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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

Posted 8/5/2013 5:36am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks,

What an emotional roller coaster ride growing tomatoes can be, especially organically.  We had the late frost in May and lost 20% of our planting.  Then the week or two of extreme heat which combined with the late frost pushed back ripening two or three weeks.  Now all this wet and cool weather, which spells slow ripening and lots of disease!  The abundance of rain has caused most of our ripening tomatoes to split right on the vine, juuuuuuust as they're turning color.  So some varieties like the red cherrys and yellow pears and already split/diseased out.  They gave heavily for a couple of weeks but couldn't handle all of the extremes.  Sungolds and purple cherrys are hanging in there.  If you notice fewer cherry tomatoes offered, this is why.  So if you grow your own tomatoes, be vigilant about disease especially late blight which has been confirmed in surrounding counties!  Let us know if you want any advice of what to look for or how to manage an infection.

Farmhouse Chef Demonstration
Chef Conrad from Ruby's Kitchen in Pottsville will be offering a free demonstration on preparing a fresh tomato sauce in our kitchen tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 6th) from 4:30-5:00.  Anyone is welcome and those picking up their CSA shares might find it easy to stay for an extra half-hour to learn from a very talented chef.  We'll be offering these short classes occasionally for the rest of the season. 

I could continue ignoring my field work and keep on typing but we've got a BIG week ahead of us.  Enjoy!  Gratefully.
The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm       
Posted 7/29/2013 2:18pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
I wanted to touch bases on a couple of really cool events coming up.

Our first farm to table event will be happening here at the farm beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 24th.  The menu will be prepared by Chef Joseph Conrad from Ruby's Kitchen in Pottsville and will feature food exclusively from our farm.  This is a ticketed event which can be purchased here at the farm on Tuesdays 4-6 or at the Pottsville Farmer's Market from 8-12 on Saturdays.  If you haven't experienced either a true Farm-to-Table event or Chef Conrad's creations, this is a perfect opportunity.  The meal will feature an hours d' ourve/cocktail hour, a farm tour, and a 6-course meal including dessert and beverages.  We will also hold a silent auction during the event to support a local charitable organization (TBA).  The cost is $60/ticket which can be purchased here at the farm on Tuesdays from 4-6, Saturdays at the Pottsville Farmer's Market, or during the week at Ruby's Kitchen on South 2nd Street in Pottsville.  This is a rain/shine event and we are only selling a limited number of tickets, so please reserve tickets promptly.  We are really excited to host the areas first sustainably grown Farm-to-Table event! 

Market Time Change (Tuesdays)
We have been holding our CSA pick up on Tuesdays from 4-7 every week but find that just about everyone comes between 4 and 5:30.  So to save us precious time for the extra hour of setting up, we are shortening our hours; the new hours for Tuesday CSA pick up/market will be from 4-6 beginning this week.   

This week is time for the annual Schuylkill Co. Fair at the fairgrounds in Summit Station.  This is a classic event so if you haven't ever attended this could be your year.  Another incentive to go besides seeing Elvis is that on Tuesday at 3:00 in the show ring, three of our children (Grace, Justice, and Leah) will be showing three sheep.  It is really cool to see the kids who have worked so hard at training and grooming their animals show them off.  We'll be there so hope to see some of you there as well.  We will still be holding the farm market; we've got some great folks covering for us so we can see our kids show! 

We really hope you are all enjoying the bounty of the farm and look forward to the rest of the season!  Peace.

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