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Posted 12/12/2016 5:51pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Sorry for the last minute-ness of this e-mail but I just got word from the farmers that the first shipment of organic citrus is coming north this weekend!!! Mike and Gayle Thorpe own a certified organic citrus grove in Florida and travel there from their home farm in NY to work the grove and harvest the fruit during the winter months. 

They are sending their first trailer load up north this weekend.  We travel to meet the trailer in Harrisburg and return to the farm with your order!

Orders must be made by 5 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 14th and all ordering must be done online (see below for ordering instructions).  Here's the details for the fruit: 

*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 Monday, December 19th from 4-6.  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 subscriber to our website! 

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

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 12/6/2016 6:36pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks,

Just a reminder that this Saturday, December 10th from 12-5 is our annual Down On The Farm Christmas Market.  Come and shop for your loved ones, enjoy the warmth of our wood stove and enter to win a gift certificate for Little Peace Farm! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/22/2016 9:31am by Michael Scheidel.

Hello Good Folks!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are looking forward to our family traditions including; delivering meals to the needy in our county with the Knights of Columbus, sharing our own meal afterward with family(thank you Herrings for the monster turkey!), and enduring another brutal "brothers vs. the others" football game (I play like an 18-year-old and pay for it dearly!).  I come from a big family (8 siblings, 48 nieces and nephews) so the game is always well attended!

CHRISTMAS MARKET

On Saturday, December 10th we will be hosting our 5th annual DOWN ON THE FARM CHRISTMAS MARKET here at the farm from 12-5.  We think you will find many wonderful gifts for everyone on your list; all our vendors produce local, handmade, unique items.  Shop local this Christmas!!!  Just a sneak peek at some of our items this year: all natural, dye-free candy, handmade wool crafts, natural, recycled gifts for the environmentalist on your list, many food gift items, handmade soaps, local art, and more. 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Shop small and local this Saturday, November 26th from 9-12 here at Little Peace Farm and receive 10% off your purchase! Visit our FB page to see what other local business are offering deals!

CSA 2017

We have received some semi-panicked e-mails from loyal customers asking if we are offering  2017 CSA shares and the answer is YES!  I just forgot to post the deposit and balance dates like we always do.  We usually ask for deposits/balances by November 15th and final payments by January 15th.  However, since we missed that boat we are asking for deposits/balances by December 1st and balances paid by January 30th.  REMEMBER, THIS IS HOW CSA FARMS MAKE IT THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS AND PREPARE FOR THE COMING SEASON.  We rely on your support to pay the bills, order seed, make repairs and continue growing high quality, nutrient dense, chemical free food!  So if you are considering joining our CSA, please be aware of the dates!

Thankfully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/28/2016 8:59am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

We just finished our last market at the Coco Beanery in Hershey yesterday and despite the miserable weather, we saw a lot of folks and had a good finish.  THANK ALL OF MY NEW HERSHEY FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS FOR SUPPORTING US THIS SEASON!  We look forward to continue feeding you our "honest food"! 

ON-YOUR-HONOR EGGS

Until further notice, our eggs are on SALE for $4/doz.(usually $4.50; farm pick up only!).  Come to the farm and enter our market room and find the eggs in the refrigerator along the back left wall.  We will leave a box to make change. NO SUNDAY SALES!!!

We raise our own laying hens and feed them organic/transitional feed from a local mill.  We move them daily on fresh grass and they get to enjoy sunshine, rain, bugs and more...creating an excellent egg! 

FALL CSA

We have shares available for our fall CSA.  This is a 6 week season from the week of November 7th to the week of December 12th.  Locations include the farm, Healthy Habits Natural Market (O-burg), and Woo de La Kitchen (Hershey).  Read our previous blog posts to learn more and e-mail/message if you are interested. 

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Our annual Christmas Craft Market will be on Saturday December 10.  Stay tuned for more details.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/5/2016 8:31pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

Finally, we are getting information out about our fall CSA.  Here are the details:

When? 6 weeks beginning the week of November 8th until the week of December 13th.

Where? farm pick up on Tuesdays 4-6 and Saturdays 9-11, Healthy Habits Natural Market (O-burg) Fridays 10-close, and Woo del La Kitchen (Hershey) Wednesdays 10-close.

Who? anyone interested in fantastic, fresh, organically grown fall veggies like: broccoli, cabbage, chard, kale, beets, carrots, onions, head lettuce, spinach, Asian greens, potatoes and more!

How Much Does It Cost? farm pick up shares are $150 again and delivery shares (O-burg/Hershey) are $175.

How Much Do I Get?  all shares are the same size, 6 "items" per share per week.

We are not offering online ordering for delivery or farm pick up shares.  All delivery shares will receive a "farm choice" box which means we put a good variety of what's being harvested each week in each box.  You will NEVER get a box of just kale or radishes!  Folks picking up at the farm select from our market tables! 

Please respond right away if you would like to sign up as we have a limited amount of fall shares that usually sell out quickly.

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

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

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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