Grid's Guide to Philly's Top CSAs: Dancing Hen Farm

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Dancing Hen Farm located in Stillwater, PA is a small, family owned operation run by husband and wife team Don Hess and Joan Miller. Committed to organic growing practices, the farm focuses on a variety of seasonal vegetables and farm fresh eggs from pastured layers. Dancing Hen’s 22 week CSA season lasts from June until October and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes sure to fit any local foodie’s lifestyle. Handpicked by the farmers, each full or half share features a variety of chemical, pesticide and fertilizer-free vegetables and herbs that can be supplemented with an optional egg share for an additional $40. To ensure that their members walk away with a box each week the farm overplants by 100 percent and will replace any crop loss with organically grown produce from nearby growers. Members of the upcoming 2010 CSA can look forward to a wide variety of produce, including red or sugar beets, curly and lacinato kale, sweet onions, sugar peas, spicy salad greens and heirloom tomatoes.

Dancing Hen CSA facts:

Full Share features 9-11 items weekly that will feed 3-4 people, while a Partial Share features 5-7 items weekly that will feed 2-3 people.

  • Pick up at farm:  Full share $500, Partial share $350.
  • Delivery to central location: Full share $550, Partial share $400.
  • Home Delivery to Central location and northern Columbia & northern Luzerne counties: Full share $600, Partial share $450.
  • Optional egg share (1 dozen pastured eggs every other week) $40 for both full and partial shares.

Dancing Hen Farm has future plans to offer breads, fruits, cider, cheeses, and meats including grass-fed beef and pastured chicken as part of their buying club option.

Dancing Hen Farm, Don Hess & Joan Miller, 55 Toy Factory Road Stillwater, PA 17878, 570-925-0263