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Posted 1/5/2015 6:27am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Lots of things on the farm are enjoying their annual pause, our family included!  However, that doesn't mean I don't have a list as long as my arm of chores and improvements to make before the 2015 growing season.  I'm grateful for the short break and am already motivated for next season.  I'm finished with my seed inventory and am ordering new seed and am ordering what stock we need for the fields and greenhouses.

GREENS SALE

I will be harvesting today and tomorrow in anticipation for this bitterly cold weather we have in store (3 should not be a temperature!).  We will be having a sale here at the farm this  Wednesday, January 7th from 4-6. There will be no pre-ordering and varieties will include:

kale, spinach, carrots, cabbage, winter squash, baby mesculin mix, and eggs....we have lots of eggs!

Until we see you next, stay warm and stay tuned.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/24/2014 1:47pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good folks!
Just wanted to share what we thought was a really funny Christmas moment...

*Running errands today with all of the kids so Em can get some last minute baking done; van unusually quiet; Jude (8) pipes up out of the silence, "Whoa, the first thing Jesus smelled was cow poop!"...silence, then an eruption of laughter.  An epiphany for Jude begins for us the celebration of the true Epiphany!  What a humble beginning for such a King!  Wishing all of you and your families great Peace this Christmas (and Epiphany) season. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/15/2014 10:20pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks

I just got back from picking up a late night delivery of fresh picked Florida citrus and yes, I did race to the sink right as I got home and cut open a Hamlin orange and yes, it was one of the most delicious oranges I've eaten and yes, I'm tired and babbling.  If you did order citrus, please remember to pick up tomorrow here at the farm from 4-6.  If you didn't order, let us know as we've got lots of extra! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/10/2014 8:45pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

This week marks our 27th week straight of CSA pick up at the farm and we are planning already for next season.  Part of our planning is educating ourselves about how we grow.

ORGANIC FARMER SCHOOL

Well, it isn't really called school but for the past two days I attended the first Growing Pennsylvania's Organic Farms conference in Harrisburg .  Yesterday was dedicated to listening to Jim Travis, one of PA's organic fruit gurus, speak about the method of growing peaches and apples.  Very intimidating due to the complexity of fruit but also very enlightening!  I spent today with Mike and Terra Brownback from Spiral Path Farm, on of PA's largest organic CSA farms.  Also very enlightening and great to learn some techniques we can apply to improve our farm.  Tomorrow and Friday I spend with a great group of regional sustainable farmers at an annual vegetable grower's conference called an Organic Vegetable Intensive.  Here we learn form pros and each other the best methods to produce the highest quality, nutrient dense foods possible. 

ORGANIC CITRUS

Last call for fresh picked organic citrus!  We will continue to take orders for organic citrus until tomorrow at 12 noon.  If you are interested and haven't yet ordered, see the latest blog post on our website and follow directions for online ordering.  Pick up will be next Tuesday, December 16th (I believe I said the 15th in the last e-mail but it IS the 16th).  We will hopefully be receiving more citrus throughout the winter.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM

This Saturday from noon until 5 we will be hosting our annual Christmas on the Farm Market.  Come to the farm and do your local holiday shopping from a wonderful variety of local artists, jewelers, crafters, quilters, bakers, and more!  There is something for everyone on your list!   

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/8/2014 10:34am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey Good Folks!

Fresh picked citrus is almost here!  We are partnering again with Thorpe's Organic Family Farm from New York to offer you fresh and excellent quality certified organic and transitional organic citrus fruit.  

Mike and Gayle Thorpe own a certified organic citrus grove in Florida and travel there from NY to work the grove and harvest the fruit during the winter months.  They are traveling back to NY and passing through PA on Monday, Dec. 15th with their first shipment and we are taking orders for the following: 

*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 Tuesday, December 15 from 4-6. (weather pending).  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 subscirber to our website! 

*you will see the varieties of citrus we have 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 orderIf you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you did not order correctly!

 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/8/2014 7:59am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

We are expecting some sloppy weather and it looks like the worst of it will be Tuesday.  So the CSA Pick-up/Market will take place on Wednesday from 4-6.  See you then!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/4/2014 8:45pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Our annual Christmas Market is set for Saturday, December 13th from 12-5 p.m.  We are excited to have a full line of local crafters and artisans to share their handmade gifts.  Come to the farm and enjoy the warmth!  See our FB page for the flier! 

CSA

Just a reminder that deposits for the 2015 CSA were due November 22nd.  If you haven't yet send in your deposit for next season, please do so immediately.  We are looking to grow our membership again this year so spread the word.  Remember, this is how CSA farms operate and survive year after year; by the advance and continued support of it's members!  Let us know if you have any questions and refer to the previous blog post on our website for all details.

ORGANIC CITRUS

Gayle and Mike, our friends who farm organically in upstate NY, are once again delivering their first shipment of incredible certified organic citrus directly from Florida on around Dec. 14th.  The varieties are Hamlin Oranges and Red Grapefruit and orders are by the case and half case only!  We will be offering Certified Organic and Transitional Organic fruit this year.  If you've ordered before, you know the flavor and quality are excellent!  If you haven't ordered before, consider this year, you will not be disappointed.  We'll send out details on pricing and pick up shortly.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/27/2014 2:23pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

We wanted to drop you all a line and say thank you for helping us live our vocation of farming.  We are grateful for our farm and for your support of prayer, patronage, and friendship.  We hope you all have a great day today and that you can share it with someone you love. 

P.S. I spoke with my friend Marc today (the farmer who lost his turkey flock) and although he is NOT eating turkey today and is in the dark because they lost power in the storm yesterday, he was blown away by the generosity of those who gave to a stranger!   

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/15/2014 10:07am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

CSA Deposits or Balances Due

We are accepting deposits for our 20 week 2015 CSA season!  If you are interested in joining our farm, please send a check for $50 or the balance of the share you'd like (half=6 items/week=$350 or full=10 items/week=$585) to Little Peace Farm 257 Moon Hill Rd. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. 

For our Reading area CSA drop off, the cost is: half share=$385 and full share=$600.  Deposits or balances for the full amounts are due by Next Saturday, November 22.  If only a deposit is made, the full balance is due by January 15th (we will send an e-mail reminder!). 

Please be mindful of the due dates and about making these payments!!!  This is our farm income for the winter months and how CSA farms operate and survive!  Last season we had a majority of members who did not pay until mid-spring, which causes a lot of financial stress on our family and farm.  So, please consider this membership a bill which needs to be paid on time, just like your electric bill or credit card bill. Difference is:

1) You get to eat delicious, fresh, organically grown food all summer long for your payment.

2) You are supporting a small farm and a small business in your community.

3) Your farmer has the funds to start up and upgrade his farm and sustain his farm and family!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/12/2014 6:18pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good folks!

We got our third frost this morning and what a beautiful and welcomed sight it was!  One benefit of frost is that it helps cabbage and other brassicas really sweeten up.  Perfect timing for making sauerkraut!  A few months ago we announced a series of presentations we'll sponsor here at the farm to encourage more self sufficiency called The Homesteader's Roundtable.  The next presentation here at the farm is scheduled for this Saturday, October 18th from 3-4.  Here are the details: 

FERMENTATION FOR YOUR HEALTH: Saturday, October 18th from 3-4 p.m.

"Heather Shollenberger is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in healing digestive disorders through fermented foods, kombucha and whole, organic foods all the while helping her clients achieve their ultimate health. She will be presenting a workshop on how to make sauerkraut. You will learn the many benefits of fermented foods, how to prepare it and take home you very own jar of sauerkraut!"

The cost is $5pp which will include the presentation, demonstration and a jar of your own sauerkraut made from Little Peace Farm cabbage.  Please bring your own clean and sterile quart jar (widemouth if possible).  THIS IS AN RSVP EVENT, so please e-mail us as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm