Photo submitted by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Let-Us-Grow Hydroponic Greenhouse held an open house with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce on Saturday at the 5340 E. Back Mountain Road, Belleville location.
Pictured are, from left, Alice Gray, Juniata County Commissioner; Katelyn Stringer, Mifflin County Dairy Princess; Lois Grose, Chamber Board member; Lavern Peachey, Crystal Peachey, Verna Peachey, Mark Peachey; Ethan Peachey, Dwayne Lutz, Everence Financial; Rob Postal, Mifflin County Commissioner; Austin Peachey, Blake Peachey, Rhonda Kelley, executive director of the Chamber and Anne Fisher-Henson, intern at the Chamber.
As a dairy farmer, Mark has always enjoyed the crop farming side of the business. After a visit to his sister in Illinois, he was inspired by her job at a hydroponic greenhouse and decided to open one for himself.
The Peachey family had their first crop of lettuce in December and are planning to build a second greenhouse soon. All types of chemical-free, nutrient-rich, greens are available year-round at the farm stand including bib lettuce, red and green leaf lettuce, romaine, and potted herbs. The lettuce can also be found at the following locations: Ron’s Fruit Market, Hostetler’s Country Market, Sharp Shopper, Center Groceries, and the Reedsville Creamery locations.