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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

Posted 3/16/2018 9:47am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good folks!

Despite the unrelenting cold, wind and snowy weather, we are prepping for a great season.  The current weather is driving us nuts but we all know it'll break soon (just trying to stay positive!).  Our nursery is filling up with starts like pac-choi, napa cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, beets, head lettuce, and peas.  We've also got our heirloom tomatoes seeded as well as a growing lineup of peppers.  Flowers have popped up and will soon be ready for bumping up to flats where they will grow out to be planted in the field. We are looking to really expand our culinary herb selection this year too so keep an eye out for some really awesome herb varieties! 

PASTURED CHICKEN

Nest week we will be taking pre-orders for our pastured chicken for the 2018 season.  We raise two batches of pastured/transitional organically fed broiler chickens on our farm.  Our first batch will be ready by mid-June.  So stay tuned for our e-mail next week regarding pre-ordering.  We will again be offering whole birds or the whole bird parted out.  

CSA

We are accepting new members for our 2018 CSA.  To not be redundant, all details and pricing are on our website under the CSA/Ordering tab.  We offer "your choice" full shares (10 items/week), half shares (6 items/week) as well as add on flower and herb shares.  Currently pick up locations are here at the farm, at Healthy Habits Natural Market in Orwigsburg, Woo de La Kitchen in Hershey and at the Hershey Farmer's Market.  If you own or work at a business that is interested in hosting our CSA for your employees or coworkers, get in touch!  Easy online payment available too.  We would love to grow for you! 

HEIRLOOM TOMATO AND PLANT SALE 

Mother's day is tomorrow!!! Just checking to see who is still reading!  Actually it's May 13th and we are having our annual heirloom tomato and plant sale on the 12th.  We feature some awesome heirloom tomato varieties as well as peppers, flowers, herbs and other garden plants.  Mark you calendars and stay tuned for more plant sale news!  

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 2/19/2018 8:09pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,
These kind of days are the toughest for me as a farmer;  plenty to do but nothing seemingly meaningful.  Super muddy, cows stuck in the barnyard, kids stuck in the house.  I know seed ordering, crop planning, book keeping, marketing and repairs are all important but sometimes, as I often joke with my brother Frank, "This sure doesn't feel like farming!".   

PASA Conference

I recently attended PASA's annual Farming for the Future conference in State College and although I wasn't excited about all of the workshops or speakers this year, as always I came home with ideas and energy to start the season.  It is always great to catch up with some great farmers who are bearing the yoke as well.  The biggest take-away for me this year was the message to take care of yourself and family if you want to keep on farming!

Know Anybody?

In the past we have offered our CSA to companies who want their employees to eat healthier and have easy access to fresh, honest food.  Employees sign up, boxes are custom ordered, packed and delivered to the business each week.  If you or someone you know owns a business and is looking to host a CSA drop for their employees, we just might be the farm you are looking for!  Please share this message!  Send us an e-mail through our website if you would like to inquire further.   

CSA Day

This Friday, February 23rd is National CSA Day, an effort in the slow food movement to motivate folks to support their local farmer and sign up for a CSA share.  So...now is a great time to get in touch and join our CSA for the 2018 growing season.  You can join and pay online to!  All details can be found on our website under the CSA tab.  Share with a friend!

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/13/2018 8:54am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!
What a ride this winter season has been so far.  Not that I need to remind anyone but...record early freeze in early November, record stretch of cold mid Dec. through early Jan., record warm yesterday and down to 8 (!!!!!!) tonight!  Lots of record breakers so far.  The cold has brought some challenges to the farm but I look at it as a blessing for someone who farms without spraying fungicides or synthetic pesticides; the cold temps kill off lots of disease and larva that would survive a mild winter.  That means hopefully less disease and pest pressure in the spring and summer.

Calf

At the end of November we welcomed Scarlet to our farm.  This was the second calf for Ruby, our milker, and she had a real hard time birthing her.  The night was barely in the double digits and the kids had finally given up seeing the birth and went to bed so just Emily and I were in the barn waiting and watching.  Finally, after hours of real stressful and unproductive labor, I decided that I had to pull the calf, which we thought had died.  Well, that wet plop of fur hit the straw and after several seemingly endless seconds gave it's first wiggle, a sign of life.  Emily and I were shocked she made it and were high five-ing and hugging and crying (ahem...only Em) that what one moment seemed a hopeless situation turned into one of complete Joy and relief.  

Calves

Three of our children are treading some new territory this year in deciding to raise Holstein dairy beef calves for 4H.  The days-old calves were delivered to us this week and very quickly got accustomed to their new digs!  We are foregoing milk from our cow for about a month and feeding the milk to these three.  We think that instead of artificial milk replacer, we would start them out with the best that they can get; mother's milk!    

Early Bird Discount Almost Over!

We are offering our CSA shares for 2018 at a discounted rate only until January 15th.  See our previous post for all the details and take advantage of a great deal!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/15/2017 10:47pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Currently, we are marking the final week of our 2017 CSA season.  After a 20 week main season and a 6 week Fall CSA, we are already in the planning stages for 2018!

CSA 2018 Early Bird Discount!

We are later than usual in opening ordering for our CSA shares but don't panic, we're on it! We usually ask for deposits by November 15th and full payments by January 15th but have changed it up a bit for this season.  We are offering a discount for folks who pay their shares in full by January 15th, 2018.  All shares purchased thereafter will cost the regular price.  Here's the deal:

Type Farm Pick Up With Discount Delivered to Hershey/O-burg With Discount
Half Share $350.00 $332.50 $385.00 $365.75
Full Share $585.00 $555.75 $620.00 $589.00

*Easy online payment through PayPal can be made on our website under the CSA/Ordering tab or just send a check made out to Little Peace Farm to our farm address at the bottom of each webpage. 

CSA SHARE TYPES:

HALF SHARE: includes 6 items per week for 20 weeks (first week in June through mid-October)

FULL SHARE: includes 10 items per week for 20 weeks (first week in June through mid-October)

FLOWER SHARE: includes one beautiful bouquet of our own fresh cut flowers each week. Availability is sometimes limited during the first and last weeks of the growing season depending upon weather!

HERB SHARE: includes two bunches of our wide variety of fresh cut herbs each week (see harvest calendar below for a general list of herbs we offer).

Pastured Pork

Our friends at Willow Haven Farm have been farming organic vegetables and raising pastured meats for several years and are offering a great deal on their pork for holidays.  Here are the details in their own words:

"We have been raising pigs at Willow Haven Farm for about 5 years. From the beginning, we have raised them on pasture which allow them space to forage, run around, and explore. They enjoy eating grass, roots, vegetable scraps, whey from cheesemaking, and grain. We feed organic grain that does not contain soy. For the past several years, we have kept a sow and have had all of the piglets born on our farm. They have been productive and have produced a lot of pork.

We have a lot of delicious pork available right now and would like to make it available to you. It comes frozen and vacuum sealed. The chops come in 4 packs and the ham and bacon is sliced. The sausage comes in 6 inch links with 4 in a pack. This is a great price for organic, pastured pork. We hope you enjoy it.

Pork Sampler Pack 15 pounds - $100

You will receive a mix of chops, roast, sliced ham or ham end roast, bacon, loose ground, and sausage.

Family Pork Pack 50 pounds - $300

You will receive a mix of chops, roast, sliced ham or ham end roast, bacon, loose ground, and sausage."

Just get in touch with us if you would like to take advantage of this great deal for some fine pork!

More Farm News

If you weren't able to make it to our annual Christmas Market last weekend Emily will have her home made products available.  Just get in touch if you are interested.  Thank you to all who support our farm.  Stay tuned for more farm news!  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/1/2017 8:26am by Michael Scheidel.

Hi good folks!  It's Emily here!  Just want to invite you to come visit our Down on the Farm Annual Christmas Market on December 9th from 12-4 pm.  We're very excited to offer a unique, totally handmade, and often natural variety of Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.  Lots of edible and beautifully presented gifts, natural soaps, beeswax products for the kitchen, handcrafted wooden gifts, handmade ornaments, quilted items, and handsewn crafts.  Many of the edible gifts are completely organic, natural, and use NO artificial ingredients, flavors, or colors!  SO, gift giving this year can be good for you and your budget!  We're looking forward to seeing you on December 9th!  Bring a friend!

Blessings on your Christmas preparations,

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/12/2017 3:58pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!
Last night a group of great young men and their dads along with me and my sons (Troops of St. George) camped out in our top field for our winter camp out.  We had a blast and originally planned to camp the whole weekend but the record cold temps on Friday night caused us to cancel as we are not all equipped to handle the super cold temps.  We camped last night instead which was only a few degrees "warmer" than Friday but better because no winds!

BROKEN RECORD

Friday night's bitter record cold and sooner than expected arrival crushed lots of our crops in the field and high tunnels.  Our rainbow chard, which was beautiful and juuuust about ready to harvest, got whacked as did all turnips and cauliflower in the field.  We lost about 1000 heads of perfect head lettuce that was protected under row cover but no amount of cover would have protected the plants from THAT kind of cold.  Spinach looks great, and we harvested broccoli until dark on Friday to get as much as we could out of the field before the coldest night.  I hope I don't sound like a broken record for griping about mini-but-significant farm disasters but we try to share the joys and struggles of farming and being completely depending on the weather!

CSA 2018

We will soon be accepting deposits or full payments for our 2018 CSA season.  This will be our 11th year in business as a CSA farm and we are grateful for all of your support.  Stay tuned for more news soon.  

NO CITRUS  

Hurricane Irma devastated a large percentage of Florida's citrus crop this season, including the fruit grown by Thorpe's Organic Family Farm.  The Thorpes  have provided us and our customers with fantastic organic citrus consistently during the dark months of the year up north for the past several years.  The little fruit that was spared is understandably going to their community in NY.  So we will have to wait another year for some of the best citrus around! 

Stay tuned for more farm news.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm