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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

Posted 3/6/2017 9:16am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks!

Just a reminder that online citrus orders close this Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.  See below for details!

CITRUS

We will be receiving our next shipment of Organic Citrus from the Thorpes on or around March 13th (we'll give exact details when we get closer to shipment date).  Ordering window is open now and will close Wednesday, March 8th at 8:00 a.m.  Ordering instructions are below! Varieties are:

*Red Grapefruits- Certified organic, very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large mixed in each case, very few seeds; cases weigh approximately 30 lbs. and include around 38-42 fruits per case; $50.00/case and $25.00 for a half case.

   

*Valencia Oranges- Deeper orange color than the Hamlins with more zing as well, excellent for peeling, slicing into wedges or juicing especially to mix with red grapefruit; some seeds; full  cases weigh about 40-45 lbs. and total between 80-100 oranges per case; full cases $55.00; half cases $30.

Pick up will be here at the farm.  Please remember that if you order, you are committing to purchasing and picking up the fruit!  This is an excellent opportunity to get fresh, organic citrus for an excellent price. 

DISCOUNT ON 2 CASES OR MORE!

Save $5 per case of either valencias or red grapefruit when you order two or more cases. That means if you buy two cases of valencias you pay $50/case instead of $55.  If you buy two or more cases of red grapefruit you pay $45/case instead of $50.  If you buy a case of each your total will be $95.  Consider getting a couple other families or friends to go in on a couple of cases to take advantage of the discount!  We are really looking forward to the delicious, healthy organic fruit as much as you!  All ordering is online and instructions to order are below.   

Gratefully Growing!

Little Peace Farm  

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS:  *on our website, click on "Citrus Orders" under the CSA/Ordering tab. *there is no need to log in as this is open for any subscirber to our website!  *you will see the varieties of citrus we have available including a photo and description.  Make your selections and proceed to checkout by clicking on VIEW CART. *Click SAVE AND CHECKOUT.  You must choose Little Peace Farm for pick up! *Then click CHOOSE AND CONTINUE.  You will see your complete order including total.  GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND CLICK COMPLETE CHECKOUT.  *You will receive a confirmation e-mail within moments of completing your order.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly! Gratefully Growing! The Scheidels Little Peace Farm

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 2/27/2017 6:45pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

While we have enjoyed lots of time outside on the farm, this warm weather has a lot of folks pretty jittery, especially those dependent on weather to make a living.  I heard the cherry blossoms in our nation's capital are blooming already and the fruit growers in the whole northeast are nervous about trees breaking dormancy and then getting blossoms whacked with a frost or freeze.  Last year the same thing happened and most of the region's cherry crop was lost.  Praying that doesn't happen again! 

CITRUS

We will be receiving our next shipment of Organic Citrus from the Thorpes on or around March 13th (we'll give exact details when we get closer to shipment date).  Ordering window is open now and will close Wednesday, March 8th at 8:00 a.m.  Ordering instructions are below! Varieties are:

*Red Grapefruits-

Certified organic, very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large mixed in each case, very few seeds; cases weigh approximately 30 lbs. and include around 38-42 fruits per case; $50.00/case and $25.00 for a half case.  

 

*Valencia Oranges-

Deeper orange color than the Hamlins with more zing as well, excellent for peeling, slicing into wedges or juicing especially to mix with red grapefruit; some seeds; full  cases weigh about 40-45 lbs. and total between 80-100 oranges per case; full cases $55.00; half cases $30.

Pick up will be here at the farm.  Please remember that if you order, you are committing to purchasing and picking up the fruit!  This is an excellent opportunity to get fresh, organic citrus for an excellent price. 

DISCOUNT ON 2 CASES OR MORE!

Save $5 per case of either valencias or red grapefruit when you order two or more cases. That means if you buy two cases of valencias you pay $50/case instead of $55.  If you buy two or more cases of red grapefruit you pay $45/case instead of $50.  If you buy a case of each your total will be $95.  Consider getting a couple other families or friends to go in on a couple of cases to take advantage of the discount!  We are really looking forward to the delicious, healthy organic fruit as much as you!  All ordering is online and instructions to order are below.   

Honor System Eggs and Cheese

As a reminder, we have plenty of our organically fed free range hen eggs available for $4.50/dozen.  We also have Hilltop Meadow's Raw Cow Milk Cheese!  varieties include cheddar, swiss, garlic dill, pepper jack, and smoked cheddar.  You can stop by the farm any daylight hour Monday through Saturday (No Sundays Please) and enter the market room.  The marked refrigerator will have the eggs and cheese and a tin to make change on-your-honor. 

CSA

We have plenty of shares available for the 2017 growing season.  Visit our website for all the details (under the CSA/Ordering Tab).

Gratefully Growing!

Little Peace Farm  

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: 

*on our website, click on "Citrus Orders" under the CSA/Ordering tab.

*there is no need to log in as this is open for any subscirber to our website! 

*you will see the varieties of citrus we have available including a photo and description.  Make your selections and proceed to checkout by clicking on VIEW CART.

*Click SAVE AND CHECKOUT.  You must choose Little Peace Farm for pick up!

*Then click CHOOSE AND CONTINUE.  You will see your complete order including total.  GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND CLICK COMPLETE CHECKOUT. 

*You will receive a confirmation e-mail within moments of completing your order.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 2/17/2017 6:25am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

Although we are a couple of weeks away from offering our first greens of the season we still have some great reasons to stop by the farm tomorrow between 10 and 4!

Organic Potting Soil

We have been using McEnroe Organic Potting Soil for 10 years to get our seedlings started and more and think it's the best out there.  Check out McEnroe here!

Eggs and Cheese

We have loads of our own brown eggs for sale as well as Hilltop Meadow raw cheese.  Sounds like a good breakfast combo!

 CSA

Of course we couldn't send a message without mentioning joining our CSA for the 2017 growing season.  This is a great way to support your farmer and feed your family the best, most honest food around!  Visit our website for all the details!  See you tomorrow!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 2/7/2017 6:06am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

This balmy weather is really easy to get used to and who knows, maybe we will have to!  It does farms like ours harm in that pest/fungal/bacteria control are not being checked by subfreezing temperatures.  Because we use NO synthetic chemicals on our farm, we already have a great challenge controlling all three. 

Student of the Soil

I just attended PASA's 26th annual Farming For The Future Conference in State College over the weekend and my brain couldn't consume any more information! My conviction for cooperating with natural systems to grow healthy SOIL deepens every year. Most cultivated soils have become so mineral depleted due to poor farming practices that the food grown in it is significantly less nutrient than food grown 50-75 years ago. We are literally malnourishing ourselves in the most abundant land in the world by poor farming and eating choices! Sounds pretty absurd doesn't it!  That is what we are trying to correct on our little patch of earth!  

CSA

We have some great options for feeding your family the healthiest veggies you can find!  Check out our website for all details about joining our CSA!  We are excited to begin working with Penn State Hershey in offering our CSA to their employees this season and we have plenty of shares available for our farm pick-up, drop-off in Hershey at Woo de La Kitchen, and at Healthy Habits Natural Market in Orwigsburg. Support your local farm by joining our CSA family today!

EGGS

We are still offering our organically fed brown eggs for $4/dozen until further notice! Help yourselves (honor system payment) here at the farm during daylight hours (no Sundays) in our market room seed fridge. The comparison between eggs laid by happy hens like ours and conventional store bought eggs is almost like night and day!

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/30/2017 8:02am by Michael Scheidel.

Got eggs? 

We do...lots of them.  That's why we are offering them for $4/dozen (usually $4.50!).  Our hens are fed transitional organic feed and are currently wintering in a warm greenhouse!  We will keep our refrigerator in the market room stocked. On-your-honor tin for paying and making change will be by the fridge and you can pick up any daylight hours Mon-Sat (no Sunday please!).  

 

Why we want deep freeze!

I can't say the thought of warmer climes (perhaps a white sand beach in Panama) isn't distracting but warm winters this far north mean lots of spores/bacteria/fungi/larva will survive in greater numbers thus making the struggle to control them greater.  Being a farm that does not spray conventional/synthetic fungi/insect-cides, this makes our job more difficult.  I can't say I enjoy the deep freezes we commonly see but I know they have a great purpose.  So when we are chipping our way through the cold weather remember that the scales are being balanced naturally!

CSA SHARES AVAILABLE!!

2017 CSA shares are available so check out our website for more information.  All details are under the CSA/Ordering tab.  This way of farming enables us to survive our off season and prepare for the upcoming season.  Please e-mail with any questions!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/15/2017 3:34pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks!

There is a slight air of depression in our household especially from some who are normally rather sunny.  My explanation; vitamin D deficiency!  It's been cold and overcast a lot lately and that works on us whether we realize it or not.  So if you are feeling blue, blame it on the solar system and remember that LIFE is so good!  Warmer days will be here before we know it!

SEEDS

The annual ritual of ordering new seed is underway.  I begin by first bringing all contents of my seed fridge into the kitchen and inventorying every seed I've got.  I have seed broken up into several categories by type like brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), herbs (basils, cilantro, fennel), cucurbits (squash, watermelon, cucumbers) and of course tomatoes (30-40 varieties of heirlooms).  After getting a grip on my stock, I lay out my most trusted seed company catalogs (Johnny's, High Mowing, Fedco, Baker's Creek and more) and spend a couple days deciding on varieties to replace or replenish, always looking for new and interesting varieties.  I AM A SUCKER FOR A COLOR CATELOG especially in the winter!  We only buy organic/non-GMO/non-treated seed which is more expensive and sometimes harder to find but definitely worth going the extra mile!  I will share any new varieties as soon as I can get my head out of these catalogs. 

CSA

Another annual ritual you all get the pleasure of experiencing is me urging folks to get off the fence and join our CSA!!!  This is how we survive winter, order seed and supplies and start the farm up for another growing season.  So if you are considering joining a CSA, consider ours.  We are EXTREMELY blessed and grateful for our faithful regulars who have supported us year after year.  You put the COMMUNITY in CSA!  If you have any questions regarding our CSA, always feel free to e-mail us. 

 

Stay tuned for more farm news including how I educate myself in the winter, plans for the upcoming season, and new ways we are growing! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm