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: Bruce’s Syrup and Candies

Like many of the area’s maple syrup producers, Bruce began making syrup as a young child from trees tapped by his family for generations. Today, Bruce continues to maintain the family sugar orchard and make syrup, as well as selling an extensive line of maple products, including maple fudge, maple covered nuts, maple suckers and maple baked goods. Bruce’s sugar orchard stretches across seven ridges in the Blue Grass Valley, an area of approximately 130 acres, and he taps about 1,700 trees each year. His syrup and other products can be found at many area farmers’ markets and shops. Read more…