The FarmSustainable Agriculture for Farm-to-Table Dining
In 2005, farming started again at Glasbern, reviving an excellent parcel of farmland that had lain fallow for about 35 years. When you dine here, it will be abundantly clear why the original German farmer chose to carve a farm out of this particular hillside. There's something special about this land
Encompassing over 130 acres, our farm practices sustainable agriculture to raise healthy vegetables, cattle, hogs, and poultry for use in our restaurant. We invite our guests to explore the farm's pastures, gardens, and greenhouses while observing the daily work that mirrors the changing of the seasons.
We have a long-term commitment to the health of the land, and practice rotational grazing of our animals. The herb garden, greenhouses, and large cultivated beds provide fresh heirloom produce year-round for our kitchen. Seeds of heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated and - you be the judge - are known for their superior flavors. Glasbern's flower gardens flourish under the expert cultivation of horticulturist Pamela Ruch, and lend an atmosphere of love to the Inn.
We're not "certified organic" even though many of our practices comply with organic standards. Rest assured you won't find any pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, or hormones in any of the food we raise and serve.Fruits and Vegetables
Besides our large outdoor vegetable plot, two wood-heated greenhouses keep Glasbern produce on the table for much of teh year. These high-tunnel greenhouses protect our raised beds during early spring and late fall to extend our growing season into the winter months. In addition, high tunnels reduce wind and moisture fluctuation, and allow us to control pests through all natural means. We invite you to join us in experiencing the delights from our pastures and garden firsthand in Glasbern's restaurant.
On Glasbern Farm, we use rotational grazing to raise lean, healthy Scottish Highland cattle. In addition to producing excellent grass-fed beef, rotational grazing preserves and enhances our surrounding landscape. It fertilizes it without fertilizers - when you stay here on our farm, you'll notice it doesn't very much smell like a farm. Again, a meal at Glasbern is all that's needed to demonstrate the value of sustainable agriculture.
To get more specific about our rotational grazing, Glasbern Farm uses a small paddock rotation system, the sort used on Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm, made famous in Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma." Cows graze in small, fenced sections of the farm each day. Like people, cows can be picky eaters - when put in a pasture, they'll overgraze some grasses and undergraze others. Over time, this leads to poorer grass quality and less total forage. Small-scale rotational grazing allows us to manage both pasture growth and weed eradication, and maximizes the regrowth of forage prior to re-grazing. As an added bonus, rotational grazing incorporates manure as a natural pasture fertilizer and minimizes erosion through the development of nice, thick root systems.
Being grass-fed, the cattle at Glasbern Farm are leaner, with better tasting and more nutritious beef. Tramping down the hills all day builds great muscle! But again - we'll let you be the judge,
A Pennsylvania Tradition
Pennsylvania has a rich history of farming, and Glasbern is proud to share in this great tradition. When you stay with us we invite you to visit our neighbors the Rodale Institute, just a few miles down the road, a pioneer organization in the worldwide organic farming movement.
Farm items for Sale
The Glasbern Farm grows vegetables, meats and eggs to meet the needs of the restaurant and in-house events. At various times, we offer poultry, grass fed beef, sausage, and eggs for sale.
You can purchase available food items at the front desk. Please call ahead, 610-485-4723, and we will have it packaged and ready for you.
Ground Grass Fed Beef: no antibiotics, no growth hormones, no herbicides or pesticides used in pastures, only $5 a pound