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Confirmation of CSA Start Dates, Volunteers and More Farm News

Posted 5/16/2011 9:13pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks. 
Well, we're stuck in another really, really wet weather pattern.  It reminds me of the beginning of the 2009 growing season which was historically cool and wet, prompting the tomato/potato killer LATE BLIGHT!!!!!!  I'm not superstitious but I don't think I should even be uttering those words.  We lost all of our tomatoes that year as did everyone in the northeast who didn't spray.  We were fortunate, however, to have them until early September!  The wet weather really restricts our planting schedule and field work as we can't plant or work in mud! 
Thank God we had the hot and dry weather last week though.  We got a LOT done in the field and got somewhat caught up although we have less planted than normal for this time of year.   
We are building a facade on our garage and converting it into our farm CSA pick up and market location.  This means building a roof over the front and renovating the interior to make it a pleasing and clean place to pick up veggies.  We are looking to purchase a market vehicle to make the Lehigh Valley runs on Wednesdays as our current box truck is too big and too slow to handle the highway (anyone with any leads on a solid, CHEAP, and reliable cargo van, let us know!).  Ari has been working diligently on the barn, readying it for some 4 and 2 legged critters.  We are also designing and ordering our fencing for a new pasture for the 4-leggers and our new flock of 50 laying hens which arrive in a week or two.
I wanted to make sure all of our CSA members know when the first pick-up dates are for the CSA so here they are depending on where you are picking up:
*Pottsville Members-Pottsville Farmer's Market, Saturday, June 4th 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
*Farm Pick-up Members- Little Peace Farm, Tuesday, June 7th 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
*Glenmoore Members- DiCesare residence, Tuesday, June 7th time TBD
*Lehigh Valley Members-Plaza Grower's Market, Wednesday, June 8th 11:30 until 1:30

Let us know if you have any questions.
We are offering folks the opportunity to come to the farm and volunteer their time doing any number of a variety of farm chores.  It will include a lot of weeding as we use no round-up or other weed killers and this rain (sorry to keep bringing it up) is really giving the weeds a head start on our cultivation.  The work will also include harvesting, washing veggies, packing, planting, etc...  We will be soliciting help all summer so if you are willing and able, please contact us to schedule days and times you can come to the farm.
I also wanted to give you a heads up on what to expect the first couple weeks of market and CSA.  June is usually packed with fresh field greens including spinach, lettuces, kales, chard, mesculin mixes, and arugula.  Radishes will abound early in the season as they don't tolerate summer heat so enjoy them early!  Sugar snap peas, which seldom make it out of the field, and giant snow peas are great for salads and stir frys.  Spring onions and garlic greens are a great beginning for a season full of different "onion-y" options.  Herbs like basil, parsley, and cilantro will be available early and throughout the season.  The crops will change with the season and you will be truly eating seasonally! 

We hope all are well and as excited to get this season started as we are.  Stay tuned...

Michael and Emily and Kids
Little Peace Farm