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 to noon.
Location: in front of the Mermaid Inn.
Get on our "Kennett Dropoff List" by sending us an email
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.)
Grill for the 4th
Whole chicken legs are only $3.50 / lb (regularly $5 / lb) if you buy 2 or more packs.
Split Chicken breasts are only $7 / lb (regularly $9 / lb) if you buy 2 or more packs.
On the farm on Thursday, 6/30 or Friday, 7/1 from 12 - 4 pm
MEDIA: Friday, 7/1 at 10:30 at Wolff's Applehouse PARKING LOT
BRYN MAWR: Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm
CHESTNUT HILL: Saturday from 9 am - noon
WE'RE AWAY NEXT WEEK!
The farm will be closed the week of July 4th, re-opening the following Thursday and Friday.
We will NOT be attending markets on July 9th, but we'll return the following week. Stock up this week!
Everything is getting more expensive. We forewarned of price increases, but then felt strongly that we wanted to try to absorb the increase and maintain prices, but we need your support! Thus far this spring, we haven't touched our prices, but we've seen a big drop in market attendance. Hopefully it's because you're taking your long-postponed vacations and having a fabulous time with family, and you'll re-stock your fridge upon your return. We are doing our best to provide the same process, products and prices as long as we can, but we need your continued support, so make the trip and grab delicious farm-fresh meats!
Remember that you don't NEED to pre-order, but it's sure helpful!
Pre-orders for Thursday farm pickups or Friday Media meet-ups need to come in by Wednesday night at midnight. All other pre-orders we need by Thursday night at midnight.
(Just tell us what you want and where and we'll get it ready for you)
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.