This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:
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 HERE. Or, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”
Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.
Mint 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.
Mom’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 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 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.