OUR OPENING DAY FOR THE 2020 GROWING SEASON IS SET FOR MAY 1ST AT 10AM! Our weekly hours will be 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, Sunday Noon-5pm. We will have all the usual veggie starter plants as well as herbs and flowers! Because of the Corona Virus, we will be doing things a little differently. It makes our hearts sad to implement these new rules! :( Sorry! No children under the age of sixteen. Only four people at a time in the Green Houses. We will be moving plants outside as soon as the weather allows. That will make social distancing much easier! We will have a hand washing station at the entrance and exit walk way. Sadly, we can only accept cash or check as payment because we do not have consistent internet signal or streaming in this area! Despite all the challenges that 2020 has brought us, so far, we look forward to seeing each and every one of you! We are looking forward to a productive growing season! We will continue to keep you all updated on our Business Face Book page! 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.