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.


Steve and Mary Saffel

April Farm of the Month: S & S Farm

It might be easier to list off the items Steve and Mary Saffel don’t produce—S & S Farm, in Marlinton, WV, is home to a variety of meat animals including turkey, chicken, ducks, and hogs, a couple of milk goats, and a wide range of produce from cantaloupes to collard greens. Farming is Steve and Mary’s livelihood, and it is one they’re glad to have chosen.

Overall, the farm is maintained using organic growing practices, and it was recognized as the Pocahontas County Conservation Farm in 2014. Produce, meat, and eggs from S & S Farm are available at the Lewisburg Farmers’ Market, area restaurants, through a CSA, and for the first time this year, online through Monroe Farm MarketRead more…