Kristin Canty is a nationally acclaimed filmmaker, farm owner, advocate for small farmers, restaurateur and an avid proponent of ancestral foods. Following the principles of ancestral health for over two decades, Kristin has transformed her own life, the well-being of her family and inspired thousands of people around the globe to be an advocate for their own health. In her many roles – as a farm-to-table restauranteur, small-scale farm owner, nationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker, and sustainable sourcing advocate – Kristin willingly shares her knowledge, allowing others to make more conscious decisions about their diet and lifestyle.
In 2013, Kristin purchased the Farm at Woods Hill in Bath, New Hampshire. After getting a full growing season under her belt, Kristin opened the restaurants Woods Hill Table, Adelita, and Woods Hill at Pier 4, all located in Massachusetts. Kristin uses the farm to fuel her restaurants, creating a true “pasture to plate” experience, as she describes.
The circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have been especially difficult for the restaurant industry. “Unfortunately, no experience could have ever prepared me for this situation. I’ve been taking it day-by-day, listening to the needs of my staff as well as the needs of my customers,” says Canty. However her team is working to meet the challenges facing her community. A Chef at Canty’s Woods Hill Table restaurant, Gavin Lambert, has responded to the crisis by not only starting a take-out business called WECO HOSPITALITY that supports their farmers and artisanal suppliers, but is also donating food to those in need. “We started WECO HOSPITALITY because of the current pandemic. Now more than ever we need to stick together, so we decided to offer a service that not only feeds our passion but feeds people too. For just the price of groceries and gas we deliver restaurant quality food you can feel good about eating. Most of our product is sourced from local businesses as way to help those struggling to stay afloat. We deliver meals every week to those in need, and as a thank you to first responders and essential workers. What started as a small community project has blossomed into a platform for change, and a thriving business feeding on average 160 people a night,” says Lambert.
While Canty has had to temporarily close some restaurants, she has pivoted her business to offer produce boxes that also contain grass-fed meat and eggs from The Farm at Woods Hill that are available for pickup. Adelita, Canty’s fast casual Mexican restaurant remains open for takeout – with an added bonus of beer and wine available. “When I think about my ‘why,’ I think about how the most important mission for the restaurant has always been to support as many local farmers and artisanal producers as possible, to treat our staff well, and to provide healthy, delicious and nutrient-dense food to our customers. This has always been the driving force and we are all trying to find a way to keep this going in this atmosphere,” says Canty.
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Located in Bath, New Hampshire, Kristin bought The Farm at Woods Hill in 2013 when she found herself unable to consistently supply her restaurants with the product required to abide by her belief in ancestral health. The Farm at Woods Hill is committed to pasturing and humanely raising livestock as well as sustainable farming practices.