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Posted 6/4/2013 5:30am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks.
For those CSA members who signed up for the farm as a pick up location today is the first pick up from 4-7.  For those who are not members, we'll also have extras to sell.  See you all this afternoon!  Gratefully.

LPF   
Posted 5/21/2013 10:46am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey Folks!
We're having a veggie sale and a walking farm tour this weekend from 10-12.  The farm walk will begin at 11:00 and might take up to an hour.  If you plan on joining us for the walk, please dress appropriately (proper footwear and a hat) and expect uneven terrain.  

Pre-ordering through our website begins now and closes Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  We will have pastured eggs, local raw cheese, possibly fresh baked bread and additional random veggies that are not on the pre-order list this week that we'll have for sale as well.  To place an order, please closely follow the instructions below.   Remember, if you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!  Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday.
Gratefully,
 
Michael, Emily and the kids
Little Peace Farm   

  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 5/20/2013 8:35am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Well, we're in full swing with the grape vines shooting and blooming, veggies maturing and being planted, potato plants poking through the tilled ground, new asparagas reaching for the sky, strawberries setting fruit, chickens grazing on spring grass...  It makes my mind spin sometimes watching our farm really come to life each new season.  There is really so much to observe and appreciate.  I'd say this farm is humming with new life!  That includes our baby who is due the first week in July (stay tuned!!!)

TWENTY PERCENT   

After removing the protective row cover from the tomatoes and surveying the frost damage by each variety I counted a loss of 329 plants of 1500 total.  That is a loss of about 22%.  Thank God I have all the replacement plants I need to make up for the loss!  The rest of the plants look great.  Now it's time to start dreaming of colorful, juicy maters!

CSA

We still have shares available for our CSA.  We offer pick up locations here at the farm on Tuesdays, 4-7, the Pottsville Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8-12, and at Good Eatz Green Cafe' in West Reading on Thursdays from 11-6.  Spread the word!

VEGGIE SALE

We are planning a sale for this weekend in conjunction with a farm tour for new CSA members.  Stay tuned for an e-mail in the next day or so with details.

As always, thank you for supporting our farm and stay tuned for more details!

Gratefully,

Michael and Emily Scheidel
Little Peace Farm                       
Posted 5/8/2013 7:07pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks,

WE'RE CANCELLING OUR TOMATO PLANT SALE for this weekend!!!  The veggie sale is still on (same time) but the forecast is calling for possible frost/freeze on Sunday and Monday nights.  This means I will likely need every replacement plant I've got in case we get a "killing frost".  I just planted about 1500 tomato plants as well as cucumbers and squash on Monday.  We just got a hail storm and I checked the plants I've got in the field and they look ok.  Pray for frost free conditions on Sun. and Mon. and sorry to cancel the plant sale.   Stay tuned.

Gratefully,

Michael and Emily and kids

Little Peace Farm      
Posted 5/7/2013 1:29pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Like a knucklehead, I typed up the following message at 5:30 this morning and somehow, forgot to send it!  My apologies.

HEIRLOOM TOMATO AND PLANT SALE
We will again be selling plants this weekend including heirloom tomatoes, flowers, and basil.  Six pack plants will be sold for $4/six pack or $1/single plant.  Basil plants in 3" pots will be $2.  This year we will allow folks to mix and match their tomato plants because, well I love a good mix of tomatoes as much as anyone else! We will also be selling certified organic seed potatoes for the garden for $1/lb.  The potato varieties are German Butterball (russet skin/yellow flesh), Yukon Gold (yellow skin/yellow flesh), and and Sangre (red skin/white flesh).   There will be no pre-ordering of plants and they go fast so get here early!

VEGGIE SALE
We will be having a pre-order veggie sale this weekend as well from 10-12.  Included will be kale, spinach, chard, salad mix, chives and radish.  We will also have our own pastured eggs for sale (deep orange yolks form all that new grass they're grazing on!), raw cheese form Hilltop Meadow Farm, and possibly Emily's fresh baked breads.  Online ordering opens on Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.  Instructions are below and remember, if you do order online and you don't get a confirmatin e-mail after you placed your order, you did not order correctly!  Follow the instructions closely.

Thank you all for supporting our farm and stay tuned for more farm news!
Gratefully,

Michael, Emily, and kids Little Peace Farm        
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 5/2/2013 5:36am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks,

If you haven't ordered veggies yet for this weekend, the store closes tonight at 8:00 p.m.  I wasn't sure if they would be ready so I did not offer them through the online ordering but we should have young French breakfast radish and some salad mix available as well.   


Plant Sale

I have been growing my own onion plants each year and have lots of extra available so I'll be selling bunches of 25 for $2.50  Here are the varieties:

-Ailsa Craig-these grow huge; an English garden sweet onion; fresh eating onion

-red marble-red cippolini, those small flat onions; stores very well

-gold coin-yellow cippolini; stores very well

-copra-yellow storage onion; we are still eating the crop from last season!  Stores very well.

Onion plants always grow much larger than onion sets you buy at the hardware store!  

Potato Seed

I offered German Butterball Potato but also have certified organic Sangre (red skin, white flesh) and Yukon Gold (yellow skin, yellow flesh) potato available of planting as well.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.  Gratefully.

ms
lpf       
Posted 4/29/2013 6:20am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks,

Well the weather isn't breaking as fast as many of us would like (last year at this time we had alreay had 2 weeks in the 70's) but it is still time to get your gardens in order! This Saturday, May 4th, we will be combining a veggie sale and our annual Heirloom Tomato and Plant Sale here at the farm.  Veggie pick-up and plant sale will be from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. rain or shine. 

HEIRLOOM TOMATO AND PLANT SALE

We will be selling plants including heirloom tomatoes, peppers, flowers, and basil.  Six pack plants will be sold for $4/six pack or $1/single plant.  Basil plants in 3" pots will be $2.  This year we will allow folks to mix and match their tomato plants because, well I love a good mix of tomatoes as much as anyone else!
We will also be selling certified organic seed potatoes for the garden for $1/lb.  The potato variety is German Butterball, which is a beautiful golden yellow flesh potato great for mashing, baking or frying.  There will be no pre-ordering of plants and they go fast so get here early! 

VEGGIE SALE

We will be having a pre-order veggie sale this weekend as well from 10-12.  Included will be kale, spinach, chard, salad mix, chives and more. We will also have our own pastured eggs for sale (deep orange yolks form all that new grass they're grazing on!), raw cheese form Hilltop Meadow Farm, and possibly Emily's fresh baked breads.  Online ordering opens on Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.  Instructions are below and remember, if you do order online and you don't get a confirmatin e-mail after you placed your order, you did not order correctly!  Follow the instructions closely.

Thank you all for supporting our farm and stay tuned for more farm news!

Gratefully,

Michael, Emily, and kids
Little Peace Farm         

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 4/12/2013 6:32am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Emily just worked like mad to get all of the winter coats, hats, and gloves put away for the season.  The driving force was a combination of her "nesting" instinct and the excellent weather we had last week.  This time last year we had warm weather for a couple of weeks making making for perfect and early planting conditions so everything was in and up early.  

FIRST WAVE

Last week gave me the opportunity to get the first wave of seed and seedlings in the ground.  Here's some of what I got planted: spring onions (lots of them!), spinach, chard, kale, head lettuce, pac choi, napa cabbage, multi-colored radish and turnip, carrots, beets, salad mix, fava beans....  The peas are finally up and yesterday, you'll be happy to know, I bumped up all of my heirloom tomato seedlings to larger flats where they'll grow until I transplant into the field in 3-4 weeks.  Today I bump up flowers, herbs, peppers, and eggplant.

HENS

Our new hens have gotten off to a rough start.  We had a gusty wind in the middle of the night which somehow moved our egg wagon over it's moorings and rolled it about 25 feet backwards, crushing one of the new girls and destroying our feed bin.  Lesson learned.  So I went up last night to make sure it was secure as we were expecting wind and found a skunk stuck inside the electric poultry netting.  I wont explain my ridiculous 5 minute dance with this stinky thing but eventually it slipped under the fence, enduring a little shock to get away from the insane two-legger (me).  When they start really laying and settling in to their new home, you'll see their delicious eggs here at the farm or at the market!

BLUEBERRIES AND ASPARAGAS

Next week our blueberries and asparagas plants arrive.  I've always said that I'm not going to plant asparagas until I know we've found the farm we're staying on.  Welp, we plant next week.  This old beat up farm needs a lot of love and we're working real hard to improve it, the home and the land.

Stay tuned for more farm news!    

Growing gratefully!

Michael, Emily and kids

Little Peace Farm                  
   
  
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