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Posted 1/14/2019 2:46pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Tomorrow is the deadline for our last discount ordering window for the 2019 season. After tomorrow, our share prices settle at their new base price. Join our CSA now and enjoy 20 weeks of summer bounty and honestly grown food! You can conveniently order shares online or pay by check. See our website (www.littlepeacefarm.com) for pricing and details.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 1/7/2019 8:21pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

With the wettest growing season in recent memory behind us (over 70" here at the farm!) and the losses that came with it, we could use the timely sign ups more than ever!  Just a reminder that the next discount date for signing up for our 2019 CSA is closing in.  Take advantage of early sign ups and save some moolah!  See details below!

Discount Deadline for 2019 CSA!

Paid in full between 12/16/2018 and 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$365.50

     full=$615

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$404.25

     full=$651

Paid in full after 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$385

     full=$645.75

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$424.50

     full=$683.50

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 we grow!  Here are the details:

Email with any questions. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

 

Posted 12/27/2018 10:52am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
Last Christmas, our great neighbors Mike and Jeanie let us stash bikes and some other gifts for the kids in their basement.  They enjoyed seeing the surprise come together but what they didn't see might have brought more smiles than the gifts. 

After returning from Christmas Eve Mass, eating appetizers and giving the kids ONE traditional gift, they were all finally in bed by about 11 p.m. (it's harder to get teenagers to bed than little ones!).  It was time for Em and I to get to work.  My task was to sneak 7 bikes and other gifts from the neighbors basement down to our house without waking them OR our own kids.  No problem.  With about 4-6 inches of ice-packed snow on the ground I crunched my way across the frozen snow and decided there was no way I was taking 7 or more trips. 

So while sitting on and peddling one bike, I intended to hold the handlebars of the other bike next to me and do two at a time.  The plan worked brilliantly...for about 10 feet of a 300 yard attempt when the handlebars of the bike I was riding promptly spun 90 degrees from center causing the bike to stop quickly...real quickly.  My lower hemisphere painfully connected with some part of the bike while the rest of me didn't quite fly over the handlebars, more like a stall then a roll onto the crunchy snow.  Beautiful.  A real 10 if my performance was being judged.  I sprung up quickly as if it had happened on a summer boardwalk full of people but as I looked around, there was nobody.  Just a beautiful snowy farm scape and two bikes in the snow. 

I laughingly whimpered and limped the two bikes back to the house to tell Em about the sweet move I just made and how I wish someone saw it unfold.  How I wish I saw that moment, as a spectator.  I would have told myself, nope not a good idea, take your time, don't rush, don't do it, don't do it!  The most surprising thing which was totally out of character for me is that I didn't go right back for the next round and try the same method over again!  Progress!  So after inspecting and confirming I didn't need stitches, I shuffled my way back and forth to the neighbor's basement until all the goods were brought home.    

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/11/2018 1:14pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,

Huge thanks to many who made it out to our annual Down on the Farm Christmas Market.  We had a great time and enjoyed sharing our gifts with you!  

Market this Saturday 9-11!

We are going to fire up the wood stove and be open this Saturday, December 15th from 9-11 offering our own home grown veggies AND Emily's homemade gifts.  If you missed our market last weekend, come on out!  Emily intentionally made lots of extra product for those who missed the Christmas Market!  Here's what we'll have:

Veggies: potato, fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, garlic, arugula, sweet white turnip, carrots and more.  

Emily's Gifts: bacon salt, throat jelly, cocoa mix, limoncello, Irish cream, cranberry simple syrup, throat drops, bourbon glaze, spice rubs, chocolate bark, lip balm, bread mix, soup mix, cookie mix, salted caramel sauce, peanut butter sauce, chai tea, laundry detergent.  All packaged ready for gift giving! 

Discount Deadline for 2019 CSA!

This Saturday, December 15th, is the deadline to take advantage of our early-bird discount for 2019 CSA shares!!!  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 we grow!  Here are the details:

Paid in full on/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 (weekly online custom ordering): 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 (weekly online custom ordering): half=$404.25

     full=$651

Paid in full after 1/15/2019:

Farm Pick-up: half=$385

     full=$645.75

Hershey/Orwigsburg drop-off (weekly online custom ordering): half=$424.50

     full=$683.50

Email with any questions. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/7/2018 7:54am by Michael Scheidel.

Hi good folks!

It's Emily here.  I am currently a bit sleep deprived, somewhat delirious, but excited about our Christmas Market tomorrow!  With my houseful of wonderfully busy children, homeschooling, farm chores, and the rest of life's demands, it seems the best time for me to "work" is when all is quiet here...yes, that means the wee hours of the night.  So, when you see me tomorrow, kindly ignore the dark circles under my eyes and if I am babbling nonsense, just chalk it up to my late nights in the kitchen. 

This year, I am excited to bring back some of your favorite items: bacon salt, chai tea, throat drops, bourbon glaze, some yummy liquid refreshments, throat jelly, hot cocoa, and many more.  Look for some new items on my table too!  I made a delicious Christmas Jam that is so pretty and tasty too.

Today I will be baking fresh loaves of a crowd-pleasing, rustic baguette.  Perfect with a warm bowl of soup!  Gracie is taking over the baking duties of our gingerbread, cinnamon, and cranberry almond breads.  Just what you need during a day of shopping locally.  Leah has brought back her very popular chocolate chip cookie butter from last year.  It is gluten-free and perfect as a dessert dip.  Jude is tying on his apron this year as he masters the art of the jumbo cookie! 

Justice is in the wood shop making some new candlesticks from wood he cut down from our farm.  Lucy and Grandma have been busy sewing her adorable, hand-drawn pillows.  And the littler ones, Hope, Norah, and Gabe, have been working hard at their items as well!  They are excited to share their treasures as you will see by their huge grins when you walk by. 

We hope you will stop by tomorrow from 11-3 to shop locally, support your local farm family, and find something unique and personal for those you love this year.

I am so blessed with the bustle of our life, but it really puts me in the Christmas spirit to enjoy the quiet of a cold winter night, to ponder the mystery of a King's birth in a lowly stable, and to be grateful for the wonder and joy of that gift to us all.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/29/2018 8:46am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks,
We will host a market this Saturday, December 1, from 9-12.  Items will include:

-winter squash (delicatas are our favorite!), arugula, kale,  white winter turnip (these are fantastic!), radish, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, carrots and more.   

We are also taking new CSA members for the 2019 season.  Discounted rates apply until December 16th so sign up soon!  See previous post on our website for details. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/28/2018 6:37am by Michael Scheidel.

We hope your Black Friday shopping was a great success in grabbing those hot deals, but we wanted to remind you to come out to our

Down on the Farm Christmas Market 

Saturday, December 8th

11-3. 

Here is where you will find something for everyone, made right in your community by people you know.  That is a gift worth giving and receiving!

We'll have lots of homemade, unique gifts made by our friends, family, and of course, us.  Every year the kids even look forward to the hustle and bustle of making their own items to sell.  Lucy has been busy making pillows, Hope and Norah are cutting and gluing their ornaments, and even 5-year-old Gabe found a craft he simply loved making! 

We will have natural soap, traditional German Springerle cookies (so beautiful they are hard to bite into, but oh, when you do, they taste as good as they look!), ornaments, handmade wood items (yes, Justice will be creating his famous wooden candles), Leah's gluten free chocolate chip cookie butter (big hit last year!), natural, dye-free, handmade hard candy, and more!

Our Little Peace Farm table will have many of your favorite items (yes, bacon salt will be back, so will bourbon glaze), and some new ones too.  Think "Christmas Jam", homemade vanilla extract, Gracie's caramel popcorn and more...

 

We will also have CSA gift certificates for your loved ones.

New hours this year, so come out from

11-3 on December 8th! 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/23/2018 3:42pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hey Folks,
 
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and lots of us small business owners depend on the support of our local communities to stay afloat! Show your support and buy local/shop small! We are selling shares online at an "early bird discounted" rate! To purchase your share online, see our website and under the CSA/Ordering tab click on 2019 CSA Online Ordering. Or if you prefer, send a check to Little Peace Farm to the address at the bottom of each page of our website.
Gratefully!
LPF


Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

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