Peanut Patch, Feridies to be featured on ‘Hampton Roads Show’

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013

COURTLAND—The Peanut Patch gift shop and Feridies, both in Courtland, at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, will be featured on WAVY TV-10’s “Hampton Roads Show.”

A television crew on Tuesday spent several hours at the gift shop on Southampton Parkway and peanut-processing facility in Southampton Agri-Business Park behind the Food Lion, said Jane Riddick-Fries, a co-owner of both businesses. The businesses will be featured for a segment called “Made in Hampton Roads.”

“We’re very excited to have this exposure,” Riddick-Fries said.

Twins Bob and Bill Riddick in 1973 opened The Peanut Patch for refinishing antiques in a turn-of-the-century building on Main Street in Courtland.

The Riddicks eventually decided to sell Virginia peanuts and promote them worldwide. After a few years, they decided to cook, package and sell their own brand of Virginia peanuts known for their large size and crunchy texture.

In 1994, The Peanut Patch moved to the Southampton Parkway location next to Dairy Queen. In 2007, the Feridies’ manufacturing facility was built in the Agri Business Park.