2019 Season: Summer schedule (accurate until Thanksgiving, or the last week in October, for Ambler)
Every Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm in the Train Station parking lot
WHERE: Bryn Mawr Train Station Parking Lot: Corner of Route 30 and Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA
Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm
WHERE: Winston Road between Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane
Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm
WHERE: 29 West Butler Pike, Ambler
Every Friday from 3 - 7 pm WHERE: W100 block of E State Street and the Genesis Walkway (GPS address: 113 E State Street, Kennett Square, PA)
We make bi-monthly drop-offs to Media, and we will DROP OFF AT YOUR HOME for orders over $100 so order what you'd like via email, and we'll tell you when we're coming!
On the Farm:
We are open Friday from 10 am - 4 pm.
Additionally, we HAPPILY welcome farm pickups at other times - just email us ahead, suggest your time, and we'll make a plan to have someone there to meet you!
AT THE FARM
Between full-time jobs and lots of kids to run around, we find it easier to hear from you - when would you like to pick up? - and set up a time. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays are usually do-able. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please understand that if you visit the farm, you visit our home and our family. Therefore, we ask that you schedule a time rather than a suprise visit, or you may be suprised to find us weeding in our pajamas (which might scar you for life!)
1. Consider ordering ahead. It gives us a chance to be sure we have what you want and have it ready for you. Digging through the freezer isn't really entertaining for you.
2. Please only come during arranged times, or order ahead. We occasionally get out to do things, and wouldn't want to miss you.
3. Understand that a visit is not a tour. For insurance reasons and because we have limited time, we don't offer tours. Visits are for picking up items only.
ONE ARMED PAPER HANGER
We don't really have titles, we just have a lot of work, a lot of animals and a very large "to-do" list.
If you ask Wayne where he's from, he'll tell you Rhodesia, but he grew up in South Africa. I met him while he was working as a game ranger in the Sabi Sands Game reserve in South Africa, and the compromise to get him to live in America was that we had to have more land than a postage stamp and a few animals to keep him busy.
CHIEF COOK & BOTTLE WASHER
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I'm the area native, but neither of us knew ANYTHING about farming. We both loved the outdoors, enjoy animals and had a concern about all the changes that are being made in the food industry.
We started the farm to raise food for our personal use. Friends quickly started asking if they could get items from us. From 2008 to 2013 we balanced two full time jobs and three kids while learning a lot. In 2013, Wayne moved to farming full time (I still work away from the farm) to give it a go.
Just about every week now!
ALSO KNOWN AS "I DON'T SEE IT ON YOUR PRODUCT LIST, BUT..."
Whole / Half Animals:
Currently, we do not sell whole / half lambs or pigs. Why not? Because we are limited in the amount of land we have today, and therefore we can only raise a certain number of animals. We have committed to four farmer's markets, and they count on us to have consistent supply of our meats. If we had any extras, we would offer whole or half animals for purchase, but we don't want to leave you waiting for us, so please assume that we will not have any available.
We are happy to accomodate special cuts, provided they are given to us BEFORE a processing date (see the schedule above for cutoff times) and, if the cut is extremely esoteric, we might request a deposit so that we know you'll come pick it up. We also need to comply with PA Health Department and USDA regulations, so certain items we are not allowed to sell or provide back (you'd be amazed what we've been asked for). Don't hesitate to ask, though. That's the only way you know!
We've tried to accomodate specific health needs, and are happy to do so. For example, if you would like salt-free chicken stock, if you're willing to buy 10 quarts (one batch), we'll do it! If you'd like caseless sausage, we can do that, too. We have learned from experience that once we alter ingredients (like changing the casings or making a sausage without the pork), the taste really changes, and it's not the same as the original and doesn't always work as well. Please ask, but also understand that if we cannot accomodate your request, it's likely because we don't want you to be disappointed by the outcome!
MEET THE FARMERS
Wayne and Jeannette Grabe founded Canter Hill Farm in 2008 and have grown from being a really, really, really tiny farm to just a tiny farm. In 2013, we transitioned from two full-time jobs and a farm to one full time job and one full time farmer (Wayne!) Our four kids help in different ways, including making the animals more "child tolerant" (our 3 year old is especially good at this), but somehow it all works.