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
Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.
Location: Parking lot of the Bryn Mawr Train Station (Lancaster Avenue & Bryn Mawr Avenue)
Every Saturday from 9 am - noon.
Location: in front of the Mermaid Inn.
Every other Friday from 3 - 5 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.)
BREAKFAST FAVORITES SALE:
Save big on your three favorite pork products this week. Remember that if you PRE-ORDER, you'll enjoy these sales regardless of what market you attend.
KENNETT SQUARE: Pork Breakfast Links: Regularly $9 / lb,
on sale for $8 / lb
BRYN MAWR: Bacon: Regularly $10 / lb,
on sale for $9 / lb
CHESTNUT HILL: Pork Breakfast Links: Regularly $9 / lb,
on sale for $8 / lb
Labor Day is around the corner, so grab your meats now!
At the FARM: Thursday and Friday from 12 - 4 pm
KENNETT SQUARE: at the Kennett Creamery on Friday from 3 - 6 pm
BRYN MAWR: at the Train Station Parking Lot on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm
CHESTNUT HILL: in front of the Mermaid Inn on Saturday from 9 am - noon
Don't forget about summer soups - squash soup, chilled cucumber and potato leek become irresistible when made with Canter Hill's rich and healthy chicken stock.
And chicken and pork becomes a breeze to prepare when you season it with peri peri spice rub or glaze your pork chops with juicy chutney.
We're OFTEN asked about the produce that we grow on the farm. We use our compost as fertilizer and grow a small amount of fruits and vegetables with no sprays or artificial ingredients. Our youngest - Maddie - loves to coax you to try her tomatoes, gem squash, zucchini, green beans and peaches (plus other things), so look for her little baskets when you pick up at the farm!
Order your FRESH STEAKS now:
Our delicious fresh steaks have been selling out weekly. Order now to ensure yours are set aside and waiting for you:
Remember: Deadline for pre-orders is THURSDAY at midnight, so email now:
Some of you are SO ahead of the game! We'll start taking orders at the end of AUGUST for Thanksgiving turkeys. As we did last year, we will only be raising Heritage birds.
FARM PICKUP REMINDERS:
We are thrilled to welcome you to pick up food at the farm during our open hours. Please remember a few things:
It is our home. You are welcome to step out to visit with the ostriches or see the sheep, turkeys and chickens roaming, but please do not "explore" the property or enter our house or other buildings.
PLEASE do not bring any animals with you - including in your car. Although we try to keep our dogs inside during open hours, there is nothing more exciting to them then the potential of visiting four-legged "friends" and they will jump up on your car to greet them (causing scratches none of us want!!!) For the safety of our animals, outside pets are not permitted at the farm (we lost a whole flock of guinea hens this way!)
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.