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Posted 2/14/2020 12:00pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Everyone,

So strange to be cold for once!  We've really been spoiled with this frighteningly mild winter so far, I forget that it's February.  I certainly hope that March doesn't do what it has the past 4 years- dump snow on us for weeks on end!

A quick reminder that there is a delivery for this coming Sunday, February 16th for both South Orange (11-Noon), and Madison (12:45-1:45).

Can't make the delivery times?  No problem!  We also offer home delivery for these areas too, you don't even have to be home.  That way, you don't have to miss out because the kids have hockey practice :)

Chicken, lamb, pork, and eggs no minimum order, no subscriptions or commitment necessary.

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 2/6/2020 3:54pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

As you may have guessed, we are now offering home delivery for online orders!  Our goal with this service is to make it more convenient for you to get our meat, eggs, and mushrooms.  

We realized the combination of limited drop off time/dates and the very busy lives folks lead these days, meant that many people couldn't make our limited drop off times during the winter.  You're still welcome to come to the farm during the week or weekends, we'd love that, though I imagine most don't have that kind of spare time to visit on a regular basis...

So, if you can't come to us, we'll come to you!

 

Here's how it works:

  1. Place an order online- it's best to use our online store so you can see what we have in stock and what the products look like.
  2. Pick a location- this can either be a centralized drop off location with a set date and time, or choose home delivery.
  3. Check out online and pay with a credit/debit card, or pay when you pick up.
  4. For home delivery, we'll be in touch with you to set a date and time frame.  Delivery within a week of ordering.
  5. Done!

 

What if you're not going to be home?  No problem at all, simply leave a cooler out for us, and we'll drop your order in there.  You can leave a check for us in the cooler if you don't want to pay online.

What are the fees?  Delivery fees are based on the distance from the farm.  We're not Amazon (thank God!), so we do have to offset our costs for this service a little bit...

 

Is there a minimum order?  No- though this might change.  We won't require a minimum order for starters.  Keep in mind there is a delivery fee involved: if you want to pay us $10 to deliver 1 dozen eggs, I suppose that's up to you ;)

 

Will you still do the central drop offs like before?  Yes- We've set the date and times for these on our website.  This is a cheaper option compared to home delivery- plus we get to chit chat when you pick up!

 

It's a new service for us, so feel free to give us feed back or ask any questions you might have, we're learning too!

 

We are also currently updating our monthly subscription (formerly our "CSA") to include home delivery and automatic monthly payments.  More on that to follow in the coming weeks.

There is a Chester delivery this coming Sunday, February 9th, from 11-Noon.  Please get your orders in 24 hours before so we have plenty of time to pack. Chicken, lamb, duckpork, and eggs are in stock.  Sorry, no mushrooms until the Spring.

 

Thanks and hope to see you soon!

 

Ryan & Liz

 

ps- I can't believe it's February already!

 

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Posted 1/17/2020 2:05pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Sorry if you're receiving this twice, there was a glitch in getting to everyone yesterday:

 

I've emerged from the basement wood shop building the table tops for Manskirt Brewing, and did some tweaking to the online store- you can now check out online!  

A seemingly no brainer feature to have on an online store, I know, but we are farmers after all, some computer things take time for us to wrap our brains around ;).  

We're still taking and uploading product pictures, so you can see what our products and packaging looks like.  Home delivery is not available just yet, as we are working out the logistics of that, but will certainly let you know when that's up and running in the coming weeks...

Hopefully our effort will make for an easier and more enjoyable shopping experience for you- any suggestions to improve it are welcome.

South Orange and Madison deliveries are this coming Sunday, January 19th, please try to get your orders by Saturday afternoon to give us plenty of time to pack.

 

Thanks and see you soon! 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 1/10/2020 10:23am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Hope this finds you well, getting excited for another wild weekend of weir weather!  It seems that this so called 'winter' really can't make up its mind this year...15 degrees one morning, 60 degrees 2 days later.  While it's nice to get a warm up, it can be a bit of a pain on the farm as the constant freeze thaw makes for mud!  Lots of mud ;(

As you may have guessed from the subject line, we've been working on updating our online store for the New Year.  It's been a long time coming, but we are working to make our online shopping a better experience for you.  Things we'll be rolling out in the next few weeks:

  • Updated delivery dates- cutting back to once every 4 weeks for each location.
  • Photos- so you know what our products and package sizes look like
  • Pricing- you're shopping cart will have a total, and you will be able to check out online
  • Home delivery-  adjusting to everyone's increasingly busy lives, we'll offer delivery to your front door, you don't even have to be home!  Minimum purchase required, and a small delivery fee may be applied depending on your distance form the farm.
  • Monthly Subscription- Billed to you card each month & offered year round (depending on availability).  One less thing to have to remember to do!

Our aim is to make our products more accessible to you and your families  throughout the year.  While we always welcome people to come out to the farm, we understand that most families these days simply don't have the time- that doesn't mean you should miss out on local, organically produced meats, eggs, and mushrooms!

There is a Chester delivery (now once a month) this coming Sunday, January 12th, from 11-Noon. Chicken, lamb, pork, duck, and eggs all available.  Sorry, no more mushrooms until April (too cold in our grow room).

In other exciting news- some said it would never, ever happen- but Ryan has started an Instagram account to highlight his woodworking business.  I'm a bit of a social media troglodyte (you should see Liz trying to explain it all to me!), but our friend at Manskirt Brewing, who hired me to build new table tops for the tasting room, convinced me to make the jump into the modern era.

Crazy things are happening so far this year ;)

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 12/20/2019 3:19pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Brrrr!  It's cold in here...winter rolled in with a vengeance.  Ice storm, 30 mph winds, 11 degrees.  A great time to stay indoors and get to work in Santa's workshop, I have a lot of woodworking projects going right now.

All is well on the farm, we made sure that everyone has shelter and rolled out many bales of fresh straw bedding before the cold set it.  The sheep seem to prefer the cold to the summer, many of them totally ignored the shelters we built!

There is the last Chester a la carte delivery for the year this coming Sunday, 11-noon.  Please note that the next delivery won't be until January 12th (taking a break for the Holiday season), so be sure to stock up for a bit if you need to. Chicken, lamb, and pork are all in stock, though some items are limited quantity, and is on a first come, first served basis.

There are 2 more Saturday morning markets in Monroe (say that 5 times fast!), indoor at Renegade Winery in East Stroudsburg, 9am-Noon.  Plenty of other vendors are there too, so come out for some Holiday goodies!  Liz has worked the Monroe market every Saturday since May 4th!  She is a market machine!!!

I'll be crunching some year end farm production numbers, and will send out those next week, should be interesting, as we have grown quite a bit from last year ;)

 

Be well & Happy Holidays!

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 12/7/2019 2:38pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.


Hi All-

So sorry for the last minute email, it's been quite the week a the farm with the last ice storm and downed trees- our road was closed for 3 days!

We have an a la carte delivery to Chester tomorrow, Sunday the 8th, from 11-noon.

We do have lamb back in stock, including ground and stew meat, just in time for some hearty winter cooking.

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 11/22/2019 5:50pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.


Hi Folks,

Cold, wet, and windy days like today is the perfect time to think back on the heady days of summer, when the grass is 2 feet long, the days are warm, and the sun doesn't set at 4:30!  In the season of Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that the sun will come back soon!!

 

Busy times on the farm, as usual, but Fall and Winter is the time that we can also get some things done that we have been on our personal list for far too long: Ryan has been clearing his woodworking shop, getting ready for a big table top (6 of them!) job he was just commissioned to do, the newly leaking bathtub pushed the bathroom renovation to the top of the list, and we're hoping to finally insulate the attic- the joys of living in a 220 year old stone house...

It's the last weekend for the Stroudsburg market, which runs from 8-Noon on Saturday.  After this weekend, it moves indoors to the Renegade Winery, a few blocks over from the outdoor market. from 9am-Noon, and that market runs until late December.

There is a Chester a la carte delivery this coming Sunday, 11-Noon, so be sure to get your Thanksgiving gooding ordered- sausage for making starters or stuffing, pork belly, bacon for wrapping the turkey in, roasting duck if you think a huge Turkey is silly (you're not alone!). 

 

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 11/8/2019 1:02pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Remember last time I wrote, when I was working outside in a t-shirt?  Not so much anymore!  Sure, I still have a t-shirt on, but I also have 3 or 4 other layers underneath...it's 72 degrees in my mind ;)

Anther busy week on the farm, even though the growing season is finished, as we have put our efforts towards getting everyone ready for winter.  Blowing out water lines so they don't freeze and split, building shelters for animals in their various winter paddocks, setting up hay feeders for the sheep, and prepping the greenhouse for the laying hens, just a few things for us to check off our farm list (which is frighteningly long!).

Sheep breeding is going well, as is getting ready for pig breeding next month- we're substantially increasing both groups to try to keep up with customer demand.

The solar equipment to electrify our new fence in the back fields arrived, and we're very excited to first learn how to put all that together, then to get that system up and running just in time for the winter season to ensure our animals are safe from hungry predators! 

Chest a la carte delivery is this coming Sunday, November 10th, from 11-Noon.  Be sure to plan ahead for Thanksgiving (there is one more delivery before then too, so there's another chance), if you need anything special to share with family and friends- duck (so much better than turkey!), bacon-wrapped anything, sausage for stuffing (sage is perfect).

 

Thanks!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 10/25/2019 5:51pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Happy Summer/Fall!  I was out all day working on the fence (which is 95% finished!) in a t-shirt, hard to believe it's almost Halloween.  But, live it up while you can, who knows how long it will last...

We just picked up the last of the Fall pigs from the butcher, a case of bacon and a case of beautiful smoked pork chops.  Both are nitrate free cured then hickory smoked, and both are delicious ;)

I'll be making an a la carte delivery to Chester this coming Sunday, October 27th, from 11-Noon.  Be sure to get your order in by Saturday afternoon so we have plenty of time to pack your order.

 

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 10/18/2019 3:39pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Folks, 


Well, that was fun ;(  

I realize it's hard to convey sarcasm through email, but hopefully the frownie face did the trick.

It's one thing to unplug from the world for a while willingly, but when you loose power for 24 hours after processing chickens all day in 30 mph winds, that's a different situation all together!  A few refills of gas in the generator later, a few escaped sheep (no electric fence), and a new exhaust fan (fried in the power surge) in the mushroom room later, and we made it through frazzled, but able to tell the tale and have power as of an hour ago.  Huzzah!

We had an amazing Farm Day Potluck last weekend, thanks to everyone who came and made it such a special day.  over 50 people visited- perfect fall weather, great food, farm tours, a hay wagon ride to the back fields.  A few folks even signed their sponsored fence posts from our kickstarter fund raiser.  The farm day keeps getting better each year, so hope you can make it next year.

We do have pork back in stock, so check out the online store for the a la carte orders for South Orange and Madison this coming Sunday.  There's also mushrooms, duck, chicken (whole and parts), and limited lamb and eggs available too. 

Ryan & Liz

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