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Posted 9/22/2017 3:34pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

We hope you can make it to our 2nd annual Fall Farm Day!  It's tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 23rd, from 3-6pm.  

It'll be a blast-

  • We'll do a few farm tours so you can see our animals and ask any questions about how we farm the land
  • Environmental activities & education for the kids (and young at heart)
  • Beer from the lovely Manskirt Brewing
  • Fresh pressed apple cider from Best's Fruit Farm
  • Potluck food
  • Or- just hang out and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

Here are a few pointers- if you plan on walking around the farm, sneakers or boots are best, sandals are not recommended.

It is a potluck, so please bring something small to share- it doesn't have to be fancy, very much, or even homemade: just a little something to pitch in.

Please--no dogs.  Though we love them dearly, please leave your pups at home for the afternoon.

If you have an instrument & feel like playing some music, we strongly encourage you!  A few folks are bringing guitars, maybe a banjo or two, so it seems like a farmyard jam session is brewing!

129 Alphano Rd., Great Meadows, NJ 07838 

See you tomorrow!

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Posted 9/7/2017 9:00am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just a quick note to remind everyone that we will be at the Long Valley farm market from 3-7PM today, and that the Chester market on Sunday is cancelled due to the annual craft fair for this coming weekend.

So, if you want to stock up on any of our eggs, pork, chicken (we have cut up chicken available again!), or duck, you're best bet will be to head over to Long Valley this afternoon, Thursday, Sept. 7th, from 3-7pm.


We've also set the day and time for annual Fall farm day- Saturday, Sept. 23rd, from 3-6pm.  This year will be a potluck, so bring something to share, and there are a few folks bringing some instruments, so bring yours if you want to join in a little back yard jam session.  Don't forget the farm tours & beer from Manskirt Brewery in Hackettstown...

Hope to see you there!


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Posted 9/2/2017 5:27pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

The streak of beautiful market days we've had the whole summer had to end some time, right?

The Chester Farmer's market is cancelled for tomorrow, Sunday Sept 3rd, due to the forecast of heavy rains and possible thunderstorms.

Also, we won't be attending the White Twp. market tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 3rd for the same reason.


Sorry for the inconvenience- contact us if there's something you were interested in getting, or had any questions about our CSA (we're still accepting members for the September-December season) or bulk purchasing options. 


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Posted 8/10/2017 3:13pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just wanted to let everyone know our farm market schedule for the rest of the summer-

The main change is that we'll be at Long Valley market every other Thursday, including today, 3pm-7pm.  August 10th, 24th, then September 7th and 21st.

Washington Borough is the same, every Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Chester location has moved a few blocks east to 175 Main Street, to a great grass park location, complete with a gazebo!  It's a perfect location to make a morning or afternoon of it- safe space for the kids to run around, benches to lounge on, plenty of trees to picnic under!  Every Sunday 10am-3pm.

White Township market is every Sunday, from 9am-1pm, at the corner of Rt. 46 and 519.  It's a great new market that you shouldn't miss!


Hope you're summer's going well, and see you soon!


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Posted 7/22/2017 4:11pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder that the Chester farmer's market will be moving to a new location this coming Sunday, tomorrow- Same great vendors, same convenient time, 10a-3pm.

The market is now located at Borough Park, just 2 blocks east of Perry Street, the old location- it's the park with the gazebo, just past the fire station.  It's a beautiful park, a place you'd want to spend some relaxing time, with plenty of grass & room for the kids (and dogs) to run around, great shaded picnic spots, and lots of street parking both on Main (rt. 24), and on Collins Lane.  Especially in the summer heat, it'll be nice to be off the blacktop :)  

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Posted 6/28/2017 9:01pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

In the spirit of celebrating the upcoming holiday and summer, we're offering 10% at our farmer's markets this weekend!  So, fire up the grill this holiday- we have pork chops, ribs, pork kabob cubes, shoulder roasts, and 5 different types of pork sausage.  The sale ends this Sunday, an excludes bulk purchases.

Don't forget that we are now offering cut up chickens for your convenience- bone-in breasts, legs, and wings.  There's a limited supply available.

So come on out to the farmer's markets and support local agriculture and businesses- each market has fresh vegetable vendors, prepared foods, and crafts so it's one stop shopping for all your needs: there's even a local wine vendor at Chester!

Thursday in Long Valley, 3PM-7PM

Saturday in Washington Borough, 9AM-1PM

Sunday in Chester, 10AM-3PM.


Hope to see you this weekend, and have a happy 4th!

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Posted 6/16/2017 7:49pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just a quick note to let everyone know that all 3 of the Farmer's Markets we participate in are open again for the season, with Chester starting this Sunday.

You can find us on:

Thursday: Long Valley Green Market, 3PM-7PM, at 20 Schooleys Mountain Rd, Long Valley NJ

Saturday: Washington Borough, 9AM-1PM, at 44 E. Washington Ave, Washington NJ

Sunday: Chester Borough, 10AM-3PM, at Perry & Main Street, Chester NJ

Because markets have re-opened, we will no longer be selling through the webstore, and we are no longer taking reservations on products (especially eggs).  If you have a special request, or know that you plan on buying more than usual, email or call us in advance, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

CSA members are guaranteed to receive what their order entails, and you can still join at any time throughout the season.

Remember, it's Father's day, and what better way to celebrate Dad than a cookout?!  We now have 5 different types of sausage- Sweet Italian, hot Italian, sage, garlic, and breakfast; we also have plain ground pork.

So, come on out and support local agriculture and crafts, each farm market has a huge variety of vendors- bakers, honey, prepared foods, fruits & vegetables, and cut flowers to name a few!

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Posted 5/18/2017 8:15pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

In honor of Memorial Day, we're offering a 10% discount on all sausages- it is an online order delivery this weekend to Washington on Saturday and Chester on Sunday, so plan ahead for the upcoming holiday and throw a BBQ with your family and friends!  

We have sweet Italian, hot Italian, and garlic (fresh kielbasa) in links ready for the grill.  You can make skewers with our loose breakfast sausage.  Discount given in final invoice upon pickup.

Other grillables include pork spare ribs, pork chops, pork kabob cubes, and we have pork shoulder which makes a great pulled BBQ (either in the slow cooker or on a smoker).  

Pork belly sliders?  Yes please!

A batch of hogs are going to the butcher soon, so if you were thinking of ordering pork in bulk (whole or half hog) to stock your freezer, you can learn more about the details here.

It's also our first CSA drop off this weekend, and it's not too late to sign up for the first half of the summer.

Join the CSA here.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and Memorial Day next weekend! 


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Posted 4/21/2017 4:33pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

This is Tomlyn, the adorable lamb in the photo.  I really hope you get a chance to to come out to the farm this weekend to celebrate Spring & Earth Day with me and meet all the bouncing, rooting, and scratching animals here- and some other humans too ;).

It's between 2-5PM this Saturday the 22nd, the weather should be great, but do dress appropriately if you plan on taking a farm tour- close-toed shoes/boots, long pants.  If you just want to hang out and have a beer (we're getting an English ale from Manskirt Brewry), then no worries!  Please, no dogs for this event.

The information's all here on the website.

We are having our regular morning deliveries to Washington on Saturday, and to Chester on Sunday- so you can still get some local food goodies even if you can't make it to the Farm Day on Saturday.  You can check out our online store here.


Hope to see you Saturday!


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Posted 4/12/2017 6:32pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you know that our first Farmer's Market is starting tomorrow, Thursday April 13th.  We'll be participating in the Long Valley Green Market again this season- it's a really great spot with loads of vendors, including a wide variety of ready to eat foods (pickles, raviolis, fresh mozzarella, empanadas, organic dinners & dips), you'll find what you're looking for.

We'll have most of products- pork, lamb, duck, eggs, and honey.  Sadly, we're sold out of chicken until mid-May.

Located at 20 Schooleys Mountain Road in Long Valley, from 3pm-7pm, it's just a hop skip and a jump from Chester.  There's even a hiking and bike path (don't worry, it's flat), and a local microbrewery!

Hope to see you there!

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