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Posted 11/12/2017 3:58pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!
Last night a group of great young men and their dads along with me and my sons (Troops of St. George) camped out in our top field for our winter camp out.  We had a blast and originally planned to camp the whole weekend but the record cold temps on Friday night caused us to cancel as we are not all equipped to handle the super cold temps.  We camped last night instead which was only a few degrees "warmer" than Friday but better because no winds!

BROKEN RECORD

Friday night's bitter record cold and sooner than expected arrival crushed lots of our crops in the field and high tunnels.  Our rainbow chard, which was beautiful and juuuust about ready to harvest, got whacked as did all turnips and cauliflower in the field.  We lost about 1000 heads of perfect head lettuce that was protected under row cover but no amount of cover would have protected the plants from THAT kind of cold.  Spinach looks great, and we harvested broccoli until dark on Friday to get as much as we could out of the field before the coldest night.  I hope I don't sound like a broken record for griping about mini-but-significant farm disasters but we try to share the joys and struggles of farming and being completely depending on the weather!

CSA 2018

We will soon be accepting deposits or full payments for our 2018 CSA season.  This will be our 11th year in business as a CSA farm and we are grateful for all of your support.  Stay tuned for more news soon.  

NO CITRUS  

Hurricane Irma devastated a large percentage of Florida's citrus crop this season, including the fruit grown by Thorpe's Organic Family Farm.  The Thorpes  have provided us and our customers with fantastic organic citrus consistently during the dark months of the year up north for the past several years.  The little fruit that was spared is understandably going to their community in NY.  So we will have to wait another year for some of the best citrus around! 

Stay tuned for more farm news.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/1/2017 1:09pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

All Cleaned UpLast week the last of our summer crops were mowed (peppers/basil), plastic mulch and drip tape was pulled, the beds were disked and cereal rye cover crop was broadcast into the waiting ground.  A lush carpet of green oats covers the ground where we finished growing on earlier in the season.  The high tunnels are completely full with newly planted winter crops and all of our pastured chickens and woodlot raised pork are in the freezers of our customers.  One of the last chores is planting our garlic.  After that I would just about consider our farm all cleaned up and ready for winter rest.  

Fall/Winter Markets

I really enjoy growing winter vegetables in our high tunnels.  On the coldest sunny days of the year temps. can reach 75-80 degrees inside them which means working in jeans and a tee shirt  Not too shabby when I sometimes have to shovel my way INTO the greenhouses wearing several layers, overalls, and snow boots.  Spinach, 3 varieties of kale, rainbow chard and more are filling our tunnels currently.  We will schedule several winter markets throughout the cold season offering these tasty greens and more. Stay tuned for our first Winter Market in a few weeks.  Find our winter produce on the menus/shelves of the following establishments:

*Healthy Habits Natural Market, Orwigsburg

*Woo de La Kitchen, Hershey 

*Troegs Brewing Company, Hershey

Fall CSA

Our fall 2017 season is just about filled to capacity so if you are interested, please check out the details on our website under the CSA/Ordering tab and get in touch right away as we have a few more shares remaining.  Things you'll see in your 6 week share are: brussels sprouts, red/green cabbages, kale, swiss chard, broccoli, carrots, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, spinach, onions, head lettuce, and more.  Pick up locations are Healthy Habits Natural Market on Fridays after 10 a.m. and Woo de La Kitchen in Hershey on Wednesdays after 10 a.m.  Local folks will pick up here at the farm on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.  The first week of the Fall CSA will be the week of November 6th.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 9/30/2017 10:58am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks!

PASTURED CHICKEN: LAST CALL!

We are currently raising our last batch of pastured broiler chickens and are taking orders for the highest quality organically fed and pastured chicken you can buy!  These birds are moved on fresh pasture, eat transitional/organic feed, and receive the greatest care and attention on our farm.  They are looking great!  This is a great opportunity to fill the freezer for winter.  We are also offering whole birds parted out and vacuum sealed for an additional fee.  Thank you to all who already ordered!  See bulk discount pricing and small order pricing details below:

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 9/18/2017 5:55am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!
Although August never showed up and seemed more like September, we are finally entering a new season.  New season means a change in what we grow.  Tomatoes are practically gone, eggplant will be mowed down soon and summer squash is giving it's last push.  Butternut squash, turnips, kale and other fall crops are just beginning to mature.  Perfect time to open ordering for our fall CSA shares.  Here are the details:

When? 6 weeks beginning the week of November 6th until the week of December 11th.

Where? farm pick up on Saturdays 9-12; Healthy Habits Natural Market (O-burg) Fridays 10-close; and Woo del La Kitchen (Hershey) Wednesdays 10-2.

Who? anyone interested in fantastic, fresh, organically grown fall veggies like: broccoli, cabbage, chard, kale, beets, carrots, onions, head lettuce, spinach, Asian greens, potatoes, winter squash and more!

How Much Does It Cost? farm pick up shares are $150 again and delivery shares (O-burg/Hershey) are $180.

How Much Do I Get? all shares are the same size, 6 "items" per share per week.  An item is NOT a beet, it's a bunch of beets; NOT an onion but 3 or 4 onions...

All delivery shares will receive a "farm choice" box which means we put a good variety of what's being harvested each week in each box.  You will NEVER get a box of just kale or radishes!  Folks picking up at the farm select from our market tables!

Shares can be purchased online on our website under the CSA/Ordering tab or by sending a check to: Little Peace Farm; 257 Moon Hill Rd. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

Please respond right away if you would like to sign up as we have a limited amount of fall shares that usually sell out quickly.

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/14/2017 9:14am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

It's not too late to reserve your seat for Little Peace Farm's 5th annual fundraiser, The Farmer's Table Dinner, Saturday, August 26th at 6:00 here at the farm!

   

Our Chefs Kate, Jordan and Matt were here again putting the final touches on an incredible menu all made of food grown on our farm!


From our own pork, chicken, lamb, berries, peaches, apples, veggies and herbs to cheese, ice cream and butter made from our family cow's milk, this is a truly unique event that we love to host.


For those who love independent, locally brewed craft beer Troegs will be poured and will offer pairing suggestions for each course.

There will also be a silent auction during the dinner from which all proceeds will be donated to Servants To All, a mission to end homelessness in Schuylkill County.

So please join us and support two great causes: Little Peace Farm and
Servants To All.

Reservations can be purchased online by going to our website under the CSA/Ordering tab and clicking on "Farmer's Table Dinner 2017". Please e-mail or call us if you would like to make other payment arrangements.
We hope to see you at the table!

Gratefully Growing!
The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/5/2017 7:01am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,


Reserve your seat for Little Peace Farm's 5th annual fundraiser, The Farmer's Table Dinner, Saturday, August 26th at 6:00 here at the farm.  This is a rare opportunity to share an incredible, several course meal prepared by 3 very talented chefs and their staff all made of food grown on our farm!  

From our own pork, chicken, lamb, berries, tree fruit, veggies and herbs to cheese, ice cream and butter made from our family cow's milk, this is a truly unique event that we love to host.  

This year, Chef Jordan Albert, from Woo de La Kitchen, will lead the way and share the kitchen with Chef Matt Lett and Lead Baker Kate Hersl both of Troegs Brewing Co.  For those who love independent, locally brewed craft beer Troegs will be poured and will offer pairing suggestions for each course.  

There will also be a silent auction during the dinner from which all proceeds will be donated to Servants To All, a mission to end homelessness in Schuylkill County.

So please join us and support two great causes: Little Peace Farm and 

Servants To All.

Reservations can be purchased online by going to our website under the CSA/Ordering tab and clicking on "Farmer's Table Dinner 2017".  Please e-mail or call us if you would like to make other payment arrangements.

We hope to see you at the table!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 6/10/2017 9:19am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good folks!

After a dark and damp few weeks, it looks like we'll finally get some serious heat and sun.  Just enough to break the dormancy of our peppers, sweet potatoes, and field tomatoes.  The soil has been very cool so if your plants look wimpy and pale, don't worry, they'll bounce back!

PASTURED CHICKEN

Our first round of pastured/organically fed chickens are a week away from processing.  This is our 8th or 9th year raising birds on grass and we are convinced these are the best tasting, highest quality chickens a family can eat!  We have hired a professional local mobile processor to butcher and are still taking pre-orders for whole and parted birds.  The cost is $4/lb., $3.75/lb. if you order more than 10 birds.  We are also offering for the first time a whole bird parted out.  That means you will get the carcass (excellent for soup!), breasts, thighs, and wings bagged separately.  The cost for this service is approximately $2.50/bird and is exactly what the processor charges...no mark up, just what he charges us.  So to order, please e-mail us right away with what you'd like.  Pick up is on Monday, June 19th from 4-6.    

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/19/2017 7:42pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!
Love is in the air...in our home, hopefully in yours, and between newly-weds Bren and Sydnee in Virginia and Dan and Faith in Hershey (tomorrow!).  We are grateful for the witness you have all given to your love and faith.  May your love grow with the years!  Ok, enough with squishy stuff and on to the practical...

IN THE FIELDS

I have been busy mowing down rye cover crop and incorporating (plowing) it into the soil.  Some fields I will re-seed with a second cover crop and let rest for the season, others I will plant with later season crops. 

Today we planted sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, and our second planting of sweet corn.  Yes, we are growing sweet corn (a variety from High Mowing Seeds called Who Gets Kissed? and one called Luscious).  For the first week of CSA you can expect to see: head lettuce, radish, kale, arugula, cucumbers, peas, and more.  The variety will grow as the season rolls along. 

MARKET

Thanks to Ron and Colleen who are making our Wednesday Hershey deliveries to Woo and Troegs and tending our Thursday Hershey Market!  Truly a blessing to have the help and leave me two more days on the farm to get more work done!  Thank you to all Hershey folks who are coming out to support our farm at the market.  Looking forward to feeding you. 

PASTURED CHICKEN

We have been raising pastured/organically fed chicken since 2009 and have our first batch available for pre-order.  They will be ready for pick up the week of June 19th and the cost is $4/lb.  If you have never tasted a truly pasture raised chicken now is your opportunity.  There is NO store-bought comparison.  E-mail us if you would like to reserve your bird or birds today!

CSA

Just a reminder that if you have joined our CSA for the 2017 season, the first week of pick is the week of June 1st.  This means that:

-the first Hershey Market pick up will be June 1st;

-the first Healthy Habits pick up will be Friday, June 2nd;

-the first Saturday Farm pick up will be June 3rd;

-and the first Tuesday Farm pick up will be June 6th.

Stay tuned for more farm news. 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/12/2017 8:25pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

We have so much to post about what's going on at the farm but very little time and night time energy to type up posts.  However, I thought I would pull a late nighter (10:00!!!) and catch you all up.

Sale This Saturday

Stop by the farm this Saturday, April 15th from 9-12 for: our own pastured eggs, local raw cheese, pea shoots, kale, and (possibly) spinach!  We will also have some certified organic seed potato for sale for those who are growing a garden this year as well as some beautiful sweet alyssum flower 6-packs to beautify the home and gardens.

Fields

With all of this beautiful weather I have been able to get a lot of field work done including using a friend's subsoil plow which is a single shank that plunges 18-24" deep to break open compacted soil.  We've got our first planting out which includes: kales (Tuscan/red Russian), kohlrabi, head lettuce, peas, spinach, chard, carrots, field greens, radish, turnip, and beets. 

Livestock

Ruby, our family Jersey milking cow is not so lonely in the barn any more.  This weekend we brought home two Boer goats, a lamb, and seven hogs.  These are all for the children to show at the Schuylkill County Fair in July.  And as we do every year, we are also raising pastured broiler chickens (chicks arrive in the mail in two weeks) and several wood lot grown hogs (look for future post about these!).

CSA

We still have shares available for our CSA this summer so go to our website and check out the details is you are interested in joining up!

So the farm is beginning to really fill up and green up.  Not sure we're entirely ready for it but regardless, THE SEASON IN UPON US! 

  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 3/30/2017 7:15pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Our annual heirloom tomato plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 13th from 9-1...just in time to get mom something nice for the garden! We will have a large variety of heirloom tomato, pepper, flower, cucumber, squash, and herb plants. Stay tuned for more details!

HONOR SYSTEM EGGS available here at the farm.  We currently care for a flock of about 75 hens that give us some excellent quality eggs.  You can stop by any daylight hours (No Sundays Please) and enter our market room and find the eggs in our well marked refrigerator.  There is a money tin you can pay and make change in.  There is also fantastic raw cheese available from Hilltop Meadow Farm.   

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm