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Posted 11/30/2018 7:03pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends! We had a nice day with family, (all 38 of us!) and it was great to get away from the farm for a bit too ;) 

Been a very busy few weeks at the farm- 8" of wet snow really threw a kink in our farm plans, but we're catching up.  Our first adventures in pig artificial insementaion was unsuccessful- we misjudged the timing- but we'll try again in a few weeks when she cycles again.  The greenhouse, which we'll use for winter laying hen housing, is nearly finished.  A few more cords of firewood were split.  We've ordered 125 replacement laying hens for December, so hopefully we'll have more eggs in stock later this winter.

It's going to be a busy weekend for us- no rest for the wicked I suppose.  I'll be at the indoor farmer's market in Stroudsburg, PA from 9am-Noon on Saturday.  Then it's over to Chester on Sunday, from 11-Noon for our a la carte orders- be sure to get them in soon, either shop online or email/call them in by Saturday afternoon please.

Both afternoons, I'll be working at my brother's Christmas tree farm in Liberty, NJ- a great little family run cut-your-own tree farm.  A bonfire burning, smores, and hot chocolate: you can't go wrong.

Liz will be at the Hope Christmas Craft Market Saturday & Sunday, working a booth for Free Spir Chocolates, a local bean to bar chocolatier- fair trade, made from raw beans with a focus on quality and flavor.  From white and milk chocolates, to 85% dark, and dozens of flavors in between, there's something for every taste!

Hope you're all well & see you soon!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 11/10/2018 12:17pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Locavores,

If you haven't seen it on our Instagram page, we spent the better part of Friday afternoon unloading the 1,000 pounds of pork we just got back from the butcher!  That doesn't include all the smoked pork that we'll pickup next Friday...another 300 or so pounds.

I knew all those hours (days, more likely) spent playing Tetris would pay off eventually, fitting it all into our freezers was challenge I had been training for ;)

So, as you guessed, we are fully stocked in pork again: thick cut and regular chops, hickory smoked bacon (belly, jowl, and English cuts), fresh pork belly, roasts, smoked pork chops, cutlets, smoked hocks, ribs (spare and baby back), and so on.  These were very large pigs, so the meat is beautifully marbled for tender flavorful meat.

Our next a la carte orders will be delivered next Friday, November 16th to Genesis Farm, then on Sunday, November 18th to Chester, Madison, and South Orange (busy day!).  Please note that this will be our last delivery before Thanksgiving, so be sure to plan ahead- we have plenty of recipe ideas if you want to try something different this year: sausage stuffing, bacon wrapped anything, meatball appetizers, deviled eggs...

The Stroudsburg, PA farmers market has moved indoors for the winter, and continues through the New Year's every Saturday, from 9am-Noon, so you can see us there every week too.

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 11/2/2018 10:55am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

A quick note to remind everyone that there is a Chester a la carte delivery this coming Sunday, between 11-Noon.  Place your orders online for pork, eggs, and chicken, and we'll meet you at the baseball diamond on Collis Lane in Chester NJ.

We also have a new delivery site for a la carte orders: Genesis Farm in Blairstown, NJ has generously offered us to use their farm for a pick up location.  They are a fantastic farm, celebrating their 30th anniversary of growing produce using organic and sustainable practices, a farm and community to aspire to indeed!

These deliveries will be every other Friday, from Noon-1pm, starting today.  I'll update the website to reflect the location and exact dates when we get them confirmed with Genesis.

The Stroudsburg, PA market has moved indoors for the Winter- to the Renegade Winery at 600 Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA.  Note that the market runs from 9am-Noon.

Heads up that we have 8 hogs going to the butcher on Tuesday, so we will be very, very fully stocked with all manner of pork!  Regular and thick cut chops, English bacon, smoked chops, roasts, cutlets, fresh pork belly...I'll send an email when I've update the inventory as we get pork back from the butcher, all 1,300 pounds of it!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 10/24/2018 1:19pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Locavores,

A quick reminder that our monthly a la carte order deliveries to South Orange & Madison are this coming Sunday, October 28th.

We'll be in South Orange from 11am-Noon, and at the Madison location from 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Shop online for our chicken, pork, and duck eggs- sorry, but we're sold out of chicken eggs for the week already (the chickens lay less eggs once the cold and shorter daylight of the Fall sets in).

Please be sure to get your orders in 24 hours before delivery, so we have plenty of time to pack and write invoices.

Email us with any questions, we're happy to help!

Have a great weekend!

 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 10/18/2018 5:30pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Happy Fall!  Funny that it finally feels like the season has changed, half way through October- and the sun has decided to make a guest appearance, I was getting worried that it was on strike as I haven't seen it for quite a while!  We have some 'Fall Goodies' in stock- Hickory smoked bacon, hocks, and hams (large and small).  Perfect for stews or split pea soup! 

I have set up our off-season market on the website, including two new delivery sites in NJ, one in Madison & the other in South Orange.  We deliver to Chester, NJ every other week, and to Madison & South Orange once a month.  I set the dates through the end of December, and will post the rest of the winter dates after the New Year.

  • Follow the "shop online" banner on our website for each category of chicken, pork, lamb, and eggs.  
  • Orders are taken on a first come, first served basis- orders must be in at least 24 hours before delivery date!
  • Pay nothing at check out online- it's easier for us to write an invoice as we pack your order with balance due on pickup.
  • Choose the delivery location and date.
  • Meet us at the location and pick up your order.

We do our best to update the inventory as we get more meat back from the butcher, but if there's something you're looking for that you don't see, let us know and we'll get back to you.

Don't forget that we offer farm pickup as well, with a 5% discount- simply contact us to set up the date and time that is convenient for you.

You can email or call/text in your order as well after checking the inventory online or with us, and we'll enter it into our system for you.

 

If you're interested in a bulk pork purchase, now's the time to put down a deposit and submit any special butcher requests, we are processing 8 pigs first week of November.

Email us with any questions you have, we're happy to help! 

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 10/5/2018 8:57am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

We hope you can make it out to the farm this Saturday, October 6th, for our 2nd annual Fall Farm Potluck!  2pm-6pm, we'll have farm tours, beer from Manskirt Brewery, and fresh apple cider from Best's Fruit Farm, and potluck goodies from everyone.

Potluck- bring something if you can (it's not mandatory at all!), either food or beverages, enough to share with 4-5 people will be plenty.

A few other notes:

  • Boots!  it's been an obscenely wet year, and the farm is quite muddy, so if you plan on going on a farm tour, boots are a must- or a change of dry socks and shoes...
  • No dogs- we love them to pieces, but please leave your pooches at home for this event.
  • If you feel like playing music, by all means, bring an instrument!  We are playing Pandora this year on the stereo, so if you want to spice it up, we encourage that ;)
  • It's a very laid back event- if you just want to come and hang out/take a nap in a lawn chair, that's fine by us!

 

129 Alphano Rd., Great Meadows NJ 07838.  Ryan's cell is 970.946.6377 if you need extra directions or have questions.

Liz will be at Monroe farmer's market Saturday morning (Chester, NJ market is closed for the season), between 8-Noon as well.

Have a great weekend!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 9/21/2018 6:08pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

It's beginning to feel like Fall- oh boy!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, between the cooler temperatures, earlier nights, leaf colors, there's much to enjoy!

One thing you can enjoy is our annual Fall Farm Potluck- a simple celebration of the farming year, and the people (that's you) who make up the community of local farm supporters.  Save the date for Saturday, October 6th between 2pm-6pm.  We'll have farm tours to see the animals, and mushrooms, and the husbandry that goes with each.  Our sow, Mrs. Hatterton, gave birth to 10 lively piglets, we have 230+ laying hens in their new and improved mobile coop on wheels, 30 sheep, a dozen other pigs of various sizes, 4 types of mushrooms growing.  There's lots to see!  Bring a dish or beverage to share if you can, we'll get some beer and local apple cider, and we're working on getting some live music again- if you're interested in playing, let us know!

Farmers markets are still happening this weekend- Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday between 8-Noon, and then over to Chester, NJ on Sunday, 10am-3pm.  

The last day of the Chester market is on September 30th, and we will be setting the dates soon for our winter deliveries to happen every other week, so you can continue to get our various products after the farmer's market closes.  More on that later...simply put, we deliver orders that you place with us to Chester every other week for you to meet us and pick up.

See you soon!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 8/31/2018 8:37pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

So much for Summer!  I don't think it's just me when I say that this past Summer really flew by, right?  

The farm life keeps going, no matter what the season, though it does change a bit.  The fall is time to plan sheep breeding, start stacking hay bales, prep and seed fields that need pasture improvement, more mushroom harvests and so on...

We have a busy weekend of markets, in preparation for the upcoming Holiday weekend- Liz will be in Washington, NJ from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Ryan will cover Stroudsburg, PA from 8am-Noon on Saturday as well. Chester, NJ is Sunday from 10am-3pm- you'll have to wait and see which one of us (or both) you'll get there ;)

We'll be bringing extra sausage for your grilling needs, 7 flavors to choose from- Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, Chorizo, Garlic, Sage, Bratwurst, and Maple.

Have a great Holiday!

Ryan & Liz

 

We're still taking signups for the Fall CSA season- learn more about it here.

 

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Posted 8/31/2018 8:34pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

So much for Summer!  I don't think it's just me when I say that this past Summer really flew by, right?  

The farm life keeps going, no matter what the season, though it does change a bit.  The fall is time to plan sheep breeding, start stacking hay bales, prep and seed fields that need pasture improvement, more mushroom harvests and so on...

We have a busy weekend of markets, in preparation for the upcoming Holiday weekend- Liz will be in Washington, NJ from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Ryan will cover Stroudsburg, PA from 8am-Noon on Saturday as well. Chester, NJ is Sunday from 10am-3pm- you'll have to wait and see which one of us (or both) you'll get there ;)

We'll be bringing extra sausage for your grilling needs, 7 flavors to choose from- Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, Chorizo, Garlic, Sage, Bratwurst, and Maple.

Have a great Holiday!

Ryan & Liz

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Posted 8/8/2018 1:16pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Now that the flood waters have receded a bit (4" of rain overnight!), I can take the time to let everyone know that Fall Traditional CSA signups have begun for the September-December season.

You're probably familiar with how a vegetable CSA works- pay a farmer at the beginning of the season for a weekly box of groceries.  Our meat & egg CSA is the same, just that we do a once a month delivery to a site of your choosing.

 

CSA is great for you:

  • Many folks just want to experience truly fresh food and have an appetite for a variety not available at the supermarket
  • To some families it’s about interacting with nature, visiting the farm and experiencing life on the farm and helping children learn how their food is grown 
  • For some it’s about reducing the amount of food miles your food travels, and the amount of fossil fuels that is used to transport your food, (your average vegetable travels over 1500 miles before it’s consumed).
  • Transparency: you get to meet the farmers producing your food. You can ask questions about how it's produced, or visit the farm to see for yourself.
  • Many of our families enjoy the community environment where like-minded people share recipes, ideas and experiences.

 

CSA is great for the farmer:

  • Farm finances are tight by nature, so having some cash flow from CSA members in the season is vital to many farmers.  Raising animals on pasture takes time and is an big investment before you get a single cut of meat back from the butcher- an average pig eats 600 pounds of grain before going to freezer camp!
  • It helps reduce waste as we know in advance how much to produce, keeping our costs down, which we pass on to you in savings.

Read more about of share options and sizes here, as well as our monthly delivery sites.  As always, 5% for farm pickups with no set date, for your added convenience.

We also offer a farm credit account, for more shopping options and delivery choice. 

Email or call us with any questions you might have, we're here to help!

Ryan & Liz

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