John Peterson is the third-generation to grow turkeys on his farm in Cannon Falls. John returned tohis family’s farm in 2008 to begin direct marketing their turkeys under their own label, Ferndale Market.
John is actively engaged in both turkey production and selling of the finished turkey products. Today, Ferndale Market’s free-range & antibiotic-free turkey products are found in natural food grocers and served in many restaurant, college, and corporate foodservice settings across the Upper Midwest.
The Peterson family also operates an on-farm store, retailing local foods from over 100 fellow food producers. John is currently chair of the Cannon Falls Economic Initiatives board, and is a past board member of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce boards.
John is a graduate of Augustana University, with a degree in Business & Communication. He and his wife, Erica, are proud parents of Finn.