The Farm Table got its start when we saw a need to help local farmers. So we created a system to home-deliver fresh local fruits and vegetables to our neighbors. Today, we’re a network of families and farmers who all share a common vision – growing and eating food that’s good for you and the planet, from people you know. The Farm Table’s produce comes from small and medium-sized farms that are located within about 200 miles, and it’s delivered by neighborhood moms.
Gerardo Flores and his son Omar farm 50 acres in Virginia’s Northern Neck. In the 22 years since he immigrated here, he’s become known for his extraordinary green thumb, growing such rare vegetables as daikon radish, sorrel, purslane, and over 15 types of hot peppers.
Hugh French – Sunnyside, Cumberland County, Va.
The Frenches are a multi-generation farm family who have been plowing and planting the land for over 100 years. They grow over 100 acres of produce, including some crops that are hard to find in Virginia! The Frenches also proudly provide food to our troops.
Clyde Goode, Swift Creek Berry Farm, Chesterfield County, Va.
The farm has been in the Goode family since the late 1800s. In 1979, Clyde and Kathryn Goode began to grow blueberries, inspired by the many wild blueberry plants surrounding their land. Today, the berry farm is a family affair, with the children pitching in as well.
Kevin Kirby, Kirby Farms, Hanover County, Va.
Kirby Farm covers over 400 acres, and every season Kevin and his dad produce a wide variety of vegetables, including squash, eggplant, tomatoes, hot peppers, cabbage, collards, kale, beets, sweet potatoes, and more. The Kirbys are third-generation growers.
Jim Saunders, Saunders Bros., Piney River, Va.
Nestled in the foothills on the sunrise side of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Saunders Bros. began as a partnership between five brothers in 1915. Today, third-generation brothers Tom, Bennett, Jim, and Robert, operate a wholesale nursery, orchard, and farm with their dad, Paul.
Alan Voorhees, Westmoreland Berry Farm, Westmoreland, Va.
For three decades now, Alan Voorhees and his family have supported the development of the berry farm. This 1,600-acre property dates back to pre-revolutionary times. During the Civil War, the original farmhouse was bombed and burned by Union gunboats.
After selling his architecture business, Rick committed himself to his passions – food and the environment. Rick and his wife Judith maintain seven raised-bed gardens where they grow 23 varieties of vegetables and herbs. They make homemade bread, cheese, and canned and dried fruits and vegetables. Rick is a member of the Slow Food movement. Both Rick and Judith are serious amateur cooks who love to feed others!
Angela Ojeda Guzy grew up in Southern California and took fresh local produce for granted. She joined The Farm Table in May 2011 as a Neighborhood Coordinator for the Northside and The Fan, and in July became the Coordinator for Anthem Corporate Members. In October she handed The Fan route over to current Neighborhood Coordinator, Brittany, while she went to California to get married. Currently, Angela is the Area Manager for Lakeside, Glen Allen, Mechanicsville, Ashland, Highland Springs, Sandston, Varina, Rocketts Landing, Downtown, The Fan, the Near West End, Bryan Park, and Ginter Park.
Angela and her husband, Bill, love to garden year around. They grow strawberries, squash, beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, garlic, horseradish, potatoes in the spring & summer, and all kinds of greens like chard, kale, mustard greens, lettuces during the fall and winter months in their homemade hoop houses. They also grow Hops to use when brewing beer, and belong to the James River Homebrewers Association.
Angela is a foodie and loves to cook or “concoct” dishes with what she and Bill get from The Farm Table, or right out of their own garden, or the spent grains from brewing beer. Angela’s other passion is as an architect designing healthcare facilities; currently, she works part-time at VA State University where she is working on their Campus Master Plan. She loves to travel and experience new places and new restaurants. When it’s time for Angela to relax, it is all about spending quality time with friends around her fire pit, having a glass of wine or beer.
Duane Slyder, membership team leader — Richmond, Va.
Duane grew up in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and Loudon County, Virginia. He spent his youth raising cattle and horses, and has a passion for locally grown, vine-ripened tomatoes. Duane spent the last 15 years working with his wife in a family business, designing and selling Christmas decor. He enjoys tutoring his two teenaged children in math and likes to make soup.