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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!

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Posted 7/26/2018 1:31pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

In our efforts to bring more bacon (Nitrate-free, of course!) into the universe, we just got back our first batch of "English" bacon.  

"What on Earth is English bacon?" you might ask.  Think of it as a cross between Canadian (cured & smoked pork loin), and American bacon (cured & smoked pork belly).  You get the meaty portion of the loin, and the succulent fatty portion of the belly- it's the best of both bacon worlds!

We also got a small batch done of Guanciale, or jowl bacon- cured & smoked pork cheeks, as we have had numerous requests for this hard to find cut.

We have ham steaks in stock again, and a new cut- small chunks of hams, which are great for a pot of beans or soups.

All of our cured products are made with only 3 ingredients- salt, sugar, and real hickory smoke.  No artificial preservatives, fillers, or flavors here!  We like to be able to pronounce the ingredients in our food...

I'll bring some of each to this week's markets at Stroudsburg on Saturday, 8-Noon, to Chester on Sunday, 10am-3pm, and to High Bridge on Wednesday 3pm-7:30pm.

By the way- We just finished unloading 600 pounds of pork- so we're fully stocked again with items that sell out quickly- Chorizo sausage, baby back & spare ribs, 1.5" thick chops.

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Posted 7/24/2018 6:48pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Gang,

Mother Nature wins this round (as shed does pretty much all rounds...), and we won't be attending High Bridge Market this coming Wednesday July 25th.  The forecast is calling for some pretty hefty storms to roll through the area right around market time, so we are going to sit this one out.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Posted 6/29/2018 10:42am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Each season brings it's fair share of challenges- Winter is the cold & getting around in the ice and snow, Spring is the mud, Fall- well, Fall is pretty great! 

Summer- heat!  The hot weather, especially when there's little breeze, can be hard on the animals and the pastures.  Luckily, where we live, it typically cools off at night, so at least we get a little break.  The animals change their behavior to suit the hot days ahead- the sheep seek shade under trees or in their portable shade canopy, and sleep during the day, doing most of their grazing at night.  Pigs wallow in the mud holes we fill up a few times a day with a hose in the woods.  The chickens take it easy too- hang out in the shade & dig shallows holes in ground to bath in the cool earth.

The weekend markets are happing both this weekend and the next- High Bridge market, will be closed on this Wednesday, July 4th.

We are doing a special appearance at the Washington Market this coming Saturday, June 30th, 10am-2pm!  We hope to make it there once a month, last Saturday of each month.

Swing by Monroe Market on Saturday, 8am-Noon, or to Chester on Sunday, 10am-3pm, and stock up on those grill-ables for the holiday week, no need to fight the lines at the grocery store: what says 'Summer' more than going to the local farmer's market?  Fresh produce, cut flowers, meat, local beer & wine all in one stop!




Have a great 4th everyone!

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Posted 6/22/2018 3:31pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride here at the farm during the last few weeks, unloading & somehow fitting 4 tons of feed into our garage, dealing with extremely hot days, and getting ready for our newest arrival- a 3 year old, pregnant sow- all 500+ pounds of her!

In the middle of that, we managed to squeeze in a trip to the butcher's to pick up our latest round of lamb, including a custom recipe rosemary & garlic sausage.  Available both as loose or a single link, it's made with organic fresh rosemary and garlic, sea salt & black pepper- and our 100% grass fed lamb, of course.  We are also trying a few new cuts: a bone-in shoulder roast that's best cooked slow roasted in the oven or grill, and kabob cubes, cut from the rear leg, which are perfect for grilling on high heat.

We still have all the traditional cuts- loin and rib chops, leg roasts, plain ground & riblets.  These were large lambs, so the chops look especially nice!


We'll be at our usual markets this weekend: Monroe on Saturday, 8am-Noon, Chester on Sunday, 10am-3pm, and High Bridge on Wednesday 3pm-7:30pm.

It is a CSA delivery weekend for Chester, and it's never too late to sign up for the remaining 3 months of the May-August season.  CSA customers get a price break as well as priority on items that sell out quickly (bacon!), and there are dozens of combinations to choose from to suit anyone's locally & responsibly raised meat, eggs, and mushroom needs!.

See you out there this weekend & thanks for your supporting of local farms!

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Posted 6/14/2018 8:06pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

I know I've used the picture before, but it Father's Day (and it's hilarious)!

What more would Dad want to do than go to a local farmer's market, and do some shopping for local meats and produce, fresh baked breads, chocolates, maple syrup & honey, and live music?

Chicken is in stock again, and our log-grown shiitake mushrooms have been a huge hit with customers and at James on Main, a great local restaurant.

All three of our summer farm markets are open and in full swing-

Chester, NJ on Sundays at Gazebo Park, from 10am-3pm.  Spread the word that it's opening day for the market & make it a great day!

High Bridge, NJ on Wednesdays 3pm-7:30pm, right in the heart of downtown. Stop by on your way home from work.

Monroe County Farmer's Market, Stroudsburg, PA, Saturdays 8am-Noon.  A great town with a fantastic farmer's market- everything from craft brewed beer and hard cider to fresh cut flowers (and us!).


We still offer CSA and farm credit options for the summer season, as well as bulk purchases- with a new 1/4 hog option, a great way to stock your freezer with a nice variety of our forest raised pork.

Even if we don't see you this weekend, wishing all the Dad's a great Father's Day!

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Posted 5/31/2018 7:14pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,


Just letting you know that this will 

be our last Chester delivery this coming Sunday, June 3rd.  The regular farmer's market begins in 2 weeks, June 17th, which we will be at every Sunday until early October.

As a thanks for everyone who's supported us over the winter, we're having a 10% sale our shiitake mushrooms.  All this rain means that we're getting great harvests (and enormous mosquitoes!) with rich flavor and texture.

We also have pullet eggs available at $4 a dozen- pullets are young chickens who just started laying eggs, so they are smaller than regular eggs, but still have the great flavor that our large sized pastured eggs are known for.  We've expanded our laying flock to 90 birds this year, to meet the high demand for eggs!

Place your orders online, email, text or call them in and we'll see you this Sunday from 10-Noon.

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Posted 5/24/2018 8:29pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

We plan on doing a special delivery to our Chester drop off site, this coming Sunday, for the Holiday weekend. Shop online, email or call/text your order to us, and we'll see you in Chester May 27th, 10-Noon.  So much to choose from for the grill- 7 different types of sausage, pork chops (1" or 1.5" thick), pork kabob, lamb chops, lamb and pork spare ribs, shiitake mushrooms...


It is the beginning of CSA season as well, so if you're on the fence or have any questions, let us know, we'll be happy to help.  If you're ready to sign up, either for the traditional CSA or the new Farm Credit, click here.


The Monroe farmer's market is in full swing, and this weekend will be a great time to check it out- face painting, balloon animals, and music, plus over 20 vendors! 

Thanks and have a great weekend!

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Posted 5/17/2018 7:19pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

As you probably have experienced earlier this week, the sun was shining, a nice breeze blowing- all was well in the world.  Then the sun disappeared, the wind got angry, and trees blew over like little twigs!  I swear I saw the Wicked With of the West riding her bike!

The farm was hit quite hard, but thankfully, no trees fell on fences, and all the animals were fine, but-3 days later...still no power, lots of trips to the gas station to feed the generator to keep our 6 freezers going, showering at a friend's house (Thanks Ned & Jen), and commandeering computers (Thanks Joe): it's been quite the week!

Storm aside, it is an exciting week because we got our first harvest of Shiitake mushrooms!  We started growing mushrooms on logs, and it takes about a year for them to begin fruiting, but it's worth the wait.  Fantastic flavor and texture, loads of minerals & vitamins, and simple to cook- a little butter and a frying pan, salt and pepper to taste.  Yum.  We should have them each week now that the season is warming up, but they're in limited supply.  

We also have whole chicken in stock- raised on pasture for better nutrition & processed by us on farm to ensure they are handled humanely and with compassion.  We also have chicken breast, legs, wings and stock bones available too.

We'll be at the Farmer's Market in Stroudsburg PA this Saturday, 8AM-Noon, then do order deliveries to Chester on Sunday from 10AM-Noon.

Finally, CSA deliveries start soon (Chester CSA drop is May 27th), and there's still time to signup!  Learn more about the options here.


Thanks everyone, and have a great weekend!

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Posted 5/4/2018 8:27pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

We're going ahead with the Spring Farm Day for this coming Sunday, May 6th, between 2pm-5pm.  It looks like most of the rain is forecast for the morning, so we'll take our chances...

We'll have our market tents set up, so there will be a place to hide if the weather does turn- and there's no pressure to take a tour at all!  If you just want to hang out, have a local brew and chat with other local farm friends, sounds good to me!


Hope to see you Sunday.

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