Closed for the season
550 Asbury Road
|Call: (410) 734-GROW (4769)|
Brad’s Produce is a full-time farming operation raising fresh produce, greenhouse flowers, our own pork and angus beef and grain. Brad’s Produce officially started in 1992 when J. Brad Milton opened his first produce stand in the Kefauver’s Hardware Store parking lot at the intersection of Route 22 and Route 543 in Fountain Green.
Over the years a stand in Churchville, next to Kroh’s Nursery and the Big M, was added along with a stand at the intersection of Route 136 and Route 543 in Creswell. Eventually we combined those two stands into our sale barn on our farm at 550 Asbury Rd. in Churchville. Besides selling our own products in the sale barn, we also sell local jams and jellies, cheese, eggs, honey, maple syrup and bread.
Brad’s Produce can also be seen at the Saturday Bel Air Farmer’s Market (April - October).
All of the fresh produce and flowers sold at the various outlets are grown on our farm at 550 Asbury Road in Churchville. The entire farming operation consists of over 270 acres with 125 acres being primarily devoted to raising strawberries, asparagus, spinach, spring onions, spring mix lettuce, peas, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, onions, potatoes, green beans, lima beans, cantaloupe, regular watermelon, red seedless watermelon, yellow seedless watermelon, sweet potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins, and gourds.
The remaining land is used to grow field corn and soybeans for our livestock. The spring flowers are raised in greenhouses on the farm and there are two unheated tunnels used for raising early tomatoes.
In 2010, we built a greenhouse for raising tomatoes. In February, we plant the tomatoes in the ground. Then we heat the greenhouse until mid-May when the tomatoes are ready to be harvested. Yes - that means we have our own, Churchville-raised tomatoes in May!!
In 2013 we began raising angus beef on our farm in Darlington. They are grass and grain fed as well as hormone and steroid free. We sell the beef by the whole, half or quarter. We also sell it by individual cuts in our sale barn in Churchville. In 2014 we decided to expand our meat and began raising pigs on that same farm. They are grain fed and hormone and steroid free as well. We sell the pork by the half or whole animal and also by individual cuts in our sale barn in Churchville. If you're interested in a large order of beef or pork, please email us for more information. The difference in fresh, locally raised meat is undeniable - once you try it, you'll know!
People often ask whether or not Brad's Produce is an organic farm. At Brad's Produce we believe in using sustainable agriculture methods. These include an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) system to monitor disease and insect levels so that we are only using the least harmful crop protectorates when necessary, as well as building our soils up and raising healthy plants so they can fight off disease and insects naturally. We also use nutrient management plans, soil conservation methods and cover cropping to raise our produce in an environmentally friendly way.
The farm opens up to the public in April for spring annuals and hanging baskets, as well as asparagus and U-Pick strawberries. Different varieties of flowers include ivy geraniums, zonal geraniums, wave petunias, new guinea impatiens, and verbena, just to name a few. Strawberries are available until approximately June 25th.
*Strawberry photo courtesy of Jim Gamble, Morning Star Photography.
Around July 4th, the sweet corn is ready and all of the produce stands are open as the summer produce season begins. Starting in September and running through the end of October, the farm offers a corn maze adventure with a new theme each year, open to the public 10am - 6pm daily. The corn maze consists of over 5,000 feet of walking paths with four different educational stations hidden in the corn. School groups and private bookings are available during the week from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
In October, free hay rides to the Pumpkin Patch are available on all weekends and for private bookings during the week. October is the time to celebrate the fall harvest of apples, pumpkins, popcorn, Indian corn, gourds, swan gourds, fall mums, and much, much more.
Remember Brad’s Produce...
LOCAL FOOD FOR LOCAL PEOPLE!