If you are a Kenosha County resident or have traveled along Hwy. 50, you’ve probably seen “The Mushroom Store” – as many call it. It is so much more. The Rose family refers to River Valley Ranch as a “sustainable family food business that employs over 50 people, operating year-round farming, a farm store and kitchen in Kenosha County, and a farm to table restaurant in Chicago.”
In 1975, food entrepreneur and restauranteur, Bill Rose, was operating his own fine-dining restaurant and struggling to find fresh, local ingredients. Specifically mushrooms. He always wanted to improve the quality of his dishes, and that meant the best ingredients. By 1976, Bill sold his restaurant and purchased land in Southeastern Wisconsin – and so began the story of River Valley Ranch and the “Mushroom Farmer who Cared”.
Since then, Bill’s son Eric Rose has taken over the business. He was always right under his dad’s wing, learning the operations of the farm. The farm had to switch locations, variety of mushrooms and other produce expanded, and pickled mushrooms also came into play. Now, the farm operates a storefront offering an array of value-added products including pasta sauces, salsas, hot sauces and more.
Now, Eric’s son Jordan is involved in the business as the Chef at the River Valley Farmer’s Table in Ravenswood, Chicago. Having grown up on the farm and working his way up through the restaurant world, Jordan’s passion is making people smile through food. Three generations have all devoted their careers to providing people with the highest quality foods.
Find River Valley Ranch at Kenosha HarborMarket with their fresh mushrooms, pickled goods, and more. You can always check out their website or the Facebook page to learn more and see current seasonal offerings.