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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

Posted 4/26/2019 6:16am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!
If you are hungry for some spring greens, we've got them! First cutting of arugula, kale and tatsoi.  Meet the farmers and sign up for the 2019 CSA! You can also reserve some delicious pastured chicken which will be ready the last week in June!  Ask for details if you've never ordered our chicken before.  This Saturday, April 27 9-12. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/23/2019 12:31pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!
If you are hungry for some spring greens, we've got them! First cutting of arugula, kale and tatsoi.  Meet the farmers and sign up for the 2019 CSA! You can also reserve some delicious pastured chicken which will be ready the last week in June!  Ask for details if you've never ordered our chicken before.  This Saturday, April 27 9-12. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/19/2019 8:03am by Michael Scheidel.

Sorry for the follow-up e-mail but...I gave the wrong processing/pick-up date.  CORRECT DATE IS JUNE 28TH!  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/19/2019 6:43am by Michael Scheidel.

SPRING PASTURED CHICKEN

We are taking orders for our SPRING batch of delicious pastured chicken.  We will receive day-old chicks the first week in May and will process them 8 weeks later, the week of May 16th.  These birds are raised in movable pens where they get plenty of sunshine, bugs and fresh grass with a move each day.  They are fed transitional organic feed from Panorama Organics Mill in Oley, PA.  Below are the details:  

*Chicken must be pre-ordered!  To pre-order, reply to this e-mail/post with the following information: how many birds you would like; would you like them whole or parted out (refer to fee below); would you like them vacuum sealed (refer to fee below) or just on ice to transfer to your cooler at pick up?
 
We are requesting a $5 deposit per bird ordered due as soon as possible.  If you respond to this e-mail with your order, we will put you on the list right away to reserve your chickens.  Checks can be made to Little Peace Farm 257 Moon Hill Dr. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.  Please refer to the details below about pricing and options. 
   
Prices are:
 
$4.75/lb. if bagged whole and less than 10 birds
$4.50/lb. if bagged from 10-19 birds   
$4.25/lb. if 20 or more birds 
***additional optional fees***
$1.75/bird for cut up and vacuum sealed
¢.75/bird if whole bird vacuum sealed

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

Posted 4/8/2019 6:26am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!
Spring has been pretty nice so far if you ask me!  I have been able to get a lot of plowing and clean-up done, prepping the farm for another season.  

Heirloom Tomato and Plant Sale

Our annual plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 9-1.  Come out and find your gardening plants and a pretty planted flower for mom!  We will have loads of varieties of heirloom and standard tomatoes for sale.  We keep selling out of a couple of varieties so I planted extra SUN GOLD and SAN MARZANO!  See, I DO listen once in a while! We'll also have head lettuce, peppers, cucumber plants and more.

Laying Hens for Sale

We have about 10 laying hens that are 2 and 3 years old.  As you know, we always had a flock of about 100 for several years but found it to be unsustainable so we got out of the egg business.  We want to find a good home for them.  Asking $5 each.  We don't know who is laying and who is not but they all should be now that the weather has broken.

CSA  

We have plenty of CSA shares available for our 2019 season.  Enjoy 20 weeks of the freshest, most honest grown veggies, flowers and herbs around.  See our website for details and e-mail us with any questions.  

Stay tuned for more farm news!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/28/2019 7:27am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

While I haven't been doing much digging in the dirt I have been preparing for my presentation at the annual PASA conference at the Lancaster Convention Center Feb 6-9. The title of our workshop is Navigating Chef to Farmer Restaurant Relationships and I am grateful to be co-presenting with the executive chef and lead pastry chef from Troegs Brewing Co. and the owner and chef at Woo de La Kitchen. We have worked with many restaurants over the years and are sharing our experiences working together with Troegs and Woo de La.

PASA is the statewide sustainable farming organization we have been member of since we started farming! So if you are a farmer/foodie/food advocate/consumer and are interested in the source of your food, consider checking out the conference this year. Oh, and come say hello during our workshop on Saturday morning www.pasafarming.org . Stay warm!
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Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/14/2019 2:46pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Tomorrow is the deadline for our last discount ordering window for the 2019 season. After tomorrow, our share prices settle at their new base price. Join our CSA now and enjoy 20 weeks of summer bounty and honestly grown food! You can conveniently order shares online or pay by check. See our website (www.littlepeacefarm.com) for pricing and details.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/7/2019 8:21pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

With the wettest growing season in recent memory behind us (over 70" here at the farm!) and the losses that came with it, we could use the timely sign ups more than ever!  Just a reminder that the next discount date for signing up for our 2019 CSA is closing in.  Take advantage of early sign ups and save some moolah!  See details below!

Discount Deadline for 2019 CSA!

Paid in full between 12/16/2018 and 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$365.50

     full=$615

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$404.25

     full=$651

Paid in full after 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$385

     full=$645.75

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$424.50

     full=$683.50

For online payment through PayPal, click on 2019 CSA Online Payment under the CSA/Ordering tab on our website.  We have seen great support locally for our farm and rely on our core customers to return each year, looking forward to the high quality honest food we grow!  Here are the details:

Email with any questions. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

Posted 12/27/2018 10:52am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
Last Christmas, our great neighbors Mike and Jeanie let us stash bikes and some other gifts for the kids in their basement.  They enjoyed seeing the surprise come together but what they didn't see might have brought more smiles than the gifts. 

After returning from Christmas Eve Mass, eating appetizers and giving the kids ONE traditional gift, they were all finally in bed by about 11 p.m. (it's harder to get teenagers to bed than little ones!).  It was time for Em and I to get to work.  My task was to sneak 7 bikes and other gifts from the neighbors basement down to our house without waking them OR our own kids.  No problem.  With about 4-6 inches of ice-packed snow on the ground I crunched my way across the frozen snow and decided there was no way I was taking 7 or more trips. 

So while sitting on and peddling one bike, I intended to hold the handlebars of the other bike next to me and do two at a time.  The plan worked brilliantly...for about 10 feet of a 300 yard attempt when the handlebars of the bike I was riding promptly spun 90 degrees from center causing the bike to stop quickly...real quickly.  My lower hemisphere painfully connected with some part of the bike while the rest of me didn't quite fly over the handlebars, more like a stall then a roll onto the crunchy snow.  Beautiful.  A real 10 if my performance was being judged.  I sprung up quickly as if it had happened on a summer boardwalk full of people but as I looked around, there was nobody.  Just a beautiful snowy farm scape and two bikes in the snow. 

I laughingly whimpered and limped the two bikes back to the house to tell Em about the sweet move I just made and how I wish someone saw it unfold.  How I wish I saw that moment, as a spectator.  I would have told myself, nope not a good idea, take your time, don't rush, don't do it, don't do it!  The most surprising thing which was totally out of character for me is that I didn't go right back for the next round and try the same method over again!  Progress!  So after inspecting and confirming I didn't need stitches, I shuffled my way back and forth to the neighbor's basement until all the goods were brought home.    

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm