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.

The Hayes family in their garden.

Farm of the Month: Maple Mountain Farm

Scott and Lindsey Hayes of Maple Mountain Farm always loved gardening, but their interest turned to passion and profession when they faced the challenge of getting healthy organic food for their family. In the early 2000s, they built their home on Scott’s family’s land in Pocahontas County, WV. Now, with help from their two daughters, Aliza and Addy, they maintain two gardens and a small orchard, raise chickens and turkeys, and produce maple syrup and hardwood charcoal. They also participate in a CSA, and are installing a high tunnel this year to extend their growing season. Outside of the garden, Lindsey works for the Forest Service and Scott coaches soccer. You can find Maple Mountain Farm on Facebook or at the Pocahontas County Farmers’ Market. Read more…