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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

Posted 8/10/2014 10:15pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

THANK YOUS

We wanted to thank everyone who came out to our pot-luck dinner last night.  We had a great time; weather was perfect, hay rides went smoothly (NO INJURIES!), food was excellent and our presenters shared their experience of building a home completely off the grid solar. 

THE FARMER'S TABLE

We are very excited to once again host a true farm-to-table event here at the farm on Saturday, August 23rd at 6 p.m. and are calling it THE FARMER'S TABLE.  This fine 6 course meal will be prepared using all ingredients raised on our farm; pasture raised pork and chicken, our lamb, and all of our own vegetables, herbs, and fruits.  The true talent behind the dinner will be Chefs Bill Shugars (Schuylkill Country Club), Chef Joseph Conrad (Parts and Labor/Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore) and Kate Hersl (Pastry Chef at Troegs brewery, Hershey).

The meal will be preceded by an appetizer reception and farm walk.  We will also hold a silent auction to benefit the effort to establlish Schuylkill County's first homeless shelter (Servants To All).  Tickets are $75pp and seating will be limited to 50!  So call or e-mail to order your tickets right away!  This is a pinnacle event for our small, sustainable, chemical-free farm as it highlights all of the bounty produced here on one table!     

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/6/2014 8:58am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

We are excited to announce the first in a year-long series of presentations we're calling "Homesteader's Roundtable".  These will be presentations, demonstrations, classes, and discussions on the topic of sustainable self sufficiency, no matter where you live! 

Our first presenters are Wes and Linda Loder who have built a solar/off-the-grid home in the Lehigh Valley.  Wes and Linda share their experiences in building their solar powered home.  They will also demonstrate a simple solar cooker used for baking and cooking homegrown food. 

They will be presenting during our pot-luck dinner here at the farm this Saturday, August 9th at about 5:30.  We'll also be showing a kid's movie after the Loder's presentation! If you plan on coming please bring a dish to share and  please RSVP.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/5/2014 6:15am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

You are invited to join us for a pot luck dinner this Saturday, August 9th from 5-9 here at the farm.  This is a great way to connect with the farm where your food is grown and us, your farmers who work hard to grow chemical free food.  Please bring a dish to share and  some walking shoes as we'll walk the farm during the evening.  Please RSVP either on Facebook or by responding to this e-mail.  Looking forward to actually hanging out with you!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/28/2014 7:42pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

NEW MEMBER FARM WALK

Every season we invite new CSA members to join us on a walk of the farm to get familiar with the farm and family that will feed them this year.  The New Member Farm Walk will be this Saturday at 12 noon following a greens sale from 10-12.  New CSA members, please plan to join us and if you do, please be prepared to walk uneven ground with appropriate footwear!  Hats are also suggested as it looks like we might have a beautiful day on Saturday! 

GREENS SALE

Despite the one week delay in our CSA this season, we are still harvesting fair quantities of certain greens but not enough variety to start up the CSA and markets.  So we will have another greens sale this weekend here at the farm from 10-12.  Veggies will include head lettuce, mixed salad greens, chard, Napa cabbage, garlic chives and more.  Ordering will be online and will begin now and end Friday night at 8:00 p.m.  Please see ordering instructions below if you haven't ordered online before. 

We are hopeful that without any more HELL, I mean hail, and a bit warmer temperatures, we'll begin to really take off in the fields!  Stay tuned for more farm news.   

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS:

*on our website, click on "Spring Markets" under the CSA tab.

*for user name enter your e-mail address (the one you use to get messages from our website) and the password "abundance".  This is a universal password.

*once you login, you will see all of the produce we have available usually including a photo and description.  Make your selections and proceed to checkout by clicking on VIEW CART.

*Click SAVE AND CHECKOUT.  You must choose Little Peace Farm for pick up!

*Then click CHOOSE AND CONTINUE.  You will see your complete order including total.  GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND CLICK COMPLETE CHECKOUT. 

*You will receive a confirmation e-mail within moments of completing your orderIf you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!