RAISED WITH LOVE
QUALITY BLACK ANGUS
PICTURES - ON THE FARM
Ridge Hill Farm is owned by Donald & Ruth Morse out of Boxborough, Massachusetts. The cows are taken care of daily by Don (13th generation), Phyllis (14th generation), his daughter, and Rick Sr., Phyllis' husband. Phyllis and Rick Sr.'s son, Rick Jr. (15th generation) and his wife Taylor, run the retail sector of the farm and can be found at several farmers' markets throughout the seasons.
Our family has been on this land since 1635, when Don's great-great grandfather traded several bushels of maize with the local Nipmuc Tribe to acquire the land. It has been a working farm since 1682 and has adapted over the years to survive. Our family farm has changed path from being an apple farm, to being a dairy farm, to now, for the last fifty years, a beef farm.
Today, we raise cows on our land in Boxborough in addition to rented land in Shirley. Taylor and Rick Jr. raise the laying hens and are raising cornish cross meat chickens to provide fresh chicken in our store as well.
In 2012, our farm was featured on Agriculture's Lasting Heritage. Click here to read our story!
Our grass-fed cows have access to run-in shelters and acres of pasture and are fed a diet of pomace (the crushed apple by-product from a cider mill in Ayer, Mass.), grass, and our own hay. Over the years, Grandpa Don has put a lot of work into his breeding program and the results speak for themselves. Our happy, healthy herd of black angus is a beautiful breed representative. It is a little known fact that genetics play a huge role in the taste, texture and quality of beef. Don's years of smart and selective breeding make our beef a competitor to be reckoned with!
We take the health and happiness of our animals seriously. They are raised with respect and dignity, from calving all the way to transport to the processing plant. We are proud to provide a healthy, sustainable protein to people that care about how animals are treated.