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Posted 12/4/2014 8:45pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Our annual Christmas Market is set for Saturday, December 13th from 12-5 p.m.  We are excited to have a full line of local crafters and artisans to share their handmade gifts.  Come to the farm and enjoy the warmth!  See our FB page for the flier! 

CSA

Just a reminder that deposits for the 2015 CSA were due November 22nd.  If you haven't yet send in your deposit for next season, please do so immediately.  We are looking to grow our membership again this year so spread the word.  Remember, this is how CSA farms operate and survive year after year; by the advance and continued support of it's members!  Let us know if you have any questions and refer to the previous blog post on our website for all details.

ORGANIC CITRUS

Gayle and Mike, our friends who farm organically in upstate NY, are once again delivering their first shipment of incredible certified organic citrus directly from Florida on around Dec. 14th.  The varieties are Hamlin Oranges and Red Grapefruit and orders are by the case and half case only!  We will be offering Certified Organic and Transitional Organic fruit this year.  If you've ordered before, you know the flavor and quality are excellent!  If you haven't ordered before, consider this year, you will not be disappointed.  We'll send out details on pricing and pick up shortly.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/27/2014 2:23pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

We wanted to drop you all a line and say thank you for helping us live our vocation of farming.  We are grateful for our farm and for your support of prayer, patronage, and friendship.  We hope you all have a great day today and that you can share it with someone you love. 

P.S. I spoke with my friend Marc today (the farmer who lost his turkey flock) and although he is NOT eating turkey today and is in the dark because they lost power in the storm yesterday, he was blown away by the generosity of those who gave to a stranger!   

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/15/2014 10:07am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

CSA Deposits or Balances Due

We are accepting deposits for our 20 week 2015 CSA season!  If you are interested in joining our farm, please send a check for $50 or the balance of the share you'd like (half=6 items/week=$350 or full=10 items/week=$585) to Little Peace Farm 257 Moon Hill Rd. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. 

For our Reading area CSA drop off, the cost is: half share=$385 and full share=$600.  Deposits or balances for the full amounts are due by Next Saturday, November 22.  If only a deposit is made, the full balance is due by January 15th (we will send an e-mail reminder!). 

Please be mindful of the due dates and about making these payments!!!  This is our farm income for the winter months and how CSA farms operate and survive!  Last season we had a majority of members who did not pay until mid-spring, which causes a lot of financial stress on our family and farm.  So, please consider this membership a bill which needs to be paid on time, just like your electric bill or credit card bill. Difference is:

1) You get to eat delicious, fresh, organically grown food all summer long for your payment.

2) You are supporting a small farm and a small business in your community.

3) Your farmer has the funds to start up and upgrade his farm and sustain his farm and family!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/12/2014 6:18pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good folks!

We got our third frost this morning and what a beautiful and welcomed sight it was!  One benefit of frost is that it helps cabbage and other brassicas really sweeten up.  Perfect timing for making sauerkraut!  A few months ago we announced a series of presentations we'll sponsor here at the farm to encourage more self sufficiency called The Homesteader's Roundtable.  The next presentation here at the farm is scheduled for this Saturday, October 18th from 3-4.  Here are the details: 

FERMENTATION FOR YOUR HEALTH: Saturday, October 18th from 3-4 p.m.

"Heather Shollenberger is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in healing digestive disorders through fermented foods, kombucha and whole, organic foods all the while helping her clients achieve their ultimate health. She will be presenting a workshop on how to make sauerkraut. You will learn the many benefits of fermented foods, how to prepare it and take home you very own jar of sauerkraut!"

The cost is $5pp which will include the presentation, demonstration and a jar of your own sauerkraut made from Little Peace Farm cabbage.  Please bring your own clean and sterile quart jar (widemouth if possible).  THIS IS AN RSVP EVENT, so please e-mail us as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/9/2014 5:50pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

I got a good response for folks interested in continuing the drop at Colonial Fitness for another 8 weeks so we are officially on!  We will e-mail each of you who expressed an interest in continuing to confirm.  If anyone else is interested the details are as follows: the CSA drop will continue each Thursday for 8 weeks beginning October 30th and ending December 18th.  Winter CSA will include 5 items/week for a half share ($175) and 10 itmes/week for a full share ($350).  Items will likely include spinach, arugula, cabbage, radish, turnip, carrots, beets, winter squash (several varieties), potatoes, garlic, head lettuce, asian greens and more.  If you are interested and didn't respond to our original e-mail a couple weeks ago, please do so now.  Thank you and we are looking forward to the new season!

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 9/28/2014 3:39pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

80 degrees and sunny?  Sure doesn't feel like the last week in September but we are in a cusp month so anything is possible. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE FIELDS

Tomatoes and peppers are just about finished, basil is all flowered out and this might be the last week we harvest our eggplant.  Folks who visited us at the Pottsville Farmer's Market this weekend saw the first of our fall broccoli, rutabaga, carrots, radish, spinach and more.  This week we'll start harvesting cauliflower and head lettuces again.  Our new strawberry plugs are planted and taking off with the hope that they will give loads of fruit in May.  Hannah and Sam tore out two beds of tomatoes from our new high tunnel to make room for our winter vegetable plantings.  With three high tunnels now in production, this will hopefully prove to be our most abundant winter growing season yet! 

Winter CSA

We are still taking sign ups for our winter CSA share which will run for 8 weeks from the last week in October until the week of December 16th.  Pick ups will be at the farm from 4-6 on Tuesday evenings.  Folks who join will receive 5 "items" per week including: spinach, lettuce, kale, chard, napa cabbage, red and green cabbage, beets, carrots, winter greens, garlic, potatoes, rutabaga, broccoli, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, dried herbs, and lots more!  The cost is $160/share.  Please let us know if you would like to join and spread the word if you know anyone who is interested!

ORGANIC APPLES

I'm a complete fruit head...meaning I love growing and eating fruit, especially apples.  We are in the process of planting a small orchard on the farm and hope to have fruit available in two or three seasons.  In the mean time I am mentoring with a gentleman who has a lifetime of fruit growing experience in Adam's County and has offered to show me the ropes.  He grows certified organic apples and peaches and low spray wine grapes.  I will be visiting him during the next couple of weeks and will be buying large quantities of fruit to sell from the farm.  I'd like to hear comments from any of you about whether you are interested in organic apples.  Your interest or lack of interest might help us determine how much fruit to buy.  Drop us a line by e-mail if you'd be interested in buying organic apples.

Enjoy this incredible weather while it lasts!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 9/7/2014 8:35pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

What a humid and sticky week that was!  As usual, a nice thundry cold front came through and cleared it all out.  Good sleeping weather now!  Also a good reminder that the season is changing and we're planting for our Winter Growing Season.  If you are a market customer or CSA member and are thinking ahead about the cold months to come, don't despair.  We grow greens and have storage veggies all winter long! 

Winter CSA

We are now taking sign ups for our winter CSA share which will run for 8 weeks from the last week in October until the week of December 16th.  Pick ups will be from 4-6 on Tuesday evenings.  Folks who join will receive 5 "items" per week including: spinach, lettuce, kale, chard, napa cabbage, red and green cabbage, beets, carrots, winter greens, garlic, potatoes, rutabaga, broccoli, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, dried herbs, and lots more!  The cost is $160/share.  We are accepting sign ups beginning this week.  If you are interested e-mail us right away (the winter CSA fills up quickly) and please make payment by September 20. 

We are looking forward to the change in season and change at our dinner table.     

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/27/2014 6:18am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

We had a wonderful evening on Saturday for our 2nd Farmer's Table Dinner.  Our three Chefs did an outstanding job at creating a 6 course meal with all farm ingredients.  Thank you to all who came and supported the event and the auction which raised funds for a Schuylkill County homeless shelter.

BULK PASTE TOMATOES

Tomato season is quickly coming to an end especially with such cool nights and high disease pressure.  So if you have any plans on making sauce for canning or freezing or just freezing whole tomatoes, now is the time!  We have bulk paste tomatoes for sale.  The fruits are of several heirloom varieties including Sicilio Rosso, Amish Paste, Roman Candle, San Marzano, and more.  Bulk pricing on basil is also available.  We have a special discount for CSA members!  E-mail if you are interested. 

PASTURED PORK

For the third year we are offering pastured pork from our farm.  We've raised these hogs on pasture and transitional organic feed from a mill in Oley who grinds some of the highest quality NON GMO feed you can find.  Hogs will be sold by the whole, half, or quarter and we can walk you through the whole process with the butcher to make it easy.  E-mail if you are interested and we can discuss price and details. 

WINTER CSA

We are once again offering a winter CSA this year.  The 8 week season will begin the last week in October, a week after the summer CSA season ends, and end the week of December 16th.  We will send out more information in the next couple of weeks.  The winter CSA will feature a great variety of greens, root crops, storage vegetables, potatoes, garlic, dried beans and more.  Stay tuned for more details.

I've continued cover cropping, using crop rotations, applying manure, and adding organic fertilizer including Atlantic kelp meal which has all helped us produce high quality and nutrient dense food.  This has been a great growing season so far and we're looking forward to a great fall and winter season.  In the next couple of weeks you will begin to see seasonal changes in what we have.  You'll see tomatoes begin to dwindle while winter squash, pumpkin, salad mix, head lettuce, radish, turnip, carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, kale, pac choi, and lots more begin to show up again.  So watch the market tables change as the season begins to change.  Thank you for enjoying our farm.  Stay tuned for more farm news!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/21/2014 6:47am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

We're all filled up for our dinner on Saturday night.  Thank you to all who purchased tickets for the event.  We're really looking forward to a great evening for a greater cause (raising funds for our effort to start Schuylkill County's first homeless shelter)!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/15/2014 5:46am by Michael Scheidel.


Hey Good Folks,

I'm currently typing this with my hoodie on, hood up, and our furnace just kicked in.  I believe it reached the upper 40's this morning!  August!  But I'm thrilled with how the weather has been this season.  Probably the best conditions in the past several years. 

FARMER'S TABLE DINNER

We have tickets available for our Farmer's Table Dinner here at the farm next Saturday, August 23rd from 6-?.  Please consider coming as this will be an event like none other in our area: appetizer reception, farm walk, 6 courses, complimentary beverages, silent auction, all produced by 3 very creative chefs and all made from produce, herbs, flowers, fruit and animals raised by us on our farm.  This will be a great opportunity to experience a "purist's" version of what the farmer's table tastes like!

HALF WAY AND WINTER CSA

We are just beyond half way through our 2014 summer growing season which means 8 or 9 more weeks of the best, chemical-free produce we can grow.  Look for the varieties to change soon as our early fall crops begin to ripen.  September is really our most abundant months as all of the summer crops are still producing but we'll also be harvesting spinach, carrots, radish, turnip, arugula and more cool loving crops.  If you have enjoyed our food, consider joining our winter CSA which lasts from the end of October (when our regular CSA and market season ends) until Christmas.  We'll send more details along in the coming weeks.

Thank you to all who have continued to support our family and farm.  Stay tuned! 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm