Mike and Molly grew up in rural Illinois where they were high school sweethearts. Molly grew up with a menagerie of animals from dogs and horses to a goat named Ritzy, and, once, even a pet turkey they called George. Mike, bred from a long family farm heritage, grew up eating food from his Grandma’s garden, homemade garden strawberry pies, milk from the cows on the farm, picking apples from the local orchard and Christmas trees from the local tree farm. Food and family were always front and center in Mike’s childhood.
Once they made their way together to Rappahannock County in 2008, with the local food and “know your farmer” movement shifting into full swing across the country, the Midwestern values they were raised with resonated as they found their way back to the farm.
Mike, a trained professional chef with titles of Executive Sous Chef at a private club near Aspen and butcher at The Inn at Little Washington, wanted to give farming a try to become a better chef. After interning at Mount Vernon Grassfed for nearly a year he never looked back: he had found his home. Molly, naturally, followed Mike into farm life. Molly fell in love with the scenery, connection with the animals, and the ability to work side-by-side with her best friend and husband. A professional photographer, Molly documents their daily lives around the farm, and attends to the marketing and customer service side of the business (admittedly she talks more than Mike, so it suits them both!).
Heritage Hollow Farms operates with the intention to be responsible stewards of the land; promote diversity through ecologically sound practices; and to raise food with integrity. The pastures are managed in calculated harmony with the soil and weather; livestock are treated with respect and gratitude; and the farm business as a whole is viewed through holistic management practices to create long-term sustainability.
- All products are processed in an Animal Welfare Approved, USDA-certified inspected facility
- No sub-therapeutic antibiotics or hormones are used on the animals
- 100% Grass Fed and Grass Finished Beef and Lamb
- Heritage Hollow pigs live on pasture, orchards, wooded lots and are supplemented with a locally milled, non-GMO, soy-free, and corn-free feed
- Fields are not treated with chemicals nor poultry fertilizer but managed to promote the increase in healthy soil and forage with each passing season utilizing grazing rotations with the livestock
UPDATE: It is with a heavy heart that we announce Heritage Hollow Farms closed in April of 2018. The Petersons moved to New York after Mike accepted a position as Livestock Grazing Manager at the highly acclaimed, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. The Rappahannock County paper, Rapp News published an article which highlights the Peterson’s story and the challenges of our local farm community. We wish them best of luck!
4P purchased a whole flock of Heritage Hollow Lambs to help Mike and Molly during the move, while giving us an opportunity to facilitate USDA-compliance processing and to continue offering the quality Heritage Hollow meat for months to come. Look for Pastured Grass-Fed Heritage Hollow Lamb in our Meat Subscription while quantities last.