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Real Farms Near Philly

crispycar Jul 18, 2007 06:01 PM

I recently returned to Philly after a year and a half in Lower Slower Delaware. There I fell in love with a small working farm by the name of Filasky's run by John and Cindy Filasky. They have the best corn and tomatoes anywhere and they carry things grown by other local farmers in Delaware and Maryland. John knows everything about what he sells and is very approachable. I want to find a similar treasure in or around Philly. Any suggestions? I hit the Greensgrow farm in Kensington and it is awesome for an urban farm, but they only sell two days per week. I would appreciate any help. Thanks!

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  1. mschow RE: crispycar Jul 19, 2007 05:30 AM

    Russo's and Conte's in Tabernacle. About a 30 minute ride from Philadelphia, just past Medford. Conte's has a large selection of their own grown produce, and some some things from other farmers. They also have lots of things you can pick yourself, like peaches, berries, etc. I like this place alot. Might be a nice weekend day trip.
    I've also been to Shady Brook farm in Newtown; more of a 'store' imo than what I would consider a real farm market. They have a bit of everything, including a deli at the farm.
    Here's a link I found to some PA farm markets.
    http://www.buckscounty.org/visitors/F...

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      Adenn1 RE: crispycar Jul 19, 2007 06:14 AM

      I buy a good amount of corn and other items at Maple Acres...it is right behind the Plymouth Meeting Mall...a couple minutes from Germantown Pike. They have a great selection of fruits and vegies.

      Maple Acres Farm
      2656 Narcissa Rd.
      610-828-7395

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        jfr RE: crispycar Jul 19, 2007 10:56 AM

        There was another board at www.chowhound.com/topics/400653 about a farm in Telford that still sells raw milk as well as cheese, meat, etc. It is on my list of places to go but haven't had the chance, yet. Hopefully, it may be of interest to you.

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          semmen RE: jfr Jul 20, 2007 04:05 AM

          Yep, Hendricks Farm is awesome. Mostly dairy and grassfed meat, but this time of year they also carry some organic produce grown right in front of the store.Make sure you check out the robotic milker, it's definitely the highlight of the visit.

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            saturninus RE: semmen Jul 20, 2007 06:21 AM

            I very much enjoyed my visit there. The place is immaculate, and they even make unpasturized cheese.

            I will return. My only complaint is that I found the cheeses to be good but not great. All were too salty and didn't have the complexity I was hoping for.

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          burbgirl RE: crispycar Jul 19, 2007 11:16 AM

          Although from what I can remember, they don't offer fruits and veggies, if you're looking for some really good HOMEMADE ice cream and fresh dairyand a round of mini-golf, try Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale, PA.

          http://www.freddyhill.com/

          1. monavano RE: crispycar Jul 19, 2007 11:23 AM

            Blooming Glen in Bucks County is worth the beautiful drive up there. About a mile away on Rt. 113 is Bolton's Turkey Farm.
            Blooming Glen participates at the Headhouse Market.
            http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M12567
            http://www.thefoodtrust.org/php/headh...

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              Bigley9 RE: crispycar Jul 19, 2007 12:20 PM

              I would follow the links offered by Monavano above and go to a few of our local farmers markets where you could get to know a number of farmers at the same time and then perhaps find a farm or two to visit regularly. I think the new Sunday farmers market at Headhouse Square (10 - 2) is amazing, and everyone there must be a local producer of what they sell.

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                zelbee RE: Bigley9 Jul 19, 2007 01:56 PM

                Jack's Farm in Pottstown is small, but has some good things and they are open 7 days a week during daylight hours. http://www.jacksfarm.net/

                I was especially impressed with their selection of different lettuces. They also have eggs and I think chickens.

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                  crispycar RE: zelbee Jul 20, 2007 01:01 AM

                  Thank you all for all of the great tips. I will be seeking them out this weekend. I was in Kennett Square yesterday and I went to Talulah's table. Not much fresh produce, but they have an awesome selection of cheeses and they make their own pasta! Who does that anymore. I highly recommend them. I ate preserved lemon chicken and their gratin potatoes are "to die for."

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                isadorasmama RE: crispycar Jul 20, 2007 12:05 PM

                Depends what you're looking for. If you want the most amazing eggs try Benuel Stoltzfus. I believe he sells them out of Maysie's (CSA) farm in Glenmoore and also at Kimberton Whole Foods. The chickens are free roam and get to eat all sorts of critters making their egg yolks the color of the sun. It's amazing.
                Ben can be reached at 610-273-7876

                Miller's Natural Foods out in Lancaster is a nice place to visit. They have dirt cheap bulk items and other assorted goodies. The farm (Sunnyside Organic Acres) also sells raw dairy products and grass fed beef. Levi Miller does a few mail order drop offs around the Philly area.

                Eberly Chicken is all organic and while their chicken prices are sky high at stores if you go to them and buy in bulk the prices are phenominal.
                http://www.eberlypoultry.com/

                And of course their are a bunch of really cool CSAs all over the Philly area.

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