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 other Saturday from 10 am to noon.
Location: Parking lot of the Bryn Mawr Train Station (Lancaster Avenue & Bryn Mawr Avenue)
Every other Saturday from 10 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.)
Plan your Easter meal!
Order now for a half ham, lamb leg, whole duck or prime rib roast!
We have ALL markets this weekend:
Kennett Square (Friday, 4/2 from 3 - 5pm)
Bryn Mawr (Saturday, April 3rd from 9 am - 1 pm)
Chestnut Hill (Saturday, April 3rd from 9 am - noon)
The FARM is open on Thursday, April 1st from 12 - 4 pm
Friday, April 2nd from 12 - 4 pm
Pre-order deadline is THURSDAY NIGHT BY MIDNIGHT!
We are NOW TAKING EASTER ORDERS for meats, including:
Bone-in Lamb Legs
Butterflied Lamb Legs
Standing Rib Roasts
For each of the above items, you can pick them up at any time (ie, now!), but if you would like to get them during the week or weekend before Easter, we ask you to RESERVE them.
How to Reserve: Simply send us an email to: requesting the item(s) you'd like and when and where you prefer to pick them up. We do request a $20 deposit for all of the above items, to ensure you're coming for them. We will email you an invoice for the deposit that you can pay online for ease.
Then you're set!
Farm hours continue to be Thursdays and Fridays from 12 - 4 pm.
No pre-orders are necessary, but you are welcome to send them if you'd like things ready and waiting. Please note that we don't check emails intra-day, so pre-orders must be sent NO LATER than the night before you want them for farm pickups.
We do NOT sell any live animals. In the spring we get over 50 calls a week requesting chicks, ducklings, lambs, piglets. Please understand that we are busy raising our animals, and do not call to see if we have changed our minds about this :)
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.