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Posted 4/23/2019 12:31pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!
If you are hungry for some spring greens, we've got them! First cutting of arugula, kale and tatsoi.  Meet the farmers and sign up for the 2019 CSA! You can also reserve some delicious pastured chicken which will be ready the last week in June!  Ask for details if you've never ordered our chicken before.  This Saturday, April 27 9-12. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/19/2019 8:03am by Michael Scheidel.

Sorry for the follow-up e-mail but...I gave the wrong processing/pick-up date.  CORRECT DATE IS JUNE 28TH!  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/19/2019 6:43am by Michael Scheidel.

SPRING PASTURED CHICKEN

We are taking orders for our SPRING batch of delicious pastured chicken.  We will receive day-old chicks the first week in May and will process them 8 weeks later, the week of May 16th.  These birds are raised in movable pens where they get plenty of sunshine, bugs and fresh grass with a move each day.  They are fed transitional organic feed from Panorama Organics Mill in Oley, PA.  Below are the details:  

*Chicken must be pre-ordered!  To pre-order, reply to this e-mail/post with the following information: how many birds you would like; would you like them whole or parted out (refer to fee below); would you like them vacuum sealed (refer to fee below) or just on ice to transfer to your cooler at pick up?
 
We are requesting a $5 deposit per bird ordered due as soon as possible.  If you respond to this e-mail with your order, we will put you on the list right away to reserve your chickens.  Checks can be made to Little Peace Farm 257 Moon Hill Dr. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.  Please refer to the details below about pricing and options. 
   
Prices are:
 
$4.75/lb. if bagged whole and less than 10 birds
$4.50/lb. if bagged from 10-19 birds   
$4.25/lb. if 20 or more birds 
***additional optional fees***
$1.75/bird for cut up and vacuum sealed
¢.75/bird if whole bird vacuum sealed

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

Posted 4/8/2019 6:26am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!
Spring has been pretty nice so far if you ask me!  I have been able to get a lot of plowing and clean-up done, prepping the farm for another season.  

Heirloom Tomato and Plant Sale

Our annual plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 9-1.  Come out and find your gardening plants and a pretty planted flower for mom!  We will have loads of varieties of heirloom and standard tomatoes for sale.  We keep selling out of a couple of varieties so I planted extra SUN GOLD and SAN MARZANO!  See, I DO listen once in a while! We'll also have head lettuce, peppers, cucumber plants and more.

Laying Hens for Sale

We have about 10 laying hens that are 2 and 3 years old.  As you know, we always had a flock of about 100 for several years but found it to be unsustainable so we got out of the egg business.  We want to find a good home for them.  Asking $5 each.  We don't know who is laying and who is not but they all should be now that the weather has broken.

CSA  

We have plenty of CSA shares available for our 2019 season.  Enjoy 20 weeks of the freshest, most honest grown veggies, flowers and herbs around.  See our website for details and e-mail us with any questions.  

Stay tuned for more farm news!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/28/2019 7:27am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

While I haven't been doing much digging in the dirt I have been preparing for my presentation at the annual PASA conference at the Lancaster Convention Center Feb 6-9. The title of our workshop is Navigating Chef to Farmer Restaurant Relationships and I am grateful to be co-presenting with the executive chef and lead pastry chef from Troegs Brewing Co. and the owner and chef at Woo de La Kitchen. We have worked with many restaurants over the years and are sharing our experiences working together with Troegs and Woo de La.

PASA is the statewide sustainable farming organization we have been member of since we started farming! So if you are a farmer/foodie/food advocate/consumer and are interested in the source of your food, consider checking out the conference this year. Oh, and come say hello during our workshop on Saturday morning www.pasafarming.org . Stay warm!
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Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/14/2019 2:46pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Tomorrow is the deadline for our last discount ordering window for the 2019 season. After tomorrow, our share prices settle at their new base price. Join our CSA now and enjoy 20 weeks of summer bounty and honestly grown food! You can conveniently order shares online or pay by check. See our website (www.littlepeacefarm.com) for pricing and details.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/7/2019 8:21pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

With the wettest growing season in recent memory behind us (over 70" here at the farm!) and the losses that came with it, we could use the timely sign ups more than ever!  Just a reminder that the next discount date for signing up for our 2019 CSA is closing in.  Take advantage of early sign ups and save some moolah!  See details below!

Discount Deadline for 2019 CSA!

Paid in full between 12/16/2018 and 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$365.50

     full=$615

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$404.25

     full=$651

Paid in full after 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$385

     full=$645.75

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$424.50

     full=$683.50

For online payment through PayPal, click on 2019 CSA Online Payment under the CSA/Ordering tab on our website.  We have seen great support locally for our farm and rely on our core customers to return each year, looking forward to the high quality honest food we grow!  Here are the details:

Email with any questions. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

Posted 12/27/2018 10:52am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
Last Christmas, our great neighbors Mike and Jeanie let us stash bikes and some other gifts for the kids in their basement.  They enjoyed seeing the surprise come together but what they didn't see might have brought more smiles than the gifts. 

After returning from Christmas Eve Mass, eating appetizers and giving the kids ONE traditional gift, they were all finally in bed by about 11 p.m. (it's harder to get teenagers to bed than little ones!).  It was time for Em and I to get to work.  My task was to sneak 7 bikes and other gifts from the neighbors basement down to our house without waking them OR our own kids.  No problem.  With about 4-6 inches of ice-packed snow on the ground I crunched my way across the frozen snow and decided there was no way I was taking 7 or more trips. 

So while sitting on and peddling one bike, I intended to hold the handlebars of the other bike next to me and do two at a time.  The plan worked brilliantly...for about 10 feet of a 300 yard attempt when the handlebars of the bike I was riding promptly spun 90 degrees from center causing the bike to stop quickly...real quickly.  My lower hemisphere painfully connected with some part of the bike while the rest of me didn't quite fly over the handlebars, more like a stall then a roll onto the crunchy snow.  Beautiful.  A real 10 if my performance was being judged.  I sprung up quickly as if it had happened on a summer boardwalk full of people but as I looked around, there was nobody.  Just a beautiful snowy farm scape and two bikes in the snow. 

I laughingly whimpered and limped the two bikes back to the house to tell Em about the sweet move I just made and how I wish someone saw it unfold.  How I wish I saw that moment, as a spectator.  I would have told myself, nope not a good idea, take your time, don't rush, don't do it, don't do it!  The most surprising thing which was totally out of character for me is that I didn't go right back for the next round and try the same method over again!  Progress!  So after inspecting and confirming I didn't need stitches, I shuffled my way back and forth to the neighbor's basement until all the goods were brought home.    

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/11/2018 1:14pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Huge thanks to many who made it out to our annual Down on the Farm Christmas Market.  We had a great time and enjoyed sharing our gifts with you!  

Market this Saturday 9-11!

We are going to fire up the wood stove and be open this Saturday, December 15th from 9-11 offering our own home grown veggies AND Emily's homemade gifts.  If you missed our market last weekend, come on out!  Emily intentionally made lots of extra product for those who missed the Christmas Market!  Here's what we'll have:

Veggies: potato, fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, garlic, arugula, sweet white turnip, carrots and more.  

Emily's Gifts: bacon salt, throat jelly, cocoa mix, limoncello, Irish cream, cranberry simple syrup, throat drops, bourbon glaze, spice rubs, chocolate bark, lip balm, bread mix, soup mix, cookie mix, salted caramel sauce, peanut butter sauce, chai tea, laundry detergent.  All packaged ready for gift giving! 

Discount Deadline for 2019 CSA!

This Saturday, December 15th, is the deadline to take advantage of our early-bird discount for 2019 CSA shares!!!  For online payment through PayPal, click on 2019 CSA Online Payment under the CSA/Ordering tab on our website.  We have seen great support locally for our farm and rely on our core customers to return each year, looking forward to the high quality honest food we grow!  Here are the details:

Paid in full on/before 12/15/2018 (early-bird!):

Farm Pick-up: half share (6 items/20 weeks)=$350

     full share (10 items/20 weeks)=$585

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$385

     full=$620

Paid in full between 12/16/2018 and 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$365.50

     full=$615

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$404.25

     full=$651

Paid in full after 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$385

     full=$645.75

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$424.50

     full=$683.50

Email with any questions. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/7/2018 7:54am by Michael Scheidel.

Hi good folks!

It's Emily here.  I am currently a bit sleep deprived, somewhat delirious, but excited about our Christmas Market tomorrow!  With my houseful of wonderfully busy children, homeschooling, farm chores, and the rest of life's demands, it seems the best time for me to "work" is when all is quiet here...yes, that means the wee hours of the night.  So, when you see me tomorrow, kindly ignore the dark circles under my eyes and if I am babbling nonsense, just chalk it up to my late nights in the kitchen. 

This year, I am excited to bring back some of your favorite items: bacon salt, chai tea, throat drops, bourbon glaze, some yummy liquid refreshments, throat jelly, hot cocoa, and many more.  Look for some new items on my table too!  I made a delicious Christmas Jam that is so pretty and tasty too.

Today I will be baking fresh loaves of a crowd-pleasing, rustic baguette.  Perfect with a warm bowl of soup!  Gracie is taking over the baking duties of our gingerbread, cinnamon, and cranberry almond breads.  Just what you need during a day of shopping locally.  Leah has brought back her very popular chocolate chip cookie butter from last year.  It is gluten-free and perfect as a dessert dip.  Jude is tying on his apron this year as he masters the art of the jumbo cookie! 

Justice is in the wood shop making some new candlesticks from wood he cut down from our farm.  Lucy and Grandma have been busy sewing her adorable, hand-drawn pillows.  And the littler ones, Hope, Norah, and Gabe, have been working hard at their items as well!  They are excited to share their treasures as you will see by their huge grins when you walk by. 

We hope you will stop by tomorrow from 11-3 to shop locally, support your local farm family, and find something unique and personal for those you love this year.

I am so blessed with the bustle of our life, but it really puts me in the Christmas spirit to enjoy the quiet of a cold winter night, to ponder the mystery of a King's birth in a lowly stable, and to be grateful for the wonder and joy of that gift to us all.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm