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Posted 4/1/2016 11:08am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.


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Hi All,

We've sorted through our farmer's market paperwork, updated our website, and tweaked some of our CSA options for the upcoming June-August season, and we're ready to launch!  Thanks for your survey feedback- here's a few changes we've made.


  • 5% Returning Member- You'll automatically receive 5% off your membership if you were a CSA member for any part of last year.  
  • 5% Early Bird- Signup before April 10th, and you'll receive 5% off your CSA membership.
  • Get a free chicken- Get a friend or family member to sign up for a CSA share, and we'll give you a free chicken for your efforts to spread the word!

Better share selection- there is a better mix of share sizes to choose: from 8 pounds a month, a good introductory share for a couple, to a 24 pounds a month share- plenty for a larger family with ravenous teenagers!

More drop-off sites- We now have 4 drop off locations to choose from- 2 of which are at bustling farmers markets where you can shop for vegetables, honey, and all your local food needs.

Flexible Farm Pickups- Can't make a scheduled drop off time or location?  No Problem- our farm pick ups are flexible this season.  Since we're on farm most of the time, you can coordinate with us when you'd like to pick up your monthly CSA share.  Contact us to learn more about this.

The June-August season gives you 3 deliveries, once a month, of variety of our pastured meats, to a centralized drop off site of your choosing.  You can also add eggs onto your share to ensure you get them- CSA customers get first priority!

We keep close track of what you receive each month, so you get a fair share of amounts and variety throughout the season.

Read our FAQ's to learn more about how our monthly CSA works.

CSA membership helps both the customer, you get a month's supply of meat with minimal effort & shopping time, and the farmer, paying for your order in advance significantly helps farm finance!

Any questions at all, contact us us and we'll help you out.

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Thanks for your support!

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Posted 3/19/2016 10:08am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the delivery for March's Buyer's Club is tomorrow, Sunday the 20th, at Crewe Hill.  We will be there between noon-2pm.

We will also be bringing a huge load of eggs- some of which are small eggs that our new hens just started laying.  We think these will be perfect for Easter egg dying & painting- a great way to celebrate the coming Spring!  They have been averaging 40 eggs a day, so we have plenty to go around.  We will be selling the small eggs by the dozen at a deeply discounted price, so be sure to stop by and get some for your friends too!

Also know that we gladly accept used egg cartons- reusing them helps keeps our costs down, which we gladly pass onto you.

Have a good weekend!

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Posted 3/12/2016 12:17pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Hopefully you've all been outside enjoying the sudden, and much welcomed, arrival of Spring!  We have been out working on getting ready for the new arrivals on their way- first batch of meat chickens show up next week, turkeys the week after, and the lambs a few weeks after that!  The pastures are greening up nicely, and the pigs are enjoying a little sunbathing.

We added a Buyer's Club delivery for next week, Sunday, March 20th from Noon-2pm at Crewe Hill stables.  Our pastured hens have really ramped up egg laying, so we'll have plenty of eggs for Easter, and there is still some lamb available, in addition to whole chickens, and various pork cuts and sausage.

Put your order in soon because some items are limited quantity (if you click on 'more information' on each item, the number we have in stock is listed), and it's first come, first served!

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Posted 3/2/2016 6:39pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

One of the unsung perks of supporting a local farm is that you can give us direct feedback which we will take to heart as we move forward into the next farm season (which has already begun!).  You are a part of the farm, and we really want to hear about how we are doing.  Try doing that with a factory farm or even a grocery store- I doubt they'll change their practices based on what a few consumers say!

Please take the time, it should only be a few minutes, to let us know how we did last year, and what we can do better for the next year.  After all, there's no farm without satisfied customers...No advice is too small, so please feel free to let us really know what you think.


Thanks for your support (and feedback)!

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Posted 2/26/2016 5:26pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Locivores,

Just a quick reminder that the next Buyer's Club drop off is this coming Sunday, Feb 28th, at Crewe Hill stables just south of Morristown between 12p-2p.

The hens have started laying in anticipation of Spring, so we are chock full of pastured eggs again, which we'll bring Sunday for purchase.

We will also have a delivery in March, the weekend before Easter, and will have some lamb available, which you can order through the Buyer's Club.  Place your order soon as we only have a few leg roasts left!

We are waiting to hear back on our farmer's markets for this year, and will sort out our CSA deliveries and options for the next season- more information to follow. 

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Posted 2/9/2016 10:25am by Ryan Lacz.

I glanced at a calendar the other day, and was amazed that it's a third the way through February already!  What little down time we've had on the farm has quickly come to a close, especially with the recent (and thankfully melted) 2 feet of snow.

The animals were none too impressed with all the snow- think that a chicken's legs are only 6 inches long.  We took a few days getting ready for the storm, which included building a straw bale house for the piglets with a foot of straw bedding for warmth, getting extra feed and water, closing up the chicken coop to block the blizzard winds.

Once the snow hit, it was all about the snow shovel!  Shovel the walkway to the tractor, dig out the tractor, clear the roads to the pastures- shovel out the gates to open them, shovel out the chicken coop etc.  One trick we learned from last winter was to sprinkle some straw onto the snow to encourage the chickens & pigs to walk around, without it, they won't leave their house until the snow melts!

We certainly learned a lot from the storm & winter farming on pasture (very hard to find a water bucket under 2 feet of snow...), and only got the tractor stuck once!  It's a lot of extra work when compared to conventional farming inside buildings, but it's worth it to see the new piglets romping around in the dirt and the chickens scratching around for whatever tasty morsels they can find once the snow melted- and thankfully it did!!!

We're gearing up for the spring, the first batch of chickens will arrive in a few weeks, it's time to start early seedlings indoors, planning the grazing rotations, and getting ready to move the greenhouse.

We are also setting our Spring CSA options and drop off schedule soon too.  If you don't know about the CSA yet, you can read about it here.  The February delivery for the Buyer's club is also coming up soon, on Sunday the 28th.  Place your order soon, as we are selling out quickly!

Hope you're all well!

Posted 12/9/2015 1:21pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Everyone!

Happy Winter- if you can call it's a strange thing to be selling Christmas trees when it's 60 degrees out!  We had 6 inches of snow this time last year, and I'm missing the sledding.  All in due time, I suppose.

Liz and I set up the online market that we've been telling everyone about, and we're ready to go live with it.  We call it the "Winter Buyer's Club," and it's fairly straight forward.  You can read more about how it works on our website here.  

CSA members from this past year get a 5% discount!

Delivery is one of two options: a once a month (dates are described on the website) delivery to Crewe Hill stables, just south of Morristown, or you can arrange to pick up your order from us anytime at our farm in Great Meadows.

One thing of note is that you will only be charged a $20 deposit when you checkout- your shopping cart total will be $0.  Because we sell meat by the pound, and the items varies by weight, we won't know what your total amount due is until we pack your actual order.  We will email you an invoice when we get your order together which you can pay when you pick it up.

As always, if you have any questions about our products, the website, or the buyer's club, shoot us an email and we'll help you out as best we can.

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Posted 11/18/2015 6:12pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Everyone,

     Firstly- Thanks so much for your support over our first year!  Wether you're a customer, you've helped us with the various farm projects we've checked off our list (putting up the greenhouse, taking down a barn, planting garlic, digging fence post holes), set us up with a farmer's market stand, let us experiment with your farmland, or just given us a few words of encouragement, we truly couldn't have done it without you- Thanks!

     With preparations for the Holiday dinner well underway, I just wanted to pass on a fantastic recipe for the stuffing.  I never liked the way stuffing that was cooked inside the turkey turned out- it was mushy, there was never enough, and it seemed to take forever to cook.  Most chefs and food safety folks recommend that you don't fill the bird with stuffing- nothing like a little food poisoning to ring in the Holidays! 

     A great alternative is to bake the stuffing, or dressing, in a separate casserole dish.  This way, you can prep it ahead of time then bake it on the day, or bake it ahead of time and simply rewarm it in the oven.  I've used this recipe for sausage & bread stuffing in the past, and have had great success.  The only difference is to bake the whole thing in a separate dish- don't stuff the bird!  Crunchy bits on the top, moist and chewy inside, it's basically a gravy sponge, so pour it on!  I toss in a few chopped tart apples to help balance the richness of the sausage.  It works well with any of type of pork sausage- country, sweet or hot Italian.

     We have a few turkeys left, available for pick up on the farm, or for delivery at Crewe Hill on Nov. 22nd.  They come frozen, with the giblets inside, and are on average 10-11 pounds, so you can cook two birds if you have a large crowd to feed.  Or, cook one for Christmas or New Year's.  You can reserve a turkey here.

     Heritage birds cook slightly differently than conventional birds- partly due to their smaller size, but also to the composition of the meat (heritage birds have darker, richer meat than conventional).  Here are a couple of links to cooking tips and times:

bon appétit

Bruce Bradley

New York Times


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted 11/7/2015 5:30pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Gang,

We have lamb available again!  Our first round of lamb sold out almost as soon as we got it back from the butcher in October, and folks have been asking about it ever since.  We'll have all cuts available from stewing cubes, ground, and chops, to larger bone-in leg roasts.  The Katahdin hair sheep breed that we raised has a wonderful mild flavor, and, because they are grass fed, are extremely tender and not at all greasy.

The turkeys are going fast, so if you're interested in reserving a holiday turkey (they're great for Christmas or New Year's too!), be sure to do so soon.  You can learn more about them here.

We'll be at Crewe Hill riding center this Sunday, from 10am-1pm.  We plan on going there every Sunday until Nov. 22nd, after that, we'll set up a buyers club via our website for the winter months.  There will be more information to follow, but you'll simply go to our website and be able to pick exactly what you want from our inventory, and we'll deliver it to Crewe Hill once a month for pick up- it's like a farmer's market that you don't have to venture out into the cold of winter to go shopping!

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Posted 10/31/2015 6:20pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Everyone-

Happy Halloween!  Happy daylight savings (is that a thing?)!  It's a great combination of binging on candy, then sleeping in an extra hour. 

Just a quick reminder that we'll be at Crewe Hill tomorrow, Sunday, at our usual 10a-1p time slot.  We have been selling out of eggs recently, but have extra this week so those who have been missing out can get some.

Our heritage turkeys are getting reserved quickly, so don't miss out if you're wanting one for your holidays. 

The Hackettstown farmer's market has closed for the season, but you can always stop by the farm and pickup some locally and responsibly raised meats and pastured eggs.  Just send us an email to coordinate a time to make sure that we are on farm.

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