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Posted 11/1/2019 11:27am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

That should be our farm name: "Last Minute Farm"!  I am in transition to full time off farm work while also prepping the farm for winter AND harvesting fall produce.  Em is busy running the home and schooling the kids and all adjusting to the new schedule.  Needless to say, we are holding on tight and trying to settle into it.

LAST MINUTE MARKET TOMORROW

Sorry for the last minute-ness of this email but we will have a market tomorrow from 9-11 a.m.  Here's what we'll have:

-broccoli, cabbage, white turnips, radish, sweet potato, potato, cherry and slicing tomatoes (still!!!).  

Let us know if you plan on coming out.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/14/2019 6:16pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

Just wanted to remind our CSA members that this week is the last week for CSA pick up!  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/4/2019 7:54pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

The fantastic fall weather we've been having has finally changed to, well, normal.  We seared on Wednesday with near 90 degree temps but had a great breeze to keep it tolerable.  

FROST

Now tonight they are calling for a frost, at least in our neck of the woods.  A touch of frost will make all of our cabbage, broccoli, and kale have that sweetness only frost can bring!  We are hoping to have broccoli available for the last week of CSA.  The peppers might get zapped tonight but at this point in the season, we're not really worried about them!

CHICKEN DATE CORRECTION!!!

We have plenty of chicken available from our fall batch of pastured/organically fed broiler chickens!  If you have never eaten a pastured chicken, you are in for a treat!  The difference in texture and flavor from conventional/store bought chicken is a game changer!  Our birds are out on grass and enjoying the sun, grass and bugs!  If you are interested in stocking up on the best quality chicken around, respond to this e-mail with your order.  Details are below.

We request a $5 deposit per bird ordered paid at time of ordering and the balance paid at chicken pick up date which will be October 18 after 5 p.m. 

$4.95/lb. if less than 10 birds
$4.75/lb. from 10-19 birds   
$4.50/lb. if 20 or more birds 
***additional optional fees***
$2.25/bird for cut up and vacuum sealed
$1.25/bird if whole bird vacuum sealed

FINISH LINE

We have gotten a lot of inquiries about when the last week of our 2019 CSA season is.  The final shares are picked the week of October 14th.  So if you pick up here at the farm on Tuesdays, get a share dropped in Hershey (Wed)or Orwigsburg (Fri) or pick up here on Saturdays, the final dates are the 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th respectively.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 9/23/2019 8:01am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

What a fantastic change in season!  This summer was HOT and over the years I have become less and less fond of frying out in the fields.  Some of you have seen me in family/social situations hiding in the shade of a tree while everyone else is enjoying the sun.  It's not me being anti-social, it's me looking for some relief!  These past couple of weeks, however, have been a beautiful gift of cooler nights and mornings, sunny and breezy days and an occasional smattering of rain.  And this week looks like another amazing week of cooler but sunny weather.  Ahhhhhhh….

NO FALL CSA 

As always, the farm is evolving and adapting to changing weather, family needs and opportunities.  We have decided not to offer a Fall CSA share this season as we really want to focus on winter work off the farm and finishing up the main season CSA strong.  We had two really bad hail storms that knocked some crops out completely and knocked us on our heels and have had a really hard time recovering.  We will, however, schedule pop-up markets here at the farm throughout the fall so stay tuned.

PASTURED CHICKEN AVAILABLE

Our fall batch of pastured/organically fed broiler chickens are out on grass and enjoying the sun, grass and bugs!  We have birds available.  If you are interested in stocking up on the best quality chicken around, respond to this e-mail with your order.  Details are below.

We request a $5 deposit per bird ordered paid at time of ordering and the balance paid at chicken pick up date which will be October 14 after 5 p.m. 

$4.95/lb. if less than 10 birds
$4.75/lb. from 10-19 birds   
$4.50/lb. if 20 or more birds 
***additional optional fees***
$2.25/bird for cut up and vacuum sealed
$1.25/bird if whole bird vacuum sealed

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/20/2019 8:36am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
After our hail storm that really whacked us a few weeks ago we got these sky-nuggets this Sunday evening.  Luckily the damage was minimal on the plants.  We did have a huge amount of rain too.  Hope you all fared well. 

FARMER'S TABLE SEATS...LAST CALL

We are just about at capacity for our annual Farmer's Table Dinner scheduled for this Saturday, August 24 from 6-?.  The chefs really want an accurate head count so if you were planning on joining us we are closing ordering window tonight.  Tickets can be ordered online on our website until tonight under the CSA/Ordering tab.  Looks like we will have fine weather again and a fantastic meal created by some very talented chefs.  See you at the table!

PASTURED CHICKEN

We are currently taking orders for our fall round of delicious/thoughtfully raised/organically fed pastured chicken!  The price/quantity breakdown is below.  We request a $5 deposit per bird ordered paid at time of ordering and the balance paid at chicken pick up date which will be the week of October 14. 

$4.95/lb. if less than 10 birds
$4.75/lb. from 10-19 birds   
$4.50/lb. if 20 or more birds 
***additional optional fees***
$2/bird for cut up and vacuum sealed
$1/bird if whole bird vacuum sealed
 
BULK PASTE TOMATOES AND BASIL

Every season I intentionally plant way more tomatoes than I need.   The result...bulk tomatoes for our customers!  These tomatoes are perfect for canning and freezing.  They may have some dings but will be in great shape for processing for winter consumption!  Here's the deal:

-25 lb. box of mixed color paste tomatoes (red, pink, purple, orange, yellow); $37.50/case ($1.50/lb) 

-25 lb. box of San Marzano paste tomatoes; $50/case ($2/lb.)

Our tomatoes wholesale for $2.50/lb.!! Tomatoes will only be sold in 25 lb. increments and will be available on a first come/first served basis so order via e-mail right away!  If you can't use 25 lbs., consider splitting a case with a friend! This is a great deal on chemical free heirloom tomatoes of all kinds! Pick up times are: 

-Tuesday, August 20th from 4-6 (during our regular CSA pick up)

-Saturday, August 24th from 9-12 (same)

These are first-come-first-served!  Happy canning!

Gratefully Growing

Little Peace Farm

 

Posted 8/6/2019 7:02am by Michael Scheidel.
Sorry, I forgot to include the price breakdown for the chicken:
 
$4.95/lb. if bagged whole and less than 10 birds
$4.75/lb. if bagged from 10-19 birds   
$4.50/lb. if 20 or more birds 
***additional optional fees***
$2/bird for cut up and vacuum sealed
$1/bird if whole bird vacuum sealed

I don't have an exact pick up date but it will likely be the second week in October.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/5/2019 6:10pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

The Schuylkill County Fair is over and we are so proud of our kids and all those 4H kids in our community who work so hard raising their livestock.  Jude, our 12 year old son, won grand champion market goat too! 

PORK
We have several hogs being raised in the woods and pasture and are looking for buyers to fill their freezers for the winter with excellent quality/thoughtfully raised/organically fed pork.  They will be ready in late September or early October.  Please respond to this message for details if you are interested.   

PASTURED CHICKEN 

We are taking deposits for our fall batch of pastured chicken.  'These birds are raised on organic/transitional organic feed from Panorama Organics mill in Oley as well as all the bugs and grass they can handle!  After 2-3 weeks in the brooder, we move them to pasture where they are moved on fresh grass every day.  Deposits are $5/bird ordered.  Below is the price breakdown.  Please respond to this message to reserve your chicken and like the pork, this is first come first served so order soon!  

FARMER'S TABLE DINNER 2019

Chef Jordan came out today and hammered out the menu for our annual fundraiser, The Farmer's Table Dinner.  Wow is this man creative!  He and chefs Matt and Kate from Troegs Brewing Co. collaborate to create an amazing menu using all ingredients from our farm including lamb, pork and chicken, fruit, veggies (of course) and more.  Vegetarian options are available as well.  Come for a seat at the table at 6 p.m. on August 24th for a very rare and special meal that benefits the farm Servants to All and your bellies!  Seats can be purchased online on our website under the Ordering/CSA tab or by cash/check.  Get in touch so reserve your seats today.  Seating limited!

IN THE FIELDS

We have hit the summer peak of tomatoes!  Our 30-ish varieties of tomatoes are setting a great amount of fruit.  Look for the rainbow cherry mix at our markets here at the farm or in your CSA shares.  Heirloom tomatoes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and are delicious in a salad on their own!  The hail storm we had two weeks ago completely destroyed a planting of about 2000 head of lettuce so we will be without greens for another couple of weeks until our direct seeded salad greens mature.  Our pepper crop took a beating in the storm as well and we've lost at least half of the crop.  However, what survived looks great.  Lunchbox peppers are right around the corner!  

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 7/22/2019 11:48am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Stormy Monday!

Not sure how many adverbs and adjectives I've used over the years to describe the motion or effects of storms on our crops but last night we got...(fill in here)....by a...(fill in here)...thunderstorm that started with a few minutes of large hail (that's what the holes in the leaves are from in pics below!) followed by about 2" of rain and violent winds. It came from all directions as every open window in the house got soaked with puddles of rain. We lost power for 8 hours but are back online now. Not a deal breaker but definitely pushing things back a bit! Large holes in leaves, damaged fruit, blown over sweet corn and other plants. And one of our cows and 5 hogs got out! NOT complaining! Could be worse!

Woodlot Pork

We currently have several woodlot/pasture raised hogs looking for buyers.  Our kids are finally at an age where they can buy their own livestock, raise them, and find buyers and sell them personally.  We are hoping this instills, aside from a bank account, some business savvy and communication skills they might otherwise lack.  If you are interested in some seriously delicious pork that is thoughtfully raised,  please get in touch with us for details.  We sell whole and half hogs that go to a local butcher where the buyer custom orders how he would like the hog processed.  If you are a first timer, we can walk you through the process.  Don't be intimidated, it's easy!

Farmer's Table Dinner Tickets On Sale!

We are in the planning stages of our annual fundraising dinner, The Farmer's Table 2019!  This is a great event to support your farmer AND the homeless in our area.  We partner with some seriously talented chefs who create a several course dinner made almost entirely with food grown on our farm!  All proceeds from the silent auction during the dinner go to Servants To All, a shelter for the homeless and displaced that Emily and I have been board members from the beginning.  Tickets can be bought online using paypal on our website or by emailing us the number of tickets you would like and sending a check to Little Peace Farm. To order online, just hover over the CSA/Ordering tab on our website and click on the tab titled "Farmer's Table Dinner 2019".  

We all sure endured some serious heat the past few days and I'm sure are all looking forward to this recent cooldown!  

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 7/20/2019 4:42pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks,
 
Many of you know Emily and I sit on the board of Servants to All, Schuylkill County's only shelter for the homeless. Servants to All will be holding a fundraising event called “Mix and Mingle – A Community that Cares for the Homeless” which will be hosted by Service Access & Management, Inc. This event will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Pottsville location of Service Access & Management, Inc., 590 Terry Reiley Way, Pottsville. The cost of each ticket will be $20.00, which includes drinks and appetizers, a 50/50 drawing and a chance for donated gift baskets . Tickets are available at Servants to All, 4 South Centre Street, Pottsville, PA. Message us if you would like to purchase a ticket which can be picked up here at the farm before Thursday too.
 
We hope you will consider joining us for this important fundraiser! We look forward to not only sharing information about what Servants to All has accomplished over the years but, more importantly, let’s demonstrate how our community can come together to continue to help those who are less fortunate. All proceeds will directly benefit the clients of Servants to All! Your ticket purchase or monetary donation will immediately assist those in dire need with shelter, food and clothing.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/25/2019 9:17am by Michael Scheidel.

Hello folks!

The season is upon us and some of you have already tasted the deliciousness of spring!  We are seeing some good growth already and are hopeful for a great season. 

FROM THE FIELDS

The high tunnels are full of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and specialty peppers.  Potatoes are ready to be hilled for the first time of the season, all field peppers (hots and sweets) as well as eggplant are in the ground and summer squash/zucchini is in the ground and soaking up the sun. Loads of varieties of greens including head lettuces are growing well as are the broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots and beets.  Herbs are a bit slow so far but we are hoping they jump up soon and our cut flowers are slowly taking root and growing out (sunflowers get planted today!).  Snap peas will likely be ready for first picking next week and our heirloom pole beans are soon going to wrap their tendrils on the netting and begin climbing.      

CSA

If you have already joined or are considering joining our CSA here is the schedule of first pick up dates:

Tuesday Farm: June 4th 4-6

Wednesday Hershey (Woo de La Kitchen): June 5th after 10 a.m.

Friday Orwigsburg (Healthy Habits Natural Market): June 7 after 10 a.m.

Saturday Farm: June 8th 9-12

We do prorate the cost of shares for those who join after the season begins!  Our CSA farm pick ups are also the venue for those who just want to shop and aren't CSA members.  I will be sending out instructions to folks who will order their shares online each week so stay tuned if that's you.  

PASTURED CHICKEN

Our spring round of pastured chickens are out on grass and growing fast!  I changed the source for our chickens this year because I wasn't happy with some characteristics of the previous breed.  What a difference!  These birds are vigorous eaters and foragers and are more active on pasture.  We do have more available so if you are interested in the best tasting/most thoughtfully and purely grown chicken your family can eat, reserve your birds today.  See the post on our website from 4/19 with pricing and ordering details.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm