Know Before You Go: Braehead Farm
Hidden where you’d least expect it, Braehead Farm is tucked away in a small industrial corridor right outside of Downtown Fredericksburg. Pulling into the long driveway, you’re transported to a pastoral setting. Complete with a storybook barn and rows and rows of seasonal crops.
The farm is family owned and is the last one of its kind, in Historic Fredericksburg. Braehead’s family focus is evident from the moment you arrive. Namely, that it boasts an impressive amount of space dedicated to children. From a giant sand pit, to playground equipment, to an open hayloft with swing, no detail has been overlooked. The treehouse especially is the kind of thing your childhood dreams were made of.
Holidays are really a treat at Braehead Farm! Easter brings the Easter Bunny and egg hunt, Fall is when The Giant Pumpkin arrives at the pumpkin patch, and of course Santa visits the red barn with hot cocoa and s’mores! Braehead also offers birthday party packages and rental spaces for events.
While the farm is a beef cow and produce farm, there are many other animals that call it home. Chickens stomp around happily living their best free-range life. Sheep, goats and alpacas enjoy each other’s company as do a small sounder of pigs. There are even a couple of sweet horses.
Braehead Farm has an impressively streamlined PYO ( pick – your- own ) produce operation located in their front fields. If you plan on picking please use their pre-weighed “buskets,” as you pay per pound. If there isn’t someone outside signing people in and handing out “buskets,” you can always ask for one inside the market. Once you’ve picked to your hearts content, bring your produce into the market ( formerly the dairy barn ) to be weighed, and ultimately purchased. While you’re there, you might as well stop for lunch or grab a few items for a picnic! There are a tables on the property perfect for this. While the design and atmosphere of Braehead Farm is traditional and nostalgic, the farming practices themselves are progressive. Namely, their use of Integrated Pest Management.
Not really into picking your own produce? Their market is amazing and worth the visit just on its own.
“Stop into the market for all of your farm fresh items! Fresh produce, fresh meat and pork, free range chicken eggs, dairy fresh milk and ice cream, jams, or sauces and more! We have fresh baked pies, cookies, muffins and loaf cakes! Ice Cream cones too!” -Braehead Farm
Let talk about their season pass. Each pass is just $20 and offers your kids unlimited play time in the “Play-Grounds of The Barn Lot” during operating hours. Age 2 and under are free. They also have a family discount pass for households of 5 or more people for $100.00.
Braehead Farm’s Crop Schedule:
- APRIL: Asparagus!
- MAY : Strawberries and Asparagus
- JUNE: Berries
- END OF JUNE…Peppers, Squash, Zuccini
- JULY – SEPTEMBER: Berries, Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Zuccini, Green beans, Cut flowers, Cucumbers.
- SEPTEMBER- NOVEMBER: Pumpkins, blackberries and raspberries until frost, tomatoes, egg plant, peppers, banana peppers, green peppers, hot peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, various types of Winter Squash such as acorn, butternut, spaghetti!