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Posted 12/7/2015 5:23pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

The time has come!!!!!  Organic citrus is coming north!!! 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 traveling back to NY and passing through PA on Monday, Dec. 14th with their first shipment and we are taking orders.  Orders must be made by noon this Thursday, Dec. 10th 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 Tuesday, December 15th 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 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 11/24/2015 11:04am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

We're about to have our third or fourth sub-freezing night in a row which does a couple of things to our fall crops: first, it sweetens and improves the flavor (try our kale right now and you wont believe how excellent and sweet the flavor is compared to summer kale!!!); second, after several freezes and thaws the plants start taking a beating.  So we're peaking with flavor and quality for our late field crops like broccoli, kale, cabbage, carrots, Brussel's sprouts, kohlrabi, radish and turnip.  It will soon be too cold for any outdoor crops which is when we'll switch to growing exclusively in our high tunnels and greenhouses. Despite the cold weather yesterday, I still saw a turtle in our top pond sunning itself.  That's the latest I've ever seen a turtle out and about!

CSA Deposits

Deposits for those joining our summer 2016 CSA were due two days ago.  Please make it a priority to get your deposits in as this is how a farm like ours operates and survives the winter!  See our previous posts for details.  Also, spread the word as we are planning for more growth to our farm and CSA for the coming season! 

Organic Citrus

We are a couple of weeks away from taking orders for the first shipment of certified organic, Florida grown citrus.  We are anxiously waiting for these juicy delights so stay tuned for ordering details. 

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and friends this weekend.  Emily is roasting a turkey (thank you Herring's Green Grass Farm and Polyface Farm!) and baking all the fixin's.  This weekend we go down to my family's neck of the woods to gather and play our annual "Brothers vs. the Others" football game.  If you see me limping around next week worse than normal, I over-achieved on the playing field! God Bless!

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 11/10/2015 6:49am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

BACK

We have had a great break from the season and even managed to do some traveling!  After 2400 miles of driving, my back is killing me worse than during the work of the summer! 

DEPOSITS FOR 2016 CSA

We normally ask for deposits or full payments for the following year's CSA season by November 15th and full/unpaid balances paid by January 15th.  We're a little off schedule so we are asking that $100 deposits or full payments be made by Sunday, November 22nd.  Please remember that for farms like ours, this is how we get through our winter and have the capital to purchase supplies/seed/make repairs for the coming season.  CSA details for the 2016 season are:

Full Shares-$600 ($585 if picking up at the farm or in Pottsville);10 items/week for 20 weeks; includes your veggies, online custom ordering and delivery.

Partial Shares-$385 ($350 if picking up at the farm or in Pottsville);6 items/week for 20 weeks; includes your veggies, online custom ordering and delivery.

Flower Shares-$100 includes a weekly bouquet of beautiful fresh cut flowers.

Herb Share-$70 includes a weekly delivery of two bunches of fresh seasonal herbs.

Current pick-up/delivery locations are: Little Peace Farm, Pottsville (TBD), Orwigsburg (Healthy Habits), Hershey (Woo de la Kitchen), Elizabethtown (Folklore Coffee) and Wyomissing (Colonial Fitness).  Additional pick up locations TBA!

Remember that CSA shares make GREAT gifts for family and friends! 

ORGANIC CITRUS 

We will once again be working with Gayle and Mike from Thorpe's Organic Family Farm to offer some seriously fine certified organic, fresh picked Florida citrus.  Our first shipment will likely come about a week before Christmas.  Stay tuned for ordering details in the coming weeks. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/6/2015 6:10am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey folks!

I wanted to remind anyone interested in the Winter CSA that payment AND member agreements are due ASAP.  We received a lot of interest but can only plan the season on commitment and unlike the summer CSA, have limited shares available.  If you would like to participate in the Winter CSA please make payment this week.  As always if you have any questions, please refer to the original post/e-mail or e-mail/call us. 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 10/2/2015 6:36am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks! Because of the pending nasty weather tonight and tomorrow we decided to have the Saturday market HERE at the farm from 8-12 instead of our normal venue in Pottsville. This is for CSA members AND for anyone who wants to come and shop. Jeff and Deb Schaeffer will be here with loads of fruit, jellies, and fresh pressed CIDER! So come on out and support our impromptu Saturday market. See you in the morning!



Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

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