading on our farming practices, take a look at this brochure and read this informative article.

Barefoot Boy

Barefoot Boy is an all-local brand. Named for the habit of the southeastern Pennsylvania Amish youngsters to go without shoes in their family’s farm fields. Barefoot Boy produce is sourced from small to mid-sized farms in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, within 150 miles of Philadelphia.

Our mission is to provide our customers with the freshest and highest quality of sustainable produce available, which we believe should be available to every community.

Sourcing produce from the rich agricultural communities around Philadelphia — Lancaster and surrounding counties to the west, Delaware to the south, and South Jersey to the east — keeps food dollars in our local economy. Buying local and in season means our premium produce is fresher, healthier, and more delicious, and we’re able to pass in-season saving onto our customers. Sourcing from local farms also means greater transparency along the supply chain, which translates to a higher level of food safety and traceability for our customers.

Beechwood Orchards

A fifth generation, family owned farm, Beechwood Orchards, has been operating in Adams County for over a century. David and Tammy Garretson are the current owners. They were joined by their son, Shawn, in 2005 after he graduated from Penn State with a degree in Horticulture, and in 2009 by Melissa Allen, their daughter. She brought her two small daughters Isabelle and Cammy who have already begun to show an interest in agriculture. They are members of Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture and practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to control disease and pests in the field. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment.

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm

Kauffman’s “Family Orchard” products have been recognized and enjoyed since the early 1900’s. Founder Amos L. Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911, and today the 3rd, 4th, & 5th generations own & operate the business.

Their warehouse and country market are located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country, along Rt. 340 between the villages of Bird-In-Hand and Intercourse (directions). Their nearby orchards produce over 135 varieties of tree fruits on 100 acres and are managed with a visionary focus that watches changing consumer needs and national market conditions.

Weavers Orchard

Weaver’s Orchard’s family farming began with Jacob and Lizzie Weaver. They were fruit growers in Delaware whose son, Daniel, purchased the current Berks county property. He started Weaver’s Orchard in 1931, with little inkling of what the orchard would become. He planted fruit trees, berries and vegetables and marketed the produce by the truckload on street corners in the city of Reading. At the time, this was known as a “Huckster route,” which meant he was a type of produce peddler common in those days. Soon he started selling from the farm and set Weaver’s Orchard on the path to becoming a community destination. Daniel’s son Allen became a partner in the operation and the business continued to grow as they marketed the produce through farmers markets and on the farm. Weaver’s wants the property to be one people can come and enjoy as they pick their own fruit or shop the farm market, attend parties and events, including corporate events, educational opportunities and family-friendly experiences on the farm. The Weaver family’s vision for the business CONTINUES to expand, with hopes of a new market some day that will an expanded garden center, bakery and more events like farm to table dinners.

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