Our secret ingredient isn't a secret.
What sets our mixes apart is that they're made from fresh tomatoes grown on local farms. Here are some of the folks who make Back Pocket Bloody Marys possible.
Superfoods Farm is an 89-acre farm in Culpeper, VA under organic management by the Ayad family. Before immigrating to the United States, the Ayads lived in a rural farming community where they subsided on a family farm, and grew vegetables like tomatoes and fruits like citrus trees. After settling in Virginia for five years, Superfoods Farm was established in 2011 with a focus on the sustaining the natural ecology of the land.
Superfoods supplies Back Pocket with beautiful-on-the-inside heirloom tomatoes that might not be the right shape or size for the grocery store or farmers market but are perfect for a Brilliant Bloody Mary!
Critzer Family Farm, Afton, VA
The Critzers settled in the Rockfish Valley that divides Nelson and Albemarle County, VA at the end of the Revolutionary War. For over two hundred years, they have farmed their land, evolving the operation from beef cattle to orchard fruit to the diversified fruits and vegetables they grow today.
At Back Pocket, we can’t seem to get enough of their Primo Red, Big Beef, and Celebrity tomato varieties.
Double H Farm, Wingina, VA
Ara and Gayane Avagyan took over Double H Farm after the passing of Richard Bean, a champion of the local food movement in Virginia. After immigrating from Armenia in 2003, Ara and Gayane spent years under Richard’s mentorship as they navigated the complicated route to American citizenship for their family of four.
Today, under their leadership, Double H’s 32 acres of organically-grown vegetables and free-range hogs and chickens continue to flourish. Ara and Gayane’s Big Beef and other heirloom tomatoes are so sweet and flavorful, sometimes they get snacked on before they ever make it into the mix.
At Whisper Hill, James and Holly Hammond raise 4 acres of certified organic vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers on the north side of the James River in Scottsville, VA.
The Hammonds are committed to sustainable land stewardship and close examination of the ecological, agricultural, economic, domestic, and neighborly implications of their farming.
Owl's Nest Farm, Upper Marlboro, MD
The land at Owl’s Nest Farm has been organically managed since 2011 and Certified Naturally Grown since 2013. Liz Whitehurst has built the farm on the values of regenerative agriculture, community education, and food access and equity.
Thanks to the farm’s focus on flavorful heirloom varieties including Cherokee Purple and Striped German, Owl’s Nest tomatoes are always a favorite addition to a Back Pocket Bloody.
"Food hubs" are mission-based food distribution companies that provide the infrastructure and services necessary to help small farms grow.
Local Food Hub supports the Virginia food system by providing aggregation, distribution, technical assistance, and sales support to 75 local farms and food businesses (including us!). They also manage critically important community outreach and education programs to help ensure that fresh, healthy food is a right and not a privilege.