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Posted 4/2/2013 1:42pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
I accidentally sent the "Chickens..." e-mail twice instead of this: we are having a sale this weekend at the farm. Online ordering begins now and ends on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and pick up is at the farm this Saturday, April 6th from 10-12.   In addtion to our veggies we will be offering raw cheeses, our own fresh eggs, and possibly Emily's delicious breads.  As the weather begins to warm and we have more sunlight, we will have larger quantities of veggies available more regularly so that means veggie sales every couple of weeks.  For those who have never ordered or those who have forgotten the process follow the directions below and call if you have any questions.  Order early as we have a limited amount of veggies and they go real fast.  If you place an order PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP! 
Gratefully.

LPF  

  
ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS:

*on our website, click on "PRE/POST SEASON ORDERING" 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 that you can change in the future.

*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!  Winter produce is limited so order early!

Posted 4/2/2013 1:17pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Pastured Chicken 
Some of you have already asked about pre-ordering for this year's Little Peace Farm organically pastured chicken.  Well, you'll have to wait but we'll send an e-mail out when the first batch is ready to go which will be some time in mid-June.  The quality of locally raised, pastured chicken versus conventional store bought is incredible. We are still eating our frozen chicken from our last batch from October and they're delicious and hold up well in a freezer.  So stay tuned for news about our HONEST CHICKEN! 

Laying Hens
Once again, we're increasing our flock of pastured laying hens and are adding our new flock this week.  I'm making the final touches on the new "egg-mobile" which is an old wagon bed with a hoophouse on top where they'll roost and lay.  We can move it with the tractor to new green pasture very easily now and since we bought the rest of the farm last year, we have the room to move them to!  That means we'll have more delicious HONEST EGGS available here at the farm throughout the season!  I'll keep in touch about buying eggs here at the farm.             

SPRING PLANT SALE AND ORGANIC POTTING MIX
We are planning our annual spring plant sale for the end of April/beginning of May.  We don't have an exact date yet but stay tuned for details.  Included in the sale will be: heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, flowers, herbs, and various garden vegetable plants.  We will also be selling bags of MacEnroe Organic Potting Mix.  I get this mix specially shipped from NY where it is produced and have used it for the past 7 years.  The quality is excellent and you can be assured that it doesn't include any toxic wetting agents or synthetic fertilizers.  Stay tuned on the exact date and times of the sale.

OTHER FARM NOTES...

We have decided to end our CSA drop off locations in Hazelton, Allentown, and Exton and have begun to accept shares in the Reading area.  Makes sense to us as Reading is so much closer and so much more familiar to us.  
We've made some great contacts and have already met some fine folks from Reading so we're looking forward to grow there.

Thank all of you who ordered Organic Citrus from us this year and thank you Thorpe's Organic Family Farm in NY for being so dedicated to and diverse in what you grow!  We've never tasted citrus so good!  

We have CSA shares available for the 2013 season so if you are interested or know someone who is, visit our website or call us for details. If you are a current CSA member and want/can donate to our Good Steward Share, let us know; the number of these share is pretty slim so far this year!  Pray for some nice spring weather!

Gratefully.
Michael, Emily, and kids
Little Peace Farm        

    
Posted 4/2/2013 7:24am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Pastured Chicken 
Some of you have already asked about pre-ordering for this year's Little Peace Farm organically pastured chicken.  Well, you'll have to wait but we'll send an e-mail out when the first batch is ready to go which will be some time in mid-June.  The quality of locally raised, pastured chicken versus conventional store bought is incredible. We are still eating our frozen chicken from our last batch from October and they're delicious and hold up well in a freezer.  So stay tuned for news about our HONEST CHICKEN! 

Laying Hens
Once again, we're increasing our flock of pastured laying hens and are adding our new flock this week.  I'm making the final touches on the new "egg-mobile" which is an old wagon bed with a hoophouse on top where they'll roost and lay.  We can move it with the tractor to new green pasture very easily now and since we bought the rest of the farm last year, we have the room to move them to!  That means we'll have more delicious HONEST EGGS available here at the farm throughout the season!  I'll keep in touch about buying eggs here at the farm.             

SPRING PLANT SALE AND ORGANIC POTTING MIX
We are planning our annual spring plant sale for the end of April/beginning of May.  We don't have an exact date yet but stay tuned for details.  Included in the sale will be: heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, flowers, herbs, and various garden vegetable plants.  We will also be selling bags of MacEnroe Organic Potting Mix.  I get this mix specially shipped from NY where it is produced and have used it for the past 7 years.  The quality is excellent and you can be assured that it doesn't include any toxic wetting agents or synthetic fertilizers.  Stay tuned on the exact date and times of the sale.

OTHER FARM NOTES...

We have decided to end our CSA drop off locations in Hazelton, Allentown, and Exton and have begun to accept shares in the Reading area.  Makes sense to us as Reading is so much closer and so much more familiar to us.  
We've made some great contacts and have already met some fine folks from Reading so we're looking forward to grow there.

Thank all of you who ordered Organic Citrus from us this year and thank you Thorpe's Organic Family Farm in NY for being so dedicated to and diverse in what you grow!  We've never tasted citrus so good!  

We have CSA shares available for the 2013 season so if you are interested or know someone who is, visit our website or call us for details. If you are a current CSA member and want/can donate to our Good Steward Share, let us know; the number of these share is pretty slim so far this year!  Pray for some nice spring weather!

Gratefully.
Michael, Emily, and kids
Little Peace Farm        

    
Posted 3/20/2013 4:04pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
We are closing the ordering window on freshly picked, organic Florida citrus.  Orders need to be made by e-mail by Monday, March 25th at noon.  See below for details.  Happy juicing!

LPF
CERTIFIED ORGANIC CITRUS
We are receiving our second shipment of organic citrus from Thorpe's Organic Family Farm on April 1st (NO FOOLIN'!).  We got a lot of great feedback from those who ordered the first time and were personally very pleased with the excellent flavor of the fruit, which is sometimes ugly on the outside because of not spraying for bugs.  Gayle and Mike Thorpe were headed back down to their grove in Fla. from their family farm in Western NY this weekend.  They are going to spend a couple weeks there and harvest another crop of their delicious fruit.  They are heading back north to celebrate Easter in NY so I'll meet them on their way back to pick up our order.  Here are the details for ordering:

*Honey Tangerines-deep orange color; incredible sweetness, flavor and color some seeds and excellent for fresh eating or juicing 

*Pink Grapefruits-very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large, very few seeds 

*Valencia Oranges-a bit larger than the Hamlins from the last shipment, great for slicing and juicing  

*The Tangerines and Valencia Oranges come in cases which weigh about 40-45 lbs. and total between 90-110 oranges per case.  The grapefruit cases weigh approximately 30 lbs. and include around 38-42 fruits per case.  The cost is $56.25/case tangerines or oranges and $42.00/case for the grapefruit. 

*Only full case orders

* All orders must be picked up on the designated day and time!!!   

*Pick up will be Monday, April 1st from 4-6 p.m.  

This is an excellent opportunity to get fresh picked chemical free citrus.  Order by e-mail  (www.littlepeacecsa@yahoo.com ) or send a message through our website. 






  

Posted 3/10/2013 7:30pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

To all new subscribers to our website, welcome and thanks for your interest in our farm!


CERTIFIED ORGANIC CITRUS

We are receiving our second shipment of organic citrus from Thorpe's Organic Family Farm on April 1st (NO FOOLIN'!).  We got a lot of great feedback from those who ordered the first time and were personally very pleased with the excellent flavor of the fruit, which is sometimes ugly on the outside because of not spraying for bugs. 
Gayle and Mike Thorpe were headed back down to their grove in Fla. from their family farm in Western NY this weekend.  They are going to spend a couple weeks there and harvest another crop of their delicious fruit.  They are heading back north to celebrate Easter in NY so I'll meet them on their way back to pick up our order.  Here are the details for ordering:

*Honey Tangerines-deep orange color; incredible sweetness, flavor and color some seeds and excellent for fresh eating or juicing 

*Pink Grapefruits-very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large, very few seeds 

*Valencia Oranges-a bit larger than the Hamlins from the last shipment, great for slicing and juicing
 
*The Tangerines and Valencia Oranges come in cases which weigh about 40-45 lbs. and total between 90-110 oranges per case.  The grapefruit cases weigh approximately 30 lbs. and include around 38-42 fruits per case.  The cost is $56.25/case tangerines or oranges and $42.00/case for the grapefruit. 

*Only full case orders

* All orders must be picked up on the designated day and time!!!   

*Pick up will be Monday, April 1st from 4-6 p.m.  

This is an excellent opportunity to get fresh picked chemical free citrus.  Order by e-mail  (www.littlepeacecsa@yahoo.com ) or send a message through our website. 

SPR..SPRRRR...SPRI...

I dare not say it's here prematurely but it sure does feel like things are changing outside!  I got a bunch of work done on Saturday including getting our peas planted as well as prepping some beds for direct seeding.  Our nursery is starting to fill up with flats of onions, head lettuces, and early greens.  Stay tuned for more on what's going on in the fields!

GRAPES

Most of you know that we bought the rest of the farm this fall which includes a couple of acres of wine grapes.  Being a complete grape novice, I attended an all day workshop on grape growing in Lancaster on Friday.  Sitting from 8-5 was maddening but I really learned a lot.  One thing was made clear, NOBODY, NOT EVEN THE PROS BELIEVE GRAPES CAN BE GROWN IN THIS REGION ORGANICALLY!!!  So what's dummy Mike going to do???  He's going to try to grow them without conventional chemicals.  There is very little info. from anyone trying to grow them in this region organically so I'm kindof alone but I'll keep you posted on our progress.  

FARM DAY

Next Saturday, March 16th,  from 9-2 we're inviting YOU to come help on our COMMUNITY supported agriculture (CSA) farm.  Come and help out while learning some of our methods and growing techniques.  If it's raining we'll be in the high tunnels weeding and possibly planting or in the nursery turning our compost bunkers, or seeding flats.  If weather is nice we'll be in the vineyard pruning grape vines, or many other outside jobs. Bring a lunch and we'll take a break to eat together.  We are going to offer work days regularly throughout the growing season to get to know more of our members and customers and to bring you closer to your food!  Thanks in advance to all who can come out this weekend.  PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL TO LET US KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON COMING.   

CSA

We have plenty of CSA shares available for our 20 week growing season for 2013.  So if you are considering joining or know someone who is remember, we offer Full and Half Shares, Flower and Herb Shares, Work Shares, and Good Steward Shares and more.  See the website for details.  



So be patient and think Sprin.........

Peace

Michael, Emily, and Kids

Little Peace Farm                      
  
              

     
Posted 2/20/2013 9:01am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

We're pulling the plug tonight on ordering cases of organic citrus.  So if you haven't yet, get your order in by e-mailing us by tonight at 10:00.  The Thorpes are picking tangerines today (just spoke to Gayle who is picking in a t-shirt and 80 degree weather, grrrrrrrr.....).  Remember, only full case orders and we will be getting the shipment on Monday Feb, 25th so pick up will be that same day or the next.  See the previous blog on our website for cost and details.  Thanks and stay warm!
LPF

Posted 2/16/2013 8:17pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!  
FIRST SEEDS
I've finally finished my seed order for the 2013 growing season and am ready to get growing.  Today I cleaned out the nursery, prepared the naturally heated compost bunker, and seeded the first flats of the season: onions like red and yellow cippolini, ailsa craig, purplette, and copra.  I also received part of my seed order in the mail today which includes some new (to us) heirloom vegetables like Jimmy Nardellos sweet peppers, plum purple and cherry belle radish, and Bleu de Solaize leek.  These are only a few of many new varieties we're going to grow this season.  They will go well with some of our time-tested favorites like Nevada and Magenta summer head lettuce, green zebra heirloom tomato, and Waltham butternut squash.  Stay tuned for more details on our growing season!
ORGANIC FLORIDA CITRUS
We are partnering with Thorpe's Organic Family Farm in Western NY to offer you fresh and excellent quality certified organic fruit.  Citrus from NY you ask??? In addition to their farm in NY, The Thorpes own an organic citrus grove in Florida and travel there to work the grove and harvest the fruit in the winter.  They are traveling back to NY nextweek with a shipment and we are taking orders for the following: 
*Honey Tangerines-deep orange color; few seeds and excellent for fresh eating or juicing 
*Red Grapefruits-very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large, very few seeds
*Hamlin Oranges-excellent for juicing especially to mix with red grapefruit or honey tangerine; some seeds
The Tangerines and Hamlin Oranges come in cases which weigh about 40-45 lbs. and total between 100-120 oranges per case.  The grapefruit cases weigh approximately 30 lbs. and include around 38-42 fruits per case.  The cost is $56.25/case tangerines or oranges and $37.50/case for the grapefruit.  
To order just respond to this e-mail the type and quantity you would like.  Pick up will be here at the farm later next week (details to come!).  Please also remember that if you order, you are committing to purchasing and picking up the fruit!  This is an excellent opportunity to get fresh, organic citrus for an excellent price.  It you think a case is too much for you consider splitting one with a friend or juice and freeze!!!  We are going to gobble up a couple cases ourselves easily.  Only full case orders!  Order right away as we have a limit to the number of cases we can order!  
CONSEQUENCES OF THE FREEZE
We've have regretfully lost all of our Tokyo Bekana, mizuna greens, rainbow chard (for now), and cutting lettuce due to the extreme winter freezes.  We are in the process of replanting for a quick crop  before planting tomatoes in the high tunnels in April so we'll keep you posted.  But for now, not much growing well in the greenhouses.  
CSA
We have shares available for the 2013 season so please continue to spread the word.  Refer to our website under the CSA tab for details. 
Thank you and we hope all are well.  Stay tuned for more farm news and don't forget to follow us on FB!  Peace.
Little Peace Farm                       

Posted 1/24/2013 5:05pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Well the dust has settled and the major part of saving our home is complete.  The main beam in the brick side of our home failed (broke) and caused sagging so we had it replaced.  This meant the house was jacked up, old beam removed and new one set in place.  Sounds simple but the entire kitchen was demolished in the process.  So we are rebuilding until the next major job.  What a job this was however now we are SOLID.

We also have a big hole cut in the side of our home where the doorway to our mudroom will be.  We are adding that in the next two weeks.


With this sub-freezing weather (and all of the work I've been doing on the house) I haven't been able to do more than step foot inside the high tunnels to check on things.  The greens have been frozen SOLID for a week now but on the sunny days thaw and absorb what they can of the delicious sunshine!  So stay tuned for our next greens sale which is, as always, dependent on weather!

We are currently accepting new members to our farm through our CSA so if you are interested or know anyone who is, let us know.  Stay warm!

Gratefully Growing,
Michael
Little Peace Farm      
Posted 12/31/2012 2:46pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!  Another New Year's Eve is upon us, can you believe it?  We can!  I think we felt about every moment this past year and can't really say, "Where did the time go?" because we made good use of it all!  Now, however is another story.  In August I fantasize about long restful winter days and nights but when it gets here I always feel so lazy;  this time of year when I'm not sprinting around the farm to get everything done but resting my aging bones and sharing as much time as possible with Em and the kids.  We're resting for sure but as we turn the corner we are beginning to prepare for a new season; new seed, , new land, new farm help, new markets, new customers and CSA members, new animals, new equipment, and new improvements.  Every season is new here on the farm.  Thank you all for being part of our ever-renewing farm.  We pray for a blessed year ahead for all of us and time enough in our lives for those who need us most. 


Growing Gratefully,
Michael, Emily, Ari, Grace, Justice, Leah, Jude, Lucy, Hope, and Norah
Posted 11/18/2012 8:43pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

THANKSGIVING SALAD:
We have loads of beautiful head lettuces ready just in time for the Thanksgiving table!  These are generally as large or larger than what we grew this summer and include red and a red tinted green head lettuce.  We are taking pre-orders for them and pick up will be on Wed., Nov. 21 from 3-5.  Just respond to this e-mail the amount of either red or green heads you'd like and we'll have them picked and washed for you for pick up this Wed. from 3-5. ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY 8:00 P.M. ON TUES., NOV. 20 AND IF YOU ORDER, PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP! The cost is $2.50/per head.  Other produce available for purchase on a first-come first-served basis will be yellow onions, garlic, butternut and other squashes/pumpkins, and carrots. 


HIGH TUNNEL SCHOOL:
I just completed a two day long course in Lancaster on high tunnel or greenhouse growing and walked away with almost too much information on how to extend the season.  I've been growing in high tunnels for about 6 years and learn more every year.  I really love growing in them especially in the winter because while everything outside is dead and brown, the high tunnel is loaded with warm air (on a sunny day of 25 degrees it can get up to 80 or more inside the high tunnel!) and lots of green veggies.  Aside from the previously mentioned head lettuces, we are growing Swiss chard, kale, spinach, several Asian greens, radish, carrots, and kohlrabi for our fall CSA members.  We fully plan to have all of these available to those interested in the new year so stay tuned for news from us about our Winter Veggie Sales!


2013 CSA:
Thank you to all who have sent in your 2013 deposits by the deadline of this past week.  Aside from having working capital to put into farm improvements, this really helps us gauge how to promote our CSA for the following season.  We have lots of room for new members so if you are interested for your own family or know someone who would appreciate a share as a Christmas gift, consider joining for the 2013 season!  We are also going to offer a promotion as we did last year for sending new CSA members our way; if you refer a friend who joins our CSA we will credit you $10 worth of veggies during our winter/pre-season sales!  A mighty nice incentive to spread the  word about our small scale-sustainable-family owned-chemical free-local-honest vegetable farm.  

We are thankful for your support and have been abundantly blessed this season.  We hope for a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday for all of you!        


Michael, Emily, Ari, Grace, Justice, Leah, Jude, Lucy, Hope, and Norah
Little Peace Farm