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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.


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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!

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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'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).



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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!

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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. 

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Posted 10/11/2019 6:01pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Now that the regular Chester farmer's market has closed for the season, Liz and I switch to a la carte order deliveries for the rest of the year and throughout the winter.  We have our first delivery this coming Sunday, October 13th from 11am-Noon.

  • Simply place an order through our website, or via email/call/text.
  • Pick a drop off date. 
  • Pay nothing at check out online.  We'll pack your order and write an invoice, full balance due at pickup.
  • First come, first served- winter items are sometimes limited, especially eggs.
  • Pickups are every other Sunday from 11am-Noon, in the gravel parking lot on Collis Lane, the same area the farm market was during the summer.
  • Please place orders at least 24 hours before delivery.


Any questions, let us know, we're happy to help!

The Stroudsburg, PA market continues throughout the Fall, all the way until Thanksgiving!

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Posted 9/6/2019 10:14am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Just a quick farm update before we go and stack another load of hay- getting ready for winter already!

There is no Chester farmer's market this coming weekend- a huge craft fair takes over town.  The market will resume the following Sunday, Sept. 15th, and will continue until September 29th.  After that, we will start our every other week deliveries to that spot, through out the winter.  More on that to follow.

Our Kickstarter was a tremendous success, and we ended up getting 120% funded, raising $4,758 from 53 backers.  Thank you so much for your support!!  We've already started working on the fencing and field work- cutting back the brush along future fence lines, spreading 5 acres of pasture seed, ordering 5 miles of fence wire and other supplies.  The posts are getting driven into the ground in 2 weeks, then the building fun really begins!

The annual farm Fall Potluck Fun Day will be Saturday, October 5th- 2pm-6pm.  Save the date- we'll send a separate email with more details.  It's a great day of farm tours, hanging out and having a beer from Manskirt Brewing, fresh pressed cider from Best's Orchard, catching up with everyone in the Four Fields Farm community.  Around 40-50 people came last year, it was such a nice time and great to see everyone!

There's still time to sign up for a Fall CSA membership, running from September-December.  It's a great way to keep getting our meat, eggs, and mushrooms as the weather turns colder and you start craving hearty good food.


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Posted 8/22/2019 6:44pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

We did it- and by "we", I mean all of you!  Our Kickstarter project for fencing the back fields met it's minimum goal of $4,000, with $4,015 raised from 44 backers as of writing this.  THANK YOU!!!!  I rarely use all caps, but I feel this is an appropriate time...

There is still 9 days to go, and any more money pledged to the project will certainly go towards the fence and pasture planting- all done, the whole thing is expected to cost around $8,000, so any more funds raised will be more than appreciated!

This is an a la carte weekend for South Orange and Madison- pork sausage and chicken (especially legs!) are well stocked.

Thanks so much for your support- wether it's at the farmer's markets, CSA memberships, stopping by the farm to say hello- it's been a great year so far thanks to you all!

September-December CSA subscriptions available


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Posted 8/13/2019 1:07pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Hope you're well, and enjoying this fine weather we are having- dare I say that this summer is actually cooperating?  You might think that I've jinxed it, but, sadly, I really don't have that kind of influence on Mother Nature ;)

I do, however, have the power to set our 'Traditional CSA' options and delivery sites for this Fall!  Behold the changes for this September-December's season:

  • Whole Duck a month add-on option now available
  • Madison & South orange deliveries changed to the 3rd Sunday of each month, to avoid the holidays.
  • Madison delivery time is now 12:45pm-1:45pm, to give us a bit more time to get there...
  • We can't offer lamb add-on options this fall- we're expanding our flock & hope to offer it in the future.

There are sizes and options to fit every family or individual's needs- from vegetarians, to the occasional meat eater, to a large family of hardcore carnivores!  We only sell what we raise on our farm: meats, eggs and mushrooms that are raised ethically and with organic practices.  You can read more about the various options and sizes on our website here. 

We offer monthly drop offs in New Jersey: Madison, South Orange, Chester @ Gazebo Park, Let It Grow Farm in Chester, as well as a Farm pick up option (5% discount).  We also deliver to Stroudsburg, PA.   

If you have any questions, let us know, we're always happy to help!


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A very special thanks to the 35 backers who have donated to our Kickstarter campaign to help expand our field fencing- we're 92% funded towards our $4,000 minimum goal with $3,676 pledged as of noon Tuesday.  The $500 match challenge was a great success, and we just received the pledge for that.  We now have sponsors for:

  • 6 shade trees
  • 21 fence posts
  • 5 names for lambs or piglets
  • 2 gates
  • The solar panel
  • The electric fence controller
Still 18 days to go until the Kickstarter wraps up, hopefully we can surpass our goal!

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Posted 8/8/2019 9:39am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

When Agador heard about how much
everyone has donated to our Kickstarter project, his ears certainly perked up!

Only 6 days in, and as of 10AM, we are 58% funded to reach our minimum goal of $4,000 to install more fencing as we expand our farming venture.

We have received donations ranging from $1 to $1,000!  21 Backers so far, it's inspiring to see what a little bit from a lot of people can do.


We have a potential donor who has offered to match the next $500 of donations (can come from multiple people or a single donation) with a $500 donation!  That would push us to $3,400, and soooo close to our goal.


There are still some great rewards left to thank you for your support- sponsor fence posts or gates, then come and sign or decorate them after the fence is completed.  It will be a great reminder of all the community effort and involvement every time we work in the pastures and see all the decorated fence posts!  We'll be the envy of all farmers near and far ;)

Every little bit helps us reach, and hopefully surpass, our $4,000 goal- as we set that goal as a starting point to begin building the fence.  

24 more days to go!


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