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Posted 7/9/2013 10:08pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Today, Emily confirmed once again why she's my hero.  Gabriel William was born at 3:00 p.m. and she and he are doing wonderfully well.  God is good!  We came home at about 9:30 tonight to the news of flipped golf carts, a broken wrist, hawks eating some of our chicks and much more excitement (no joke!).  But all of that seems to melt away when we look at his little face and see the whole family.  We had some truly amazing coverage at the farm today to help run the CSA pick up and market and watch the kids.  We have no idea how to thank you all other than to continue living our farm dream with all of you.  We really mean that!  Thank all of you for supporting our family and farm.  Peace.



Posted 7/8/2013 5:19am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

We are taking orders for our next batch of pastured chicken.  We will be processing them on Thursday, July 18 and pick up will be here at the farm that afternoon from 4-6.  The cost is $3.95/lb. and they will weigh anywhere from 4-7 lbs.  If you haven't tried one, maybe this is the time.  They have been raised on pasture since they left the brooder (that's where we put our chicks until they are mature enough to go outside) and have enjoyed the bugs, sunshine, wind and rain since.  Order right away as we usually sell out pretty fast.  Gratefully! 

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

p.s.  All of this depends on when the baby comes, who was due yesterday so we'll keep everyone posted.

Posted 7/5/2013 8:24pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

We're 5 weeks into our market and CSA season and with all the heat and recent rain, the farm (and weeds) is finally popping.  The late cool nights and cold early spring really pushed things back by 2-3 weeks but we're finally rounding a corner.  Expect to see cherry tomatoes in the next couple of weeks, more cucumbers and summer squash and fresh green/Italian beans.  

We receive e-mails from the producer of the film Fresh and the most recent one included the following, which was really a great synopsis of the the organic label.  To many, like us, growing organically is simply the way to go but the organic label doesn't always mean you're getting what you deserve; HONEST FOOD.  We're grateful to know all of our customers and take great pride in growing honest food.  The close contact we have with you really builds the trust that a sticker just can't match.  Thanks and read on for the lowdown from the folks at Fresh:

What Organic Means:
  • USDA Certification: The organic label means that the ingredients came from producers who were certified by the USDA as upholding organic standards.
  • Limited Pesticides: Organic produce is grown without synthetic and persistent pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Eating organic produce is a good way to reduce your exposure to these chemicals.
  • GMO Free: Organic foods do not include genetically-modified ingredients.
  • No Irradiation: Organic produce has not been exposed to irradiation, an ionizing radiation treatment used to kill foodborne pathogens and reduce spoilage.
What Organic Doesn't Mean:
  • Small Scale Producer: Unfortunately, food conglomerates have realized that premium prices equals larger profits, and they have bought many formerly independent organic operations. Many organic brands are in fact subsidiaries of larger mainstream companies, such as Kashi and Kellogg’s, or Muir Glen and General Mills.
  • Locally Sourced: Much of the organic produce at your supermarket probably comes from CA, while the small scale farms in your community may be local, but not certified organic.
  • Fair Labor Practices: An organic farm can be staffed by exploited workers who suffer poor pay and lack benefits. The Fair Trade label certifies that the food was produced by workers who were fairly compensated, but these requirements are not part of the organic standards.
  • No Additives: If the product is not labeled “100% organic,” up to 5% can be composed of the 100+ non-organic additives allowed by the National List. Many of the additives are included because no organic substitute is available or for economic reasons, and while not all of them are harmful, the list does include items like cellulose (indigestible wood pulp) and carrageenan (linked to intestinal inflammation and colon cancer).
The Bottom Line:
  • Know Your Farmer: Just because your local farmer hasn’t had the time or funding to get organic certification doesn’t mean they aren’t running a sustainable operation. It may be better to buy from someone you know and trust over an unknown, large scale organic farm elsewhere.
  • Organic Still Means Something: While the label may not encompass all that we would hope, the organic standards are still a good start to differentiating the types of farms and producers we want to support. Remember that the label “natural” is unregulated and doesn’t mean anything, while “organic” does require adherence to regulations.
  • Dirty Dozen: Maybe you don’t have the budget or the availability to buy only organic products. In that case, carry the Dirty Dozen card in your wallet or store it on your phone. This lists the top fruits and vegetables that carry the highest levels of pesticide residues. Strive to purchase organic versions of these foods where possible.

The Scheidels
Little Peace Farm  

Posted 6/24/2013 4:32pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hi good folks! 

Since Mike is the farmer and busy in the fields, and I'm the home chef and busy in the house, I thought I'd take a minute to update our CSA members and customers on the upcoming arrival of baby #9!  We still have 2 weeks until the due date of July 7th, but better to let you all know our plan before then.  It's likely that the delivery will impact one of our markets or CSA drop-off in Reading, and if we have to cancel one of those, we will send an email with those details.  If your market or drop-off must be cancelled for that week, we will continue your CSA pick-up for one extra week in the fall.  All details will come in an email if that happens.  We had to do that in 2011 when Norah was born in September, and everybody seemed thrilled to get an extra share of that delicious fall harvest.  So, we'll stick with the same idea for this summer 2013 baby!   Again, please watch for emails announcing this most exciting time for us, and we will be sure to let you all know exactly what to expect from us and when!  We always appreciate your continued prayers and support as we joyfully anticipate this new gift of life. 

Posted 6/10/2013 5:17am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks.  All of our birds for our first batch of chickens have been pre-ordered.  Thanks to those who placed orders.  For those who either missed this round or wanted to wait, we will be processing a batch every month until October so YOU DIDN'T MISS THE BOAT!  We will be sending an e-mail out in a couple of weeks for the next batch.  Stay tuned!

Posted 6/9/2013 2:51pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks.

Pre-oredering for our first batch of delicious, organically fed, pastured chickens begins today!  All you have to do is respond to this e-mail with the number of birds you'd like and we'll do the rest.  They get snapped up fast sometimes so order promptly.  We will send an e-mail when we're sold out. 

They will be processed and ready for pick up between 4 and 6 on Thursday, June 20.  The cost is $3.85/lb and the birds weigh anywhere from 4.5-7 lbs.  If you haven't ever tried one, there is NO comparison with store bought chicken.  Our birds are moved on a fresh patch of pasture every day and enjoy eating bugs, laying in sunshine, and breathing fresh air.  Quite a different life than those raised in extreme confinement and misery!  Most of our customers cook one the night they pick up and freeze the others.  Please e-mail with orders or any questions.  Thank you and hope all are well!  Growing greatfully.

Michael, Emily and kids
Little Peace Farm  
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.

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.
Michael, Emily and the kids
Little Peace Farm   


*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!!!)


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!


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!


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!


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.


Michael and Emily and kids

Little Peace Farm