As with so many discoveries in life, serendipity played the main role in finding Wyebrook Farm. When I commented on an amazingly flavorful and utterly delicious chicken dish at the Farm and Fisherman restaurant in Center City, the waiter pointed to another table with the comment "the farmer who raises these chicken is sitting there." This is how I met farmer Dean Carlson, a successful erstwhile Philadelphia financial professional now in the vanguard of sustainable agriculture.
Wyebrook Farm is located northwest of Downingtown (Victory Brewery detour on return trip to city is a must!). It has a lovely cafe and beautiful meat and produce market open Saturdays and Sundays. The cafe menu is short, with dishes that feature the great meats of the farm and some carefully prepared drinks, like home-made lemonade and cold tea, both excellent. Plates include smoked pastured chicken, pulled pork, and the farm burger, all very good and served on a wonderful brioche bun and with fine fries. You can sit outside and enjoy the green surroundings or at tables on the balcony outside the market, with lovely views onto fields, forests, and a sparkling pond.
The market offers one of the best fresh meat displays I have ever seen, all products from the farm. The reason for the stunning display of expertly cut meats is Janet Crandall, who for many years worked as chef instructor and meat (butchery) expert at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. The price of these glorious meats is very reasonable - I purchased chickens, pork loins and pork "osso buco" and beef ribs. The market also sells produce and Rival Bros. Coffee from Philadelphia.
Take a stroll down to the pond, past the cute little piglets (including Berkshires and Ossabaw) or simply enjoy the verdant landscape - a visit to Wyebrook is good for many things.
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