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: Blue Spring Run Farm

At just over 30 acres, Blue Spring Run Farm is located south of Covington, Virginia in Alleghany County. Owners John and Debrena Gordon have had a variety of products at their market table over the years, including garden vegetables, herbs, and wildflowers. “If it grows, we grow it!” says Debrena, “Just depends on what mood we’re in.” This year they harvested over 1600 bundles of lavender, and have brought bees back to the farm.

You can find Blue Spring Run Farm products at the Bath County Farmers’ Market. The shop on their farm is featured on the Artisans Center of Virginia Artisan Trail with products available at other sites as well and at the Craig County Artisan Center & Farmers Market and The Craft Shops of Covington.  Read more…