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Posted 12/15/2016 10:58am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Hopefully you're indoors & toasty warm- cause it's freakin' cold outside!  With a high of only 24, and 30mph gusts today, we thought it was best if we canceled going out the the Long valley farmer's market today.  Nothing like a little frost bite to start off the Holiday season, right?

As for the online orders this weekend for Washington & Chester, we'll keep a close eye on the weather, which also isn't looking too good for traveling.  We'll make a decision by Friday night, and will let you know then if we are canceling those too. 

You can always place an order online for a farm pickup if you have Holiday food needs, and stop by when the weather is more friendly.  We have plenty of eggs for eggnog, lamb & pork roasts, stew meat, fresh kielbasa, and we just got 500 pounds of pork back from the butcher, so we're fully stocked!  We even have two 9-pound turkeys for your Holiday table. Remember- there's no minimum order or long term commitment that you have make.

The animals are doing well- we only have 7 sheep & 55 laying hens to look after for now.  The sheep have been moved into the woods for the winter, where we've built a few shelters & windbreaks for them, and the chicken coop has been buttoned up for the winter as well.  I'm amazed at the thickness of the ewe's winter coats, they are so well insulated that snow falling on them doesn't melt- they simply shake it off!  Also, with temperatures like this, we have to collect eggs a few times a day to keep them from freezing in the nest boxes.

We are ready for the small barn construction to begin in January, we spent 2 days last week with me on the tractor and Liz working a compactor to spread the 44 tons of gravel for the foundation, just in time before the ground froze solid.  This will be for grain storage & chick brooders, so we don't have to use our front porch anymore!

Overall, now's a good time to work on inside projects!


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Posted 12/1/2016 1:50pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Happy December!  Hopefully everyone has recovered from the Thanksgiving feast, and had a great Holiday.

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we are helping out at my brother's Christmas tree farm, which is just a few miles from our farm in Great Meadows.  It's a great cut-your-own family run operation- and it's chemical free!  It might come as a surprise to you that a typical tree farm uses a LOT of pesticides and herbicides over the 7 years it takes to grow a typical Christmas tree- nothing like decorating a chemical soaked tree for the holidays, right?!  Not so much.

This picture is from last year- there is currently no snow at the farm...There's a great selection of Frasier & Concolor firs, as well as Blue (Colorado) spruce for the traditionalist, trees range from 3-15 feet.  Free hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast at the bonfire!  5 Tree Farm is open Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-5pm, located at 4 Morris Lane, Great Meadows NJ 07838.

Liz and I also bring a few coolers of meat and eggs for purchase too, as well as honey & garlic- one stop holiday shopping!

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Posted 11/3/2016 10:16am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

The Farmer's Market in Long Valley has been extended 3 extra weeks, running up to Thanksgiving.

It's a great local market, other vendors including fresh pasta & ravioli, local vegetables, baked goods, empanadas, pickles, and more.

We will have coolers with all of our meat cuts, eggs, honey, and heirloom garlic.  

The next 3 Thursdays, Nov. 3rd, 10th, & 17th, from 3pm-7pm.

See you there!


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Posted 11/1/2016 5:15pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Just a quick note to clarify what we used to call the "Buyer's Club" as we got a lot of questions about how it works.  Hopefully, the new name "The Web-Store" will help clear up some confusion.

The web-store is:

  • Simply online shopping that we deilver to either Chester or Washington (you choose) once you place your order.
  • We have set delivery dates and times that you also choose for your convenience.
  • There is no membership, long term commitment, or fees.
  • There is no minimum order- if you only want 1 dozen eggs, no problem!
  • It's a simple single purchase, online shopping way to get our products, just like shopping at a farmer's market.

Our Washington (Saturday the 5th) & Chester (Sunday the 6th) deliveries are this coming weekend, from 10am-noon.  So, if you want to purchase some locally raised meat, eggs, honey, and garlic, shop our online store- we're fully stocked with all pork cuts (bacon, ribs, pork chops), lamb, duck, and chicken.

Don't forget about daylight savings ;)

Finally, if you're thinking of getting a turkey from us, we only have a handful left, and we expect to sell out soon.


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Posted 10/19/2016 1:28pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

It's been an exhausting few weeks at the farm, but I'm glad to say that we are fully stocked again!

Pork- We just picked up nearly 500 lbs from the butcher, and somehow fit everything into the freezers.  Roasts, chops, spare ribs, breakfast sausage, pork belly for braising- and 2 news cuts!  We now have pork stew cubes, as well as a fresh (unsmoked) kielbasa, with plenty of garlic and black pepper flavor.

Lamb- Fully stocked in all lamb cuts- 100% pasture reared lamb chops, roasts, cubes and ground meat.

Duck- Pekin ducks, rich flavor, and surprisingly easy to roast in the oven.  We sold out in a week over the summer, so don't miss out on this delicious treat!

Turkeys- We still have a few heritage Turkeys for the Holidays.  Pay a deposit now to reserve your bird before they sell out.

Eggs- The girls are still laying eggs, and they're available on a first come, first served basis.


This weekend is our first Buyer's Club delivery to Washington & Chester, so be sure to get your orders in before Friday!  Shop online and only pay a $20 deposit, after you pickyou delivery site and date: we'll weigh your order and email you an invoice that you pay when you pick up your meat.

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Posted 10/10/2016 5:36pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

It seems that Fall is officially upon us with the first frost on it's way tonight!  The summer Farmer's Markets have come to the end of the season, and most of them are closing.  You'll still be able to buy responsibly, raised local meats from us throughout the coming months. 

Simply go onto our website, to the "Turkey & Buyer's Club" section, place your order there and pick you delivery option.  You'll only pay a $20 deposit online, as we will weigh you order and send you an invoice.  We will have deliveries to both Chester (Sunday) and Washington (Saturday) twice a month, and you can always pick up at the farm at your convenience.

We will be fully stocked next week- lamb, pork, duck, chicken, and eggs

Read more about shopping online here

We are also taking Holiday Turkey reservations on a first come, first served basis.  We raised a very limited number of heritage birds this year, and there's more information on them here.

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Posted 9/23/2016 5:30pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder that our Open Farm Day is tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 24th, between 2-6pm.

We'll be doing tours of the farm, animals, and equipment as well as some refreshment from local establishments: Man Skirt Brewing (English bitter, porter, and Octoberfest beers!) and Best's Fruit Farm (fresh pressed apple cider).

129 Alphano Road, Great Meadows, NJ 07838

See the invite here

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Posted 9/10/2016 4:48pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

You're cordially invited to our first annual Open Farm Day.  While our farm is always open to visitors, we'd like to make a special day of celebration & thanks for a great season and to all our friends, customers, and family who've supported us in getting our new farm established!  Bring the kids, spend an afternoon in the 'country,' we have some really good kite flying spots on the farm if it's windy...


We'll be getting a keg from Manskirt Brewing in Hackettstown, have local apple cider from Best's Fruit farm, and be giving farm tours so you can meet the animals & bees, see how they are raised, ask any questions- or, just hang out and have a beer!


Saturday, September 24th 2-6PM.  129 Alphano Road, Great Meadows NJ 07838

See the invitation here.

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Posted 9/2/2016 4:53pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,
We just got our first lamb back from the butcher, and it looks gorgeous (tastes that way too!).  

Our lamb is 100% grass-fed, meaning they are never given grain (which can lead to a greasy taste).  Not only does this lend to a cleaner taste, but it means that they were raised on pasture, eating what they evolved and nature designed them to eat, grass & pasture, and behaving naturally, they really do frolic, and not stuck in a fed lot for fast, cheap weight gain.

We will bring some of each cut to our farmer's markets on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  We will also bring extra pork chops, sausages and pork cubes for all your Labor Day grilling needs.

You can also add the lamb onto a Fall CSA share- this means the you will get first dibs on the lamb, which is expected to sell out quickly.  Because CSA members pre-pay for 3 months worth of meat, they get priority over Farmer Market sales.  Our first CSA delivery is on September 8th, so don't delay:


Join The CSA Here!

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Posted 8/20/2016 6:01pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just 2 more days until the 5% early bird discount ends for our Fall CSA subscription.  We have tons of new options, as well as 5 different pick-up locations to choose from!

You can read more about how our CSA works here.

As always, if you have any questions, shoot us an email or give us a call (970.946.6377), and we'll be happy to help.


Sign-up for the Fall here


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