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Posted 10/19/2015 5:17pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Everyone- I hope that you've been bundled up well these past few days!  It was 23 degrees this morning at the farm, we were none too impressed...the good thing is that the farm is winding down for the season, so our morning chore time is quite short.

One of the critters that are still on the pastures, are our heritage turkeys.  We chose heritage turkey breeds, Bourbon Reds & Midget Whites, because they are healthier, more active (better grazers), and tastier than their modern conventional counterparts.

You can read more about our birds, as well as make a deposit to reserve your holiday turkey, on our website here:

Reserve your turkey 

We had a small batch of birds this year, and based on the amount of interest from our market customers, we expect to sell out quickly, so don't delay.

Thanks for your support, it's been a great year: we couldn't have done it without you!

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Posted 10/3/2015 6:00pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Greetings everyone-

Hope this note finds you drying out from the recent week of 'lovely' weather we've had.  As a farmer, I've grown to appreciate a good rain, but like any normal person, a week straight of it and my appreciate begins to fade!  Our newly seeded pasture is greening up nicely, so I really can't complain all that much...

This is just to confirm that we will be at Crewe Hill stables tomorrow, Sunday, at our usual 10am-1pm time.  We'll be bringing some lamb, in addition to the usual pork, chicken and eggs.  We plan on being there every Sunday well into November.  After that, we'll take a few months off during the winter, but might make a trip once a month if there is enough interest for a quick market- more on that later.  

Now that the weather is cooling off, it's time to dust off the slow cooker and make some hearty comfort food!  Think pork stew, lamb shanks, braised pork belly, pea soup with ham hocks, and tell me you're not getting hungry!  We'll be happy to walk you through some of our favorite recipes, or share some of yours as we're also looking for new ones to share with other customers.

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Posted 9/11/2015 5:07pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Gang-
Just touching base to let everyone know that we will be at both our Hackettstown and Crewe Hill markets this weekend, but we won't be at either the following weekend.  

Hackettstown market is Saturday, from 8:30-1:30 at 302 High Street in Hackettstown.  Crewe Hill is Sunday, between 10-1, at 107 Sand Spring Rd in Morristown.

The following weekend (Sept. 19-20), we will not be at either market: sustainable farming has to be sustainable for the farmers too!  We'll be bringing extra goodies to this weekends market, so you can stock up on some good, local foods.

We will have lamb available starting Sept. 26th!

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Posted 8/29/2015 8:56pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder that we will be at the Crewe Hill riding center for our regular Sunday market, tomorrow, from 10AM til 1PM.

We just picked up two pigs from the butcher, so we are fully stocked with great grilling chops & sausages, and are also bringing our pastured chicken & fresh eggs too.

Hope to see you there.

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Posted 8/22/2015 2:30pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Just a quick reminder that our 10% early bird discount for this Fall's CSA season ends this Sunday, tomorrow night!

Becoming a CSA member is a convenient way for you to receive a month's worth of sustainably raised and local meat (your choice of chicken, pork, and lamb) in one monthly delivery to our drop off location just south of Morristown or at a farm pick up in Great Meadows.  

CSA prices are lower than our regular market prices, so combining that with the 10% early bird discount adds up quickly for you!

Sign Up Here

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Posted 8/14/2015 6:54pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Everyone,

It's wild to think of the fall already, but seeing as it is mid August, it's well on its way!  With that, we have just set up the website for fall memberships.  There is an early bird discount of 10%, valid until Sunday, August 23rd.  The discount will automatically show up on the final checkout page.

Hopefully you've had a chance to sample some of our products from a purchase at one of our markets.  Signing up for a CSA season is a great way to get a variety of what we have to offer at a savings to you, plus the monthly drop off saves you the trip each week to one of our markets.

We are changing our pickup dates to the fourth Sunday of each month, and will only be delivering to Crewe Hill riding center, just south of Morristown.  You can also pick up at our farm in Great Meadows on the 4th Saturday of each month- and you'll receive a 5% discount.

There is one more, and much anticipated, additional option for this fall: Lamb!  You can choose to add lamb onto your chicken, or chicken and pork shares.  We are raising Katahdin hair sheep: they are 100% grass fed and the breed has a reputation for delicious flavor, and lean (not greasy) meat.

Our heritage turkeys are coming along nicely, and will be a special order item, with more information to follow on that in late September.  We expect them to sell out quickly, and will be taking reservations on them starting in October.

If you have any questions about the CSA or anything else, feel free to email us, and we'll be glad to help.


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Posted 8/7/2015 6:40pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi Four Fields Farm Friends-

Just a quick note to let you know that you can now get your heirloom tomato fix!  It's been a slow summer for tomatoes to ripen, but they finally got the memo, and turned their respective ripe colors.  We chose to plant 4 different varieties of heirlooms, all of which have different flavors (different types of delicious) and colors.  


Ranging from pale red, yellow, to purple, we have most of the rainbow covered.  We'll bring them, along with the usual pork and chicken options, basil, & garlic to our markets this weekend:

Crewe Hill: Saturday, Aug. 8th from 10a-1p

Morris Plains: Sunday, Aug 9th from 11a-1p

Our layers have been on a roll, so our fridge is overflowing with eggs- literally.  

Eggs are 25% off this weekend!  

Buy some for your friends, a neighbor, a total stranger- please, before they take us alive!

Hope to see you there!

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Posted 7/18/2015 5:59pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

As things heat up outside, think about firing up the grill instead of sweating over the stove inside.  

We'll be at Crewe Hill tomorrow, from 10AM-1PM, and bringing lots of grillables- pork chops, cubed pork for kabobs, pork ribs, and roasts.  Our whole chickens are also great on the grill since we raise a very rich and flavorful breed of chicken that lends well to the high heat cooking on a grill.  We'll also bring some fresh garlic, which is fantastic roasted whole and spread on some bread.

Keep cool and carry on!

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Posted 7/14/2015 4:48pm by Ryan Lacz.

Remember all that hard work you did last October?  Well, it's about to pay off because it's time to harvest the garlic!

Last October, I planted around 700 cloves of 3 different types of garlic- 2 kinds of hardneck, and 1 type of softneck.  I personally prefer growing hardneck garlic because they typically produce larger, easier to peel cloves, and are usually better when roasted than a the softneck varieties; not to mention the garlic scapes they produce!  The downside to hardnecks is that they only store for 5 or so months, whereas the softneck types can last up to 9 months if stored properly.

How did I know when to harvest?  Timing is important because if you haverst too soon, the bulbs won't be fully grown and won't store or plant well, and if you wait to long, you run the risk of the bulbs flaking off in the soil.

Each type has its indications to look for.  The softnecks are simple- wait until the plant flops over.  Pretty obvious that it's done growing!

The hardnecks are a little more subtle- you have to look at how many of the lower leaves have turned brown and died.  I typically pick when 3-5 of those leaves are shriveled up.  You can always pick a random few and see what you've got.

Once you dig up the plants- be sure to handle them gently- tie them in bunches and hang them in an open & airy spot to cure.  Curing garlic takes 3-4 weeks, and is important to develop the full flavor and it will store longer than uncured.  Once fully cured, brush off the dirt, trim the roots to 1/4" long, and snip the tops off.

Slice off the top 1/4, brush with olive oil, wrap in foil, and roast in the oven or grill until golden brown- spread on bread and dig in!

Posted 7/11/2015 7:41am by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Just a quick reminder that we'll be at Crewe Hill riding center from 10AM to 1PM today, Saturday July 11th.

You don't have to be a member to purchase, so anybody can pick up some of our pork, pastured chicken, eggs and fresh picked veggies.

Hope to see you there!

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