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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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Posted 5/3/2018 5:01pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Phew!  Welcome to August!  Nothing like 90 degrees to kick the grass growth into high gear...Needless to say, it's been a very busy few weeks on the farm.

Farm Day:  

And you can see it all- on Sunday!  We're planning our Spring Farm Day for this coming Sunday, May 6th, between 2-5pm.  We'll have tours, meet and greet the animals & mushroom logs, some local brewery beer and nibbles.

I will say that the forecast says there is a slight chance for rain- hopefully it'll blow over by the afternoon.  If it is looking worse, we'll let you know by Friday night if we're canceling it, but most likely, we will push through and still have the farm day as planned.


Monroe:  It is the opening day for the Monroe County farmer's market in Stroudsburg, PA, this coming Saturday, May 5th, 8AM-Noon.  This market doesn't mess about: live music, visiting Chef's tent, craft vendors, entertainment, free yoga lessons.  We'll be there every Saturday into October.

Washington:  Sadly, we're no longer doing regular deliveries to Washington Twp- we encourage those customers to contact us to purchase from the farm directly or coordinate a drop off of their orders.

Chester:  We will continue to do every-other week deliveries, including this Sunday, May 6th, between 10-Noon, until the regular farmer's market starts in mid-June. Shop online, email or call your order in and we'll meet you at the drop off site this Sunday.

CSA Signups:

There's still time to join our Traditional CSA or our Farm Credit Account, our first drops off start later this May, so don't miss out!  CSA members get first priority when it comes to products that typically sell out (eggs & bacon), as they have prepaid for them at the beginning of the season.  There are many options to choose from this year, including cut up chicken for those quick meals!


Like I said- there's a lot happening at your local farm this Spring  Hope to see you at the Farm Day this Sunday to take a moment to cultivate some local community!

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Posted 4/19/2018 5:25pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

It was brought to my attention that I forgot to update the website checkout dates for this weekend's deliveries- sorry about that!  If you've tried to place an order, but couldn't check out, the glitch should be fixed now, you'll have to place your order again.

I also forgot to mention in my last email that we have ramps for sale- the tasty Spring treat!  Ramps are sort of a cross between leeks and garlic, and they grow in the wild in wooded areas- and we have a lot of woods!  You eat the whole plant, leaves and bulb. They are great sautéed with some butter on their own, or you can cook with them as you would garlic- stir fries, pesto, roasted.  The growing season is short, maybe only 3 weeks long.

Because they grow wild, we'll only pick what people are interested in, so there's no waste.  Email me (Ryan) if you'd like to get some, they're $5 a bunch, or a quarter pound.

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Posted 4/17/2018 2:33pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Happy day- bacon is back!  After unpacking nearly 700 pounds of pork from the butcher, we are, you guessed it, fully stocked again with pork.

We even have a few new additions to choose from:

  • Bratwurst- Fire up the grill and crack a beer, you really can't go wrong with our all pork bratwurst
  • Boneless loin roasts are smaller this time- we asked for 2-3 pound roasts, and the butcher delivered.  A great size for a family dinner, easier to cook than the larger roasts we used to get.
  • Thick-cut chops- we only have a few left of the 1.5" bone-in pork chops. 2 chops per pack.
  • Pork kabob cubes- lean, 1" cubes, great for skewers on the grill or stir fires.
  • Baby-back ribs- Meaty and tender, these ribs won't last long on the plate!

It is a delivery weekend to Washington on Saturday (our second to last one of the year), and to Chester on Sunday, both drop offs are between 10-Noon.  First come, first served on orders, so don't put it online through the our website, or email your order or question in.


Finally- mark your calendars for our Spring Farm Day: Sunday, May 6th, 2-5pm.  We'll be doing tours of the farm, meet and greet with the livestock, and don't forget to throw a stick for Beaker the wondermutt- he's a stick fetching machine!  Of course- there will be beer from Man Skirt Brewery and local apple cider from Best's Fruit Farm.  

Just a mellow afternoon to celebrate the Spring and mingle with some fellow local farm supporters; one of our's farm's goals is to grow community as well as great food!


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Posted 4/5/2018 5:47pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Hoping this finds you well and getting ready for Spring- when ever it decides to come, it'll happen fast!

We recently received our latest batch of  sheep skins from the tannery. We have both wooly sheep (from a friend's farm in Morris Township), and hair sheep, from our farm.  The wooly sheep are all white, while our hair sheep are colored like the brown and white one in the photo.  

They make great throws on a bench or couch, wall hanging, accent rug- super soft, and thick fur!

We have 8 for sale, of various sizes, shapes and colors, and the prices range from $80-$110.  We also have a couple of fleeces good for crafting as they are smaller & a bit wonky shaped.  

Email us if you're interested and we can send more pictures & prices, as well as dimensions.


It is a weekend delivery to Washington on Saturday, and to Chester on Sunday, so place your meat and eggs orders (not warm enough for mushrooms yet...) either online, via email or text/call them in and we'll see you this weekend!


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Posted 3/22/2018 9:27pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

I feel like I've been here before- another snow storm?!?  That Mother Nature has a twisted sense of humor!  

It's been a busy few weeks on the farm, as you can see on our Instagram page- maple syrup boiling, mushrooms log inoculation, baby chicks and duckling, lambs, and...plowing snow ;(

It's another delivery weekend for Washington on Saturday, and Chester on Sunday.  We have leg of lamb roasts and nitrate-free hams if you're celebrating Easter.  

We are sadly sold out of bacon for the next few weeks, but have a round of pigs going to the butcher soon- if you have any special requests for pork cuts, let us know, we're happy to accommodate!


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Posted 3/10/2018 4:51pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Seems that our website was down earlier today, but we're back online now.  

Just wanted to make sure that we didn't miss any orders folks were trying to place for Chester tomorrow, Sunday the 11th.


Thanks & sorry for the inconvenience!

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Posted 3/7/2018 3:29pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Quite a doozy of a week, eh?  Two nor'easters in 5 days, 50 mph winds, downed trees- sandwiched by a few sunny, 45 degree days.  I'm confused!  I suppose that's how March like a lion, out like a lamb.

Speaking of lambs (how's that for a segue?), 
we're keeping a close eye on a few of our expectant mothers: can you see why?  They're huge!  The first due dates are in 10 days, but we're keep an eye out for early signs of labor just in case- nesting & pawing at their straw bedding, restlessness, changes in eating etc.  We've selected breeding ewes for great mothering skills, so we trust that they'll go into their shelter if need be.  They always have access to shelter, but seem to prefer the open air, and are outside 99% of the time, even in this snow.  Amazing animals!

The past few days have been filled with preparations for the upcoming farming season, which really gets underway next week with the arrival of 135 chicks and ducklings!  We've also been cutting trees for mushrooms, building brooders for the chicks, preparing for lambing, tapping maple trees for syrup, applying for new farmer's markets, and cleaning up after the first storm.  March is going to be a crazy month indeed!

With Easter fast approaching, now's the time to plan, as this upcoming weekend is a delivery weekend to Washington on Saturday, and to Chester on Sunday.  We have some great leg of lamb roasts, as well as tasty hickory-smoked hams.  The lamb roasts are typically 3-4 pounds, cook and carve easily, and would serve 4-5 adults.  The hams, which are nitrate-free, range from 3 pounds to 7 pounds, so be sure to specify how big of a ham you'd like when ordering.


We had a great response after we opened our CSA and farm credit season, thanks much for your ongoing support!  If you're on the fence about joining, or are curious to learn more, take the time on this snow day to read about the mutual benefits of supporting a local farm like ours.


Thanks & take care! 

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Posted 2/23/2018 10:46am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Folks!

On February 23rd, we are joining with CSA farmers from across the country to celebrate CSA Day. This is an important time of year for us to get new members signed up because we are in the process of making the investments that will result in a successful harvest many months from now.

According to Small Farm Central, this is the most popular day of the year to sign up for a CSA share and now is when we need your support!

The CSA model is an important model to support our farm. Laura, who runs First Root Farm in Concord, Mass. put it eloquently: "The CSA model was what allowed me to start my own farm business at age 23. Without the sale of CSA shares, I would not have been able to buy seeds, potting soil, fertilizer, or anything else. Six years later, my business is still going strong. Access to capital in the off-season; the meaningful connections between farmers and CSA members; the sense of ownership and pride members feel about their CSA farms--all these things add up to healthy farms, businesses, and communities. The CSA model is good for everybody,"

So thank you for your support on this and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you!  You can read more about the benefits of joining our CSA here.

If you are already signed up or just want to help us spread the word, please post about CSA Day on social media:
Four Fields Farm is celebrating National CSA Sign-up Day on Feb 23rd. Join me in supporting a local farmer: #CSAday

New options for this year's first season (May-August)-

  • Farm credit option: More flexibility- Pay in advance, and as you shop either online or at our seasonal farmer's markets, we deduct your orders in our ledger.    Choose what you want, with no set pickup dates!  Plus, we give you bonus credit when you join.

New for the Traditional CSA-

  • Cut-up chicken share: receive only quick & easy to cook chicken parts
  • Sausage add-on: receive extra packs of sausage each month
  • Whole chicken add-on: get an extra chicken each month
  • Cut-up chicken add-on: get extra quick & easy to cook chicken parts
  • Various payment options: we'll work with your budget to set a payment schedule

Returning CSA members get an automatic 5% discount when you join again for the May-August traditional CSA season.

Sign-up Today!

-Sincerely your farmers,

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