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
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
(For a quick response, email is best!)
HOW TO BUY
SCHEDULE (JAN - MAR, 2020)
1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays from 10 am - noon in the parking lot of the Bryn Mawr Train Station (Lancaster Avenue & Bryn Mawr Avenue)
1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays from 10 am - noon in front of the Mermaid Inn.
DONE FOR THE SEASON, but we are doing an Ambler Thanksgiving Dropoff on 11/26 between 6:15 - 7:15 at Clavary United Methodist Church (16 E. Park Ave). Order ahead by email and we'll bring your order.
Every Friday from 3 - 7 pm at 100th block of East State Street and the Genesis Walkway (GPS address is 113 E. State Street in Kennett Square).
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.
We are experimenting with open farm hours on certain Fridays of the month. Please share your feedback on whether this day of the week works, and what time of day works best.
Upcoming Open Farm Hours:
Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm
We also can almost always accomodate other pickup times, so just email us to say when you'd like to come:
On the Farm:
Email us to pick a time to come by. We're glad to have you - but want to be sure we're home!
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.
ALERT: There will be PRE-ORDER only MARKETS this coming Friday (Kennett Square) and Saturday (Bryn Mawr & Chestnut Hill. Please begin to place your orders NOW via email:
(We will provide more details on the full time of these markets. The Saturday markets will take place at the regular market location. We will keep you posted on Kennett's pickup location).
The FARM is OPEN. See hours by day below:
Tuesday (3/31): 11 - 4 pm
Thursday (4/2): 11 - 4 pm
Saturday, (4/4): 11 am - 4 pm
We are CLOSED on the other days because we need a chance to get farm work and our day job work done!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pre-order if you can. You can certainly add to your order once you arrive, but at least we will have the core items together for you, so that your pickup will be smooth and quick. Please understand that for the safety of our family and those helping us, the pickup is not a tour of the farm, so please do not let your children out of the car.
WE HAVE ADDED A VERY DETAILED LIST OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BELOW.
Click on the picture of the two egg yolks, below:
PLEASE, PLEASE read this before you email or call.
We'll update hours for the following week over the weekend.
Deliveries: We CAN do home deliveries for those with health issues (such as those who are immuno-compromised). We will also consider delivery for orders that exceed $300. Other than this, we simply are too swamped, and ask you to consider meeting us at a dropoff location, as we plan to continue offering these in areas like Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill, Media and Kennett Square.
How do these pickup locations work?
These are pre-order only. Please pre-order by email to:
We will have your order pre-bagged, weighed and ready to just hand to you. We ask that you wait a safe distance from other folks picking up, as the pickup should be lightening fast (we've done several already, and you get your bag(s) and are on your way in 30 seconds).
We will invoice you PRIOR to pickup. If you prefer to pay online, you can pre-pay. If you have not paid online, you will need to pay at pickup.
If you are looking for meat, eggs, sausage, stock...you name it, the farm will be open to provide them. Check out the days / hours below, and either email or call to request a pickup outside of these hours.
Please consider picking up items this week, as we are very uncertain about upcoming markets.
Email with questions, if at all possible: