WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Farm Business For War Veteran Grows

Play associated audio
A farmer's market sign for FRESHFARM Market in Dupont Circle.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/3422916874/
A farmer's market sign for FRESHFARM Market in Dupont Circle.

It's lunchtime at the FRESHFARM Market at McPherson Square, just blocks from the White House, and farmer Calvin Riggleman is looking to make a sale on steak sauce.

Riggleman, a West Virginia native, is far away from the battlefields he used to know.

"I joined the marines, got mobilized for the Iraq invasion, and was telling everyone about my family's farm," he says. "I was there for my first deployment for 7 months. Then I came home, started the company, and then I volunteered to go back in 2006."

Bigg Riggs Farm is selling produce along with what Riggleman calls value added products, such as jams and jellies, products that can be sold in the off-season as a way to keep his farm profitable year round.

"I took the peaches to a manufacturing place and made peach jam, sold that in a few weeks, and then got apple butter made, and sold that in a few weeks," he says.

Now Riggleman sells his farms products at a half-dozen farmer's markets in the D.C. area, and business is growing.

"It gave me a good source of income," he says. "I've employed 7 more people just for the markets."

From a family farm to Iraq and back, he says it feels pretty food. "Just living the American dream," says Riggleman. "And still alive."

NPR

'Who Am I Without My Sport?' Greg Louganis On Life After Olympics

The documentary Back On Board traces the highs and lows of the star diver's career, the turmoil he faced as a gay, HIV-positive athlete — and the identity crisis that he experienced after retirement.
WAMU 88.5

Farms, Coasts And Air Conditioning: What Climate Change Means For Virginia

Climate change presents obstacles for just about everywhere in the United States — but rising temperatures are expected to be felt keenly in a number of Virginia's important economic areas.

NPR

As First Presidential Debate Looms, A Look At The Landscape Of The Race

The first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign season is Thursday, Aug. 6. With so many Republican candidates trying to get on stage, what should voters be looking for?
NPR

An App Tells Painful Stories Of Slaves At Monticello's Mulberry Row

A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.