Ruth Gatzke and Marc McKerracher operate their 2nd generation farm located at 219 Canboro Rd in Ridgeville. Rumar is a certified organic farm that uses biodynamic farming principles and practices. They grow tender fruit, berries, heirloom vegetables and melons.
This Is Us
In the winter of 2013, Katherine and Alfred Gatzke announced their desire to retire from farming. Ruth and Marc seized the opportunity to carry on the tradition of the Family Farm. Having grown up on the property, for Ruth it was coming home again. It was an opportunity that Marc had often dreamed of, but had never seriously considered. Now the dream was finally within reach.
Rumar Farm has been growing market vegetables for many years, taking them to market, and supplying Marc’s restaurant in Beamsville as well as others. They are very excited to run the entire farm, and add their own fresh fruit to the mix of offerings.
After a 20-year career in real estate, and then being a partner in the successful launch of August Restaurant, Marc was ready for a new challenge. Having grown up on a cattle farm in the Bruce Peninsula, he was familiar with the lifestyle advantages farm living offered, and his family had always maintained a large vegetable garden and Marc was savvy to the ways of canning, pickling and freezing. Marc learned at his mother’s side the importance of preserving the best the summer season offered for healthy, economical eating come winter.
Ruth and Marc are determined to carry on the tradition, but to also expand our knowledge of modern farming techniques in order to increase production, simplify the harvest and packing process, and provide their clients with an ever-expanded variety of nutritious, delicious fruits and vegetables. They committed to sustainable, pesticide free farming early on and have successfully became certified organic in 2017 and certified biodynamic in 2020.
We have a chance at establishing a new generation of farm, in a special place with special meaning. We take our role as current stewards of this unique property seriously, and we know that decisions we make now, will benefit, or harm the next generation. It is said that “those who plant trees, think of others”. That is our role, and we will do it.