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Posted 12/13/2013 8:11am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey folks,
Due to the threat of snow tomorrow we are opening our "Christmas Down on the Farm" tomorrow at 10 a.m. instead of 12.  Hope to see you in the morning! 
The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm   
Posted 12/8/2013 7:04pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
We are partnering again with Thorpe's Organic Family Farm in New York to offer you fresh and excellent quality certified organic citrus fruit.  Mike and Gayle Thorpe own an organic citrus grove in Florida and travel there to work the grove and harvest the fruit during the winter months.  They are traveling back to NY and passing through PA on Monday, Dec. 16th with their first shipment and we are taking orders for the following: 

*Red Grapefruits-very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large mixed in each case, very few seeds.

*Hamlin Oranges-excellent for slicing in to wedges or juicing especially to mix with red grapefruit or honey tangerine; some seeds. 

The 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 of oranges and $47.50/case for the grapefruit.  

Pick up will be here at the farm on December 16 (details to come as the day gets closer!).  FULL CASE ORDERS ONLY!  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.  If you think a case is too much for you consider splitting one with a friend or squeeze and freeze!!!  The online ordering window opens today and closes on Thursday, Dec. 12th.  Order right away as we have a limit to the number of cases we can order!  

Thank you all!    


*on our website, click on "Citrus Orders" under the CSA/Ordering tab.

*there is no need to log in as this is open for any subscirber to our website! 

*once you login, you will see the varieties of citrus we have available 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!

Posted 11/28/2013 11:30am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

We wanted to send a note to thank all of you who have supported our farm in so many ways this year: praying for us, joining our CSA, spreading the word, marketing for us, visiting us at the markets, working on the farm, driving for us, babysitting, fixing things, lending equipment, participating in our farm events, ...  A true community supported farm is in a perpetual state of thanksgiving for those who trust and support the effort to feed our family and yours.  Gratefully.

The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm  
Posted 11/11/2013 7:11pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
Just a reminder that if you are interested in joining/re-joining our CSA for the 2014 season, deposits of at least $50 (or the full amount if you choose) are due by this Friday, November 15th.  Full balances are due by January 15th.  Prices will remain the same as last year; half shares are 6 items/week $385 and full shares are 10 items/week $585.  PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO MICHAEL OR EMILY SCHEIDEL instead of Little Peace Farm (bank is now charging us for our business check deposits=( !!!).  If you are considering joining but need to make alternate payment arrangements, PLEASE LET US KNOW.  Stay tuned for more farm news!  Gratefully!

The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm
Posted 9/19/2013 8:40pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Reminder that we will NOT be at the Pottsville Farmer's Market this weekend due to Ari's wedding!  We will see all of our Pottsville friends on Saturday, September 28.  For Pottsville CSA members this means we'll extend the season for one week for you; your last Satruday pick-up will be October 19th.  Next Tuesday, Sept. 24th is a normal pick up for farm pick-up CSA members.   

We had a strange phenomenon in the pumpkin/winter squash patch this season and it resulted in a very sparse crop.  I planned for a whopper of a harvest this season like last year and the one previous but sometimes in this business, the plans aren't mine!  We will have some butternuts and random pumpkins to share with CSA members and maybe some extras for market but otherwise, a small crop.  That's all part of supporting a small farm like ours; we all feel the impact when we lose something.  Community Supported Agriculture. 

On the bright side...the fall head lettuces, cauliflower, savoy cabbage and broccoli are starting to look really good.  We are trying Romanesco and a purple cauliflower for the first time this season so let us know after you try some.  I seeded greens like spicy mix, arugula, chinese cabbage, salad mix and turnips and radishes all of which you'll see in a couple of weeks.  

Fall/Winter CSA
We have a couple shares left for our fall CSA.  The season will be 8 weeks from the first week in November until Christmas.  Half shares ($150) will include 5 items/week and full shares ($300) will be 10.  Deposits for the full cost of the share are due by October 1st.  See our previous post on our website for more details.  

Thanks to everyone who has helped us with this very crazy week!  Gratefully.

The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm
Posted 9/2/2013 6:48am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

We've been getting a lot of inquiries about our fall/winter CSA and I wanted to send the very first details. 

We ARE going to offer a fall/winter share this season which will run 8 weeks; from the first week in November until the week of Christmas.  Pick up day is likely going to be Tuesday evenings from 5-6 in the market room (cracklin' fire in our woodstove if it's cold!).  We are offering half (5 items/week) and full (10 items/week) shares and the costs will be $150 and $300 respectively.  

An example of fall vegetables includes the following; salad mix, bibb head lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, turnips, radish, arugula, spinach, potatoes (red, Yukon Gold, blue), tatsoi, bok-choi, onions, spicy greens mix, napa cabbage, sweet potato, cilantro and dried beans (we are harvesting now for fall!).  This list is NOT all-inclusive.  Depending on the weather, the list may also include broccoli, cauliflower, romanesco, cabbage and winter squash!

Fall/winter shareholders will order online through our website the items they would like each week.     

We are offering a limited number of fall/winter shares so if you are interested and wish to reserve a share, please send a $50 deposit or full balance right away.  The deposit or full balance will ensure you a share.  If sending a $50 deposit only, full balances will be due by October 1st.

We always look forward to the change in season and the winter vegetables and hope you do too!  Gratefully.

The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm    
Posted 8/22/2013 9:44pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

We are again offering a colorful mix of our best heirloom paste tomatoes.  Varieties include Amish paste, Roman candle (yellow), striped Roman (red striped), orange banana (orange, one of my favorites), pink icicle, black icicle, and San Marzano.  These are all excellent varieties for making the most glowing beautiful sauces, soups and salsas for canning or freezing.  The price is $2.25/lb. ($1.75/lb. for current CSA members).   A case is 25 lbs. which would produce about 8-10 quarts of sauce or tomatoes.  All cases will include each variety of tomato.  Please e-mail with your order (NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, TOMORROW, 3:00 P.M.)for pick up at the Pottsville Farmer's Market this weekend or to make other pick up arrangements. 


We are making the final touches for our first annual farmer's table event here at the farm for Saturday night.  Thank you to all who bought tickets and are coming.  Be prepared for a 6 course meal produced entirely from our farm that will really tickle your taste buds and excite you about local foods.  We are also holding a silent auction at the dinner.  All proceeds from the auction will do directly to the Pottsville Area/St. Patrick's Catholic Church Soup Kitchen. Thank you to all the following donors: Ruby's Kitchen, Healthy Habits Natural Market, K. Ost Jewelry, Harding's Farm Market, What's In The Oven Pies, and Hope Hill Lavender Farm.  

The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm        
Posted 8/14/2013 9:34pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.

Every year we offer bulk vegetables for canning/freezing and right now is the perfect time to catch summer vegetables before they're gone! 

Paste Tomatoes

We are currently picking a colorful mix of our best heirloom paste tomatoes.  Varieties include Amish paste, Roman candle (yellow), striped Roman (red striped), orange banana (orange, one of my favorites), pink icicle, black icicle, and San Marzano.  These are all excellent varieties for making the most glowing beautiful sauces, soups and salsas for canning or freezing.  The price is $2.25/lb. ($1.75/lb. for current CSA members).   A case is 25 lbs. which would produce about 8-10 quarts of sauce or tomatoes.  All cases will include each variety of tomato.  Please e-mail with your order (NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 10:00 A.M.)for pick up at the Pottsville Farmer's Market this weekend or to make other pick up arrangements.  

We also have lots of basil for your tomatoes, just ask about availability!  

We hope all are enjoying this WIERD cold weather...feels like September!  Gratefully.

The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm        

Posted 8/9/2013 5:58am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey Good Folks!

The Pottsville Cruise is this weekend and the city is shutting down the streets at about 11.  So that means any CSA members/customers coming to the market, PLEASE COME BY 10:30  as we might have to vacate the lot a little early this week.

Dinner at Our Place
We only have a few tickets left for our Farmer's Table dinner here at the farm on Sat. Aug. 24th from 5-9ish.  The dinner, prepared by Chef Conrad from Ruby's Kitchen in Pottsville, will include an appetizer reception including an complimentary coctail, a farm walk, a 6 course dinner, a dessert, complimentary sun tea/lemonade, and a silent auction to benefit the St. Patrick's/Pottsville Area Soup Kitchen.  The dinner will be made strictly from our own chicken, pork, veggies and herbs.  The event is rain or shine.  We will have tickets ($60/pp) at the market tomorrow so if you are interested, stop by.

We have a few of our organically pastured chickens available for pick up next Thursday, August 15th.  Price is $3.95/lb. for delicious, high quality chicken.  Just e-mail us the number you'd like and we'll get you on the list. 

As always, we are grateful for all of your support! 
Gratefully Growing
The Scheidels
Posted 8/7/2013 7:39pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
Our third run of pastured, organically fed chicken is now available for pre-order.  For those who have never ordered before, just respond to this e-mail the number of chickens you would like and we'll do the rest.  Those who have ordered in the past, you know the routine..... 
Once everyone orders, we will e-mail the whole group to confirm details including pick up time and procedure.  We will process on Thursday, August 15th and pick up will be the same day from 4-6.  The cost is $3.95/lb and the birds weigh anywhere from 3.5 to 6.5 lbs.  Please bring a cooler or box to carry your chickens, especially if you order more than one.  These birds are truly delicious and excellent eaten fresh (same day as pick-up) or frozen (we've roasted birds that were frozen all winter and they were fine!).  Thank you to all who have continued to support our farm by purchasing our REAL chicken.  Gratefully.

The Scheidels