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Posted 8/10/2016 1:26pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

We've been preparing for months and are excited to announce our 4th annual Farmer's Table Dinner scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at 6 p.m.  This is a truly unique event with three chefs preparing a fantastic appetizer/cocktail reception and 7 course meal using all Little Peace Farm ingredients: pork, chicken, eggs, veggies, berries, peaches, herbs and more.   

During the complementary appetizer/cocktail reception from 6-7 will be a silent auction, featuring goods and services from a variety of local and regional businesses, supporting Servants to All, an organization dedicated to end homelessness in Schuylkill County. 

Tickets are $75/pp and can only be bought here at the farm Saturdays from 9-12 and Tuesdays from 4-6 during our market/CSA pick ups.  The dinner is BYOB.  Order your tickets soon as they sell very quickly!  Feel free to call if you have any questions about the event.  We are really looking forward to hosting this true farm-to-table event. 

 

Gratefully Growing!

 

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

570-739-1808

Posted 7/29/2016 6:00pm by Michael Scheidel.

Thought I'd share an article I just received from PSU related to the pepper losses we've experienced and an explanation as to why.  Enjoy.

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 6/17/2016 10:07am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

The damage from the hail is starting to heal and our crops are really bouncing back well.  Cucumbers are juuuuust about ready to harvest as are our summer squash, broccoli and beansPeas are in full push as we are harvesting between 25 and 40 pounds per variety (shell/giant snow) per picking!  Our next bed of carrots are just about ready and we're just about ready for more kohlrabi.

LAST CALL
Tomorrow is our weekly Saturday CSA pick up and market here at the farm. This will be our LAST CALL FOR HEIRLOOM TOMATO PLANTS AND FLOWERS. So if you haven't gotten your tomatoes or flowers planted, we'll have a good selection tomorrow. Flower varieties include tangerine gem marigolds, celosia, larkspur, bachelor's button and and heirlooms will include Japanese Black Trifele, Dr. Wyche's Yellow, Black Prince, and more. We'll also have: head lettuce, beets, spring onions, napa cabage, giant snow and shell peas, kale and much more!

See you at the farm 9-12.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 6/3/2016 8:12am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good folks!

We're just about finished our first official week of Markets and CSA for 2016.  It has been a complete whirl wind!  We attended our 3rd Hershey Market of the season yesterday and met some great folks and got all of our deliveries out and in good hands! 

FARM MARKETS

Tomorrow and every Saturday for the next 20 weeks we will be open here on the farm for retail sales and for CSA pick up from 9-12.  The same goes for Tuesdays from 4-6.  So if you are not a CSA member you are definitely welcome to come and shop!

SPENT/STEWING HENS

We currently have 35 or so spent/stewing hens for sale.  We bought them from a grower last spring and have raised them on grass ever since.  They have been fed organic feed since they first arrived on the farm.  We have no idea who is still laying eggs so there is NO guarantee they are each productive egg layers.  These would be great birds to have as pets, potential egg layers, or to butcher and eat as stew hens.  Get in touch if you are interested.

MORE FARM NEWS

Our farm is constantly evolving into what, we're not sure! What we have planted looks great including the apple and peach trees we have been planting.  Ruby, our cow, is going to calve in about a month or so.  The hogs we have are happy and growing like crazy. We are using our new system for laying hens in moveable pens and are loving the results; happy hens, clean eggs, and fertilized pasture.  We are already planning our 4th Farmer's Table Dinner for the end of August and Chef Conrad has some amazing ideas for the menu that will be fun to see and eat!  Labor on the farm has been a real challenge so far as we are looking for skilled farm help (more on this to come!).  Thanks to all who have supported us by feeding your families HONEST FOOD! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/25/2016 6:34pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks!

We will be having a pre-season sale this Saturday, May 28th, from 9-12. We will have LOTS of greens available, locally produced raw cheese, STRAWBERRIES, our own organically fed hen eggs and more. We will also be doing a farm walk for anyone interested at 10. Come and take a look at our new chicken shelters and see what's going on in the fields. This is a great opportunity for new friends and CSA members to meet us and see the farm.

Peace!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/4/2016 7:35pm by Michael Scheidel.

Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale

This Saturday, May 7th from 10-1 is our annual Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale.  We have a selection of over 30 varieties available in 3" pots as well as flower 6-packs and edible hanging baskets.  The baskets themselves are not edible, the flowers they produce will be (tangerine gem marigold, nasturtium, and calendula)!  We use MacEnroe Organic Potting Soil for all of our plants! 

Certified Organic Seed Potato

We will also have certified organic seed potato for sale.  Varieties include Desiree (red skin, yellow flesh), Nicola (yellow skin, yellow flesh), red thumb fingerling (red skin, pink flesh), rose finn (pink skin yellow flesh), and Yukon Gold (yellow skin, yellow flesh).    

Farm Walk

At noon we will be taking new CSA members, customers and anyone interested on a walk around our farm.  This is a good way to get to know how, where and why we grow.  Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for hills, mud, and uneven ground!

CSA

We still have plenty of CSA shares available for all of our pick up locations.  See our website for all the details (look under the CSA tab!). 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/21/2016 5:50pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

Great news...Little Peace Farm has been accepted as a vendor at the Farmer's Market in Hershey on Thursdays from 2:30-6:30 beginning May 19th. Don't worry if you don't see us listed in the vendor section, we just haven't been added yet.  All of our new Hershey area friends can find us there! Looking forward to sharing our harvest.

http://www.farmersmarketinhershey.com

We will not be attending the Pottsville Farmer's Market this summer.  However, we will be setting up market here at the farm on Saturday mornings instead!  Stay tuned for more details. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/14/2016 7:34am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

Sorry I'm just sending this now. I posted it on FB last night and neglected to send it out through our mailing list!!! 

We're scheduling a work weekend here at the farm THIS SATURDAY from 9-4 for anyone interested in volunteering. We've got a ton of work to do and looks like it will be a beautiful day. Jobs will include: transplanting, weeding, cleaning up raspberries, building fence, cleaning up vineyard and more. Sorry for the short notice! Please call or message us if you are interested so we know who to expect! This is a great way to see our farm coming alive in the spring and to see where your food is grown!  GRATEFULLY!!!
LPF



Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

570-739-1808

Posted 4/5/2016 6:45pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

I try to not be a complainer.  We live such a blessed life so how dare I.  Even if we didn't have a farm, healthy children, good friends and family I shouldn't complain.  That applies to all aspects of our lives but it doesn't mean I am successful at bearing the trials gracefully all the time.  WARNING: I'm about to complain about the weather and then move on. 

FREEZE

Solid freezing temps for two nights in a row (tonight being the second) is really putting a kink in my sleeping habits.  We've got over 100 4-week old pullets (laying hens) that are too tender to put outside and are in one of our unheated outbuildings until either the weather breaks or they mature quickly so...I worry.  We've transplanted all of our sugar snap, giant snow,shell peas, and first planting of spinach out.  They can tolerate some cold and wind but deep freeze and gale-force...I worry.  Our first direct seeding of carrots, salad, cilantro, Asian greens, radish and turnip are just starting to germinate their tender little selves out of the ground just in time for serious cold...I worry.  Our first bed of head lettuce is planted in the high tunnel that stays only a few degrees warmer than outside temps at night...I worry. Will all of these make it?  I am taking measures to prevent what damage I can but since I can't prevent all loss all the time...why worry?  So I trust, pray, and keep on moving! 

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND PLANT SALE

We are planning our annual heirloom tomato plant sale for Saturday, May 7th from 9-1.  In addition to a large variety of heirloom tomato plants, we will have flowers, herbs, vegetable plants, organic potting mix and more available.  All plants are grown by us, by seed from trusted sources, never GMO/treated seed, in organic potting soil.  We will have singles and 6-packs available.  Please stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date.  

CSA

We have plenty of CSA shares available for the 2016 season.  Ours is a MEMBER CHOICE CSA which means you choose exactly what you want for your share every week for 20 weeks.  Our pick up locations are currently:

Schuylkill Haven (Little Peace Farm)-Tuesday and Saturday

Elizabethtown (Folklore Coffee & Co.)-Wednesday

Hershey (Woo de la Kitchen)-Wednesday

Sinking Spring (Colonial Fitness)-Thursday

Orwigsburg (Healthy Habits Natural Market)-Friday

Please e-mail with any questions and stay tuned for farm events and updates.

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 3/11/2016 1:17pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

I've looked at the 10 day forecast and not a day or night at or below freezing!  I'm getting really antsy but tempering it with caution.  We will still get some frigid, below freezing temps but this stretch will get us on track for a great spring crop!

EXTRA CITRUS

We have two cases each of Organic Valencia and Red Grapefruit available.  The cost is $45 for grapefruit and $50 for the Valencias (see previous posts for full descriptions/details).  We'll sell them to the first who respond to this e-mail.

ORGANIC POTTING SOIL

We will again be selling 22 Qt. bags of MacEnroe Organic Potting Soil for $10 for those who are gardening and/or starting their own seed.  We use this potting soil exclusively and have great results every year. 

FARM HELP

We have lots of opportunities for folks to get involved on our farm.  We are seeking volunteers, work shares, farm apprentices, and paid positions.  Please call or e-mail your interest in helping and learning on our farm! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm