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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!

Ryan & Liz

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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.

Ryan & Liz

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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...

Ryan & Liz

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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.

 

Ryan & Liz

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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!

Ryan & Liz

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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!

Ryan & Liz

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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!

Ryan & Liz

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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!

Ryan & Liz

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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!

 

Ryan & Liz

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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. 

 

Ryan & Liz

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