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Posted 9/24/2015 4:50pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks. 

We're finally getting around to posting information about our 6 Week Winter CSA.  The season begins the week of November 9th and ends the week of December 14th.  Typical winter shares will include veggies like: broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, turnips, radish, kale, chard, spinach, lettuce, arugula, mizuna, tatsoi, pea shoots, potatoes, baby salad greens, sweet potatoes, winter squash, garlic and more.  Everyone will custom order their 6 item share each week based on what's available and posted on our website.  If you do not order, we'll still send along a farm choice box. Cost includes your 6 item share, custom weekly online ordering, reusable wax box, and delivery. We are offering the CSA at the following pick up sites/times/cost:

* the farm (Tuesdays 4-6);$150

* Folklore Coffee & Co./Elizabethtown (Wednesdays 9-5);$165

* Woo de La Kitchen/Hershey (Wednesdays 10-close);$165

* Colonial Fitness/Sinking Spring (Thursdays 10-close);$165

* Healthy Habits/Orwigsburg (Fridays 10-7);$165

Our Winter CSA typically fills up very fast so if you are interested:

*Reply right away by e-mail

*Complete the Winter 2015 CSA Member Agreement under the CSA tab on our website

*Send payment and completed Member Agreement to Little Peace Farm, 257 Moon Hill Rd. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972  

We're looking forward to continuing our growing season with you this fall!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/24/2015 7:55pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Is anyone else noticing the subtle change in season?  Cool nights, crickets chirping earlier in the evening, sleeping in until 6 instead of 5???  Well the farm is feeling it too.  Our winter squash and pumpkins are looking good and we just got our broccoli/cabbage in the ground (better late than...).  We've got spinach, carrots, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, beets, lettuce heads and more in the ground too!  I've got a late planting of sweet corn that looks great and final plantings of cucumbers, summer squash, and beans just ready for harvest. 

DINNER

We still have a handful of tickets for our Farmer's Table Dinner here at the farm this Saturday, August 29th from 6-?.  FULL MOON!  The tickets are $75 (BYOB) and include appetizer/cocktail reception and a 6 course meal all made from chemical free/non-GMO ingredients grown on our farm: woodlot pork, pastured chicken, lamb, fruits, veggies, and herbs.  Chefs Bill and Conrad are so talented and we're so fortunate to have them prepare a true farm-to-table evening.  We will also be holding a silent auction featuring a variety of local goods and services all to support Servants To All and their effort to end homelessness in Schuylkill County as well.  Let us know if you are interested!

WINTER CSA

We will begin taking sign-ups for our winter CSA.  This year will be exciting because I've added a new radiant heating system in one of our hoophouses that will enable me to grow a variety of baby and specialty greens all winter (or until I get completely sick of growing things!).  Stay tuned for more info. on our winter CSA. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 7/25/2015 6:43am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

It is about time for the Schuylkill County Fair!  There has been some great publicity lately about reconnecting with local agriculture by visiting the county fair.  Our society in general has become disconnected with all types of agriculture, from raising animals for meat and fiber, to growing feed, vegetables, fruit, and flowers.  By visiting our local county fair, you can see the backbone of the agriculture community in our county!  Support your local farmers!!!!!

As for the organic hogs, 4 of our kids are in the Schuylkill Stampede Livestock Club and will be showing 4 hogs and 3 lambs this year.  They have raised these pigs on pasture and woodlot, fed with a locally milled organic grain.  They will be delicious, should anyone be interested in purchasing a healthy hog while supporting your next generation of farmers! We invite you to attend the Market Livestock Bidders Reception on Thursday, July 30th, at 4:30 pm to have dinner and meet all the county 4-H kids who will be selling their livestock that evening.  The fair hosts an honest to goodness auction where each 4-H kid shows their individual animals and fine businesses/individuals like yourself bid on the animals and support all the hard work and effort these kids put into market livestock. It takes amazing amounts of time, energy, knowledge, care, and money from all the 4-H kids!  We are very proud of them all!

 

If you are a local business or family, please consider participating in this year's Livestock Auction and you can be proud that you are connecting with not only your local agricultural community, but also supporting the next generation of farmers!  Thank you, and we hope to see you at the fair!

For more information, please visit www.schuylkillfair.com or call 570-754-3247.

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 7/22/2015 6:22am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

Many of you know our oldest daughter, Ari, who worked on our farm for many years before she got married.  She is offering riding lessons in Pine Grove and we wanted to extend the offer to our farm friends since she has a few openings left.

$35 per hour for individual lessons

$30 per hour for group lesson

Lessons in Western or English

Bareback, trail riding, games, activities, and lots of learning!

Ages 2 and up, all abilities welcome

Lessons available Monday - Saturday

Prepaid packages available w/ discount

CALL ARI (717)-617-9418

 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 7/2/2015 5:52am by Michael Scheidel.

Hello Good Folks!

We have been extremely busy here at the farm but wanted to catch you up on what's going on at the farm...but first the weather!  These heavy rains we've gotten have really created several challenges for us and all other regional farmers: I'm unable to break new ground for fall crops, disease is going to explode especially since I don't spray synthetic fungicides, weeds have gone crazy, and a general dampening of spirits.  I was recently interviewed for a brief news story on WNEP about how the wet weather is affecting our farm and said that I made myself an early season pact to not gripe about the weather this season.  I've only broken that promise a couple of times so forgive me for a grumble now and again.

PLANTS

Spring crops are on their way out like arugula, radish, tatosi, spinach and turnip.  Some other spring crops like cabbages and sugar snap peas are still really producing well.  We'll begin harvesting more main season crops like cucumbers, green beans, fava beans and cherry tomatoes.  The tomatoes we have in our high tunnel look great and the first heirloom variety to ripen will likely be Moskovich.  The field planted heirloom tomatoes look good too although disease is already starting to appear!  I got peppers and eggplant in later than normal this season so expect them to be a couple of weeks yet.  Lettuce is always a roller coaster for us.  We had an entire planting of about 600 heads of Romaine go bitter on us from the heat and we couldn't put bitter lettuce on y(our) dinner plates.  But the next planting looks great as does the next plantings of carrots, pole beans, and summer squash.

ANIMALS

We raise livestock including laying hens, broiler chickens, woodlot hogs, a couple of cows, sheep and goats and they have had varying degrees of reaction to the intense weather conditions.  Chickens generally look miserable in the rain and mope around but bounce back fine.  Our hens slowed down on producing eggs from the intense heat earlier in the season.  The hogs like cool and fare ok in wet but this has been REALLY wet so we have moved them to new woods and they are loving it. 

PEOPLE

They're everywhere you turn and we're so grateful for the people in our lives.  Thank you to all who have prayed incessantly, given us encouragement and helped us continue to grow honest food.  We hit moments of despair when nothing is working, animals are dying, sales are flat and rain is torrential and you keep coming with smiles on reminding us what we already know: we're blessed, we're fine, so keep working! 

So stay tuned for more farm news.  We will be at the Pottsville Farmer's Market this Saturday, July 4th as normal from 8-12.  Happy Independence Day!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/31/2015 7:11pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

Since our strawberry crop is IN and looking good we have to pick just about every day to keep up with ripening.  So we will have them available here at the farm in our market room using the honor system Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 1 p.m NO SUNDAY SALES PLEASE.

Please do not call or e-mail to ask if we have any because it would be too much for us to handle the responses.  We will post on Facebook each day after we pick to let you know how many quarts are available.  We will not reserve berries for anyone.  Just feel free to stop on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday and serve yourself.  We will have a change box but exact change is appreciated- $5.75 a quart.  WE CURRENTLY HAVE 55 QUARTS AVAILABLE!  Thank you and enjoy! 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/28/2015 5:23am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

The market and CSA season is almost upon us and we will have one more pre-season sale this Saturday, here at the farm from 10-12.  We'll have eggs, salad greens and STRAWBERRIES for sale!  This is the best crop of berries I've ever grown so stop out for some.

 strawberries

   

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/21/2015 5:51am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

We have been crazy busy on the farm lately.  All of our first and most of our second plantings are in the ground growing alongside very healthy WEEDS (one  of an organic farmers biggest challenges).  Our livestock are all being rotated on pasture and the high tunnels are filling up with tomatoes, cucumbers and more.  We did transplant more than a thousand tomato plants in the field last week and our first sweet corn is in the ground!

VEGGIE SALE/FARM WALK THIS SATURDAY 10-1

We are having a veggie sale this Saturday, May 23rd from 10-1.  Items will include head lettuce, field greens, radishes, our own fresh eggs and more.  This would be a great opportunity if you are new to the farm to come out and meet us.  We will be having a farm walk for new members and anyone interested at noon.  Please wear appropriate attire including walking shoes as terrain is uneven.

ONLINE ORDERING CSA

I will be sending out a separate e-mail soon to all of our CSA members about the final details about pick up and online ordering instructions for non-farm pick up CSA members.  Stay tuned!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/8/2015 6:35am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

Yesterday we got about half of our potato seed in the ground and varieties like Yukon Gold, German Butterball and Mountain Rose still to plant!  Our hogs and cows are happy on pasture/woods, chicks are in the brooder, hens are grazing on fresh pasture and our new lambs are getting used to their new home on the farm.  Our first planting looks great including radish, head lettuce, turnips, broccoli, kale, collard greens, sugar snap peas and more!   

Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale

Tomorrow from 10-1 is our annual Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale.  We have a selection of about 30 varieties available.  We will also have certified organic seed potato for sale as well as our own pastured eggs.  

Farm Walk

At noon tomorrow 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 and uneven ground!

CSA

We are still taking CSA members 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 5/3/2015 9:04pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Our Annual Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale is this Saturday, May 9th from 10-1.  We will have a large selection of heirloom tomato plants for sale and some other garden favorites as well. 

FARM WALK

We will also have a farm walk at 12 noon the same day for new CSA members and customers and you old timers who just like to walk around the farm with us!  Come see how we integrate our livestock into the farm landscape to improve soils and increase fertility.  Stay tuned.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm