by Anne Smith
Take a ride down Route 16 and make a right hand turn on Genesee Road and you will find one of the nicest Produce Stands in Erie County, Hen-Hawk Acres.
The owners are Donald and Pam Dennies with help from their daughter, Colette, who does all the baking in the newly built kitchen Donald put on this past year.
The stand is just amazing, they have just about everything you can imagine.
The stand was opened in 2003. Donald wanted to build a storage shed, Pam wanted a produce stand, Don built the building, Pam got her stand. The name Hen-Hawk comes from the hill next door to the stand that goes by the name Hen-Hawk. No one really knows why they call it that, but Pam told me a Native American Gentleman stopped by the stand last summer and said his last name was Hen-Hawk. She doesn’t know if it was really named after Native Americans, but it makes a good story.
One of the first things Pam put in was an Apple Orchard with over 100 apple trees, Don soon after put in a large Strawberry patch where they now have u-pick berries in season. Donald started the stand by himself and not soon after, Pam quit her full time job to help him. They do it because they both have the love of farming and working together was always a dream they both shared.
This year they added a bakery where Colette can be found baking for the stand. They offer all kinds of baked goods, from pies to cookies.
Pam started a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and now has 50 members she serves on a biweekly basis. Members get fresh produce in season along with coupons to purchase other items at the stand.
Donald is in charge of all the crops and livestock, including hay he makes to sell to horse owners, while Pam takes care of the stand.
They have two greenhouses, one for germinating seeds and the other one for retail plants. Most all vegetables are started in the greenhouse and grown in the field. Last year they added a u-cut flower garden which is a huge success.
They also offer grass fed beef and grain fed pork, and fresh eggs which are all available in the cooler at the stand.
There is a whole room full of locally made wares, which includes honey, maple syrup products, socks made from alpaca wool, handmade jewelry, goat milk soap and candles.
They also offer loose leaf tea and bulk spices. Pam is especially proud of the fact that they offer over 25 varieties of cheese made from an Amish owned company in Ohio.
Outside we found, shrubs, peaches, houseplants, annual and perennial flowers and potting soil. There is not much Pam has forgotten.
This August they are hosting a Farm Day featuring a mini horse pull, a reptile display, live music, a honey bee demonstration and events happening throughout the day.
The farm is located at 13439 Genesee Road, Chaffee, NY. For more information visit Henhawkacres.com .