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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

 

Ryan & Liz

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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!

Ryan & Liz

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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!

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 8/8/2019 9:26am 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.

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!

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 8/2/2019 12:54pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

As I mentioned in the last email, we have been working on getting a Kickstarter funding campaign going to help expand our farm's fencing.  I just clicked the 'launch' button, and we have 30 days to raise at least $4,000!

You can read about the project in detail on our page on Kickstarter.

The summarized version of what we're trying to accomplish:

  • We are hoping to expand our flock of sheep in the coming years to try to keep up with the demand for our 100% grass-fed lamb.  
  • The toughest challenge with raising grass-fed meat is, you guessed it, having enough high quality grass!
  • To meet this challenge, we aim to fence in as much of the back 25 acre field of the farm that we can afford, at least 2/3rds of it.
  • We would also use the newly fenced pastures for our free range eggs, as well as our meat chickens & ducks, and occasionally pigs.
  • We would renovate ares of poor quality buy sewing new grass and clover seed this Fall, and planting shade trees for our animal's well being.

 

We started using the 25 acre field in the back this past year, and have had great results so far: But, we currently only use portable netting to fence in our sheep in those fields, which literally take hours every day to take down, then set up again each time we need to move the sheep.  Having a strong, permanent fence would give our animals the predator protection they need, as well as allow us to run the farm more efficiently. 

The financial tools of a small local farm are limited- it's very difficult and costly for us to secure a loan for the farm.  Here's where the local community comes in- that's you ;)

Kickstarter is an all or nothing type of fundraiser: if we don't reach our goal of $4,000 in 30 days, we don't receive any money pledged to the campaign.  So help spread the word! Email our link to your friends and family, post it on social media, help us beat the pants off our $4,000 goal.

Any questions or comments, let us know, we're more than happy to talk fencing and pastures!

Thanks so much for your support over the years, and thanks for taking the time to consider our fundraiser.

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Ryan & Liz

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Posted 7/31/2019 4:22pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-


It's been quite a while since we've had duck in our freezers, but fear not, that time is over!  For now, at least ;)

Due to the high demand, we decided to raise a batch of pekin ducks this year, even though they are quite a bit of extra work compared to chickens- both in raising them, and processing them.  But, the effort is well worth the rewards of tender, flavorful meat and delicious crispy skin!

We'll bring a few to our weekend markets, but please pre-order one online if you know you want one for certain (to be sure you don't come up short if we sell out that morning).

 

In other, very exciting news- we are about to launch our Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our planned expansion of permanent fencing for our main fields.  It's much harder to be a pastured based farmer without good fences!  

We've submitted our proposal to them, and Kickstarter is reviewing it as we speak (type).  It's been a long time in the making, but hopefully we'll launch this weekend- then we only have a month to reach our goal.  I'll send another email when we officially launch, so keep your eyes out & thanks!

 

 

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 7/24/2019 7:02pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

We can breath a sigh of relief now that that heat wave has jogged on!  Working outside in 95 degree heat makes me long for the days of working inside in the AC.  The animals faired well- we made sure everyone had access to full shade, plenty of water, and we hosed the pigs down a few times a day to keep them cool and happy.  The farmers did OK too- get the work done early and late in the day, a quick (or very long...) siesta, catch up on inside work on the house.

Our egg production did drop quite a bit- can you blame them?- but the girls are on the rebound now that things cooled down to reasonable temperatures.

We have our monthly order drop offs to South Orange (11-Noon) and Madison (12:30-1:30) this coming Sunday, July 28th.  We do still have all cuts of lamb in stock, as well as a wider variety of mushrooms available, so be sure to check out the online store's inventory.

Our weekly markets at Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday, and Chester, NJ on Sunday are going strong & we had great turnouts despite the heat wave last week- thanks to all those who braved the heat to support local agriculture!!!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 7/5/2019 8:11pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.


Hi All-


Just a quick email update before I go stand in the walk in refrigerator with a beer to cool off for a bit- its been brutal this week!

We just picked up a batch of lamb from the butcher, including a round of custom recipe garlic and rosemary sausage- made with organically grown garlic and rosemary from our friends at Genesis Farm in Blairstown!  

100% grass fed, no grain ever, for a clean non-greasy taste, super tender and flavorful.  We have all the usual cuts- loin and rib chops, leg roasts, stew meat, plain ground- and some hard to find cuts- full racks of lamb spare ribs, and shoulder roasts.

The mushrooms are growing like mad- the shiitakes love the heat, and have produced a beautiful crop this week.  We also have lots of lions mane, and a new variety of pink oyster mushroom this week.

Finish out the holiday weekend strong with a trip to your local farmer's market!

We'll be at Stroudsburg market this Saturday, 8am-Noon, then over to Chester, NJ this Sunday from 10am-2pm.

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 6/19/2019 6:56pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

It's a strange feeling to be hauling and stacking firewood for winter (it's coming) when it's 80 degrees and 100% humidity, but it must be done when you heat your home with wood!  10 cords of wood to be exact, no gym membership needed here ;)  Perhaps a chiropractor...

We'll be making deliveries to Genesis Farm this coming Friday, June 21st, then to South Orange and Madison this coming Sunday, June 23rd.  Be sure to check out the chicken inventory, as we have started doing cut up chickens again for packages of wings, legs, breasts, and stock bones & feet.

We are working on the final details of our fundraiser for fencing in the back fields as we are expanding our farming operations to try to meet the high demand for 100% grass fed lamb.  We'll be reaching out to the local community of small farm supporters (that's you!), so start thinking of anyone who might be interested in what we're doing and help spread the word.  More to follow in the coming days!

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 6/15/2019 8:19pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-


Just a late night (for farmers), quick
note to let everyone know that the Chester Farmer's market is opening tomorrow, Sunday June 16th, 10Am-2PM. We'll be there every Sunday until late September, along with 10 or so other vendors.

It's a great, off street location, at Gazebo park in Chester- a nice grassy park, so come and spend some quality time there with Dad.  Dad's love that kind of stuff- take him shopping at the market.  Plenty of parking, new vendors including an empanada truck and an organic vegetable farm out of Flanders, NJ.

We'll be bringing a selection of our forest raised pork and chicken, eggs, and mushrooms.  Lots of mushrooms!

See you tomorrow and happy Father's Day!

 

Ryan & Liz

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