"Meat" our newest farmer - Walnut Run Farm
We’re so excited to welcome Walnut Run Farm to the Malvern Farmers Market this Saturday. I think you will find their farming practices quite impressive.
They are the real deal - they raise all of their own animals on their 65 acre farm located in Honey Brook, Chester County. They personally tend to them all day long. Their transparency in their animal care and sourcing is important to us.
There will be an exception for the first month or two with chicken as they were not ramped up to take on our market under short notice. We have given them permission to source chicken from another farm - and we’re still working on that as they will only source from a farm with comparable standards to their own.
A Note From the Fishers of Walnut Run Farm –
We are looking forward to joining Growing Roots at the Malvern Farmer’s Market this season, starting on Saturday, May 11th! We plan on attending the market every Saturday with meats, eggs, and cheese. At Walnut Run we uphold high standards in terms of using organic and holistic farming methods and ultimately, healthy food. We aim, not just to satisfy, but to impress. So much so that you’ll tell your friends!
What makes our meats special? It is simply because it is raised in as natural a way as possible. Our beef herd is carefully managed using the rotational grazing systems. We move our cattle from one paddock to the next to fresh grass multiple times in one day. This keeps fresh grass in front of them while it also gets them off the residual grass quickly which promotes a faster regrowth. Also noteworthy is that being out with the cattle so frequently makes for a calm, relaxed beef herd. These practices all contribute added value to the meat by providing a better taste, better texture, and yes, better nutrition.
Our pork is all chemical-free, GMO-free, and the rare soy-free. We feed them skim milk, yogurt & cottage cheese whey from our own dairy cows’ milk. Our pork is raised in a loose housing environment!
Our broiler (meat) chickens are raised in a model corporate farming cannot copy. They are kept in portable shelters (predator protectors) that can be moved across the grass. We move them once or twice daily to provide them with ample greens and fresh dirt for chickens to rummage through. They are supplemented with chemical-free and GMO-free grain that is grown in Berks County PA. While pasture raised chickens do not grow as fast as they do in commercial settings, we feel our chicken is superior in flavor. Plus, it’s grown naturally…..no medicated feeds, antibiotics, hormones, etc.
The layer chickens are also cared for in a similar fashion. We source their feed right out of Berks County. Again, it is grown right – no chemicals and no GMOs, plus we get the soy-free feed. It is said to compromise egg production slightly, but the tradeoff is maximum quality!! We do carefully source some additional eggs from our friends to help fill demand. But of course, they have to come up to all our specs. The brilliant yellow-orange color that you’ll see in the egg yolks bears ample witness of our emphasis on quality. There’s no need to say more.
Also, our popular cheese. It is made by Alpine Heritage Creamery, a Lancaster County Farm that uses the same farming practices as Walnut Run. They captured a number of awards with their cheeses. We will have sharp, smoked, and medium cheddar, Dutch Country Swiss, Pepper Jack, and the new one – Yogurt cheese. Free samples on all our raw milk cheeses will be available at the booth.
We invite you to make a trip to the farm to see it for yourself. You can drop by randomly, or you can contact us to make sure someone will be here to lead the tour!
Melvin & Linda Fisher and family, Esther (9), Elmer (8), Hannah (6), Barbie Lynn (3), and Nathan (1)
Walnut Run Farm, 284 Walnut Road, Honey Brook PA 19344