This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/15/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

New births again this week on the homestead. I know I said that last week. But it’s true. This week we have a brand new jersey calf. And we have a new set of twin lambs. That’s the last for the sheep. Likely next week I will say the same. We expect Violet to calve sometime after Sunday. She will be the last new mom for a while.

News about the Herdshares. Butter and her calf have A2A2 genetics and will provide excellent milk for our Herdshare program. We are seasonal milkers so when you buy into our herd, you will be part of that seasonal routine. During the summer months, first week of May through last week of October, your cows will provide milk, yogurt, and cream. During the winter months, twice monthly pickup November through April, your cows will provide cheese and butter. Please contact me if you are interested in our Herdshare program. 

Buying a Herdshare makes sense if you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal. You don’t have the space, the knowledge, or the desire to get dirty. We can take care of that for you. For $60 you can buy a share of our herd ($30 for 1/2 share) and then pay us a monthly fee of $44 ($22 for 1/2 share) for the care of your animals. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk and other products generated by the cows in the herd.  Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available. Contact us Here

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herdshares. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. This week I’ll have tasting samples of our grass-fed beef, lamb and chev (goat). I will also have yogurt samples. 

Visit our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. If you are interested in herdshares, you will be able to see up close how your cows will be cared for and where your cheese will be made and stored. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is Cooking on the Hearth. In a previous podcast I presented a recipe with instruction on how to cook it on a traditional hearth. This podcast expands on that idea, providing details about this way of cooking. The concepts are also valid for cooking outdoors in your backyard. 
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I want to follow up on a previous FarmCast, The Taste of Cheese where I talked about developing your expertise with using descriptive words. The FREE downloads of Classifying Cheese by Type and Category and Expand Your Cheese Vocabulary are still available at our website. Please stop by and get your FREE resources. 

This week’s FarmCast provides greater detail on how our ancestral mothers (and fathers) used open fire to cook all of the meals for the family. A fireplace was the centerpiece of the home. Cooking on the Hearth is a fun podcast with a closer look at the intricacies of building fires and using it effectively for cooking meals. 

I hope this FarmCast stimulates you to go outside and spend time in nature. Build a fire. Prepare your meal. Get a feel for how far we have come with our modern conveniences in the kitchen.  And then some things remain the same. You still need poke, shovel, and tongs to effectively work a fire. You can LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say:Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

mint sauceMint Sauce: This is an easy mint sauce recipe that will make your lamb dinner out of this world. It’s basic structure is a combination of sweet and sour with that unforgettable taste of mint.

Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.

easter leg of lambMom’s Chocolate Pie: The Tradition of Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to try out Mom’s Chocolate Pie. This one is easy with a classic meringue topping. If you prefer whipped cream or whipped topping, it will do just as well. Make mom proud in 2019. You can do it!! 

Stinging Nettles InfusionStinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.


Important Stuff in the News

Herd Shares in Virginia: The Stumbling Beginnings: This article will help you better understand all about Herd Shares. How they evolved. Why they exist. How they work. 

Virginia: Victory Over Herdshare Threat: We have a great team of people here in Virginia fighting for our right to consume whatever food we wish. When you join our herdshare, you also become part of this growing community of citizens interested in regaining control of their food source. 

Jennifer Bice, A Woman of Vision: This is a woman after my own heart. Especially since she loves her animals. She is an extraordinary business woman. Check out her story.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/8/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

New births again this week on the homestead. We have baby quail. We don’t quite know how many yet. The way it works is that when they start hatching, we must keep our hands off that incubator and let them finish. Each baby bird has enough food stored up for three days. After that we must get them out and get them to food and water. At that point, any that have not emerged from their little shells are unlikely to hatch. Having said that, we will close up the incubator for another three days just in case there are most that have really big hearts and a strong will to live. 

Upcoming births are being awaited for three of our cows and one ewe. Multiple times each day we are going out to check on all of our livestock to see if anyone needs our assistance. So far so good. 

Let’s talk Herdshares. The final details are still being worked out. We did purchase that purebred Jersey heifer. She has A2A2 genetics and will provide excellent milk for our Herdshare program. We are seasonal milkers so when you buy into our herd, you will be part of that seasonal routine. During the summer months your cows will provide milk, yogurt, and cream. During the winter months your cows will provide cheese and butter. Please contact me if you are interested in our Herdshare program. 

Buying a Herdshare makes sense if you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal. You don’t have the space, the knowledge, or the desire to get dirty. We can take care of that for you. For $50 you can buy a share of our herd and then pay us a monthly fee of $48 for the care of your animals. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd.  We will harvest the milk and create products for you as well. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available — and the competition is about to increase. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herdshares or we can talk about cheese. The summer season has begun and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. Currently I’m also offering celery starts. Sometimes I have yogurt samples. And of course, we have plenty of grass-fed and finished beef, lamb and chev (goat) for you and your family. 

We can also serve your needs at the farm. Come visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. On Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm we will be available to serve your pastured-raised meat and Herdshare needs. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is The Tradition of Mothering, where I talk about the history of Mother’s Day and also share some of my personal story of being a very young mother of two. 
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I want to follow up on a previous FarmCast, The Taste of Cheese where I talked about developing your expertise with using descriptive words. The FREE downloads of Classifying Cheese by Type and Category and Expand Your Cheese Vocabulary are still available at our website. Please stop by and get your FREE resources. 

This week’s FarmCast is focused on The Tradition of Mothering. There is a deep and rich history to this celebration of the feminine. Indeed, it is celebrated by many cultures. I’ll briefly mention some of the traditions currently practiced in countries around the globe. 

This FarmCast is a bit different in that I share a large part of my early mothering history. It was a rough row to hoe for me and I hope to inspire others to make better plans for their adult life and to follow the plan with discipline. You can LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE. Or, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

easter leg of lambMom’s Chocolate Pie: The Tradition of Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to try out Mom’s Chocolate Pie. This one is easy with a classic meringue topping. If you prefer whipped cream or whipped topping, it will do just as well. Make mom proud in 2019. You can do it!! 

Stinging Nettles InfusionStinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow Herdshare program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 


Important Stuff in the News

America’s New Pastime-Milking goats: This is an interesting phenomena and the Laredo Morning Times gives a good overview of what’s happening and why.

A Daily Mail.com Article – Human tongues can smell and contain the same odour receptors that are found in our noses: There is always new information coming out. Only a short few episodes ago, I did a FarmCast on What Makes Food Taste So Good? which focused on the senses of taste and smell.

From The Guardian.com – Trump plans $11bn tariffs aimed at EU’s aircraft, cheese and wine – as it happened: I wonder where this will go or where it will end up.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/1/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week. All the lambs are doing well. We have one that we bottle feed. He is one of the triplets. While mom lets him hang out, she doesn’t let him nurse. So we stepped in and helped him out. Unfortunately, we have to chase him down three times a day to feed him One thing we are considering is putting him in the dog cage so we don’t have to chase him down to feed him. He spent one night there in the beginning when we thought we might lose him. But he perked up and we sent him back out into the field with his flock. Being with the flock is definitely preferable. We’ve had lambs before that we kept separate as we fed them. When they return to the flock, it takes a while for them to integrate with the other sheep. It’s like they don’t remember that they are sheep, not humans. 

Claire, the cow matriarch, gave birth to a lovely little bull calf. He is doing well. We now have three bulls calves. We really wanted some heifers to build the herd up. Many breeders are also rebuilding their herds. I’ve had no luck finding bred heifers to purchase. But more news on that below. 

The quail eggs in the incubator are humming along. I’m really pleased with the incubator that I purchased. The temperature reads in Celsius and cannot be changed, but it holds the temperature and humidity very steady. You can’t ask for more than that. So excited about this new adventure.

Last week I brought you the news that we are looking into starting up a herd share program. The final details are being worked out on that now. But what I want to share with you this week is that we may be purchasing a bred Jersey heifer from another vendor at the farmer’s market. She is ending her herdshare program soon and is trying to find the best home for some of her fantastic cows with A2A2 genetics. We are looking into providing herdshares to some of her customers as they will need a new resource. It’s a huge change for us but we are up for the challenge.

If you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal, we can take care of that for you. The way it works is you buy a share of the herd and then pay a monthly fee for us to care for your animal. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd.  We will harvest the milk and create products for you as well. Please let us know if you are interested in this kind of arrangement. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available — and the competition is about to increase. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. The summer season begins this weekend. We will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. 

We can also serve your needs at the farm as we have initiated store hours on the farm. Yes, you can visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. On Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm we will be available to serve your pastured-raised meat and herd share needs. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is Traditional Healing Wisdom, a basic introduction to the ancient wisdom passed down through the ages via village herbalists
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I want to follow up on last week’s FarmCast, The Taste of Cheese where I talked about developing your expertise with using descriptive words. The FREE downloads of Classifying Cheese by Type and Category and Expand Your Cheese Vocabulary are still available at our website. Please stop by and get your FREE resources. 

This week’s FarmCast is focused on Traditional Healing Wisdom. It is a great introduction to the history of how Western botanical medicine began. In ages past small communities depended on their own knowledge and the experience and practice of their local herbalist — if there was one available. We always need more of these great healers that dedicate their lives to serving their local communities.

This FarmCast is one of many that I have planned regarding expanding our personal responsibility for health and wellbeing of ourselves and our families, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE. Or, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable. 

Stinging Nettles InfusionStinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow herd Share program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is now past. But come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some lamb anyway. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. The recipe cards are free with your purchase. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. 


Important Stuff in the News

No, the Organic Label is Not a Marketing Scam: Check out the article from Rodale Institute. Find out how the organic standard is protected and how it’s evolving.

Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World: A practical look at how to approach constantly changing climate conditions.

Cheese fans raise a stink over plans for pasteurized camembert: This is a big deal in France. Official Camembert de Normandie must be with raw milk. This would literally destroy the brand that was established in 1791.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 4/24/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week. We have lambs!!! On Saturday we welcomed a set of triplets, a single and later in the day a set of twins. Sunday brought us another set of twins. There is only one more ewe that needs to give birth. So far, all is going well with the sheep.

Claire, the cow matriarch, should give birth to her calf tomorrow or the next day. Praying that all goes well this time. Last year she needed the vet. Even though she did not have milk, she adopted the calf of the cow that died. We had to separate them this morning in preparation for the arrival of her own offspring. She is not happy. 🙁 

I have 40 quail eggs in the incubator. In two weeks we will have a bunch of little peepers. So excited about this new adventure. 

We are looking into starting up a herd share program. That’s right! If you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal, we can take care of that for you. 

The way it works is you buy a share of the herd and then pay a monthly fee for us to care for your animal. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd.  We will harvest the milk and create products for you as well. Please let us know if you are interested in this kind of arrangement. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 27th from 10 am to 12 noon.

We can also serve your needs at the farm as we have initiated store hours on the farm. Yes, you can visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. On Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm we will be available to serve your pastured-raised meat and herd share needs. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is the Taste of Cheese, a quick look at how we identify and describe a wonderful cheese
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

The Taste of Cheese is a follow on to the episode on how we taste great food. Focusing on using those skills as they apply to cheese, there is some great information here. Developing your expertise with using descriptive words will be aided by the FREE download of Classifying Cheese by Type and Category and Expand Your Cheese Vocabulary.  

This is an educational one with wonderful supporting documentation for you to use in better understanding the Taste of Cheese, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable. 

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow herd Share program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is now past. But come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some lamb anyway. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. The recipe cards are free with your purchase. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. 

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.


Important Stuff in the News

A Vance, Oklahoma Tradition: Team Vance continues 30-year tradition of hosting Special Olympics at the Air Force Base.

Is Voice Ordering Really the Future of Online Grocery?: I don’t know what to think about this. Technology is moving ahead at an astounding rate. What do you think?

Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth: This article is published on the National Institutes of Health site. TCM is very complex. Sometimes I flirt with really studying hard on it, but there is just so much. I have so many other things on my plate right now. Using plants and energy as medicine is a sideline passion of mine. I’ve studied herbal medicine for many years. I have a Doctor of Naturopathy degree and have developed several herbal tincture formulas which you will see in our online store in the very near future. 


This Week At Peaceful Heart Farm: 4/17/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

If you haven’t listened to the latest podcast, I’ll bring you up to date on the previous birth. We lost the mom three days after she gave birth. It was a very sad day for us. On the upside, we had a new calf born 2 days ago. Always a joy to see that. Mom and boy are doing very well. 

We are looking into starting up a herd share program. That’s right! If you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal, we can take care of that for you. 

The way it works is you would buy a share of the herd. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd. Please let us know if you are interested in this kind of arrangement. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 27th from 10 am to 12 noon. We can also serve your needs at the farm. Email me if you’d like to come out to the farm and pick up your lamb, beef, or goat.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast is a quick look at the Tradition of Dairying.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This episode is a lead up to you having your own family cow. Some myths are dispelled and lots of great info on these lovely creatures. “The Tradition of Dairying” is the topic. 

This is an educational one with a bit of history, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow herd Share program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is fast approaching. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some Easter lamb. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. Choose one FREE with your purchase.

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.


Important Stuff in the News

Top 10 Herd Share Questions Answered: This is a great and informative piece that will answer many of your questions. Feel free to contact us as well and we will answer or find the answer and get back to you.

5 Quail Species to Raise: I just got the word that the quail eggs I ordered for incubation are in the mail. I’m including this fun article to give you a bit more info on this topic. My eggs will be here within 48-72 hours. We will be raising coturnix quail. 

Notre Dame Cathedral History: My heart said to include this piece. The disaster at the Cathedral of Notre Dame is heartbreaking. Such a rich history. I get choked up and can’t really say more here. 


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 4/10/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

Yay, first calf is born. He required a vet to visit him and get his tail out first. Yes, our first calf came breech, but he is doing really well right now. His dad should be proud. Looks almost just like him. The milking routine has begun. 

Easter is on the horizon. In honor of the event, we are running a sale on leg of lamb and shoulder roasts.

40% off Leg of Lamb and

Shoulder Roasts! ! !

Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 13th from 10 am to 12 noon. We can also serve your needs at the farm. Email me if you’d like to come out to the farm and pick up your lamb. 

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast is a study in the science behind the senses as they relate to the taste of food.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Homesteads in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

Last we I talked about what makes our food taste great. This week, in preparation for a follow up on what makes food taste the way it does, I’m introducing the basics of cheesemaking. This is a needed background to discuss what gives cheese its flavor. Look for that episode coming up soon. This week’s podcast also includes a recipe for making that great Easter Leg of Lamb

This is an educational one with a bit of history, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is fast approaching. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some Easter lamb. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. Choose one FREE with your purchase. 

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs – not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

 


Cheese in the News

Why Americans Don’t Get to Eat Delicious Raw Milk Cheese: The title is a little misleading. We do get to eat “some” raw milk cheese. This article gives the details on which ones. Also, I was shocked to find out that the forced pasteurization by the FDA began in 1987. I thought it happened at the same time that raw milk liquid was required to be pasteurized in 1924. 

Raw Milk Cheese – A Natural Source of Probiotics: Milk is known as a complete food. It contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, cholesterol, and beneficial bacteria (probiotics). Perhaps it is the perfect food! Well maybe not. Perhaps cheese is the perfect food. ♥♥♥♥♥

“Lies My Doctor Told Me” – Presentation by Dr. Ken Berry :This has got to be the most interesting thing I read all week. Looks like I’m going to have to buy another book. I love reading. More importantly, I love reading about how to live a healthy life. So much information, so little time. 


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm – 4/3/2019

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

I hope it’s warm where you are. Here in southwestern Virginia, we got a brief glimpse of snow flurries this morning. It was very cold last night. My cabbage suffered but will likely survive. They should have been covered. Hindsight is 20/20. The temperatures dropped about 3 degrees below what was predicted. I wanted to plant onion today, but hey, it’s cold and windy out there. Think I’ll wait. Tomorrow’s high will be 70 degrees – or so they say. I’m hoping.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • Where can you find us? Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 13th from 10 am to 12 noon.
  • This week’s FarmCast is a study in the science behind the senses as they relate to the taste of food.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Homesteads in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

There is so much to say about what makes our food taste great. Each individual cook or home chef adds their own touch. However, there are three standard biological sensory functions that, when working together, form the basis of the full experience of “taste”. 

This is a peaceful and philosophical one, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs – not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

cornbread on the hearthMary Randolph’s Cornmeal Bread: In Colonial America food was prepared with similar ingredients, but the method of cooking was vastly different. This recipe contains instructions for hearthside baking.


Cheese in the News

Virginia Cheese Fest: Farm to table dinner – June 7, 2019 – Historic Smithfield Plantation

The Goods on Gruyere: Discover the many flavors, textures and pairing options of this complex cheese.

Sheep and Artisan Cheese:Tim Young of Small Farm Nation talks with Sarah Hoffman of Green Dirt Farm in Missouri. She raises sheep on pasture, milks them and turns their milk into award-winning cheese.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 3/27/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

Spring is coming on faster and faster. This time of year it seems like time speeds up and it’s hard to get everything done between dawn and dusk. I have potatoes, Chinese cabbages and onions to get in the garden. Oh, I almost forgot about the strawberries. Those need to get in the ground also. It’s going to be a fun and productive week around here.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast brings out the philosopher in me.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Cheese in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I had a great time recording this week’s podcast. I love sharing the history of how we human beings made it to this point in our evolution. It’s amazing that we survived. Please enjoy this week’s topic: What Does It Mean to “Get in Touch with the Land?”

This is a peaceful and philosophical one, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs — not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

cornbread on the hearthMary Randolph’s Cornmeal Bread: In Colonial America food was prepared with similar ingredients, but the method of cooking was vastly different. This recipe contains instructions for hearthside baking.

creme fraicheCrème Fraîche: Similar to sour cream but not at all the same, this recipe provides a glimpse of how traditional cheese is made. It’s quick and it’s easy. Use it in any setting where you would use sour cream. 


Cheese in the News

Virginia’s losing one dairy farm a week. Can cheese save the industry?

I sure hope so. This article is a bit of a downer. Lot’s of farmers have given up hope of ever making their dairy operations profitable. It does take a lot of money and know-how to operate a creamery. Personally, I have a great deal of hope. There is a great movement toward locally produced food. I want to be part of it and hope you do to.

Cheese tea, the pegan diet and 9 other food trends for 2019

The cheese tea is simple. Tea with a sour cream floater. What do you think?

My French Grandmother’s Shortbread Makes for Shamefully Addictive Cheese Crackers

OMG I’ve got to make these.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 3/20/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

So good to be writing again. Spring is just around the corner (along with my birthday). We are so ready for its arrival. The tiny plants we started way ahead of planting in the garden are growing like crazy. I’ll be planting some of those out this week if it warms up even a little.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast brings a new word to our discussion
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Cheese in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I had a great time recording this week’s podcast. I love sharing the history of how we human beings made it to this point in our evolution. It’s amazing that we survived. Please enjoy this week’s topic introducing the term “garde manger” or “keeper of the food”. 

This is a fun, educational and entertaining one, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs — not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

cornbread on the hearthMary Randolph’s Cornmeal Bread: In Colonial America food was prepared with similar ingredients, but the method of cooking was vastly different. This recipe contains instructions for hearthside baking.

creme fraicheCrème Fraîche: Similar to sour cream but not at all the same, this recipe provides a glimpse of how traditional cheese is made. It’s quick and it’s easy. Use it in any setting where you would use sour cream. 

cheese fondueCheese Fondue: Can there be anything more fun than the family sitting around the table dipping into the fondue pot. I recently made this for my family. It was as delicious this time as it was the first time. 


Cheese in the News

Scientists Played Music to Cheese As It Aged. 

The Swiss seem to always be out there on the cutting edge with cheese. This is a fun story about their experiment with hip-hop, classic rock and Mozart.

How to Make a Store-Bought Camembert Into Something Delightful and Rare

“The best Camemberts are still made in Normandy, with raw cow’s milk, to a very specific set of standards.” This is the reason we have Normande cows. Somebody please try this and tell us how it goes. It sounds heavenly. 

Wisconsin cheesemakers again dominate U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

If I have my way, Virginia is going to start winning these contests. It’s an uphill battle as Wisconsin has been making cheese for a long, long time. We won’t let that deter us. cool

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