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Posted 2/17/2017 6:25am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

Although we are a couple of weeks away from offering our first greens of the season we still have some great reasons to stop by the farm tomorrow between 10 and 4!

Organic Potting Soil

We have been using McEnroe Organic Potting Soil for 10 years to get our seedlings started and more and think it's the best out there.  Check out McEnroe here!

Eggs and Cheese

We have loads of our own brown eggs for sale as well as Hilltop Meadow raw cheese.  Sounds like a good breakfast combo!

 CSA

Of course we couldn't send a message without mentioning joining our CSA for the 2017 growing season.  This is a great way to support your farmer and feed your family the best, most honest food around!  Visit our website for all the details!  See you tomorrow!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 2/7/2017 6:06am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

This balmy weather is really easy to get used to and who knows, maybe we will have to!  It does farms like ours harm in that pest/fungal/bacteria control are not being checked by subfreezing temperatures.  Because we use NO synthetic chemicals on our farm, we already have a great challenge controlling all three. 

Student of the Soil

I just attended PASA's 26th annual Farming For The Future Conference in State College over the weekend and my brain couldn't consume any more information! My conviction for cooperating with natural systems to grow healthy SOIL deepens every year. Most cultivated soils have become so mineral depleted due to poor farming practices that the food grown in it is significantly less nutrient than food grown 50-75 years ago. We are literally malnourishing ourselves in the most abundant land in the world by poor farming and eating choices! Sounds pretty absurd doesn't it!  That is what we are trying to correct on our little patch of earth!  

CSA

We have some great options for feeding your family the healthiest veggies you can find!  Check out our website for all details about joining our CSA!  We are excited to begin working with Penn State Hershey in offering our CSA to their employees this season and we have plenty of shares available for our farm pick-up, drop-off in Hershey at Woo de La Kitchen, and at Healthy Habits Natural Market in Orwigsburg. Support your local farm by joining our CSA family today!

EGGS

We are still offering our organically fed brown eggs for $4/dozen until further notice! Help yourselves (honor system payment) here at the farm during daylight hours (no Sundays) in our market room seed fridge. The comparison between eggs laid by happy hens like ours and conventional store bought eggs is almost like night and day!

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/30/2017 8:02am by Michael Scheidel.

Got eggs? 

We do...lots of them.  That's why we are offering them for $4/dozen (usually $4.50!).  Our hens are fed transitional organic feed and are currently wintering in a warm greenhouse!  We will keep our refrigerator in the market room stocked. On-your-honor tin for paying and making change will be by the fridge and you can pick up any daylight hours Mon-Sat (no Sunday please!).  

 

Why we want deep freeze!

I can't say the thought of warmer climes (perhaps a white sand beach in Panama) isn't distracting but warm winters this far north mean lots of spores/bacteria/fungi/larva will survive in greater numbers thus making the struggle to control them greater.  Being a farm that does not spray conventional/synthetic fungi/insect-cides, this makes our job more difficult.  I can't say I enjoy the deep freezes we commonly see but I know they have a great purpose.  So when we are chipping our way through the cold weather remember that the scales are being balanced naturally!

CSA SHARES AVAILABLE!!

2017 CSA shares are available so check out our website for more information.  All details are under the CSA/Ordering tab.  This way of farming enables us to survive our off season and prepare for the upcoming season.  Please e-mail with any questions!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/15/2017 3:34pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks!

There is a slight air of depression in our household especially from some who are normally rather sunny.  My explanation; vitamin D deficiency!  It's been cold and overcast a lot lately and that works on us whether we realize it or not.  So if you are feeling blue, blame it on the solar system and remember that LIFE is so good!  Warmer days will be here before we know it!

SEEDS

The annual ritual of ordering new seed is underway.  I begin by first bringing all contents of my seed fridge into the kitchen and inventorying every seed I've got.  I have seed broken up into several categories by type like brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), herbs (basils, cilantro, fennel), cucurbits (squash, watermelon, cucumbers) and of course tomatoes (30-40 varieties of heirlooms).  After getting a grip on my stock, I lay out my most trusted seed company catalogs (Johnny's, High Mowing, Fedco, Baker's Creek and more) and spend a couple days deciding on varieties to replace or replenish, always looking for new and interesting varieties.  I AM A SUCKER FOR A COLOR CATELOG especially in the winter!  We only buy organic/non-GMO/non-treated seed which is more expensive and sometimes harder to find but definitely worth going the extra mile!  I will share any new varieties as soon as I can get my head out of these catalogs. 

CSA

Another annual ritual you all get the pleasure of experiencing is me urging folks to get off the fence and join our CSA!!!  This is how we survive winter, order seed and supplies and start the farm up for another growing season.  So if you are considering joining a CSA, consider ours.  We are EXTREMELY blessed and grateful for our faithful regulars who have supported us year after year.  You put the COMMUNITY in CSA!  If you have any questions regarding our CSA, always feel free to e-mail us. 

 

Stay tuned for more farm news including how I educate myself in the winter, plans for the upcoming season, and new ways we are growing! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/14/2016 8:38am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

We are in for a quick dip into sub freezing temperatures just in time for some sunshine from Florida!

CITRUS

Deadline is this evening at 5 p.m. to order your fresh picked, Organic Citrus! Great Christmas Gift for oneself (hehehehe) or someone you love!  See ordering and delivery details on our previous post.

CSA Reminder

Please remember to send in your CSA payments for the 2017 season.  You are helping your local family farm get through winter and prepare for the upcoming season.  We can take advantage of early order discounts on supplies and sometimes seed when we have the capital to purchase them early!  Thanks in advance!

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/12/2016 5:51pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Sorry for the last minute-ness of this e-mail but I just got word from the farmers that the first shipment of organic citrus is coming north this weekend!!! Mike and Gayle Thorpe own a certified organic citrus grove in Florida and travel there from their home farm in NY to work the grove and harvest the fruit during the winter months. 

They are sending their first trailer load up north this weekend.  We travel to meet the trailer in Harrisburg and return to the farm with your order!

Orders must be made by 5 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 14th and all ordering must be done online (see below for ordering instructions).  Here's the details for the fruit: 

*Red Grapefruits-certified organic, very sweet and beautiful rose colored interior; small, medium and large mixed in each case, very few seeds; cases weigh approximately 30 lbs. and include around 38-42 fruits per case; $50.00/case and $25.00 for a half case.

*Hamlin Oranges-transitional organic, excellent sweetness and flavor for slicing in to wedges or juicing especially to mix with red grapefruit for juice or fresh eating; some seeds; cases weigh about 40-45 lbs. and include about 100-120 oranges per case; $55.00/case and $30.00 for a half case.  

Pick up will be here at the farm on Monday, December 19th from 4-6.  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. 

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: 

*on our website, click on "Citrus Orders" under the CSA/Ordering tab. *there is no need to log in as this is open for any subscriber to our website! 

*you will see the varieties of citrus available 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 order.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/6/2016 6:36pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

Just a reminder that this Saturday, December 10th from 12-5 is our annual Down On The Farm Christmas Market.  Come and shop for your loved ones, enjoy the warmth of our wood stove and enter to win a gift certificate for Little Peace Farm! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/22/2016 9:31am by Michael Scheidel.

Hello Good Folks!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are looking forward to our family traditions including; delivering meals to the needy in our county with the Knights of Columbus, sharing our own meal afterward with family(thank you Herrings for the monster turkey!), and enduring another brutal "brothers vs. the others" football game (I play like an 18-year-old and pay for it dearly!).  I come from a big family (8 siblings, 48 nieces and nephews) so the game is always well attended!

CHRISTMAS MARKET

On Saturday, December 10th we will be hosting our 5th annual DOWN ON THE FARM CHRISTMAS MARKET here at the farm from 12-5.  We think you will find many wonderful gifts for everyone on your list; all our vendors produce local, handmade, unique items.  Shop local this Christmas!!!  Just a sneak peek at some of our items this year: all natural, dye-free candy, handmade wool crafts, natural, recycled gifts for the environmentalist on your list, many food gift items, handmade soaps, local art, and more. 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Shop small and local this Saturday, November 26th from 9-12 here at Little Peace Farm and receive 10% off your purchase! Visit our FB page to see what other local business are offering deals!

CSA 2017

We have received some semi-panicked e-mails from loyal customers asking if we are offering  2017 CSA shares and the answer is YES!  I just forgot to post the deposit and balance dates like we always do.  We usually ask for deposits/balances by November 15th and final payments by January 15th.  However, since we missed that boat we are asking for deposits/balances by December 1st and balances paid by January 30th.  REMEMBER, THIS IS HOW CSA FARMS MAKE IT THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS AND PREPARE FOR THE COMING SEASON.  We rely on your support to pay the bills, order seed, make repairs and continue growing high quality, nutrient dense, chemical free food!  So if you are considering joining our CSA, please be aware of the dates!

Thankfully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/28/2016 8:59am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

We just finished our last market at the Coco Beanery in Hershey yesterday and despite the miserable weather, we saw a lot of folks and had a good finish.  THANK ALL OF MY NEW HERSHEY FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS FOR SUPPORTING US THIS SEASON!  We look forward to continue feeding you our "honest food"! 

ON-YOUR-HONOR EGGS

Until further notice, our eggs are on SALE for $4/doz.(usually $4.50; farm pick up only!).  Come to the farm and enter our market room and find the eggs in the refrigerator along the back left wall.  We will leave a box to make change. NO SUNDAY SALES!!!

We raise our own laying hens and feed them organic/transitional feed from a local mill.  We move them daily on fresh grass and they get to enjoy sunshine, rain, bugs and more...creating an excellent egg! 

FALL CSA

We have shares available for our fall CSA.  This is a 6 week season from the week of November 7th to the week of December 12th.  Locations include the farm, Healthy Habits Natural Market (O-burg), and Woo de La Kitchen (Hershey).  Read our previous blog posts to learn more and e-mail/message if you are interested. 

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Our annual Christmas Craft Market will be on Saturday December 10.  Stay tuned for more details.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/5/2016 8:31pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

Finally, we are getting information out about our fall CSA.  Here are the details:

When? 6 weeks beginning the week of November 8th until the week of December 13th.

Where? farm pick up on Tuesdays 4-6 and Saturdays 9-11, Healthy Habits Natural Market (O-burg) Fridays 10-close, and Woo del La Kitchen (Hershey) Wednesdays 10-close.

Who? anyone interested in fantastic, fresh, organically grown fall veggies like: broccoli, cabbage, chard, kale, beets, carrots, onions, head lettuce, spinach, Asian greens, potatoes and more!

How Much Does It Cost? farm pick up shares are $150 again and delivery shares (O-burg/Hershey) are $175.

How Much Do I Get?  all shares are the same size, 6 "items" per share per week.

We are not offering online ordering for delivery or farm pick up shares.  All delivery shares will receive a "farm choice" box which means we put a good variety of what's being harvested each week in each box.  You will NEVER get a box of just kale or radishes!  Folks picking up at the farm select from our market tables! 

Please respond right away if you would like to sign up as we have a limited amount of fall shares that usually sell out quickly.

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm