About

Pride of VA is a food manufacture and food distributor. Pride of VA products are distributed throughout Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. We distribute our products to Lynchburg, Bedford, Smith Mountain Lake,  Altavista, Brookneal, Gladys, Rustburg, Concord, Appomattox, Buena Vista and Buchanan its own trucks.

Pride of VA manufactures over 18 different salads, soups, chili, BBQ and sausage. Pride of VA custom cuts beef, pork and chicken products. Products are also distributed by Gunnoe Sausage Company, The H.T. Hackney Company, Layman Candy Company, Witt Wholesale Company and Al’s Meats.

Pride of VA’s sales staff can help you calculate food needed for a variety of different functions from picnics or homecomings to formal dinners or pig roasts. Our meat cutters have been in the business for more than 35 years and are very capable of cutting to your specifications.

Pride of VA is an approved inspected USDA plant and has inspectors on premises daily.

Pride of VA is well known throughout the area for its wonderful hot dog chili, Cole slaw and yellow relish (also known as western relish). Our chicken salad is a terrific product with a huge local following. Our soups are one of the best ways to stay warm during a cold winter day.

Many local restaurants receive our fresh, ground each morning, and ground beef.

Contact: Debbie McAndrew, Jimmy Mays or Gary Grigsby with any questions concerning how to become a customer or to answer any questions concerning an order. We can be reached at 540-297-9104, 540-297-5369 or toll free at 1-877-297-9104. Our fax # is 540-297-1304. We can be emailed at prideofva@jetbroadband.com.

History of Pride of VA

Pride of Virginia Salads started on Wright Shop Road in Madison Heights, Virginia in a small grocery store known as Eubank’s Grocery. Harry Eubank owned and operated the store and began making salads there. In the late 70’s his salads, chilies and soups were selling so fast health officials told Harry he would have to go under USDA regulations. At that time Butcher Block, owned by Frank Whitten, located on Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg was under USDA selling fresh meat products. At this time the salads were under the name Harry’s Salads. Mr. Whitten rented Harry space to make his products under butcher block’s USDA permit.

In the mid-80’s retired navy vice-admiral Cagle put together a prestigious team of Dr. William Barney, Dr. William Quillian, Dr. Cary Brewer, Marshall Mays, Charlie Fox, and Lee Booth to purchase butcher block with the idea of selling locally grown beef. The purchase was completed along with a name change to Pride of Virginia Meats and Salads, Inc at which time Harry Eubank became an employee of the corporation. The vice-admiral owned a beef farm in Nelson County. The idea of local beef didn’t work out so it was back to western beef and Harry’s Salads.

Around 1990 Harper Barney took over the reins of Pride of Virginia Meats and Salads, Inc. The company had already gone through the flood of ’85 and survived but the fear of another flood was too great. In 1993 Pride of Virginia purchased its current location in Bedford County. Its plant and fifty acre farm sets atop big otter river off route 24.

In 2002 Gary Grigsby and Jimmy Mays purchased the assets of Pride of Virginia Meats and Salads inc. under the name of Nature Fresh Farms, Inc. dba Pride of VA. With Jimmy’s years of experience in the meat and grocery industry and Gary’s experience in management and accounting made for a perfect fit. When Roy and Gloria Harris decided to close their business, Harris Homestead Meats after 30 years, Nature Fresh Farms, Inc. purchased the assets and Roy and Gloria came to work for Pride of VA part time and are still here.

Seeing a need for meats and salads on a retail scale Pride of VA-Homestead Meats opened at the city market on Main Street of Lynchburg and still operates there Tuesday through Saturday each week. Jimmy had a gift business selling Virginia made products since 1984 and they can still be found at the location in the city market. We offer gift boxes and nationwide shipping.

One of the most unique aspects of Pride of VA is its employees. Walter Clark and Richard Price still work part time for the company they started working for as butcher block more than 30 years ago. Oh by the way, Harry Eubank (the salad, chili and soup guru) just retired recently but is still around as a consultant from time to time.