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.
Search by location or by product, find contact information for specific farms in the region, and learn about where to find local food. Farm stays and internship or apprenticeship opportunities are also listed.
This site is a work in progress and will continue to evolve as we add new farmers from Highland, Bath, Pocahontas, Pendleton and Alleghany Counties. To add your farm or for more information, please call (540) 468-1922 or e-mail email@example.com.
Farm of the Month – Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard
Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. Owners Ivan and Sis Puffenbarger purchased the operation from Ivan’s father in 1959 and increased production to over 2,000 trees with over 11,000 taps. Despite its size, the operation is truly a family affair, with their children and grandchildren helping out. Puffenbarger’s Syrup is available at Food of all Nations (Charlottesville, VA) and The Shoppes at Dancon (Monterey, VA). The Orchard is a featured stop during the upcoming Highland County Maple Festival.