Donald Hess and the Dancing Hen Farm make the trip from Stillwater in Columbia County to the Pittston Farmers Market each week. This is the first year the farm, which offers everything from eggs to vegetables, has attended the market.
Hess and his farm was founded 10 years ago.
The Pittston City Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday, and each week, the Sunday Dispatch will feature a vendor from the market.
Question: What do you grow?
Dancing Hen Farm: Organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, free range eggs, pastured poultry, apply orchard pork.
Q: When in the year does your planting season start?
DHF: We are in operation year round. Most intense in late winter.
Q: What is the best part of being a farmer?
DHF: Being able to share the harvest.
Q: What is the hardest obstacle of farming?
DHF: Getting my head out of the way.
Q Was there a specific year, moment or event that was especially difficult to get through?
DHF: Providing my wife with the nutrition to keep her healthy.
Q: Any advice to the amateur gardener?
DHF: Take care of your soil and it will take care of you. Compost, compost.
Q: How did the weather affect your crops this year?
DHF: It was a cold spring so we had a late start. I have no control over the weather; (I) do my best to deal with the variances.
Farmers market coordinator Mary Angelella contributed to this report. Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.