What does eating local really mean? It means getting to know the PEOPLE who are working hard to provide your meats, produce, and value-added products. It means scheduling a visit to a farm to gain even more understanding about your dinner. It means knowing that your food does not just come from a farm, but from people. People who are not just farmers but fathers, daughters, moms, and sons working as a family in a community of friends.

Faces of Farmers is a project of The Highland Center created to help unite customers with producers in a whole new way. By telling our farmer’s stories, it aims to help market farms in the Allegheny Highlands region and help customers learn more about their food.

Tolly and her goats

Farm of the Month: Hidden River Farm

Since 1994, Tolly Peuleché has been using organic methods to grow a variety of flowers, vegetables, greens, and fruits and to raise chickens and meat goats for breeding stock, right on the border of Randolph and Pocahontas Counties. She and her partner, Cary, cultivate about two acres of gardens, including two high tunnels and an orchard. Tolly approaches farming with a refreshing curiosity, often growing experimental crops, like pole beans gifted to her by a colleague, or quinoa, a popular grain native to South America.

Beyond farming, Tolly serves on the Pocahontas Farmers Market management team and works as part of a coalition of regional farmers markets. She also works with Linwood Alive, a local nonprofit. Read more…