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Posted 12/11/2019 8:39pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

If you missed our Christmas Market last weekend, you can come over this Saturday, December 14th, from 10-12 and stock up on some great items for Christmas. Emily has a wide variety of homemade gifts to choose from. We hope to see you here at the farm!

CSA Shares Available

We are offering a very limited number of CSA shares for the 2020 season for farm pick-up on Saturdays throughout the season.  If you are interested, please let us know soon so we can plan for spring (a little early to start thinking spring huh!).  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/7/2019 8:14am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,
Just a reminder that our annual Down on the Farm Christmas Market is today from 11-3.  Come shop for those loved ones on your list (or for yourself!).  Choose from over 50 HANDCRAFTED ITEMS.  Looking forward to seeing you at the farm!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/5/2019 3:24pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

Emily and the kids have been working late into the night for weeks preparing for our annual Down on the Farm Christmas Market this Saturday, December 7th from 11-3.  Find the perfect locally made/home made gift for your loved friends and family.  From unique edible treats and natural soaps to hand crafted Christmas-themed pillows.  The woodstove will be stoked, Christmas music will be playing and we'll be looking forward to seeing you!  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/25/2019 6:33pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

I have been working a full time manufacturing job for 5 weeks now since the end of the CSA season and wow, what a different world it is!  No exaggeration, I don't see the sun from sunset Sunday until noon on Thursday.  Manufacturing means indoors!  I come home Thursdays and breathe deeply my family and farm and all their challenges.   

Pretty Big Change

We slow-hit an insurmountable wall this summer (it's been developing for a few years now) and have had to make some really difficult decisions.  The most difficult one is that we are no longer going to offer our CSA shares as usual.  Our business has always been somewhat divided in two, the CSA on one side and the retail/restaurant on the other side.  After carefully assessing the numbers, the CSA was the most consumptive regarding time and energy for return.  We can no longer have a viable farm business and continue to manage the scale of CSA (approximately 100 shares) we have been.

25 Shares

HOWEVER...what we can manage are 25 shares.  We know that we want to continue offering CSA to our most loyal, long-time local families and are offering the following: half shares (6 items) for Saturday farm pick up.  This will include the normal produce selections you've always enjoyed.  We are going to accept the first 25 shares first come/first served.  We have had to turn down some opportunities to expand our CSA for next season knowing that we have to scale back but also still want to take care of our core customers.

If you are interested, we are requesting sign up/payment right away.  The cost is $365.50 payable to Little Peace Farm or you can pay online through our website (under the CSA/Ordering tab click on the 2020 CSA option and follow to PayPal).

We are very grateful to all of those who have supported us for the past 12 years of growing and will still be having occasional Saturday markets.  We also will still continue raising pastured chicken and woodlot pork!  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

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