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Posted 5/31/2015 7:11pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Folks!

Since our strawberry crop is IN and looking good we have to pick just about every day to keep up with ripening.  So we will have them available here at the farm in our market room using the honor system Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 1 p.m NO SUNDAY SALES PLEASE.

Please do not call or e-mail to ask if we have any because it would be too much for us to handle the responses.  We will post on Facebook each day after we pick to let you know how many quarts are available.  We will not reserve berries for anyone.  Just feel free to stop on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday and serve yourself.  We will have a change box but exact change is appreciated- $5.75 a quart.  WE CURRENTLY HAVE 55 QUARTS AVAILABLE!  Thank you and enjoy! 

 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/28/2015 5:23am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

The market and CSA season is almost upon us and we will have one more pre-season sale this Saturday, here at the farm from 10-12.  We'll have eggs, salad greens and STRAWBERRIES for sale!  This is the best crop of berries I've ever grown so stop out for some.

 strawberries

   

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/21/2015 5:51am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

We have been crazy busy on the farm lately.  All of our first and most of our second plantings are in the ground growing alongside very healthy WEEDS (one  of an organic farmers biggest challenges).  Our livestock are all being rotated on pasture and the high tunnels are filling up with tomatoes, cucumbers and more.  We did transplant more than a thousand tomato plants in the field last week and our first sweet corn is in the ground!

VEGGIE SALE/FARM WALK THIS SATURDAY 10-1

We are having a veggie sale this Saturday, May 23rd from 10-1.  Items will include head lettuce, field greens, radishes, our own fresh eggs and more.  This would be a great opportunity if you are new to the farm to come out and meet us.  We will be having a farm walk for new members and anyone interested at noon.  Please wear appropriate attire including walking shoes as terrain is uneven.

ONLINE ORDERING CSA

I will be sending out a separate e-mail soon to all of our CSA members about the final details about pick up and online ordering instructions for non-farm pick up CSA members.  Stay tuned!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/8/2015 6:35am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

Yesterday we got about half of our potato seed in the ground and varieties like Yukon Gold, German Butterball and Mountain Rose still to plant!  Our hogs and cows are happy on pasture/woods, chicks are in the brooder, hens are grazing on fresh pasture and our new lambs are getting used to their new home on the farm.  Our first planting looks great including radish, head lettuce, turnips, broccoli, kale, collard greens, sugar snap peas and more!   

Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale

Tomorrow from 10-1 is our annual Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale.  We have a selection of about 30 varieties available.  We will also have certified organic seed potato for sale as well as our own pastured eggs.  

Farm Walk

At noon tomorrow we will be taking new CSA members, customers and anyone interested on a walk around our farm.  This is a good way to get to know how, where and why we grow.  Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for hills and uneven ground!

CSA

We are still taking CSA members for all of our pick up locations.  See our website for all the details (look under the CSA tab!). 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 5/3/2015 9:04pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

Our Annual Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale is this Saturday, May 9th from 10-1.  We will have a large selection of heirloom tomato plants for sale and some other garden favorites as well. 

FARM WALK

We will also have a farm walk at 12 noon the same day for new CSA members and customers and you old timers who just like to walk around the farm with us!  Come see how we integrate our livestock into the farm landscape to improve soils and increase fertility.  Stay tuned.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/21/2015 7:52am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good folks!

I don't know about you but we got a whoopin' last night!  The first storm at 9:00 rolled right around us.  It passed, I thought we were in the clear so I dozed off.  Then about 11 the second front came through with big winds, pea and rice sized hail and heavy rain.  Looks like all is ok this morning though.  With so much liability out in the open, I get pretty nervous when the forecast calls for strong thunderstorms and tornado watches!

First Spring Planting

Speaking of liabilities out in the open here is what we've got out in the field either direct seeded or transplanted in the past two weeks: carrots, beets, spinach, scallions, arugula, tatsoi, mizuna, bibb lettuce, loose leaf lettuce, sugar snap peas, giant snow peas, fava beans, radish, turnip, broccoli, cabbage, Napa cabbage, cauliflower, bunching onions, cilantro, and a few more things I'm sure I forgot about!  Kales, chard, collards and a third planting of head lettuces are on deck for the next planting.

Nursery

I spent just about the whole day yesterday in the nursery bumping up the first half of our heirloom tomatoes and cut flowers.  Bumping up means pricking out the small seedlings and planting them in larger flats or 6-packs to sell or to plant in the field (stay tuned for our annual heirloom tomato plant sale!).  Today will include the second half of the tomatoes plus herbs, eggplant, peppers, celery, and more.

We have plenty of CSA shares available for all of our pick up locations including here at the farm, Pottsville, Orwigsburg, Pine Grove, Sinking Spring, Hershey (stay tuned!) and Elizabethtown.  E-mail or browse our website if you have any questions!

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 4/10/2015 6:29pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks,

Despite the recent stretch of wet weather we have been very busy on the farm preparing for the new season. 

FRUIT TREES

This week we planted our second delivery of apple trees.  We are slowly converting one of the two vineyards on the farm into an orchard.  Wine grapes are virtually impossible to grow organically; just can't control black rot without synthetic fungicides which I have no interest in using on my farm.  So my logic is to tear out the vines and replace them on the existing trellising with the dwarf apples.  In a couple more years we'll have the block filled up and will be harvesting our first crop of organically grown apples!  We've got 25 peach trees and 5 sweet cherries to plant as well. 

CSA

We have shares available at all of our pick up locations for our CSA which include:  here at the farm, Healthy Habit's Natural Market in Orwigsburg, Potter's Farm in Pine Grove, the Pottsville Farmer's Market, Colonial Fitness in Sinking Spring, Folklore Coffee Co. in Elizabethtown and a new location in Hershey (TBA!).  IF you've been considering joining, make the jump.  We work hard to make sure you'll be happy with our farm!  Tell your friends, spread the word, we have plenty of shares available.  See the website for details under the CSA tab.

TUNNELS

Our high tunnels/greenhouses are filling up with a quick planting of some spring veggies (radish, spicy mesculin mix, scallions, carrots, bibb lettuce, spinach and more.  They will soon make room for our high tunnel heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil as the weather warms up and the days get longer. 

Stay tuned for our annual Heirloom Tomato Plant sale at the end of April and other farm news.

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 3/26/2015 7:48am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!

As the weather begins to warm up the farm begins to really wake up.  I heard my first red wing black bird a few days ago, a welcome song coming out of such a long cold winter.

Spring Greens Sale

We'll be having a greens sale this Saturday from 10-12 here at the farm.  Items will include spinach, kale, pea shoots, arugula, and broccoli florets.  Our new flock of hens are starting to lay so we will have pullet eggs for sale as well (pullet means young hen whose eggs are small when they first start to lay). 

CSA

We have shares available for the 2015 season for our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and several places you can pick up your shares.  Local folks can pick up here at the farm (Tuesdays), at the Pottsville Farmer's Market (Saturdays) or at Healthy Habits Natural Market (Thursdays).  We also have a drop off at Colonial Fitness in Sinking Spring for Reading area folks and a new drop off in Elizabethtown at Folklore Coffee and Co.  Give a call or send us an e-mail if you are interested in joining our chemical free farm! 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 3/11/2015 12:26pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks,

Wow.  We just received the next shipment of citrus and once again made slobs of ourselves in the kitchen, kids dancing in circles around us slurping wedges of some of the finest organic fruit we've tasted.  Thank you Thorpes for growing and sharing!  For those who pre-ordered, pick up is here at the farm from 4-6 tomorrow.  We have plenty of extra citrus and will be picking some early greens as well. 

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm

Posted 3/10/2015 5:47am by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks!

Citrus

The citrus was picked on Friday and Saturday and is on it's way!  Unless noted otherwise, pick up will be Thursday evening 4-6.  We will have early greens for sale as well!  If you ordered, please make it a priority to pick up.  We did order extra fruit as well so if you didn't order, you can still come out.

More

Since the weather broke a couple of days ago it seems like all of the sudden I'm behind with spring projects!  I am converting a greenhouse to radiant heat so we can produce more consistently in the spring and winter while doing all of my spring seeding in the nursery.  We're caring and preparing for our livestock which includes a new laying flock, several hogs, broiler chickens, sheep, cows, and goats.  We're expecting our ewe to lamb in the next couple of weeks too!   

CSA

We have plenty of shares available for the season with weekly pick up at the following locations: Healthy Habits (Orwigsburg), Colonial Fitness (Sinking Spring), Folklore Coffee & Co. (Elizabethtown), the Pottsville Farmer's Market, and here at the farm.  Get in touch if you have any questions about our farm.  

Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm