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Posted 8/13/2018 11:40am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

 

 

I wont dwell on this very long but this rain has caused us the most difficult growing season since 2013.  Weeds are out of control, walkways in the field are sloppy with mud, and we can't work any ground to plant succession crops.  BUT we are doing the best we can and are harvesting fantastic quality despite the conditions.  A fellow farmer just texted me this morning the simple question, "What are we supposed to do?"  Good question.

 

 

 

ANNUAL FARM DINNER

 

Yesterday the chefs creating our annual Farmer's Table Dinner came out to do final menu planning.  What a great group of talent we have been blessed with.  Jordan and "Ninja" Dan lead the team from Woo de La Kitchen and Matt and Kate lead the way from Troegs Independent Brewing.  They have been able to craft a very unique menu which we will leak during the next week on our FB page and here!  Troegs will offer beer pairings with the menu for craft beer lovers!  This is an annual fundraiser for both Little Peace Farm and Servants To All, an organization aiming to end homelessness in Schuylkill County.  We have a fantastic lineup of items for the silent auction during the dinner. 100% of proceeds from the auction go directly to Servants To All!  Watch for the growing list of auction items! 

Seats at the table are $75 and include the 5 course meal, appetizer reception, and all beverages.  Order tickets online (CSA/Ordering tab on our website).  

 

 

   

 

 

OTHER FARM NEWS

 

We are sold out for our fall batch of broiler chickens.  Thank you to all who ordered and stay tuned for details about pick up etc.  If you haven't paid your deposit for chicken, get in touch and we'll let you know what the cost is.  

 

 

Don't forget we are open for retail sales here at the farm during our Honor Market from 12-6 every Wednesday and Thursday.  Come and shop and make change using our money box.  

 

Stay tuned for more farm news!

 

 

Gratefully Growing.

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

 

 

 

 
 
Posted 7/24/2018 1:16pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Reserve your seat for Little Peace Farm's 6th annual fundraiser, The Farmer's Table Dinner, Saturday, August 25th at 6:00 here at the farm.  This is a rare opportunity to share an incredible, several course meal prepared by very talented chefs and their staff all made of food grown on our farm!  

This is a true farm-to-table experience as all ingredients are 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.   

As always, there will 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 2018".  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 7/23/2018 8:38am by Michael Scheidel.
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We heard people wanted more market hours, so we're making it happen!
 
CSA PICKUP will remain:
Tuesdays 4PM - 6PM
Saturdays 9AM - 12PM
 
NEW HONOR SYSTEM MARKET:
Wednesdays 12PM - 6PM
Thursdays 12PM - 6PM
Got questions about how this works? Email us and we'll answer them!
 
We can't wait to feature local retail items and slowly expand our offerings during the Tuesday and Saturday market! Keep a close eye on Facebook and Instagram (follow us @littlepeacefarm) for photos of weekly produce, herbs, fresh flower bouquets, and lots of other fun things we'll be adding throughout the season (think: fruit, breads, and some locally crafted goodies!)
 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 7/17/2018 5:53am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,
Yesterday was sticky.  Wow, even during the hot stretch a couple of weeks ago, I don't think I sweated like I did yesterday.  These humid conditions are not only uncomfortable but create great environment for tomato disease!  So, protect your crop using either a home made baking soda spray(click here for article) or an approved copper based product.  Here's a typical recipe from Gardeningknowhow.com:

A solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 gallon of water reduces instances of leaf burn. Add 1 teaspoon dormant oil and ½ teaspoon of dish soap or horticultural soap as a surfactant to help the mixture stick. Keep in mind the solution is water soluble, so apply on a dry cloudy day for best results.

FALL CHICKEN

We are taking orders for our fall batch of delicious pastured chicken.  We will receive day-old chicks the third week in August and will process them 8 weeks later, or mid-October.  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 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:
$4.50/lb. if bagged whole and less than 10 birds
$4.25/lb. if bagged from 10-19 birds  
$4.00/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 6/12/2018 11:11am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks,
 
CSA
 
Week two for our 2018 CSA! If you order online and forgot to order this week, DON'T WORRY. You will still get a "farmer's choice" share this week. Farm pick up today from 4-6 and Saturday from 9-12. Woo drop off tomorrow after 10, pick up at the Hershey Farmer's Market 2:30-6:30 Thursday, and Healthy Habit's pick up Friday after 10.
Remember that the first two weeks or so of CSA includes a LOT of greens but that is about to change next week. Here's what you can expect to see next week: broccoli, beets, basil, bouquets, peas, spring onions and more. Stay tuned for more farm news!



What To Do With Broccoli Raab/Rapini

Really LOVE growing and eating Broccoli Raab/Rapini.  This is a tall green with a small broccoli-like florette at the tip.  It is a fantastic side dish and is a VERY short season crop...probably only another week or two! Here's how I cooked it at our Troops of St. George campout this weekend:

-chop plant from tender stalk all the way up to the tip

-chop a couple of garlic cloves, spring onion

-heat a flat top or pan and add olive oil with garlic/onions

-before garlic browns, add chopped raab and stir until wilted

-sprinkle parmesan cheese on top

Eat, smile, and repeat for next meal!

Even if you over cook it, it's absolutely delicious.

More Farm News

Weather certainly has been a challenge but overall, we're doing ok.  All heirloom tomatoes are planted, staked and trellised in the high tunnel as are cucumbers.  Sweet and hot peppers and eggplant are out in the field, sweet corn is really greening up, and potatoes look great.  Hope you are all enjoying the early summer!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/8/2018 4:33pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,
Come out this Saturday, May 12th to celebrate Mother's Day AND the beginning of a great growing season!  Our Annual Heirloom Tomato and Plant Sale (9-1) is a great time to get some healthy plants for your garden of for mom.  We grow over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and have lots of other plants available like: head lettuce, kale, chard, flowers, herbs, peppers, and more.

I posted on FB it was 10-1 but if you want to come early, we will be open by 9.  

 

PASTURED CHICKEN

If you pre-ordered pastured chicken, the process has begun!  We received 400 broiler chicks over a week ago and have been keeping them warm in our brooder.  Weather dependent, they will go out of fresh grass by the end of next week.  The processing date is going to be the third week in June.  If you didn't order this round, no worries, we grow a fall batch as well.

 

CSA SHARES

We still have CSA shares available for the 2018 season.  You choose what you get each week for 20 weeks!  Check out details on our website.  

We have been working like crazy to take advantage of the great weather and have gotten a lot of ground planted or ready to plant.  We're hopeful for a great season.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/25/2018 8:47am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

CARE NET

We are looking for sponsors for our kids for the Care Net of Schuylkill County 5K run next weekend.  Lots of you know our kids are runners whether they're old enough to be on a team or not, they run ALL DAY on the farm AND in the house!  So what this would require from you would be a response to this e-mail with your full name, address, phone/e-mail and your pledge amount.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEND US ANY MONEY, Care Net will get in touch with you after the race.  We greatly appreciate the support of our kids and especially the young moms who need the loving services provided by Care Net.  

CROPS

We have been working like crazy getting ground ready, and either direct seeding or transplanting all of our early season crops. I had to cut the day short yesterday, trying to get seed in the ground before heading to a fundraising charity dinner in Reading and before the rain came.  It was a sprint but I got it done.  Here's what we have in the ground: carrots, beets, radish and turnip, cabbage, Napa cabbage, pac choi, broccoli, romanesco, head lettuce, arugula, tatsoi, broccoli raab, peas, onions, garlic, kale, and a few more goodies I'm forgetting.  

MORE FARM NEWS...

Our nurseries are full of plants getting ready for the garden and our Annual Mother's Day Heirloom Tomato and Plant Sale on May 12thIf you are a gardener looking for plants, get in touch with via e-mail as I have lettuce, kale, potatoes, onions, swiss chard and more ready to be planted!

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/10/2018 1:22pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey All,
Just wanted to thank those who pre-ordered chicken.  We are sold out.  If you missed ordering this round, no worries, we raise a second batch that will be ready in October.  Stay tuned for more news.  Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

 

Posted 4/3/2018 4:02pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

This time of year is always hard on our farm for a few reasons.

#1. Aesthetics.  The trees are still bare, the fields haven't greened up yet and everything that isn't wakening from winter dormancy is MUD!

#2. Planting.  The nurseries are full of plants waiting to be transplanted into the fields but the conditions are way too wet to trample the soil.  Needless to say the weather has not cooperated for early spring planting so far and the extended forecast doesn't look promising!  

#3. Animals.  Our livestock are happy.  Ruby, our family milker, and her calf rule the barnyard and some of the barn.  The three steer the children are raising are in their stalls filled with warm straw bedding.  However, I know they would be even happier if they had some green grass to graze on a sunny hillside!

PASTURED CHICKEN

Thank you to all who have ordered our pastured chicken for June.  We have plenty of birds still available for purchase so if you are interested check out pricing and details in previous post on our website blog.  

CSA

We have plenty of CSA shares available for the all-too-slowly-coming growing season!  If you are looking for some great fresh, local and thoughtfully grown food, consider joining our CSA.  All details are on our website under the CSA/Ordering tab.  As always, e-mail if you have any questions.   

More farm news...

We are constantly evolving to make our farm a fit instrument for change in our lives and in the lives of our community of supporters.  Here are some changes to look forward to for this season...extended market hours on the farm, more volunteer opportunities, pot luck dinners again, and a greater variety of produce.  Stay tuned for more details.   

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 3/27/2018 8:32am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey folks! 
It's been a loooooong winter but it looks like spring is sloooooowly wakening!  I have not been able to get into the fields at all but am focusing on the high tunnels and working in the nurseries.  
 
PASTURED CHICKEN  
 
Each year, we raise organically fed/pastured broiler chickens from day-old chicks.  If you have tasted these birds before, you know the difference between them and store bought, confinement chicken.  No comparison!  If you haven't tried a pasture raised chicken, this could be your chance!
 
*Our first round of chicken will be ready for pick up on June 22
 
*Chicken must be pre-ordered!  To pre-order, reply to this e-mail 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 (same as last year) about pricing and options. 
 
Very grateful for your support of our small diversified ecological farm.  Also, we are accepting CSA members for the 2018 season!  If you haven't already and are interested, now is a good time to join!  Please share and spread the word!  See our website for details or send an e-mail.  Gratefully.
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Prices are:
$4.25/lb. if bagged whole and less than 10 birds
$4.00/lb. if bagged from 10-19 birds  
$3.70/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