Ryan Anderson brought his family back to Quincy, from Wenatchee, a year ago to work on his father-in-law’s farm. He is glad to come back to the place where his love affair with the Quincy Valley, and the love of his life, all started.
Years ago, he worked as a contractor and carpenter. He was called out to the farm of Gerald Greenwalt, his future father-in-law, to fix Greenwalt’s potato cellar and fell in love with the farmer’s daughter, Laura.
He never left.
“We had gone to the same schools and had the same friends for eight years but we never met,” said Anderson.
His in-laws, the Greenwalt family, have owned the same piece of land for five generations. David Greenwalt was the first, followed by great-grandfather Alfred, and then Gerald. Ryan Anderson is the fourth generation to have farmed the land and he hopes his children will be the fifth.
Now Anderson lives a busy life helping out on the Greenwalt farm, where they grow corn and potatoes. His four boys, 14-year-old Kaeden, 12-year-old Dustin, 10-year-old Blake and 6-year-old Devin, add to the excitement of everyday life.
“I get up at 4 every morning,’ said Anderson. “My boys keep me busy.”
At home, they also have three dogs, four cows, two horses, four pigs and 13 chickens. Kaeden takes care of the animals for FFA and Blake is involved in 4-H.
“I want my kids to do what they really want to do,” said Anderson. “I want to make sure they have what they need and I want to support them going in a positive direction.”
Anderson encourages his kids to study and bring home good grades. If they don’t have at least a 3.5 grade-point average, they are not allowed to play sports. His kids know that if they don’t get good grades, they won’t get accepted into college when the time comes.
Anderson coaches the Quincy 9-U All Stars Baseball team when he has time. When he is not busy on the farm, he is involved in sports with his kids. He likes horseback riding and motorbikes.
Anderson grew up in the tiny community of Orondo. He lost his father when he was just 12, so he had to take on a lot of responsibilities. He started working for his older brother, picking cherries at the age of 14. He got his license to be a construction contractor by the age of 21 and started working on homes.
A year ago, when Anderson brought the family to Quincy to live out in the country, he felt it was a positive move. Out there, his kids can play and explore. They still own a home in East Wenatchee, but the boys don’t want to go back.
“I don’t like big crowds or the traffic of the city,” Anderson admitted.
Besides, Anderson enjoys the friendly people in Quincy, and he always sees someone he knows. They always wave at him.
“The first year I was here, I was getting a cramp in my arm from waving so much,” said Anderson with a smile.