Are you ready for the 2021 Growing season? We will be opening May 1st at 10am. We have been preparing for that day since January! We are so excited for this upcoming season, because we have added so many new varieties of flowers! We are also excited to announce that we will be launching our new website by April 30th! This website will be a more modern version that reflects many changes and how we have grown over the decades! To keep up on all of the new and exciting projects, please follow us on our Face Book page, Valley Veggies & Flowers! Please stay tuned in for regular updates! If you aren't on Face Book, you may see the top Five posts on the News Feed below.
Meet Terri and John Anderson
THE HISTORY OF VALLEY VEGGIES
Both my husband, John, and I come from a long line of truck farmers, so it was a natural choice for us. We wanted to make sure our four children stayed out of trouble during their summer vacations from school, and we wanted them to be active. (not sitting inside watching TV and playing video games)
When Valley Veggies began in 1997, it was nothing more than a small trailer and a small canopy at the end of our driveway. We offered just a small variety of produce: sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, and the like. Our children manned the canopy and waved at every passing vehicle to draw attention to the fledgling farm market. Within the next couple of years we upgraded to a larger temporary tent structure on a floor of wood chips. We offered a larger variety of produce.
In 2001 we offered starter plants for sale to the public for the first time. Early in this decade we acquired chickens and began selling certified omega-3 eggs. We also began carrying natural milk, ice cream, yogurt, and other dairy products. We acquired a freezer and, besides our own broiler chickens, we also carried naturally raised pork, beef, elk, and buffalo products.
Soon after this time, in August 2003, I contracted West Nile Fever. In January of 2005, the effects of the virus culminated in heart failure. Valley Veggies was closed for about a year and a half. In 2006, Valley Veggies reopened on a much smaller scale. Our children are now grown-up, and we rely on the labor of volunteers to a greater degree. We're offering more varieties of produce again; and, we added a pick your own patch of herbs and flowers.