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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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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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