Earlier this year, Wyebrook Farm had to close as a result of zoning concerns from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, but now it looks like the beloved Honey Brook farm will not open its doors again. For owner Dean Carlson, meeting state regulations — which could cost tens of thousands of dollars — is both a financial and time-consuming burden. That, combined with the fact that operating a successful farm and restaurant often yields little return, is a harsh reality that is just too difficult to face.
Carlson, a former hedge fund manager, purchased Wyebrook Farm in 2010 following a foreclosure sale of the property. He first saw success thanks to his meat market — where visitors could buy grass-fed beef and hand-butchered cuts of meats — before he opened the restaurant. An instant hit, Wyebrook Farm Restaurant was the go-to spot for authentic farm-to-table dining experiences.
But the restaurant never obtained sewer permits, something Carlson says he wasn’t aware he needed, leading to the restarurant’s shut down.
Despite the setback, the farm will continue to host events featuring independent food trucks, and all the meat served will come from the farm. In addition, Carlson will continue to sell hand-butchered beef, pork, lamb and chicken at both Reading Terminal Market and the farm’s market and butcher shop.
150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook, (610) 942-7481.