Downingtown Farmers Market Customers can order online now!   – Our last market is April 22, 2023!

At times, the store may be down when we’re not stocked with beef. We no longer have the online store for on-farm pick up or delivery. Please place those orders by email. Delivery is available for orders over $150 within a 40 mile radius of the farm.

The Schaeffer Family settled and began farming in Fleetwood in the early 1800s. Lee is the 9th generation to farm some of this very same land today! If you’re interested in learning about the family lineage, just ask Lee or his dad, Barry. Then, pull up a seat (like a 5-gallon bucket turned upside-down) and get ready for a story or three!

Today, the Gauker Family farms about 270 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. Today we have about 85 head of Holstein steers ranging from just a few days old to finished. Lee and Jodi welcomed the 10th generation to Gauker Farms on October 27, 2014 – Callie Anne. Together, the family works hard to raise quality beef for your family table!

Read more about us through this interview with the PA Beef Council! Jodi is a director of the PA Beef Council and serves on their executive committee.

To read more about our farm and how we raise our crops and steers, check out our frequently asked question section of our website.

We are proud members of Buy Fresh Buy Local Greaterpartnercircle Lehigh Valley, Berks Agricultural Resource Network and Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association. Jodi and Lee are former 4-H volunteers (taking some time off now until Callie is a member!), and Jodi currently serves as Chairwoman of the Berks County Planning Commission Board, President of Berks Agricultural Resource Network, Director to the PA Beef Council, and a director on the PA Farm Link board.


14 thoughts on “About

  1. jim williams

    where will you folks be selling hamburger this sat feb 8th, please reply thanx

  2. Jane Gauker, Elk River, MN

    Your farm looks beautiful! I would like to hear about your family’s lineage. If you have anything you could or were willing to share, I’d be interested in seeing it. Thanks!

    • Hi, Jane! Gauker Farms became Gauker Farms in the last 100 years. The Farm is actually the Schaeffer Farm. Lee’s great grandmother married a Gauker. He passed on after having a son, Lee, and Laura Schaeffer remarried a Heffner. Lee Gauker, (my husband, Lee’s, grandfather) is the first Gauker to manage the farm. Beyond that, though, I’m not sure that we’re familiar with the Gauker family lineage. The Schaeffer Family, however, is well documented.

      • Jane Gauker

        Just noticed your reply. Thanks for responding! I’m not sure of more than 4 or 5 generations back of my dad’s family in Indiana, but I was born In MN. Best wishes… Jane G.

  3. Christine

    We just had our first Gauker Farms DelMonico steaks for dinner tonight….OMG, the best steaks we have ever had! We cooked them in our sous vide for an hour and a half, then used a kitchen torch for browning flavor. They were absolutely delicious!!! Bery moist, juicy, and flavorful!!! We picked them up at the Downingtown Farmer’s Market this morning. We were wondering if you are there every weekend. Thank you! Pat and Christine

    • Thank you so much, Christine, for your kind words! We are at the Downingtown Farmers Market every Saturday during their regular season, and during their winter market (we think that will be the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-noon in the parking lot of Kerr Park). Thank you again!

  4. Ruth A. Williams

    I am very interested, as a Schaeffer, to know if the family line hoes back to Sunnyside Dairy, E.G. Schaeffer, Houck Road off 662. My father was raised there until they relocated to Oley.
    E.G. was my grandfather.

    • To our knowledge, no. George Schaeffer was the 1st generation, followed by Phillip. Laura, an only child, was the 6th generation who married John Gauker. She remarried to Howard Heffner after having her son, Lee Gauker. Lee Gauker had 5 children and the oldest son, Barry, carried on the farm. His son, Lee, and his wife, Jodi (that’s me), operate the farm today. We do have a copy of the Schaeffer family history and will look it up.

  5. Kathleen

    Hi I have 2 bunnies and 2 guinea pigs do you sell 2nd cut hay? And in 10 or 20 lb boxes also the price please

  6. Donna Dugas

    Do you have mixed halves available or just individual cuts?

  7. Michelle

    Looking to order cannot see a list .Looking on pricing for Buffalo and Lamb ,veal pkgs .

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