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 of Virginia and West Virginia and help customers learn more about their food.

Farm of the Month: Puffenbarger’s Farm

Farming in Highland runs deep with Doug and Terri Puffenbarger – the family has been farming in the area for three generations. “It’s our way of life,” Doug Puffenbarger says. When he’s not driving a the local school bus or taking photographs of the valley, he’s farming – helping his parents make maple syrup just down the road at Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard or caring for his herd of angus cows. His wife Terri, helps Doug out with paperwork and keeps him going. She also babysits and substitutes at the school.

Though the Puffenbargers have raised their own beef for the family for as long as Doug can remember, it wasn’t until recently that they decided to sell their beef publicly. “When Highland County got the USDA inspected facility, Alleghany Meats, I decided to sell our Angus beef to the public,” says Doug. “I took action and filled out the papers and got it rolling! The name “Puffenbarger’s Farm” came to be! It’s been very successful! Read more