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Posted 1/25/2018 4:01pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Hoping this finds you well at the end of January (really?!)- where does the time go?  

Things are starting to pick up a bit here at the farm, lots of planning for the upcoming season.  We are getting some more piglets Friday, and we have placed a few orders to expand our laying flock of chickens to 90 birds for this summer- we're even going to do a test batch of egg laying ducks this year!  

Preparations for expanding our log-grown mushrooms are starting as well, with some good old fashioned forestry- by cutting down some trees.  Selectively thinning trees which are not valuable for timber improves the health and vigor of the overall forest.  We then use these trees to grow mushrooms on- yum!

Mushrooms will be available starting early May.

It is a delivery weekend for meat and eggs, so place your orders online or call/email/text them in, and we'll deliver to Washington on Saturday 10-Noon, and to Chester on Sunday, 10-Noon.  While we are sold out of whole chicken, we have plenty of chicken breasts, thighs, and wings available- as well as whole duck- cooking a whole duck is simple- just roast it like a chicken!


Thanks for your support!

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Posted 1/11/2018 5:57pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Hope you're enjoying this practically tropical weather we're having, I know we are!  It's funny how warm 45 feels when it's been a high of 15 for the past 2 weeks...

Just a quick reminder that it's been 2 weeks already, so time for another delivery to Washington on Saturday, and to Chester on Sunday- both from 10a-Noon as usual.

We are nearly sold out of whole chicken (we only have 6 left!) until early May, but we do have plenty of parts available- legs, breasts, and wings- as well as chicken backs & necks for making stock and soup.

Shop online, email or call/text in your order.

As always, email us with any questions or special requests, or recipe questions- we're happy to help!


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Posted 12/7/2017 5:27pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Quick reminder that it's that time again- get your orders in for this weekend's deliveries to Washington on Saturday the 9th, or to Chester on Sunday the 10th.  I'll be there in the black RAV 4 from 10a-Noon.

You can shop online through our website, email, or call/text your order in to Ryan- 970.946.6377

This will be the last delivery before Christmas, so be sure to plan ahead!  We do have a few small bone-in hams available, which are delicious- nitrate free, and hickory smoked (3-4 pounds each, and remember that they need to be cooked).  We also have some beautiful ham steaks to jazz up a Holiday brunch!  Don't worry, neither our eggs nor ham are green, Sam I am ;)

We are so thankful to all the support you've given us this year!  Thanks for entrusting us to provide the best quality meats to you and your families.

Raised on pasture, grass fed, no GMO's, no antibiotics or hormones- no shenanigans!


Happy Holidays!

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Posted 11/15/2017 10:34am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

We've had a number of requests for a delivery this weekend- Thanksgiving has crept up on all of us this year!

We'll be doing a drop to Chester this coming SATURDAY (not Sunday), from 10am-Noon, so you'll have plenty of time to get your Holiday preparations done.  While we didn't raise turkey this year, we do have plenty to offer to help make this Thanksgiving a special one- 

Pekin duck for roasting or smoking.

Boneless pork loin roasts- butterfly, stuff with mushrooms, ground pork & kale, roll up and wrap in bacon.  Beats the pants off a turkey any day!

Bacon for wrapping around anything for appetizers.

6 different types of pork sausage- Sweet Italian, hot Italian, sage, garlic, chorizo, and maple breakfast.  Appetizers or stuffing.

Plain ground pork- meat balls, stuffing. 

Eggs- deviled eggs!

Lamb- Why not?  Mix it up a bit with a leg roast.

Stock bones- We have both pork and chicken bones for stock- best gravy ever.

As always, any recipe or cooking questions?  Send them our way, we'd love to help.

Place an order through our website, email or call in your orders.  First come, first served. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted 11/10/2017 5:11pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Huzzah!  We (finally) have bacon back in stock.  As always, no nitrates, no artificial preservatives, no funny stuff.  

This round of bacon is from Berkshire hogs, prized for their dark, richly flavored meat.

Simple ingredients to let the flavorful meat shine through- salt, sugar, hickory smoke.  Thick cut.

Like I mentioned before, pretty much anything wrapped in bacon makes for a crowd pleasing appetizer: sausage, shrimp, dates, scallops, green beans...

Go old school- bacon and eggs (we have those too!).

Place your orders for this weekend's drop offs to Washington and Chester, or stop by the farm to do some shopping.

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Posted 11/8/2017 1:56pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All- Welcome to November!  All of sudden, between the frosty mornings, fast sunsets, and dropping leaves, Fall has decided to show up out of the blue.  Then again, we were a bit spoiled with 65 degree days last week...

We have been busy filling every nook and cranny of our freezers with the 900 pounds of pork we just got back from our butcher!  No small feat indeed.

  • We again have- pork chops, sweet & hot Italian sausages, spare ribs
  • New- pork cutlets: 1/2" thick pork cutlets- so quick and easy to cook, you can't go wrong!  Shake & bake, or pound thin, bread and sauté in a pan, use for pork scallopini or schnitzel.
  • New- Chorizo sausage- Add some spice to your plate, but not too much.  Very flavorful with just the right amount of heat.  Comes as a single dinner-sized link, but you can cut the casing and sauté the meat for tacos or chili.
  • New- Tenderloin- A prime cut, extremely tender and flavorful.  Each tenderloin is approximately 1 pound, 1 tenderloin per pack.
  • Bacon should be ready in time for this weekend's drop offs, but I'll let you know Friday.

It is a drop-off weekend for Washington & Chester, so be sure to get your orders in early, as it's first come, first served.  Shop on our website, text, call or email your questions and orders.  We can help with cooking ideas, tips, and recipes.

It is also the last delivery before Thanksgiving, so plan ahead!  Think appetizers (sausages, bacon-wrapped anything), sides (sausage stuffing), and main courses (roast duck, stuffed pork loin wrapped in bacon).  Bacon-wrapped turkey?  Yes Please!

I'm noticing a theme...

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Posted 10/24/2017 1:45pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

If you're considering buying some of our forest raised, Berkshire pork in bulk, now's the time because we have the Fall batch of hogs going to the butcher this week.

Buying in bulk is a great way to save money, and is the best way to get a wide variety of cuts.  All of our bulk purchase customers have told us they love "going shopping" simply by opening their freezer door.  Depending on what you buy, and how much meat you eat, you won't have to endure bland, factory-raised grocery store pork for a few months or even a whole year!  That's in addition to the time saved in not having to go grocery shopping for meat...We also offer home delivery west of Morristown.

If you're a bit intimidated by a whole or half hog, you don't have to go it alone!  Some of our customers split up their order with family and friends- a great way to save money, and save on freezer space.

We have simplified the ordering process by giving you 2 main choices- 'more roasts & less sausage', or 'smaller cuts & more sausage'- and we can work with you if you have any special cutting requests.  There are 5 different sausage flavors to choose from, and don't forget the nitrate-free, hickory smoked bacon & ham steaks!

In the immortal words of Donna Meagle- "Treat yourself!"

As always, if you have any questions, let us know by email, and we'd be happy to help.


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Posted 10/12/2017 1:28pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Web-shopping drop offs-

  • Saturday will be a drop off for Washington, then every other Saturday after.  Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11.  10am-Noon.
  • We'll be in Chester this coming Sunday for our website shopping drop offs- we will start every other week drops starting this Sunday (Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12).  You can shop directly on the website, or email/call in your order.


Long Valley market- Liz is on her way to the Long Valley market as I type.  She'll be there today, Thursday, from 3-7pm, with lamb, chicken, duck, pork, and eggs.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

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Posted 10/4/2017 4:56pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just because most farmer's markets are finished for the season (Long Valley market on Thursday goes until the end of October, maybe longer depending on the weather...), doesn't mean you can't get out products!

There are a number of ways to purchase our responsibly raised meat and eggs all through out the fall and winter:

  • Place an order online- go to our webstore and shop for the cuts you want, place an order either directly on our website or via email, and choose a drop off location & date.  Drop offs are every other week, between 10-Noon.  Ordering is first come, first served with items that we frequently sell out of (eggs).
  • Stop by the farm- we don't have a proper store, but you're always welcome to come by and shop directly from our storage freezers.  Just give us a call or text to coordinate a date and time.  Automatic 5% discount for farm purchases.
  • Join the CSA. Our current season runs into December, with once a month pickups and 5 drop off locations.  Options are available for any needs, from a single cook to a large family.
  • Bulk purchases- we offer price breaks on whole or half hogs, as well as 10 whole chickens.  It's a great way to save and stock up for the winter. Custom butcher options are available.
  • Home delivery- We now offer home delivery within 25 miles (Morristown).  Minimum order of $125: $10 delivery fee within 15 miles, a $20 delivery fee between 15-25 miles.  Split a purchase with a neighbor or friend to save on delivery fees.


Our first bi-weekly drop off will be in Chester this coming Sunday, October 8th, from 10a-Noon.  Please place your orders by Saturday morning so we have time to pack them.  See you soon!

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Posted 9/30/2017 7:18am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Hope everyone is well and enjoying some actual Fall weather- the last random week of 90+ degrees was a bit of a shock!

Just letting you know that we have lamb back in stock!  Everything from chops, leg roasts, stew cubes to ribs, from our 100% grass fed and pasture reared lambs.  Raising lamb on pasture takes time, but is worth the effort as it has a richer flavor while not having the greasy taste that you get when they are fed grain.

We'll be at both the Chester (10a-3p) and White Twp. (10a-2p) farm markets this coming Sunday- both of which are the last Sunday markets for the season.  Washington borough market is closed for the season due to construction in the parking lot where it's usually held. Long Valley market, on Thursdays (3p-7p), continues through the Fall.


We are still taking CSA subscriptions, which currently run into December, and is a great way to continue getting locally raised meat after markets are closed for the year!

Join the CSA today


Have a great weekend!

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