Heritage Hollow Farms
|Address:|| 7 River Lane
Sperryville, VA 22740
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Monday: 11am-2pmFriday-Saturday: 11am-6pmSunday: 12pm-5pm
Heritage Hollow Farms is run by Mike and Molly Peterson, who are resolute advocates of sustainable farming practices. Foodwaze has visited their farm and you can read a full description under the Details tab. Here is an overview:
• Animals raised: Beef cattle including Red and Black Angus, Scottish Highland and Belted Galloway; Katahdin cross lambs; heritage breed pigs, including the unique Mangalitsa.
• Living Environment: Cattle and lamb are out in fields for their entire lives. The pigs forage through the forests, orchards, and fields on the property, and farrow (give birth) in a barn.
• Animal Diets: Cattle and lamb are 100% grass-fed. They’re provided stockpiled hay in winter. The pigs forage for nuts, berries, fruit, roots, and bugs. They’re supplemented with locally milled soy-free, corn-free, non-GMO barley and wheat.
• Grazing Methods: This farm takes the job of being stewards of the land to heart. They maintain daily rotational grazing to ensure that the animals are constantly moved to the best available grass and that healthy soil is built and maintained.
• Other Practices: There are NO chemicals, biosolids, hormones, or sub-therapeutic antibiotics used on the farm. To supplement their on-farm breeding they buy in some cattle, lamb, and pigs from nearby farms with high standards of care.
• Other Products in the Store: They include pastured raised chicken and eggs from sustainable farms familiar to Foodwaze, as well as sustainably wild-caught Alaskan Salmon.
Other things to know about this Place:
• The farm store is located just adjacent to the farm property in the River District Arts building in the town of Sperryville.
• Cell phone service is very limited in Sperryville, be sure to have your directions on hand before you head out.
• Be sure to check out owner Molly Peterson's book (written with fellow farmer Forrest Pritchard) Growing Tomorrow: A Farm-to-Table Journey in Photos and Recipes available at the farm store.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A site visit
• Discussion with the owners, management, and/or staff
• Other research
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the northwest of Culpeper, Virginia, this family-run farm practices holistic, regenerative methods in raising a variety of livestock. This includes 100% grass-fed and finished beef and lamb, as well as pastured, forest-fed heritage breed pork.
Foodwaze has visited the farm to learn first-hand about their practices. The farm is run by Mike and Molly Peterson. They are both from Illinois and grew up around farms and animals. In 2008 they made their way to Rappahannock County, Virginia, and soon after began farming at Mount Vernon Grassfed, owned by Cliff Miller, III. In 2013, they bought the business from Miller and re-branded it as Heritage Hollow Farms, which also now includes several hundred acres of leased land at another nearby farm.
Using rotational grazing methods, they allow their animals to live and eat as nature intended. They primarily raise Red and Black Angus cattle for beef, but in 2015 they also added Scottish Highland and Belted Galloways. To maintain a complete grass diet, the animals are fed stockpiled hay and cool season fescue.
Their lamb program is still in its infancy and they partner with another nearby holistic farm to breed and raise Katahdin cross lambs. The lambs are raised and finished on grass.
Next are the pigs. They raise a variety of heritage breed Tamworth, Berkshire, and Large Black pigs. They purchase weaned pigs in from nearby farms that have the same values and practices. Once on the farm at Heritage Hollow, the pigs forage through the forested areas and orchards eating nuts, berries, fruit, roots, bugs, etc. They are supplemented with locally milled soy-free, corn-free, non-GMO barley and wheat.
In addition to the heritage breeds mentioned above, the farm also brought in another unique breed in 2015 called the Mangalista. The breed originated in Hungary, has a wooly, curly coat, and is known for its good fat and marbling. They breed and farrow the Mangalistas on the farm; in fact, during our visit, one of the mothers had given birth to eight piglets just an hour before.
The Mount Vernon property, which also includes Waterpenny Farm adjacent to Heritage Hollow, has been in the Miller family since 1827. The original Miller home now serves as an Inn with six guest suites. It is perched high on a hill overlooking Heritage Hollow.
Lastly, it should be noted that in addition to helping run the farm, Molly Peterson is a professional photographer and she took the photos in a recent book entitled “Growing Tomorrow,” authored by well-known Virginia farmer Forrest Pritchard.
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