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Posted 7/12/2012 8:25pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.

Today, we lost a beloved member of the family.  Most of you who come to the farm have been greeted by the classic, scrruffy, and barky dog named Casea.  Casea was 17 (human years!) years old which means I had her for a few years before I even met Emily!  She had a great life and now rests under a shady walnut tree in our meadow.

I found Casea while on a long weekend surf trip to Cape Hatteras.  I swerved to miss her with my car and pulled over to see what it was that I almost hit.  What I found was a curious and very scared looking pup on her belly in the sand.  Love at first sight.  She literally crawled towards me when I rounded the car in a submissive posture.  I checked her out and found that she was totally unhurt but still needed safety.  When I inquired at the rustic book store across the highway (RT 12) about whose dog it was, a local park ranger said she was very likely owned by the folks who lived across the way.  I walked her over to the probable owners house and found the classic run-down shack, car up on blocks and BIG ROTWEILER ready to bound through the screened-in porch at me.  Mom came to the door and I asked her if she wanted Casea any more.  She said not really and later that night, after her children were asleep, I came and picked up my new pooch.    

I brought her home to my apartment in Kutztown where I was living with a friend, finishing up a degree in Anthropology.  NO PETS read the fine print in our rental agreement but I seemed to think that didn't apply to me and my new dog.  Casea became an icon on campus as I tied her to shady trees outside while I attended class.  Usually, there was a small crowd around her loving her up when I was finished with class.  Friends volunteered to take her for walks when I was working and Casea kind of became a COMMUNITY dog.  There have even been a few songs written about her (Heather {Hart} Rees, you know the one).   

My mom cared for Casea while I studied and lived in Central America and became even more attached to my extended family (sorry for the dead chickens Terry!).  She traveled with me just about everywhere I went, even on another surf trip to Florida with Gavin where Casea met her first and last beach lover, a frumpy old Brittany Spaniel name General Lee!

Well, since then, Casea was absorbed into family and has been the omni-present guardian and friend for me, Em and the kids.  So many people have said, "Oh, what a strange looking thing!" but they were usually the ones who really didn't know her.  Strange looking maybe, but a lot like us.  Not cookie cutter good looking but loved life, playful, content, couldn't be tied down, and ate chickens (heheheh).  

Anyway, I wanted to share with you because she was THAT important to us.  I don't know what tomorrow morning will be like when I have nobody following me to the field at 5:30.

Peace.

Michael, Emily and the Kids.

Posted 6/25/2012 6:31am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

ONE DOWN

Welp the one down is Emily.  She fell yesterday morning and injured an already-hurt knee.  So after an early morning trip to the ER, Emily's leg is in an immobilizer and she's hobbling around on crutches.  This does not fit Emily's routine!  So no bread at the farm pick ups on Tuesdays for a little while and lots more of us picking up her load!

TWO ON THE GROUND

Last Sunday (Father's Day) we were on our way out the door to a family function when the kids scampered in the house to tell us that there were two baby goats in the stall with Heady (mom goat)!  They weren't mistaken, as Heady gave birth to two healthy kids, one male and one female.  The girls have had to do some supplemental bottle feeding but otherwise, all is good with the new additions.  The Scheidel farm keeps on growing! 

Peace

The Scheidels

 

Posted 6/17/2012 10:42pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks.  We wanted to invite you to a local restaurant to have a truly local dining experience.  Here are the details:

Where: Brickhouse Grill 705 W. Market St. Orwigsburg; for reservations call 570-366-5220

When: Tuesday, June 26th 4 pm to 10 pm

Reservations only and they're filling up!!!

This will be the second farm-to-table event the Brickhouse has done and hopefully many more will follow!  They will be featuring locally raised pastured chicken from Herring's Green Grass Farm, our veggies, and eggs for creme brule from Potter's Farm.  We hope lots of you can make it!  Peace.

Little Peace Farm

Posted 6/16/2012 8:22pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks.  Bad news for all those who love juicy, delicious tomatoes and hearty potatoes; LATE BLIGHT is in town!  Late blight is an extremely vigorous and destructive spore that basically melts beautiful plants and fruit into a gross, mushy mess.  If you grow either of these in your gardens, two weeks ago was the time to spray copper products to protect your plants.  See this link for a USDA report.  I don't know any conventional sprays other than Captan that might be effective.  I sprayed copper hydroxide (organic certified; Champ WP) on all of our potatoes and field tomatoes and started on the high tunnel tomatoes.  There are a lot of products out there that claim to be effective against late blight but eventually, the spore will kill everything if we have the right conditions (damp, cool).  So pray for hot and dry weather, spray your plants with a copper or other ecological products every 7-10 days and scout your plants as often as possible for any signs of infection.  Everyone in the Northeast, including us, lost tomatoes due to LB in 2009 so be vigilant!  Now, sleep well....

ms

lpf

 

Posted 6/4/2012 2:16pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks.  Wanted to let you know that we're sold out of our first batch of pastured chickens.  We will have more batches throughout the season (about once per month) so stay tuned!  Thanks to those who pre-ordered. 

Also, we will have our first CSA pick up here at the farm tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5th from 4-7.  Non-CSA members are welcome to come shop as well and we'll have Emily's fresh baked breads, local raw cheeses, and our own honest eggs for sale.  Peace!

ms

lpf

Posted 6/2/2012 2:28pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  We are taking pre-orders for our first batch of organically pastured chicken.  We will process them on Thursday, June 21st with farm pick up in the early afternoon.  If you've never eaten one, now is a great time to taste the difference between "honest" chicken and factory/confinement raised chicken.  Our birds are raised on grass in moveable pens so they get fresh air, bugs, and locally milled organic feed.  The cost is $3.50/lb. and the birds usually weigh between 4.5 and 6.5 lbs.  We are doing 4 or 5 batches of about 50 birds each so if you miss this batch, stay tuned for the next which will be available the following month.  Send us an e-mail of the quantity you want and we'll let you know when we're sold out.  Thanks and looking forward to a great harvest!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/24/2012 7:58pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks.  We got whacked by those 3 nights of below freezing temps at the end of April and even though we covered the plants, we lost about 75% of the blossoms (future fruit).  However, the blooms that already set fruit and those that didn't form survived.  Long story short: we'll have the first of our berries available this Saturday at our farm sale from 1-3.  See you here from 1-3!

michael, emily, and kids

little peace farm

Posted 5/22/2012 8:38pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  This is it!  This will be the last pre-season veggie sale for Saturday pick-up before the farmer's market and CSA season begins.  Our Saturdays, beginning on June 2nd, will be spent at the Pottsville Farmer's Market at the corner of Centre and Arch Streets from 8 a.m. until noon.   This is how our weeks will look all season long:

Sunday-rest

Monday-harvest for Tuesday farm CSA pick-up, field work

Tuesday-continue to harvest for CSA pick-up, harvest for Healthy Habits delivery, Allentown Brew Works delivery, Plaza Grower's Market, Allentown CSA  delivery

Wednesday-deliver all the above (Tuesday), field work after return from Plaza Grower's Market (Allentown),  harvest for CSA delivery to Montesano Brothers (Eagle)

Thursday-field work and harvest for Life Expression Wellness Center (greater Hazelton) CSA delivery, Madeline's Restaurant , Greystone Restaurant , and Schuylkill Country Club orders

Friday-delivery to restaurants, harvest for Satuday Pottsville Farmer's Market

Saturday-Pottsville Farmer's Market, field work

So this is a glimpse into what our schedule looks like and who supports our farm.  Please consider supporting them too! 

We will be having a sale this weekend and all ordering will be done online (see instructions below; ordering begins Wednesday at 8 a.m. and ends Fri. 8 a.m.).  Veggies will include: bibb lettuce, speckled romaine type head lettuce, red Russian kale, Tuscan kale, mesculin mix, mustard greens, mizuna greens, spring onions, cress, cilantro, lettuce mix, and pac choi.

Locally produced raw cheeses, our own HONEST eggs, herb and flower plants, and breads will also be available.  Hope to see you this Saturday, May 26th from 1-3!  Peace!

Michael, Emily and kids

Little Peace Farm

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: IF YOU DON'T GET A COINFIRMATIONE-MAIL, YOU DID NOT PLACE AN ORDER!

*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 including price 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!

*then all you have to do is show up on Saturday, May 19th between 1 and 3 p.m.

Posted 5/15/2012 8:39pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!  We are having a sale this weekend from 1-3 here at the farm.  All ordering is done online and the "store" opens Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and closes Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.  Follow the instructions below to place orders.  Greens include the follwing: bibb lettuce, rainbow Swiss chard, kale, speckled head lettuce, lettuce mix, spicy mix, mustard greens, and cress.  We will be offering our own brown eggs as well as raw cheese from Hilltop Meadow Farm in Pine Grove.  In addition we will be selling our herb and flower plants including; viola, tangerine marigolds, basil, lemon basil, and oregano.  Happy ordering and we'll see you here at the farm!

Michael and Emily and kids

Little Peace Farm

 

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: IF YOU DON'T GET A COINFIRMATIONE-MAIL, YOU DID NOT PLACE AN ORDER!

*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 including price 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!

*then all you have to do is show up on Saturday, May 19th between 1 and 3 p.m.

Posted 5/14/2012 8:55pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  I wanted to drop you a line but also direct you to a cooking blog managed by a great friend of Little Peace Farm.  Deb Davis and her friend Joan have put together a great place to help you prepare simple meals with local foods.  Check out their latest posts by clicking on this link!  Here's what's happening at the farm!

The Fields

I tend to over-do it sometimes and I think this time it was potatoes.  I have about  half acre planted in several varieties so if all goes well, get ready for some taters!  The oniony thing not planted yet is leeks and they're due to go in as soon as we dry out a bit.  Otherwise, all onions are planted.  Strawberries are a complete bust again this year.  This time it was due to the deep freezes we had a few weeks ago.  Everyone in the region lost their berries so watch for high prices and lots of imports!  The first beans are in and include green and yellow plus the flat Italian beans most of you saw last year.  I'm also planting canellini and some dry beans for winter use and storage.  I just planted the most sweet corn I've ever put in at once so if the crows, bugs, deer, racoons, and lunatic chef's don't get to it, we hope to have an abundance in mid-July!  Peas; giant snow, small snow, snap and shell peas are all trellised and starting to flower.  In between a couple of rows of peas we've got cabbages and collards planted.  Garlic is just about to push scapes so look for those the first weeks of CSA/Markets.  The high tunnel is now planted with several varieties of heirloom tomatoes and a bed of tomatoes I grafted.  This experiment has already yielded some great results but they'll be even better when we can eat the results! 

New CSA Member Farm Walk and Sale this Weekend

We wanted to offer an opportunity for new CSA members to come to the farm and see where/how/and by whom their food is grown.  The date will be Saturday, May 19th.  We will gather at 2:00 and tour the farm on foot including: nursery, hoophouse, high tunnel, fields in cover crop, fields in vegetables, the barn and animals, our wash/pack house etc...  This would be a great opportunity for new members to meet some other folks participating in our CSA and a way to preview what we will be offering during the season.  This will coincide with a vegetable sale day for "veteran" members and customers so we will have extra greens, eggs, and cheeses available to purchase as well. We'll have bibb and speckled lettuce heads as well as lettuce salad mix, spicy mix, Asian greens , cress, kale, rainbow chard, and more.  We'll be sending out an e-mail tomorrow night with instructions how to order online. 

If you are a new member of Little Peace Farm or considering joining the CSA and are interested in participating, please RSVP by e-mail no later than May 16th.  After the farm walk we will gather for some light snacks and refreshments.  Feel free to bring a snack to share and let us know in your RSVP what you plan on bringing (no pressure, any light snack would do!).  Also, please dress for the outdoors as this will be a rain or shine event. Hope to see some new faces on the 19th.

Broiler Chickens and Laying Hens

Our first batch of broiler chickens are out on pasture!  They outgrew their brooder and the weather was perfect so they are now gobbling up the fresh grass and bugs that the field.  STAY TUNED FOR PRE-ORDERING YOUR CHICKEN!  The laying hens are finally starting to lay fairly consistent sized brown eggs.  We are selling them here at the farm on an honor system; come any daylight hours Monday through Saturday and help yourself!  Someone here will be glad to show you where to find them if you don't already know! 

 

Gratefully!

Michael and Emily and kids

LPF