Taproot Farm is a 200 acre Certified Organic produce farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
The farm grows a diverse variety of vegetables and berries full of flavor and nutrition and provides it to our customers at its peak freshness. Using farming practices that enrich the health of the farm’s ecosystem, the farmers take pride in the nutritious, high quality food they grow using Organic practices.
“We promise Honesty, Integrity & Food Transparency.”
Taproot Farm began as a rented plot of 5 of the 200 acres that make up the farm today. The farm found its footing at the Chestnut Hill Growers’ Market, selling its high quality produce from a small stand, and the 27 CSA members who signed up for the Taproot Farm CSA in 2010.
The original 5 acres had already been transitioned into Organic practices when George and Ola began to rent the land and the shaley hilltop soil began to recover some of its biodiversity, and produced a bountiful crop. With meager means and lots of determination, they farmed the ground almost all by hand with the help of an employee and volunteer help from family. As first generation farmers, there was a lot to learn, and a lot to build.
In 2014 the farmland Taproot had been renting was going to be sold, and George and Ola took a leap of faith. With the help of the Farm Service Agency they were able to buy farm, which included 23.5 Acres. The purchase allowed them access to 10 more acres of prime soil. Over the years, Taproot became Certified Organic, grew its CSA and began to work with Baldor Specialty Foods, a wholesale distributor.
Taproot Farm has since become a staple source of delicious, trustworthy produce for its CSA and the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market. Its relationship with Baldor has blossomed and now they provide the specialty distributor with a wonderful array of heirloom varieties, and cutting edge culinary favorites. The farm now employs up to 20 people at the peak of the growing season, and over the years members of this group of hard working farmers have become their own community of long time friends.