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Posted 11/19/2018 9:04am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,
Sorry for the last minute-ness of this but...we will be having a veggie sale tomorrow evening from 4-6 here at the farm.  Veggies will include:

-sweet potato

-potato

-winter squash (delicata/acorn/butternut)

-onions

-cabbage

-broccoli

-kale

-arugula

-radish

-turnip

-garlic

-carrots.

See you at the farm!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/18/2018 7:30am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

Reality Check

Reality checks are good, more often for some people and less for others.  We just took a loooong drive to visit some family in Florida for a fantastic week of sunshine, surfing, swimming, boating, beach and fish tacos...and fish tacos...and fish tacos (we eat seafood only at the coast!).  This was our first full family vacation in 3 years, after an exhausting 2018 growing season. So, needless to say, we were all pent up and ready to get off the farm for a while. 

We saved our coins all summer in a "Florida Jar" and the kids half-wished their brother and the cross country team didn't make the State meet in Hershey so we could leave earlier.  Well, they did make states and we left in the middle of that very night to head south.  After a stressful first half of the drive (deer were in full rut and were everywhere!) we made it to our destination in 16 hours.  

It was great to walk the beach and listen to myself ask, "How can we do this?  How can we have both our farm life AND our salt life?".  After a rainy drive back north to a frozen and then snowy farm, the answer became clear; for now, THIS is how.  Work your butts off, do what you know how to do, and then get away occasionally to ask those important questions, to have a reality check...in paradise if possible!

2019 CSA

We are currently taking deposits or full payments for the 2019 growing season.  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!  Here are the details.  Take note of early-bird discounts and flower and herb add-on shares!

Paid in full 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: 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: half=$404.25

                                                  full=$651

Paid in full after 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$385

                       full=$645.75

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off: half=$424.50

                                                  full=$683.50

Stay tuned for more farm news!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/1/2018 6:34am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

No doubt, across the region this has been a rough season with all the rain and early heat!  For us, the worst since 2013.  Weeds competed with new plantings which couldn't be cultivated because the ground was mud!  It was also impossible to do consecutive plantings in mud.  When we did have brief times of dry, we took advantage and did the best we could.

FALL CSA

After long consideration we have decided to NOT offer a Fall CSA this season.  This has been a very popular offering and we came to the conclusion carefully.  We are concerned that because of the difficult season, we wont have enough fall/winter produce to be sure to have enough for CSA members.  The CSA model is always a gamble and relies on trust between the farmer (Will he produce what we paid in advance for?) and the member (Will they support us in advance and through tough seasons?).

THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS!  We will be having Saturday markets throughout the fall.  Selections will include; potato, sweet potato, winter squash, garlic, onion, kale, arugula, broccoli, pac choi, Asian greens, lettuce, carrots, radish, turnip, cabbage, and more.  Will you support us and come out during Saturday Market?  

Pork Packs/Whole and Half Hogs

We are offering several 50# packs of our own woodlot raised/organically fed pork.  These packs will include 50# including cuts like; chops, roasts, ribs, bacon, ham steaks, and sausage (Italian/breakfast).  The cost is $275 wrapped and frozen.  They are available currently and can be picked up either this Tuesday from 4-6 during our regular CSA pick up and Market or this Saturday between 9-12!  Let us know if you are interested ahead of time and we will have your order ready!  

For those who prefer a larger quantity for the freezer, we are offering half and whole hogs.  The price is $4.50/lb. hanging weight (usually between 150-175#) and customers pay the butcher fees separately.  If you are interested, let us know and we'll get you on the list or help you through the process.  It's easy, it's healthy, and it's delicious!  All of our animals are fed organic/transitional organic feed from Panorama Organic Feed in Oley, PA.  Availability is limited so if you are interested, reserve yours right away!    

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 9/7/2018 8:09pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
Wow, that was a hot blast this week!  Despite the heat we were able to get most of our farm chores done, which honestly really never get done.  Most of our fall broiler chickens are out on pasture, we've got happy hogs staying cool in the woods, and fall crops are still being planted.  It looks like we are in for some cooler weather finally, which I welcome after such a steamy summer.

SNAPSHOT

Tomatoes and cucumbers are finally petering out.  Cherry tomatoes will be available for a couple more weeks but slicing/heirlooms and our pickling and slicing cucumbers are just about done.  As soon as we tear the plants out of their beds in the high tunnels we replant with fall/winter crops like: carrots, kale, arugula/Asian greens, pac choi, swiss chard and more.  Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale are already planted outside and should be ready by early October.  In the fields, peppers of all types are going strong.  Our colored frying peppers are super sweet and our hot peppers are still peaking.  If you are afraid of eating raw hot peppers, try pickling some for winter! Heirloom pole beans and yellow wax beans are still producing and our last planting of pole beans is just setting flowers so we should have them until SOMETHING kills them. 

Our lettuces have failed miserably this summer but our succession plantings are just starting to take off.  My hope is that we will have salad greens for the rest of the season and well into the early winter.  With all the rain, this was a really good season for potatoes so we will have them well into winter.  Speaking of the "w" word, winter squash like spaghetti, butternut, delicata, and acorns are looking good, as are the sweet potatoes.

CHICKEN AND PORK

We have about 15-20 broiler chickens available for sale from our fall batch, which will be ready by mid-October.  All details can be found on previous posts.  We also are looking for buyers for our fall woodlot raised pork.  Pork can be purchased by the half or whole hog (half sound like too much??? Split with a friend!).  Price is $4.50/lb. hanging weight (usually between 150-175#) and customers pay the butcher fees separately.  If you are interested, let us know and we'll get you on the list or help you through the process.  It's easy, it's healthy, and it's delicious!  All of our animals are fed organic/transitional organic feed from Panorama Organic Feed in Oley, PA.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED  

We are looking for volunteers here on the farm for the next few weeks.  Chores would include some picking/washing but lots of weeding!  Those interested should be in good physical shape, be able to withstand some heat, cold, bugs, heavy-ish lifting, uneven ground, and a lunatic farmer.  It can be pretty nice being planted in the top field to weed for a couple of hours in relative peace and quiet!  Please respond if interested.    

Stay tuned for more fall farm news. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 8/13/2018 11:40am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

 

 

I wont dwell on this very long but this rain has caused us the most difficult growing season since 2013.  Weeds are out of control, walkways in the field are sloppy with mud, and we can't work any ground to plant succession crops.  BUT we are doing the best we can and are harvesting fantastic quality despite the conditions.  A fellow farmer just texted me this morning the simple question, "What are we supposed to do?"  Good question.

 

 

 

ANNUAL FARM DINNER

 

Yesterday the chefs creating our annual Farmer's Table Dinner came out to do final menu planning.  What a great group of talent we have been blessed with.  Jordan and "Ninja" Dan lead the team from Woo de La Kitchen and Matt and Kate lead the way from Troegs Independent Brewing.  They have been able to craft a very unique menu which we will leak during the next week on our FB page and here!  Troegs will offer beer pairings with the menu for craft beer lovers!  This is an annual fundraiser for both Little Peace Farm and Servants To All, an organization aiming to end homelessness in Schuylkill County.  We have a fantastic lineup of items for the silent auction during the dinner. 100% of proceeds from the auction go directly to Servants To All!  Watch for the growing list of auction items! 

Seats at the table are $75 and include the 5 course meal, appetizer reception, and all beverages.  Order tickets online (CSA/Ordering tab on our website).  

 

 

   

 

 

OTHER FARM NEWS

 

We are sold out for our fall batch of broiler chickens.  Thank you to all who ordered and stay tuned for details about pick up etc.  If you haven't paid your deposit for chicken, get in touch and we'll let you know what the cost is.  

 

 

Don't forget we are open for retail sales here at the farm during our Honor Market from 12-6 every Wednesday and Thursday.  Come and shop and make change using our money box.  

 

Stay tuned for more farm news!

 

 

Gratefully Growing.

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

 

 

 

 
 
Posted 7/24/2018 1:16pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Reserve your seat for Little Peace Farm's 6th annual fundraiser, The Farmer's Table Dinner, Saturday, August 25th at 6:00 here at the farm.  This is a rare opportunity to share an incredible, several course meal prepared by very talented chefs and their staff all made of food grown on our farm!  

This is a true farm-to-table experience as all ingredients are grown on our farm!From our own pork, chicken, lamb, berries, tree fruit, veggies and herbs to cheese, ice cream and butter made from our family cow's milk, this is a truly unique event that we love to host.   

As always, there will be a silent auction during the dinner from which all proceeds will be donated to Servants To All, a mission to end homelessness in Schuylkill County.

So please join us and support two great causes: Little Peace Farm and 

Servants To All.

Reservations can be purchased online by going to our website under the CSA/Ordering tab and clicking on "Farmer's Table Dinner 2018".  Please e-mail or call us if you would like to make other payment arrangements.

We hope to see you at the table!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm



 

Posted 7/23/2018 8:38am by Michael Scheidel.
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We heard people wanted more market hours, so we're making it happen!
 
CSA PICKUP will remain:
Tuesdays 4PM - 6PM
Saturdays 9AM - 12PM
 
NEW HONOR SYSTEM MARKET:
Wednesdays 12PM - 6PM
Thursdays 12PM - 6PM
Got questions about how this works? Email us and we'll answer them!
 
We can't wait to feature local retail items and slowly expand our offerings during the Tuesday and Saturday market! Keep a close eye on Facebook and Instagram (follow us @littlepeacefarm) for photos of weekly produce, herbs, fresh flower bouquets, and lots of other fun things we'll be adding throughout the season (think: fruit, breads, and some locally crafted goodies!)
 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 7/17/2018 5:53am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,
Yesterday was sticky.  Wow, even during the hot stretch a couple of weeks ago, I don't think I sweated like I did yesterday.  These humid conditions are not only uncomfortable but create great environment for tomato disease!  So, protect your crop using either a home made baking soda spray(click here for article) or an approved copper based product.  Here's a typical recipe from Gardeningknowhow.com:

A solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 gallon of water reduces instances of leaf burn. Add 1 teaspoon dormant oil and ½ teaspoon of dish soap or horticultural soap as a surfactant to help the mixture stick. Keep in mind the solution is water soluble, so apply on a dry cloudy day for best results.

FALL CHICKEN

We are taking orders for our fall batch of delicious pastured chicken.  We will receive day-old chicks the third week in August and will process them 8 weeks later, or mid-October.  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 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:
$4.50/lb. if bagged whole and less than 10 birds
$4.25/lb. if bagged from 10-19 birds  
$4.00/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 6/12/2018 11:11am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks,
 
CSA
 
Week two for our 2018 CSA! If you order online and forgot to order this week, DON'T WORRY. You will still get a "farmer's choice" share this week. Farm pick up today from 4-6 and Saturday from 9-12. Woo drop off tomorrow after 10, pick up at the Hershey Farmer's Market 2:30-6:30 Thursday, and Healthy Habit's pick up Friday after 10.
Remember that the first two weeks or so of CSA includes a LOT of greens but that is about to change next week. Here's what you can expect to see next week: broccoli, beets, basil, bouquets, peas, spring onions and more. Stay tuned for more farm news!



What To Do With Broccoli Raab/Rapini

Really LOVE growing and eating Broccoli Raab/Rapini.  This is a tall green with a small broccoli-like florette at the tip.  It is a fantastic side dish and is a VERY short season crop...probably only another week or two! Here's how I cooked it at our Troops of St. George campout this weekend:

-chop plant from tender stalk all the way up to the tip

-chop a couple of garlic cloves, spring onion

-heat a flat top or pan and add olive oil with garlic/onions

-before garlic browns, add chopped raab and stir until wilted

-sprinkle parmesan cheese on top

Eat, smile, and repeat for next meal!

Even if you over cook it, it's absolutely delicious.

More Farm News

Weather certainly has been a challenge but overall, we're doing ok.  All heirloom tomatoes are planted, staked and trellised in the high tunnel as are cucumbers.  Sweet and hot peppers and eggplant are out in the field, sweet corn is really greening up, and potatoes look great.  Hope you are all enjoying the early summer!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/8/2018 4:33pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,
Come out this Saturday, May 12th to celebrate Mother's Day AND the beginning of a great growing season!  Our Annual Heirloom Tomato and Plant Sale (9-1) is a great time to get some healthy plants for your garden of for mom.  We grow over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and have lots of other plants available like: head lettuce, kale, chard, flowers, herbs, peppers, and more.

I posted on FB it was 10-1 but if you want to come early, we will be open by 9.  

 

PASTURED CHICKEN

If you pre-ordered pastured chicken, the process has begun!  We received 400 broiler chicks over a week ago and have been keeping them warm in our brooder.  Weather dependent, they will go out of fresh grass by the end of next week.  The processing date is going to be the third week in June.  If you didn't order this round, no worries, we grow a fall batch as well.

 

CSA SHARES

We still have CSA shares available for the 2018 season.  You choose what you get each week for 20 weeks!  Check out details on our website.  

We have been working like crazy to take advantage of the great weather and have gotten a lot of ground planted or ready to plant.  We're hopeful for a great season.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm