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.
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 hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years, and are excited about healthy and hearty family meals from the farm!
Our winter hours have started.
We are OPEN at the farm on THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS from 12 - 4 pm.
(Note that we are going to see how busy these days are and determine if we will maintain two days per week through the coldest winter months. If you love having these days, come out!)
KENNETT SQUARE: Kennett Square's market is every other Friday from 3 -5 pm at the Creamery. We will be there on Friday, February 5th.
BRYN MAWR & CHESTNUT HILL:
We attend these two markets on the SAME WEEKENDS, and we are closed on the "off" Saturdays. We attend on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (if there is a 5th) Saturday of the month. We are listed the dates below. Note that since January has a 5th Saturday, we will attend 2 weeks in a row!
January: 16, 30th
February: 6th and 20th
March: 6th and 20th
In April, we resume weekly markets.
Both markets run from 10 am - noon.
The pre-order deadline for Kennett, Bryn Mawr and Chestnut Hill is Thursday night by midnight.
For farm pickups, please know that we ONLY pack orders on Thursday and Friday and we check emails last at 6 am that morning. We don't get "intra-day" pre-orders.
NO PRE-ORDERS are needed for farm pickups or for any market, they just ensure that your order is ready and waiting even if you pick up at the end of the market time.
You can simply send an email to: with your list of items that you'd like to pick up. If it's helpful, click on the button below to download a one-page list of our products that you can use to pre-order (or jog your memory!)
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!
Please note: We do NOT sell live animals (chicks, ducklings, lambs, etc.)
Email with questions:
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.