Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

#P6 Profile: Ridgeland Harvest

Posted by Shana Meshbesher on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

Cate and Mat Eddy of Ridgeland Harvest (RH) grow certified organic produce on their farm, locatedMat & Cate Eddy - Ridgeland Harvest 12 miles south of Viroqua. They started farming in 2000 with a half acre of vegetables and full time jobs. Fourteen years later, they are full time farmers raising 25 acres of certified organic produce along with two busy boys. But what hasn’t changed over the years, is their commitment to providing a diverse selection of healthy and affordable vegetables.

While they sell their produce primarily through CSA Memberships (Community Supported Agriculture), they are loyal to their customers at the Viroqua Food Co-op. Known for providing high quality staple kitchen vegetables such as various cut and bunched greens, onions, garlic, leeks, tomatoes, beets and basil, they are best known for their wonderful carrots – which are available now and throughout the winter. RH sorts and grades their carrots, putting the smaller, more tender and sweet carrots into a 2lb bag. This enabled our produce team to replace the 2lb California carrots with the most delicious and local carrot option ever. VFC customers bought three times as many RH carrots from November thru March as the California brand option the prior year. Cate and Mat added additional carrots bins and expanded planting this year to supply us well into 2015 with your favorite local carrot.

Ridgeland Harvest bikethebarnsRidgeland Harvest has been certified organic since 2004. They strongly believe that synthetic chemicals, fertilizers and antibiotics are unnecessary when soil is maintained as a living organism. Raising vegetables under organic management takes a lot of muscle power, determination and skills to properly time weed control, fertility and pests. But Mat and Cate love the challenge of farming, working together and seeing the land improve each year.

Ridgeland Harvest won the Edible Madison 2014 Local Hero Award in the farm/farmer category. They were a farm stop for this year’s Bike the Barns Driftless, a fundraising event for the Fairshare CSA Coalition, which raises money to provide CSA shares for low-income folks through the Partner Shares program. 

Join their Second Annual Pizza Picnic served on the farm Saturday, September 13. You can meet Cate and Mat, join the U-Pick wagon ride, and eat a delicious meal made by Chef Luke Zahm at this on-farm dinner, which is casual and fun for the entire family! Read more about this event and purchase tickets here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/830863

Ridgeland Harvest is part of the P6 program at the VFC because:

Local: Ridgeland Harvest is located 12 miles from the VFC.

Small Producer: Ridgeland Harvest is owned and operated by Mat and Cate Eddy. They deliver directly to VFC.

Tags: P6 Producers, Local, small producer