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Posted 2/16/2013 8:17pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!  
I've finally finished my seed order for the 2013 growing season and am ready to get growing.  Today I cleaned out the nursery, prepared the naturally heated compost bunker, and seeded the first flats of the season: onions like red and yellow cippolini, ailsa craig, purplette, and copra.  I also received part of my seed order in the mail today which includes some new (to us) heirloom vegetables like Jimmy Nardellos sweet peppers, plum purple and cherry belle radish, and Bleu de Solaize leek.  These are only a few of many new varieties we're going to grow this season.  They will go well with some of our time-tested favorites like Nevada and Magenta summer head lettuce, green zebra heirloom tomato, and Waltham butternut squash.  Stay tuned for more details on our growing season!
We are partnering with Thorpe's Organic Family Farm in Western NY to offer you fresh and excellent quality certified organic fruit.  Citrus from NY you ask??? In addition to their farm in NY, The Thorpes own an organic citrus grove in Florida and travel there to work the grove and harvest the fruit in the winter.  They are traveling back to NY nextweek with a shipment and we are taking orders for the following: 
*Honey Tangerines-deep orange color; few seeds and excellent for fresh eating or juicing 
*Red Grapefruits-very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large, very few seeds
*Hamlin Oranges-excellent for juicing especially to mix with red grapefruit or honey tangerine; some seeds
The Tangerines and 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 tangerines or oranges and $37.50/case for the grapefruit.  
To order just respond to this e-mail the type and quantity you would like.  Pick up will be here at the farm later next week (details to come!).  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.  It you think a case is too much for you consider splitting one with a friend or juice and freeze!!!  We are going to gobble up a couple cases ourselves easily.  Only full case orders!  Order right away as we have a limit to the number of cases we can order!  
We've have regretfully lost all of our Tokyo Bekana, mizuna greens, rainbow chard (for now), and cutting lettuce due to the extreme winter freezes.  We are in the process of replanting for a quick crop  before planting tomatoes in the high tunnels in April so we'll keep you posted.  But for now, not much growing well in the greenhouses.  
We have shares available for the 2013 season so please continue to spread the word.  Refer to our website under the CSA tab for details. 
Thank you and we hope all are well.  Stay tuned for more farm news and don't forget to follow us on FB!  Peace.
Little Peace Farm                       

Posted 1/24/2013 5:05pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

Well the dust has settled and the major part of saving our home is complete.  The main beam in the brick side of our home failed (broke) and caused sagging so we had it replaced.  This meant the house was jacked up, old beam removed and new one set in place.  Sounds simple but the entire kitchen was demolished in the process.  So we are rebuilding until the next major job.  What a job this was however now we are SOLID.

We also have a big hole cut in the side of our home where the doorway to our mudroom will be.  We are adding that in the next two weeks.

With this sub-freezing weather (and all of the work I've been doing on the house) I haven't been able to do more than step foot inside the high tunnels to check on things.  The greens have been frozen SOLID for a week now but on the sunny days thaw and absorb what they can of the delicious sunshine!  So stay tuned for our next greens sale which is, as always, dependent on weather!

We are currently accepting new members to our farm through our CSA so if you are interested or know anyone who is, let us know.  Stay warm!

Gratefully Growing,
Little Peace Farm      
Posted 12/31/2012 2:46pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!  Another New Year's Eve is upon us, can you believe it?  We can!  I think we felt about every moment this past year and can't really say, "Where did the time go?" because we made good use of it all!  Now, however is another story.  In August I fantasize about long restful winter days and nights but when it gets here I always feel so lazy;  this time of year when I'm not sprinting around the farm to get everything done but resting my aging bones and sharing as much time as possible with Em and the kids.  We're resting for sure but as we turn the corner we are beginning to prepare for a new season; new seed, , new land, new farm help, new markets, new customers and CSA members, new animals, new equipment, and new improvements.  Every season is new here on the farm.  Thank you all for being part of our ever-renewing farm.  We pray for a blessed year ahead for all of us and time enough in our lives for those who need us most. 

Growing Gratefully,
Michael, Emily, Ari, Grace, Justice, Leah, Jude, Lucy, Hope, and Norah
Posted 11/18/2012 8:43pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!

We have loads of beautiful head lettuces ready just in time for the Thanksgiving table!  These are generally as large or larger than what we grew this summer and include red and a red tinted green head lettuce.  We are taking pre-orders for them and pick up will be on Wed., Nov. 21 from 3-5.  Just respond to this e-mail the amount of either red or green heads you'd like and we'll have them picked and washed for you for pick up this Wed. from 3-5. ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY 8:00 P.M. ON TUES., NOV. 20 AND IF YOU ORDER, PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP! The cost is $2.50/per head.  Other produce available for purchase on a first-come first-served basis will be yellow onions, garlic, butternut and other squashes/pumpkins, and carrots. 

I just completed a two day long course in Lancaster on high tunnel or greenhouse growing and walked away with almost too much information on how to extend the season.  I've been growing in high tunnels for about 6 years and learn more every year.  I really love growing in them especially in the winter because while everything outside is dead and brown, the high tunnel is loaded with warm air (on a sunny day of 25 degrees it can get up to 80 or more inside the high tunnel!) and lots of green veggies.  Aside from the previously mentioned head lettuces, we are growing Swiss chard, kale, spinach, several Asian greens, radish, carrots, and kohlrabi for our fall CSA members.  We fully plan to have all of these available to those interested in the new year so stay tuned for news from us about our Winter Veggie Sales!

2013 CSA:
Thank you to all who have sent in your 2013 deposits by the deadline of this past week.  Aside from having working capital to put into farm improvements, this really helps us gauge how to promote our CSA for the following season.  We have lots of room for new members so if you are interested for your own family or know someone who would appreciate a share as a Christmas gift, consider joining for the 2013 season!  We are also going to offer a promotion as we did last year for sending new CSA members our way; if you refer a friend who joins our CSA we will credit you $10 worth of veggies during our winter/pre-season sales!  A mighty nice incentive to spread the  word about our small scale-sustainable-family owned-chemical free-local-honest vegetable farm.  

We are thankful for your support and have been abundantly blessed this season.  We hope for a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday for all of you!        

Michael, Emily, Ari, Grace, Justice, Leah, Jude, Lucy, Hope, and Norah
Little Peace Farm
Posted 11/12/2012 7:26am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
    You are cordially invited to attend our first annual

"Down on the Farm Christmas Gift Market"

When: December 8th from 12 to 5pm
Where:  Little Peace Farm
            257 Moon Hill Road
           Sch. Haven, PA 17972 
We'll be selling locally made Christmas crafts, ornaments, handmade jewelry, dried flower bouquets, wool crafts & raw wool, heirloom edibles, works by local artists, handmade stationary, sustainably-grown Christmas tree wreathes from Ruff's Tree Farm, Hope Hill Lavender Farm natural products, and much more. 

Shop locally for your Christmas gifts!  Support your local artists and crafters and enjoy the beauty and quality of handmade, local gifts for you and your loved ones this Christmas!    

Hope to see you here on December 8th!

Michael, Emily, Ari, Grace, Justice, Leah, Jude, Lucy, Hope, and Norah Scheidel
Little Peace Farm
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Posted 11/8/2012 5:08am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

If you are planning on re-joining our CSA for next season or joining for the first time, deposits of $50 are due by November 15th to reserve your spot.  The full balance will be due January 15th.  Please complete and send in our 2013 Member Agreeemnt (under the CSA tab on our website) with your deposit or balance

We are planning for an increase in membership again so please stay tuned to our e-mails as we often fill up quickly.  Also, IF YOU NEED TO MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS TO MAKE PAYMENTS, LET US KNOW AS WE DON'T WANT TO EXCLUDE ANYONE FROM OUR FRESH, HONEST, CHEMICAL FREE FOOD!

Thank you all for supporting our farm and we hope that our honest food has blessed you and your families.  Gratefully!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/14/2012 7:39pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

The killing frost we got on Saturday morning really punctuated the change in season even though this week should be fairly pleasant.  This is the last week for our 20 week CSA and market season.  Thank you to all who have participated in our CSA and have been customers at our markets.  We are looking forward to the rest that comes with the change in season, but have a VERY full plate this winter including farm upgrades, equipment, barn, and home repairs, fall CSA and markets and much more.


Our hens are currently molting which means they are shedding their feathers and spending all of their energy growing new feathers rather than laying eggs.  So we are going to be low on eggs, especially going into colder weather which slows egg production anyway.  We plan on increasing our flock next year  so stay tuned on more info.


If you are planning on re-joining our CSA for next season or joining for the first time, deposits of $50 are due by November 15th to reserve your spot.  The full balance will be due January 15th.  We are planning for an increase in membership again so please stay tuned to our e-mails as we often fill up quickly.  Also, IF YOU NEED TO MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS TO MAKE PAYMENTS, LET US KNOW AS WE DON'T WANT TO EXCLUDE ANYONE FROM OUR FRESH, HONEST, CHEMICAL FREE FOOD!

Thank you all for supporting our farm and we hope that our honest food has blessed you and your families.  Gratefully!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/5/2012 4:07pm by Michael Scheidel.

Wow Good Folks!

Sometimes we forget how truly blessed and supported by you we are!  Thanks to all who expressed an interest in the Fall CSA and in our Micro-Investor opportunity.  Our Fall CSA is currently full as are our spaces for investors.  WE will be in touch shortly with those who responded to our original e-mail.  WE WILL CONTINUE SELLING PRODUCE THROUGH THE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS AS WELL SO STAY TUNED FOR NEWS!  Thanks again and hope to see some of you tomorrow at the  farm for our Harvest Celebration.  Peace.

P.S  Wish Ari luck as she is showing her Corriedale sheep at the state Capital for the Keystone International Livestock Expo on Sunday!

Michael and Emily and Kids


Posted 9/14/2012 11:18am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

We just wanted to tell you what we'll have at market tomorrow at the Pottsville Farmer's Market:

-salad mix

-sweet corn (yup, I snuck in a late planting)

-mixed colored sweet peppers

-mixed eggplant

-sweet potatoes

-two varieties of potatoes




-winter squash (sweet dumpling, delicata, acorn, butternut) and pumpkins

-leeks and garlic

...and a whole lot more.

Hope to see you there and thanks to everyone who bought and picked up some of our honest pastured chicken last night! Gratefully.


Posted 9/4/2012 8:27am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks.

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

Paste Tomatoes

We are currently picking our Amish Paste Heirloom Tomatoes for bulk sale.  The price is $2/lb. ($1.50/lb. for current CSA members).  These are excellent for any canning, including salsas, sauces, stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato soup.  We currently have several cases ready to go.  A case is 25 lbs. which would produce about 8-10 quarts of sauce or tomatoes.  


Our second to last planting of basil is ready for harvest and it is looking beautiful!  Basil can be dried or processed and frozen for winter pesto!  We had excellent results last year when we simmered basil in olive oil and separated and froze the oil.  In mid winter we were cooking with basil infused olive oil!!!  We sell our herbs for $16/lb. but for bulk sales we are selling basil for $12/lb. ($10/lb for current CSA members).  This is pre-order as well.    

We also have peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, and other herbs for sale at our farm on Tuesdays 4-7, at the Pottsville Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8-12 and at the Plaza Grower's Market in Allentown on Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30. 

Please e-mail us your orders and we'll make arrangements about pick up.  Thank you and happy preserving!