We are your farmers
We are committed to bringing you the highest quality meat.
Edmund and Garth are brothers who began Cairncrest Farm in 2010 together with their wives Normandy Alden and Alanna Rose. The four of us grew up in Bryn Athyn, PA and have made our home here in upstate NY. We have a vision of a vibrant food system strengthened with our commitment to land stewardship, healthy and delicious food, and humane animal treatment. There was really only one way to go: 100% grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, pastured pork and pastured poultry.
We feed our cattle nothing but green grass and hay. Our cattle never see a feedlot. Truly 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef and lamb provide you with the health benefits documented from grass fed meat.
Dry-Aged 14-21 days
Dry-aged beef and pork is extremely rare, available only in the very best restaurants and from gourmet butcher shops. Why rare? Because dry-aging is very expensive. Why desired? Because dry-aging produces unparalleled flavor and tenderness.
We are a true family-owned and operated farm. All the meat we sell comes from our farm. We are small enough for intimate care of our land and livestock, but large enough to grow beef and pork as our profession.
Our Farming Practices:
What makes our meat so special?
Our cattle are healthy. We do not sell meat that has been treated by any chemical of any kind. Our animals are not given any routine antibiotics, hormones, or pour-on-insecticides. We did treat most of our cattle for pink-eye with an antibiotic injection once (in 2016). No animals slated for slaughter that year were treated.
Cairncrest Farm grass-fed beef and pastured pork is processed in a small, family-owned, USDA-inspected facility just a few miles from our pastures. It is prepared by hand into perfectly presented cuts of meat for your table.
Person to Person
When you call or email Cairncrest Farm, you’ll get one of us (or probably an answering machine – we’re outside working!). We raise the animals and personally deliver them to your neighborhood. Our relationship with our customers is important to us..
The soil mineral levels in our pastures are tested every year, and we work to maintain and improve the quality of our pastures with natural amendments such as lime. We have seen the grass grow greener and taller under our management just in the last three years. Quality grass results in uniquely flavored beef.
Because we sell you only meat from our farm, we know each animal’s history. Every cut is labeled and traceable to a single animal. We personally guarantee the purity and quality of our meat.
We have been growing 100% grass fed beef for discerning patrons since 2010. This is our passion as well as our profession. We are confident in the quality of our grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, pastured pork and pastured poultry.
Garth has a degree in English from Columbia University. In the quieter winter months he still pursues his writting, as well as updates the Cairncrest blog and newsletter. Most of the year he spends moving our animals for rotational grazing, repairing and building farm infrastructure and managing our inventory and delivery.
Alanna has a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a 4 year Certificate in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She maintains a studio practice limited by the demands of parenthood, as well as doing freelance illustration work. For Cairncrest Farm she communicates with customers and serves as a manager and bookkeeper. See her paintings.
Edmund has a degree in biology from Bryn Athyn College. He devotes his time to managing the animal herds to provide optimal grazing, building farm infrastructure and keeping our inventory up to date. He is a frequent contributor to our blog.
Normandy has a M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Nebraska. She is a studio potter and teaches part-time at Hartwick College. She manages our farm’s website, shoots and edits our photos and does occasional blog posts. See her ceramic work.
What’s in a name?
In our hometown of Bryn Athyn, there are several historic buildings. The Cairncrest mansion was built by Edmund’s and Garth’s great-grandfather between 1892-1938. Our farm’s name is a nod to our ancestral roots in a building and community still dear to our hearts. Additionally, a “cairn” is a human-made pile of stones. They have been used since ancient times to mark trails, particularly in moorelands and mountaintops. We see our task as farmers not so unlike making a cairn: a steady human endeavor. We hope that the “cairn” we make out of the stones of our every day, will mark a trail and serve as a monument to the environmental, humane, and community-based values we hold.