WHY WE GROW
We grow because we care what we eat. We care even more what our children eat. And we think you care, too. We founded Canter Hill Farm in 2008 with the goal of growing our own food so that we knew exactly what was (and what wasn't) in it. We didn't set out to start a business - we had two full-time careers of our own. But then we started talking to people who read the books that we did and cared as much as we did - and we decided to try to grow for them, too. That's how it all began....
WHERE WE ARE
2138 Valley Hill Road
Malvern, PA 19355
We are open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 - 4.
(For a quick response, email is best!)
HOW TO BUY
Weekly markets, pre-order only, that run from 9 am to 1 pm.
See our home-page to confirm our attendance.
Location: Parking lot of the Bryn Mawr Train Station (Lancaster Avenue & Bryn Mawr Avenue)
Weekly markets, pre-order only, that run from 9 am - noon. Check our home-page to confirm attendance that week.
Location: in front of the Mermaid Inn.
Fridays from 3 - 6 pm at the Kennnett Creamery
Email to get on the "Media dropoff" email list. I'll alert you when I'm coming to Media and we can meet up for a pickup.
Farm hours are
Thursday from 12 - 4 pm and
Friday from 12 - 4 pm (or request an appt.)
We founded the farm on a simple premise:
Before chemicals, labs and factory farms got involved, God had created a perfect, workable system. We will learn about it, respect it, and we will naturally and successfully be able to be "beyond-organic" in our food supply.
New to farming, we had no pre-conceived ideas about raising animals or vegetables, and sought out farmers across the globe to learn what we did and didn't want to do. We quickly saw that most food systems raising just one type of offering needed external inputs - fertilizers, corn and sadly - sometimes chemicals and antibiotics. That's why we raise a variety of animals. Each has been chosen to serve a function for the others.
Over the last 10 years, we have grown and in addition to our home-base farm in Malvern, we lease 180 acres of grazing land from old family friends in Lancaster County. During the summer, we rotate half of our sheep flock through this land, and most of our steers call this land home. All of the land we graze is 100% free of any chemicals or sprays and we re-plant every other year to manage soil compression, erosion and to preserve a diversity of forage.
Canter Hill's beef and lamb is 100% grass (or hay) feed, and supplemented only with salt licks. We de-worm our sheep flock once annually, after lambing season (at the same time as sheering - typically the first week of June) and do not introduce any other chemicals or antibiotics. We have not experienced the same need to de-worm our steers. We have been migrating our sheep flock from Dorset to Katahdin, and therefore most of our sheep are now 50% or more Katahdin (a hair sheep), because we believe the meat tastes nicer! Our beef is both Black and Lowline Angus. We are shifting towards Lowline Angus which is more tolerant of 100% grass feeding and generally very hardy.
Canter Hill's poultry and pork is either pasture (for poultry) or forage fed (our pigs dig in the forest, and our turkeys also tend to roam!). They are supplemented with organic, soy-free feed. How much feed vs. forage do they consume? It depends on the weather. If it's raining or cold, more feed than forage. On warm days that aren't drenching, almost entirely forage. This is why we raise from March - November.
We STRONGLY encourage you to open your minds to frozen meat. If you're committed to pasture raising, recognize that you can't have fresh meat in the dead of winter, and purchase a great freezer!
We are committed to pasture-raised, antibiotic-free and chemical-free poultry, lamb and produce.
FARM HOURS ARE CHANGING:
We are OPEN this week:
FARM: The farm is open on Thursday, Sept 10th from 12 - 4 pm and
Friday, Sept 11th from 12 - 4 pm
You do NOT need to pre-order for farm pickups. If you WANT to pre-order, ALL PRE-ORDERS are due by Wednesday night at midnight.
KENNETT SQUARE: Friday, 9/11 from 3 - 6 pm at the Kennett Creamery
BRYN MAWR: Saturday, 9/12 from 9 - 1 pm in the Bryn Mawr train station parking lot
CHESTNUT HILL: Saturday, 9/12 from 9 am - noon in front of the Mermaid Inn
Pre-orders: You CAN pre-order for any of the above markets (or for the farm). Due to limited resources, we ask you to ONLY pre-order if you fall into one of the below two scenarios:
1. You are high-risk or concerned about the speed of pickup, and plan to pick up at Bryn Mawr between 12:15 and 1 pm or Chestnut Hill between 9 am and 10 am (these are the windows reserved for pre-order / high risk pickups)
2. You are ordering more than 5 items. We would pre-pack your order to ensure that lines move quickly and people aren't standing or crowded at the market.
The other category where a pre-order is welcome is if you're looking for something very specific (esoteric or a special item) and want to ensure we have it for you. In this scenario we may set aside your item, but not separately bag and total it in advance.
DEADLINE: The deadline for ALL pre-orders is Wednesday by midnight. We pack on Thursday, so we cannot take late orders.
Remember: Deadline for pre-orders is WEDNESDAY at midnight, so email now:
How do you pre-order?
Just send an email to: with a list of what you want and where and when you want to pick it up. See the next section for some guidance about how to make that order specific enough to be sure you get what you want!
Sizes, Weights and Sold-out Items:
We want to warn you that although we do our very best to have our animals butchered at a certain rough size target, animals (even those that are the same age) differ in size and body composition. Because we sell MANY of our cuts in UNITS rather than pounds (2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts in a pack, 1 flank steak in a pack or 2 pork chops in a pack), we CANNOT ensure that your order will meet a specific poundage target. Believe me, the LAST thing we want to do is to sticker shock anyone and have them say "that's way more than I was expecting". Therefore, if you are aiming to align your order with a target cost or have a cap on the number of pounds, there are a few things that would greatly help us, like:
1. 3 lbs of split chicken breast (please do not exceed 3 lbs)
2. 1 flank steak (not to exceed 2 lbs)
These are examples. If we see something in an order that we know we can't fulfill, we'll alert you that we can't provide that. However, more often the issue is that the chickens may have dressed larger that week, and your poundage estimate helps us reduce the number of packs OR leave it off your order (since you wouldn't want it if its total exceeded that weight).
Finally, the BEST way to eliminate all of these issues is a farm pickup. When there are requests that we struggle to accomodate or we need to see if you want to substitute something, we simply star it on our list and we ASK you when you're picking up. This allows those live decisions that are SOOOOO much better because of our product line's variability in size.
Sold out items:
We have a few items that we are sold out of right now, but very few. However, even with taking in animals regularly for processing, our volume of animals doesn't always align with the volume of requests for specific items, and we frequently run out of items WHILE packing orders for a market.
What do we do when that happens?
It's a toughie, but here's the "behind the scenes" that may help:
First, we pack orders that are picking up earlier in the week first. If you're picking up on Thursday, you have a better chance at getting something than a Saturday pickup.
Second, we vary the order in which we pack pre-orders (some weeks we start with last names of A, some weeks Z an some weeks M) so that no one gets hosed week after week.
IF you offer a substitution option (if no flank, then skirt or flatiron - in that order), then you have a MUCH better likelihood of getting an item. We simply have too much going on at the end of the week to email everyone who has an item we are out of and try to find out if they want to substitute.
If we run out of a item, you are NOT charged for it.
Please note: We do NOT sell live animals (chicks, ducklings, lambs, etc.)
Email with questions: