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 (MAY - NOVEMBER, 2019)
Every Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm in the parking lot of the Bryn Mawr Train Station (Lancaster Avenue & Bryn Mawr Avenue)
Every Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm 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.
Yes, we are still accepting turkey orders for BOTH Heritage and Conventional Turkeys (this update is as of 11/15).
The SMALLEST turkey of either size we are accepting orders for is 16 - 18 lbs. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not email us to request a smaller bird. You'd be 80th in line on the waitlist.
If you want to reserve a turkey, the process is:
1. Click on the picture of the turkey below, which downloads our order form.
2. Fill it out and EMAIL it to us at:
3. If emailing the form is a challenge, just email the key things it asks in the body of an email (your name, phone, email, type of bird, size range and pickup location)
4. We will send you an invoice via email (comes from our credit card processor, "Square") that you can pay your $50 deposit online, and you'll be all set!
IF YOU NEED /WANT to change your turkey type or size, you MUST do it via email. We can only accept changes through Friday, 11/22, and these will be accomodated if we can.
There are two reasons to consider pre-ordering other items for Thanksgiving. First, some of the items will have limited supply, like turkey stock, bone-in turkey breasts and half hams. These should be pre-ordered (we MAY have spares). Bone-in Breasts require a $10 deposit and half hams a $20 deposit.
Second, if you place your Thanksgiving pickup pre-order before midnight on Sunday, 11/17, you save 10% on everything in the order (except your turkey!)
You can pick up those other items at any of these places:
1. Friday, 11/22 on the farm between 10 am - 4 pm
2. Saturday, 11/23 at the Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill OR Glenside Farmer's markets
3. Tuesday, 11/26 at the Kennett Square, Ambler or Farm turkey pickups (BRYN MAWR'S turkey pickup has too many people and limited space for cars and will ONLY have turkeys for pickup)
4. Wednesday, 11/27 between 10 - noon at the Farm
You can use the form below (orange button labeled "Pre-Order for Market or Farm Pickup" or just write your list in an email).