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Osceola’s Timber Ridge Country Market serves barbecue, Iowa foods

Timber Ridge Cattle Company was started in 2006 when Pete and Cindy Woltz were looking for an alternative to the way they were raising cattle in their commercial feedlot operation.

Instead of the aggressive antibiotic regimen they had been using, the Woltzes decided to focus on a healthier way to raise cattle and in turn produce healthier beef by using flax seed in the rations, avoiding hormones and using antibiotics only on an as-needed basis. The result was pasture-fed beef richer in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids – healthier for the cows and the consumers.

In 2019, Kim Jackson, who had begun working for the Woltzes after closing her daycare business, and another longtime friend of the couple, Brian Deemer, went in together to purchase the operation and add their own touches. By then, the Woltzes had been renting a storefront in Osceola to help distribute their snack sticks and jerky as well as serve as a hub for the Iowa Food Coop.

Owners flipped Timber Ridge Country Market from groceries with a single table and two chairs to six tables and seating for 20.

“After experiencing the tremendous response to the site, Pete hatched the plan for the store,” said Jackson. “In 2016, he opened with just Iowa products, expanded with some non-Iowa products, then opened the kitchen with a Ninja blender for smoothies and a George Foreman grill to make grilled sandwiches.”

The next year, Deemer brought his championship BBQ to the store as a trial, and it immediately took off.


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