About The Ryder Family Farm

About The Ryder Family Farm

We are The Ryder Family Farm, a first generation farming family in Southern Illinois. We’re transplants from the vast deserts of Arizona who left corporate jobs to pursue farming and self sufficiency many years ago. Nathan is a former TV Anchor & Reporter who later went on to work digital media & public relations for a major area theme park. Talina is a vocal and dance performer with an extensive work history in hospitality finance, food service management and special events catering. After becoming parents in 2009 we found ourselves growing much of our own food and yearning to expand.

In the summer of 2014 opportunity came knocking. Nathan quit his corporate job and we left big city life to live on a large working family farm in Southern Illinois. For several years we learned as much as possible working as farm hands while also pursuing our own farm endeavors on the side.

In 2017 we set off to build our own farm just a few miles outside Golconda, Illinois, in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. we’re in the very beginning stages of physically building our family farm up with borrowed tractors and implements as we slowly and sustainably grow the local farm operation.

We focus on selling our goods directly to our community, unlike many area farms. Did you know only about 8% of U.S. farms market food locally? We believe locally raised food is fresher and healthier for consumers and continue to focus on selling our products locally for our customer’s benefit.

We have lots of future projects that we are trying to gradually fund with the following modest farm offerings:


We are growing natural season, hardy fall mums on our farm that are for sale starting in September. We take wholesale mums orders until May 1st. Our mum colors and varieties aren’t like the mums you see in stores, we focus on the unique colors and varieties but we also have traditional colors available. We sell mums to customers at our fall open house events as well as to florists, garden centers, hardware stores and more.  Contact us for more info about our mums.


We hand milk our herd of dairy goats and create luxurious, preservative free soaps from their milk. We make lots of scent variations and build up our stock when the milk is plentiful in the spring and summer. Our goat milk soap is available to order online in addition to at our market table locations throughout the year.


We have USDA inspected, farm fresh, pasture raised eggs for sale all year that come from our happy hens.  We offer chicken, duck and sometimes turkey eggs for sale.


In the Summer of 2015 we launched our family’s first Summer Produce Shares via our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Our CSA program secures you a weekly basket of seasonal produce (for 12 or 16 weeks), that we’ve grown specifically for you. Each year we’ve been able to expand our availability to serve more customers. For now, our CSA services Southern Illinois, Paducah, KY and surrounding areas. Read more about our CSA offerings here.