This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:
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 HERE. Or, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”
Cheesy 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 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.
Mary 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.