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: Meadow’s Pride Farm

Jon and Patricia Donaldson specialize in all natural lamb products. They have a well established garden as well as a system for rotating their sheep and cattle. The Donaldsons grow strawberries, garlic, heritage tomatoes, colored sweet peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and other produce without sprays or chemicals. They utilize high tunnels for season extension and heat-loving plants. Meadow’s Pride Farm is also home to a number of beehives from which produce raw honey. The Donaldsons also practice year-round lambing schedule making lambs available consistently throughout the year. The livestock is grass-and hay-fed with non-GMO grain supplements. Their meat is processed at Alleghany Meats.

Follow Meadow’s Pride Farm on their Facebook Page, and learn more about their farm here!

A truckload of garlic at Meadow’s Pride Farm!