This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 7-18-19

Hello everybody,

I know I said I was trying out a new market last week. Well, that didn’t happen due to illness. However, it is on the agenda for this week. The market is in Independence, VA. The hours are 9 am to 1 pm. We will have grass-fed meats (lamb, goat, beef) and information about our herd share program. 

We have cheese available via herd share. Peaceful Heart Gold is available.Herd share owners are picking up their cheese at the Wytheville Farmer’s market or here at the farm. Let us know how much you love it!!

Cheese is now available year-round. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October. 

Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions.  

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.

Now for  a brief update on other things going on around the farm.

Tomatoes are coming in now and there are a lot of them. I’m very pleased. Likely next week I will start on making tomato sauce for canning. I’m exited. 

It just started raining here. Now I feel blessed. It has been very hot and very dry. This is one day that I will not have to water the garden. It takes a long time to water the entire garden well enough to do any good. I usually schedule 2 hours for the task. Today I will be able to use that time for something else. 

The quail eggs in the incubator are doing great. We are already at day 7. Likely less than 10 days before they start hatching out. I can’t wait to hear the little peepers. 


News This Week

  • Products Available to This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is The Traditional Family Cow. The desire for a family cow was the gateway fro us to now have our small creamery where we make hand-made artisan cheese.
  • Most Recent Recipes

 


 

Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Peaceful Heart Gold Cheese 1/4 pound 1/2 pound

Products Available to the General Public

Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

Let’s Get Together
As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

Before the dairy, there were the herbs. Well in truth, the herbs still exist. I just don’t have time to give that business any attention. However, the knowledge I have gained over the years still exists. This week was a time to use that knowledge.

Activated Charcoal has many uses. It is used in emergency rooms all over America to treat accidental poisoning. It can also help with alleviating stomach issues related to viral and bacterial infections. This weeks podcast is all about activated charcoal.

Listen to “When and How to Use Activated Charcoal” here

Free Downloads

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. 

You can LISTEN TO THE PODCAST 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.

Ginger TeaGinger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.

This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm

Hello everybody,

We have a new market that we are trying out — the farmer’s market in Independence, VA. It’s a little over 50 miles from us and a beautiful drive through mountains. Look for us on Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. We look forward to talking with you there. 

It’s happening. Finally!! This week at Wytheville Farmer’s market we will be including cheese in the herd share. The first wheel of Peaceful Heart Gold is ready. Let us know how much you love it!!

Cheese will now be available year-round. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October. 

Herd Share product deliveries are being fulfilled every Saturday at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Pick up at the farm is also an option.

Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions.  

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.

I’m harvesting tomatoes from the garden. We will have lots and lots of them. I plan to make a lot of tomato sauce this year. Late last year I figured out how to do it and this year I planted a ton a tomatoes so I will have plenty to cook down into sauce. 

Tomato sauce is the base for pasta sauce, barbecue sauce, ketchup and so much more. Some people can each of these products separately. I prefer to can the tomato base and make the others as I need them. What about you?


News This Week

  • Products Available to This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is The Traditional Family Cow. The desire for a family cow was the gateway fro us to now have our small creamery where we make hand-made artisan cheese.
  • Most Recent Recipes

Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Peaceful Heart Gold Cheese 1/4 pound 1/2 pound

Products Available to the General Public

Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

Let’s Get Together
As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon.

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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

The heart of the reason we now have an artisan cheese operation stems from my desire to have a family cow. In the very recent past it was a common feature of most families. For the entire history of the human species until the mid-20th century it was a central part of feeding the family.

Today the practice is nearly extinct. Dairies have consolidated into larger and larger operations. The inclusion of dairy in the idea of “commodity” rather than a valuable product requiring loving hand care has led to the cheapening of food. Across the board, the powers that be have developed the idea that food is a commodity. For us, food is an art form.

Listen to “The Traditional Family Cow” here

Free Downloads

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. 

You can LISTEN TO THE PODCAST 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.

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.

gourmet burgersGourmet Chevon (or other ground meat) Burgers: Try gourmet chevon burgers instead of hamburgers. Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world. Our goats graze in the pasture for their entire life. It makes succulent chevon patties and a great addition to a paleo or keto diet plan.

Our chevon meat is processed at a local USDA inspected facility. It is ground and then frozen in vacuum sealed bags.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 7/3/19

Hello everybody,

Happy Independence Day. Jump down to the bottom of the newsletter for the Keto Chocolate Ice Cream recipe just in time for your 4th of July celebration with family and friends. 

This week’s podcast is about the Keto Diet and Dairy. Check it out with the link below.

We’re one week closer to having that cheese ready for you. Are you excited. I sure am. We have made some great improvements to our process and these cheeses are going to knock your socks off. 

Our traditional techniques for making our hand-made, small batch cheeses makes all the difference in the world. The flavor will light up your tongue. 

Soon cheese will be a choice for what your herd is producing. Cheese will be available year-round. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October. 

Herd Share product deliveries are being fulfilled every Saturday at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Pick up at the farm is also an option.

Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions.  

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.


News This Week

  • Products Available to This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is Keto Diet and Dairy. I’ve been following this way of eating for months.  
  • Most Recent Recipes

Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint

Products Available to the General Public

Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

Let’s Get Together
As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon.

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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week I’m giving you insight into how I use the keto way of eating. It all started back in October 2018. I’m so happy to have finally found a solution to the health issues that have been piling up for years. Weight, arthritis, high blood pressure and so much more have all improved dramatically since I eliminated most of the carbohydrates from my diet.

Dairy has some carbohydrates so it’s not an all-you-can-eat option. In moderation, it’s a great part of the ketogenic way of eating.

Listen to “Keto Diet and Dairy” here

Free Downloads

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. 

You can LISTEN TO THE PODCAST 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.

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.

gourmet burgersGourmet Chevon (or other ground meat) Burgers: Try gourmet chevon burgers instead of hamburgers. Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world. Our goats graze in the pasture for their entire life. It makes succulent chevon patties and a great addition to a paleo or keto diet plan.

Our chevon meat is processed at a local USDA inspected facility. It is ground and then frozen in vacuum sealed bags.

traditional kefirTraditional Kefir: Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture. The drink originated in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. These instructions will be for cow’s milk kefir. 


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 6/27/19

Hello everybody,

Did you miss us last week? We are getting back to normal after finally getting online access restored. All is not well as yet, but should be by tomorrow. I had to replace my graphics card and am replacing my network card with a wireless antenna. My very old Dell never had wireless which is why it was hard-wired into the router. That is why I lost my graphics card and network card. The lightening strike went through the router and fried it, but it also traveled down the cable to my computer. No more of that. Wireless is the way to go so I am not directly touching the device that is prone to getting blown out.

I asked the phone guy about a surge protector for the DSL line. He told us it is not possible. Anything between the wall outlet and the router will distort the signal. Oh well. We roll with the punches here — likely you do as well. It’s called life. 🙂

Here’s an update on the scheduled availability of cheese. Just a couple more weeks and the first one should be ready.

  • Our Peaceful Heart Gold will be the first cheese ready, around July 15th.
  • Next up will be a new cheese I’m trying out. It is a variation of a Monterey Jack cheese that we call Stuart Jack. Look for that one August 15th or so. 
  • You will be able to try our Ararat Legend at the end of August. It’s my favorite cheese that we make. Of course, all cheese preference is personal. You’ll want to try them all. 
  • The Cheddars are moving along nicely. However, that cheese requires a much longer aging time. The first Clau d’ ville Cheddar will be available just in time for Thanksgiving. 
  • Finally, Pinnacle requires the longest aging and will be available in time for Christmas. 

Only a couple of Herd shares left. Soon cheese will be a choice on what your herd is producing. Cheese will be available year-round. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October. 

Herd Share product deliveries are being fulfilled this Saturday, June 29th at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Pick up at the farm is also an option. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions.  

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.


News This Week

  • Products Available to This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is After the Storm. Details of the storm and the results after it passed. 
  • Most Recent Recipes

Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Low Fat Yogurt with Honey 1 quart 2 quarts
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint

Products Available to the General Public

Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

Let’s Get Together
As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 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), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.

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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

Last week we had a monster of a storm. Trees are down everywhere. Internet service is still being restored to our neighbors. We finally got ours back and we even have a back up plan for how we will prevent being offline for more than a week. The purchase of a spare modem will get us through.

There is so much to say about this event, though I forgot to mention the beehive getting blown over. Those little guys were really agitated. Scott dressed up with the full cover to prevent stings. He still got stung four times. They were really mad and flying around crazily. The hive is back in place and they seem to be fine. 

Listen to “After the Storm” here

Free Downloads

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. 

You can LISTEN TO THE PODCAST 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.

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.

gourmet burgersGourmet Chevon (or other ground meat) Burgers: Try gourmet chevon burgers instead of hamburgers. Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world. Our goats graze in the pasture for their entire life. It makes succulent chevon patties and a great addition to a paleo or keto diet plan.

Our chevon meat is processed at a local USDA inspected facility. It is ground and then frozen in vacuum sealed bags.

traditional kefirTraditional Kefir: Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture. The drink originated in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. These instructions will be for cow’s milk kefir. 

ice creamIce Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.

When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.

This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 6-12-19

Hello everybody,

It’s so great to be with you again. We continue to roll along here at the homestead. Cheesemaking is proceeding on schedule.

  • Our Peaceful Heart Gold will be the first cheese ready, around July 15th.
  • Next up will be a new cheese I’m trying out. It is a variation of a Monterey Jack cheese that we call Stuart Jack. Look for that one August 15th or so. 
  • You will be able to try our Ararat Legend at the end of August. It’s my favorite cheese that we make. Of course, all cheese preference is personal. You’ll want to try them all. 
  • The Cheddars are moving along nicely. However, that cheese requires a much longer aging time. The first Clau d’ ville Cheddar will be available just in time for Thanksgiving. 
  • Finally, Pinnacle requires the longest aging and will be available in time for Christmas. 

Herd shares are getting closer to full but there are still a couple left. Yes, milk is a choice that you can make, but — as soon as it’s ready — cheese will be a choice. Cheese will be a year-round choice. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October. 

Herd Share product deliveries are being fulfilled this Saturday, June 15th at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Pick up at the farm is also an option. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions.  

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.


News This Week


Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Low Fat Yogurt with Honey 1 quart 2 quarts
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint

Products Available to the General Public

Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

Let’s Get Together
As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 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), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.

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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

Last month we looked at the tradition of Mother’s Day. This week we look at the tradition of Father’s Day. And more importantly, why children need fathers (or at the very least father-figures) in their lives. Today retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have completely changed the original meaning of Father’s Day. A holiday that was created to honor dad and enumerate his special qualities is now used as a marketing tool. Such is the way of life in our very affluent country.

Let’s take a look at the roots and history of Father’s Day. Listen to “The Tradition of Father’s Day” here

Free Downloads

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. 

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.

gourmet burgersGourmet Chevon (or other ground meat) Burgers: Try gourmet chevon burgers instead of hamburgers. Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world. Our goats graze in the pasture for their entire life. It makes succulent chevon patties and a great addition to a paleo or keto diet plan.

Our chevon meat is processed at a local USDA inspected facility. It is ground and then frozen in vacuum sealed bags.

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

traditional kefirTraditional Kefir: Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture. The drink originated in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. These instructions will be for cow’s milk kefir. 

ice creamIce Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.

When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.

This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.


This Week At Peaceful Heart Farm: 6/5/19

Hello everybody, 

It’s wonderful to talk with you again. The heat has broken and we are back to normal spring temps. Hallelujah. The young bulls calves are going to new homes. I miss them, but know they are in good homes. That’s important. Next up is planning for next year’s births. We will be going with artificial insemination this time. 

We are breeding for A2A2 genetics. If you listened to the podcast last week, you got some information on why that is. If you missed it, you can find it HERE. Science is amazing. The things they are discovering every single day are amazing. The heritage breeds continue to provide traditional nutrition that helps us to reach this point in our evolution.

I’m catching up in the garden. The weeds are getting beaten back. Yay!! Spring is a time of “way too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it”. It feels good to be returning to balance. Things get ahead of me, but only temporarily. I persevere and it all works out. Perhaps you, too, practice this approach. It works!!

A few herd shares are still left.  Deliveries are being fulfilled this Saturday, June 9th at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions. Or please see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. I’ll get you set up. 

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.

News This Week

  • Products Available This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is Why We Drink Raw Milk. It’s all about our health. 
  • Most Recent Recipes

Products Available to
Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Low Fat Yogurt with Honey 1 quart 2 quarts
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 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), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.

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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

As you might guess, we drink a lot of milk. We love milk and we love milk products. This week’s podcast is all about why we drink raw milk. It’s all about the health benefits. Raw milk has been demonized by the powers that be and I provide an alternative view to help you make better choices. Listen to “Why We Drink Raw Milk” here
Free Downloads
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. 

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.

traditional kefirTraditional Kefir: Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture. The drink originated in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. These instructions will be for cow’s milk kefir. 

ice creamIce Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.

When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.

This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.

For those of you who are not restricting carbohydrates, feel free to stuff this into a pita. You’ll be glad you did!!

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.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/29/19

Hello everybody, 

I still have a few herd shares left.  First deliveries are set up for Saturday June 2nd at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions. Or please see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. I’ll get you set up. 

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.

News This Week

  • Products Available This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is What is A2A2 Milk?. A basic introduction to the topic to get you started on your own research.
  • Most Recent Recipes

Products Available This Week

Herd Share Owners (advanced notice)
Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Low Fat Yogurt with Honey 1 quart 2 quarts
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 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), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.

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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

We breed specifically for the A2A2 genetic trait in our dairy herd. This week’s podcast explains a bit about what that means. It’s not necessary for everyone. But there are lots and lots of folks out there that can benefit from the variant in how the milk is digested — or heck, some of you will just be able to drink milk again. Listen to “What is A2A2 Milk?” here

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. 

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.

Stinging Nettles InfusionIce Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.

When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.

This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.

For those of you who are not restricting carbohydrates, feel free to stuff this into a pita. You’ll be glad you did!!

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!! 


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/22/19

Hello everybody,

Well it’s ready. After a wild week of getting information together, editing documents, developing spreadsheets, updating the website and on and on — the herd share is rolling out. First deliveries are set up for Saturday June 2nd at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. 

There are a very limited number of shares available.

Please go HERE to sign up and download the contract, bill of sale, and the jar cleaning protocol. 

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 

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 Our Virginia Life. Inspiration for you to begin your journey–no matter what it is — today. 
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s FarmCast is a run down of the long and wonderful journey Scott and I embarked upon and are still traveling regarding our transition from Information Technology and Medical professionals to the homestead life. 

I hope this FarmCast inspires you to go after your dreams no matter how far-fetched or impossible they may seem to you today. You can do it. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. Before you know it, you’ll wake up one day and you will be there.

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.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.

For those of you who are not restricting carbohydrates, feel free to stuff this into a pita. You’ll be glad you did!!

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.


Important Stuff in the News

Is Breeding A2 Milk For You?: These are some of the statistics regarding our Normande cows and their great A2 genetics 

Why A2 Milk?: Some fun facts about A2 milk. The article centers on Guernsey cows. However, we have two certified A2A2 Jersey cows. And of course our heritage breed Normandes are predominantly genetically A2A2.

Dr Karl explains the difference between A1 and A2 milk: Just a bit of the science behind A2 protein in milk


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.


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