The idea for Bigg Riggs was born in the sandy deserts of Iraq in 2003, on my first deployment with the United States Marine Corps. While talking with my fellow comrades about my life in Hampshire County, West Virginia we began discussing the farm my family has owned for five generations. Being that their lives were much different from mine, they became very interested in the life I live and encouraged me to share this homestyle feeling with the world. After discussing the fact that we were only able to offer the fruit seasonally to hometown buyers, the other marines suggested caputuring that same taste in a jar.
As for my family's farm...it has been owned and operated for five generations. My great-grandfather planted the first trees in the 1930's at this location, which proved to be an excellent choice due to its rocky soil and good drainage. In 1940, it was the first fruit stand opened on old US Route 50 between Romney, WV and Winchester, VA.
After many years of hard work and dedication my products and produce are sold at 5 farmers markets in northern Virginia, as well as the fruit stand where this all began.
While deployed in Iraq, I shared stories about my family's farm and simple way of life. Inspired by my family's history, my fellow Marines encouraged me to jar our farm's products to share with the world. When I returned home, the Bigg Riggs line of products was born. God Bless America! Calvin Riggleman(Bigg Rigg) Visit Bigg Riggs website to view our full line of jarred products.
Season: January through January
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 50
Work Req? No
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Schedule and Location:
Old Town Alexandria,VA (Sat. 7 am- 12 pm)
Leesburg Farmer's Market (Sat. 8am-12 pm)
Cascades Farmer's Market (Sun. 9 am-1 pm)
8am to 5pm
I can assure you, the reader of this review, that mere words cannot do justice to the taste and quality of Bigg Rigg's products. The produce is hand picked by an awesome fella who happened to be in Iraq with me in 2006-07, and then washed the day before (and sometimes the day of) the market.... [more]
I don't know how they do it, but BiggRiggs' produce is the best around! Not only are the fruits and vegetables delicious, but the jams and dips are outstanding! BiggRiggs has even managed to create the tastiest, juiciest peach that I have ever had.... [more]
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BiggRiggs is a family tradition, with a long farming background. These people know how to farm and turn their crops into delicious products. Such as BiggRiggs hot pepper jelly and strawberry biscuit fixer, you wont find a better spread for your bread, bagels, or biscuits. You gotta try it!