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Posted 12/7/2018 7:54am by Michael Scheidel.

Hi good folks!

It's Emily here.  I am currently a bit sleep deprived, somewhat delirious, but excited about our Christmas Market tomorrow!  With my houseful of wonderfully busy children, homeschooling, farm chores, and the rest of life's demands, it seems the best time for me to "work" is when all is quiet here...yes, that means the wee hours of the night.  So, when you see me tomorrow, kindly ignore the dark circles under my eyes and if I am babbling nonsense, just chalk it up to my late nights in the kitchen. 

This year, I am excited to bring back some of your favorite items: bacon salt, chai tea, throat drops, bourbon glaze, some yummy liquid refreshments, throat jelly, hot cocoa, and many more.  Look for some new items on my table too!  I made a delicious Christmas Jam that is so pretty and tasty too.

Today I will be baking fresh loaves of a crowd-pleasing, rustic baguette.  Perfect with a warm bowl of soup!  Gracie is taking over the baking duties of our gingerbread, cinnamon, and cranberry almond breads.  Just what you need during a day of shopping locally.  Leah has brought back her very popular chocolate chip cookie butter from last year.  It is gluten-free and perfect as a dessert dip.  Jude is tying on his apron this year as he masters the art of the jumbo cookie! 

Justice is in the wood shop making some new candlesticks from wood he cut down from our farm.  Lucy and Grandma have been busy sewing her adorable, hand-drawn pillows.  And the littler ones, Hope, Norah, and Gabe, have been working hard at their items as well!  They are excited to share their treasures as you will see by their huge grins when you walk by. 

We hope you will stop by tomorrow from 11-3 to shop locally, support your local farm family, and find something unique and personal for those you love this year.

I am so blessed with the bustle of our life, but it really puts me in the Christmas spirit to enjoy the quiet of a cold winter night, to ponder the mystery of a King's birth in a lowly stable, and to be grateful for the wonder and joy of that gift to us all.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/29/2018 8:46am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
We will host a market this Saturday, December 1, from 9-12.  Items will include:

-winter squash (delicatas are our favorite!), arugula, kale,  white winter turnip (these are fantastic!), radish, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, carrots and more.   

We are also taking new CSA members for the 2019 season.  Discounted rates apply until December 16th so sign up soon!  See previous post on our website for details. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/28/2018 6:37am by Michael Scheidel.

We hope your Black Friday shopping was a great success in grabbing those hot deals, but we wanted to remind you to come out to our

Down on the Farm Christmas Market 

Saturday, December 8th

11-3. 

Here is where you will find something for everyone, made right in your community by people you know.  That is a gift worth giving and receiving!

We'll have lots of homemade, unique gifts made by our friends, family, and of course, us.  Every year the kids even look forward to the hustle and bustle of making their own items to sell.  Lucy has been busy making pillows, Hope and Norah are cutting and gluing their ornaments, and even 5-year-old Gabe found a craft he simply loved making! 

We will have natural soap, traditional German Springerle cookies (so beautiful they are hard to bite into, but oh, when you do, they taste as good as they look!), ornaments, handmade wood items (yes, Justice will be creating his famous wooden candles), Leah's gluten free chocolate chip cookie butter (big hit last year!), natural, dye-free, handmade hard candy, and more!

Our Little Peace Farm table will have many of your favorite items (yes, bacon salt will be back, so will bourbon glaze), and some new ones too.  Think "Christmas Jam", homemade vanilla extract, Gracie's caramel popcorn and more...

 

We will also have CSA gift certificates for your loved ones.

New hours this year, so come out from

11-3 on December 8th! 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/23/2018 3:42pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey Folks,
 
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and lots of us small business owners depend on the support of our local communities to stay afloat! Show your support and buy local/shop small! We are selling shares online at an "early bird discounted" rate! To purchase your share online, see our website and under the CSA/Ordering tab click on 2019 CSA Online Ordering. Or if you prefer, send a check to Little Peace Farm to the address at the bottom of each page of our website.
Gratefully!
LPF


Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/19/2018 9:04am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,
Sorry for the last minute-ness of this but...we will be having a veggie sale tomorrow evening from 4-6 here at the farm.  Veggies will include:

-sweet potato

-potato

-winter squash (delicata/acorn/butternut)

-onions

-cabbage

-broccoli

-kale

-arugula

-radish

-turnip

-garlic

-carrots.

See you at the farm!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/18/2018 7:30am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

Reality Check

Reality checks are good, more often for some people and less for others.  We just took a loooong drive to visit some family in Florida for a fantastic week of sunshine, surfing, swimming, boating, beach and fish tacos...and fish tacos...and fish tacos (we eat seafood only at the coast!).  This was our first full family vacation in 3 years, after an exhausting 2018 growing season. So, needless to say, we were all pent up and ready to get off the farm for a while. 

We saved our coins all summer in a "Florida Jar" and the kids half-wished their brother and the cross country team didn't make the State meet in Hershey so we could leave earlier.  Well, they did make states and we left in the middle of that very night to head south.  After a stressful first half of the drive (deer were in full rut and were everywhere!) we made it to our destination in 16 hours.  

It was great to walk the beach and listen to myself ask, "How can we do this?  How can we have both our farm life AND our salt life?".  After a rainy drive back north to a frozen and then snowy farm, the answer became clear; for now, THIS is how.  Work your butts off, do what you know how to do, and then get away occasionally to ask those important questions, to have a reality check...in paradise if possible!

2019 CSA

We are currently taking deposits or full payments for the 2019 growing season.  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!  Here are the details.  Take note of early-bird discounts and flower and herb add-on shares!

Paid in full before 12/15/2018 (early-bird!):

Farm Pick-up: half share (6 items/20 weeks)=$350

                       full share (10 items/20 weeks)=$585

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off: half=$385

                                                  full=$620

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

Farm Pick-up: half=$365.50

                       full=$615

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off: half=$404.25

                                                  full=$651

Paid in full after 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$385

                       full=$645.75

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off: half=$424.50

                                                  full=$683.50

Stay tuned for more farm news!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/1/2018 6:34am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

No doubt, across the region this has been a rough season with all the rain and early heat!  For us, the worst since 2013.  Weeds competed with new plantings which couldn't be cultivated because the ground was mud!  It was also impossible to do consecutive plantings in mud.  When we did have brief times of dry, we took advantage and did the best we could.

FALL CSA

After long consideration we have decided to NOT offer a Fall CSA this season.  This has been a very popular offering and we came to the conclusion carefully.  We are concerned that because of the difficult season, we wont have enough fall/winter produce to be sure to have enough for CSA members.  The CSA model is always a gamble and relies on trust between the farmer (Will he produce what we paid in advance for?) and the member (Will they support us in advance and through tough seasons?).

THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS!  We will be having Saturday markets throughout the fall.  Selections will include; potato, sweet potato, winter squash, garlic, onion, kale, arugula, broccoli, pac choi, Asian greens, lettuce, carrots, radish, turnip, cabbage, and more.  Will you support us and come out during Saturday Market?  

Pork Packs/Whole and Half Hogs

We are offering several 50# packs of our own woodlot raised/organically fed pork.  These packs will include 50# including cuts like; chops, roasts, ribs, bacon, ham steaks, and sausage (Italian/breakfast).  The cost is $275 wrapped and frozen.  They are available currently and can be picked up either this Tuesday from 4-6 during our regular CSA pick up and Market or this Saturday between 9-12!  Let us know if you are interested ahead of time and we will have your order ready!  

For those who prefer a larger quantity for the freezer, we are offering half and whole hogs.  The price is $4.50/lb. hanging weight (usually between 150-175#) and customers pay the butcher fees separately.  If you are interested, let us know and we'll get you on the list or help you through the process.  It's easy, it's healthy, and it's delicious!  All of our animals are fed organic/transitional organic feed from Panorama Organic Feed in Oley, PA.  Availability is limited so if you are interested, reserve yours right away!    

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 9/7/2018 8:09pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
Wow, that was a hot blast this week!  Despite the heat we were able to get most of our farm chores done, which honestly really never get done.  Most of our fall broiler chickens are out on pasture, we've got happy hogs staying cool in the woods, and fall crops are still being planted.  It looks like we are in for some cooler weather finally, which I welcome after such a steamy summer.

SNAPSHOT

Tomatoes and cucumbers are finally petering out.  Cherry tomatoes will be available for a couple more weeks but slicing/heirlooms and our pickling and slicing cucumbers are just about done.  As soon as we tear the plants out of their beds in the high tunnels we replant with fall/winter crops like: carrots, kale, arugula/Asian greens, pac choi, swiss chard and more.  Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale are already planted outside and should be ready by early October.  In the fields, peppers of all types are going strong.  Our colored frying peppers are super sweet and our hot peppers are still peaking.  If you are afraid of eating raw hot peppers, try pickling some for winter! Heirloom pole beans and yellow wax beans are still producing and our last planting of pole beans is just setting flowers so we should have them until SOMETHING kills them. 

Our lettuces have failed miserably this summer but our succession plantings are just starting to take off.  My hope is that we will have salad greens for the rest of the season and well into the early winter.  With all the rain, this was a really good season for potatoes so we will have them well into winter.  Speaking of the "w" word, winter squash like spaghetti, butternut, delicata, and acorns are looking good, as are the sweet potatoes.

CHICKEN AND PORK

We have about 15-20 broiler chickens available for sale from our fall batch, which will be ready by mid-October.  All details can be found on previous posts.  We also are looking for buyers for our fall woodlot raised pork.  Pork can be purchased by the half or whole hog (half sound like too much??? Split with a friend!).  Price is $4.50/lb. hanging weight (usually between 150-175#) and customers pay the butcher fees separately.  If you are interested, let us know and we'll get you on the list or help you through the process.  It's easy, it's healthy, and it's delicious!  All of our animals are fed organic/transitional organic feed from Panorama Organic Feed in Oley, PA.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED  

We are looking for volunteers here on the farm for the next few weeks.  Chores would include some picking/washing but lots of weeding!  Those interested should be in good physical shape, be able to withstand some heat, cold, bugs, heavy-ish lifting, uneven ground, and a lunatic farmer.  It can be pretty nice being planted in the top field to weed for a couple of hours in relative peace and quiet!  Please respond if interested.    

Stay tuned for more fall farm news. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

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