In many homes, the kitchen table symbolizes family — the place where we gather at either end of the day to reconnect, nourish, share. It makes sense then, that from the Yoder family’s large, well-hewn table, one can see their entire farm: fields, greenhouses, tunnels, and ponds. For the Yoders — Doris, Nathan, and ten children — their farm also provides a place for the family to connect.
Nathan and Doris created Shady Lane Family Farm because they were looking for an endeavor to provide stability and a wholesome upbringing for their children — their farm reflects these values, right down to their growing practices and neat, orderly layout.
With four cultivated acres and 5,000 square feet of greenhouse space, Shady Lane Family Farm produces a wide variety of vegetables for market and wholesale. Some of their specialties include colored bell peppers, many varieties of tomatoes, and early winter squash. They also grow a wide selection of bedding plants and hanging baskets.
The Yoders use organic practices — that means no chemical fertilizers or sprays — and succession planting to manage pests and disease, preferring to focus their energy on keeping plants healthy rather than rehabilitating sick ones.
In addition to selling to Local Food Hub, Shady Lane Family Farm produce can be found at various farmer’s markets, including Market at Foxfield on Thursdays, and Charlottesville City Market on Saturdays.