We believe in supporting our community and partner with many local vendors. Anytime you visit Sunny Bridge you are sure to find our shelves stocked with foods sourced from within 300 miles of the store—including meats, raw milk and honey.
We are very proactive in supporting our farms and businesses. Our relationships with these farmers and producers are at the very heart of Sunny Bridge.
There are SO many reasons to choose to buy local...
Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life. Additionally, since local food doesn’t have to travel very far it is also great for the environment. Short distances mean reduced carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials.
By supporting local business you are contributing to the community by keeping the money you spend in our area. You are also supporting small, family-owned farms and businesses and enabling them to thrive. Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers who avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified seed in their operations.
Not long after he graduated from high school, Bob Panichi followed the call for his love of the woods, and moved to a farm in the small community of Claysville, PA. Little did he know this move set him up for his new life after retirement!
Shortly after retiring, Bob’s wife Debby, suggested they go to an open house at a maple syrup business in West Virginia. Bob fell in love with the maple syrup industry that very day and immediately went home to assess the thousands of maple trees on his wooded farm. What appealed most to Bob about his new upcoming business was that he would be working right on his own farm and producing a product that is 100% natural, unrefined and contributes to the wildlife habitats and ecosystems. Not only would the syrup retain the intrinsic nutritional value of the sap obtained directly from his own maple trees but it would also contain a flavor unique to the trees on his very own farm.
Now, three years later and producing over 1000 gallons of maple syrup, Bob is looking forward to the next season, usually in February and March, to sharing more of Rustic Rock Maple Farm’s maple syrup and introducing maple sugar and maple cream.