This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 10/17/19

Hello beautiful people,

No calf yet. Still eagerly anticipating the blessed event. Cloud is a wonderful cow. She has easily worked into the milking routine. With only a few times of special urging, she now readily comes in, puts her head in the stanchion and eats her nutritional treats. She is the only cow we have that has never been milked. That will be her next training event but it must wait until she actually has milk.

Still very light on the number of quail eggs we are getting. Scott found this really cool setup while watching YouTube videos. It consists of a solar panel and a string of Christmas lights. According to the video he watched, it will be enough light for them to start laying eggs again. We shall see. The baby quail hatched. Not a very good return there. I think that the fertility has also diminished with the reduced light. Only 8 hatched and we lost one chick the first day. That makes 7 baby quail are in the brooder. They will stay there for a couple of weeks or until they have fully developed their feathers.  

On the cheese front we will have a new cheese for tasting. It is still very young, but we are going to open a wheel of Pinnacle. This is our alpine style cheese. It is most similar to Gruyere. We will continue to have Ararat Legend and Peaceful Heart Gold cheeses. I hope you herd share peeps are enjoying those.  

The farmer’s market at Independence is done for the season. But all is not lost there. Please check out the online store. I have ground goat (chev), ground beef, and ground lamb as well as various lamb cuts. Register for an account, place your order online and pick it up on Wednesday afternoon at Grayson Landscaping. Email me if you don’t see what you are looking for and place your order now for that holiday “leg of lamb.” Now taking pre-orders via email. 

I have one herd share that just became available. Please email me if you are interested. 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares

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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 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) $7.00
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.  This week and next week are the last weekly markets at Wytheville. Then we continue twice monthly through the winter. The Winter Market hours are 10 am to noon. Come by and see me on Saturday.  

As always, you may visit us at our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. 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’s podcast is some really great information on “Home Made Whey Protein.” This nutritious liquid is not just for weightlifters. You can make it part of your daily routine. In this podcast I’m talking all about homemade whey protein. What it is, how it might benefit your health, and how you might use it. Whey protein is a traditional food that has sustained humanity since the milking of domesticated animals began about 9,000 bc.   

Listen to “Home Made Whey Protein” 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.

chocolate peanut butter protein shakeChocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake: There are tons of protein shake recipes out there, but if you love that chocolate and peanut butter combo, a chocolate peanut butter protein shake is a great way to curb the craving without reaching for the cookies or peanut butter cups. This chocolate peanut butter protein shake can be whipped up in your blender or smoothie maker in no time. It is packed with protein to keep you full, satisfied, and healthy.

hot buttered rumHot Buttered Rum: This is a rich and delicious beverage. It can be made with or without alcohol so everyone can enjoy it! This is as large recipe that makes 52 servings. No problem though. It is a mix that stores well in the freezer.

ice cream baseIce Cream Base: 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.

bone brothBone Broth: This rich and nutritious drink and flavoring for soup, gravy or sauce is made with bones that have bits of meat still clinging unlike “stock”. It is also generally thinner than “stock”. Most people use the terms interchangeably. It has been made for centuries. Roasted bones will add flavor to the broth and will darken the color. Bone broth is now a popular health food. Try it?

This recipe includes fresh herbs for an added bit of flair.

This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 10/9/19

Hello beautiful people,

Are you kidding me? Is Cloud going to have a calf? It would appear so. We don’t know when, but she is definitely looking like soon. Very large tummy and increased activity in her udder.

The quail are not giving us any eggs. This happens this time of year. With less light, they produce many fewer eggs. We are considering running some lights out there. One that will automatically turn on at 3:00 in the morning or so. They can wake up early but go to sleep at dusk. The new baby quail have a few more days before they hatch out. I’ll be listening for their little peeps soon.  

I hope you enjoy our Ararat Legend cheese. It is a dutch gouda-style cheese. Makes great grilled cheese sandwiches. Speaking of which, I have a recipe on the website for the best grilled cheese sandwich in the world. Check it out here. Peaceful Heart Gold is all still available to our herd share owners this week. 

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful delicacy, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers. Pick up a FREE recipe with your purchase. Ground beef, ground lamb and lamb cuts will also be available. Place your order now for that holiday “leg of lamb.” 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares,

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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 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) $7.00
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. Only two weeks left at the Independence Farmer’s Market. We will be there on Friday. The Wytheville Farmer’s Market continues weekly until the last week of October. Then continues twice monthly through the winter. We will be there 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

This week’s podcast answers the question “Why is Raw Milk So Hard to Find?” In this week’s FarmCast I detail several reasons. And provide information on what you can do to make access easier. We are not victims of our circumstances here in the US. We have the freedom to affect the laws. In this case, it will be at the State level.   

Listen to “Why is Raw Milk So Hard to Find?” 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.

hot buttered rumHot Buttered Rum: This is a rich and delicious beverage. It can be made with or without alcohol so everyone can enjoy it! This is as large recipe that makes 52 servings. No problem though. It is a mix that stores well in the freezer.

ice cream baseIce Cream Base: 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.

bone brothBone Broth: This rich and nutritious drink and flavoring for soup, gravy or sauce is made with bones that have bits of meat still clinging unlike “stock”. It is also generally thinner than “stock”. Most people use the terms interchangeably. It has been made for centuries. Roasted bones will add flavor to the broth and will darken the color. Bone broth is now a popular health food. Try it?

This recipe includes fresh herbs for an added bit of flair.

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 10/2/19

Hello beautiful people,

Are the leaves turning where you are? It’s that time of year. I can’t wait for the peak of the autumn leaves. It is always a spectacular display here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m ready for some cool weather. How about you?

The quail eggs, 32 of them, are in the incubator. A little less than two weeks and we will have baby quail again. They are so tiny when they first hatch. Not much larger than the first knuckle of my thumb. We are sad to see our lovely Jersey heifer go. She is being picked up tomorrow and making a long trek to New York where she will be well cared for and loved. Her new master is eagerly anticipating her arrival. She will have duck, donkey and mini-horse friends.  

We have lots of new subscribers so pardon the repeat of some of this information. Cheese, cheese, cheese. Ararat Legend and Peaceful Heart Gold are still in our herd shares this week. December is a long time to wait but that is when the Clau d’ ville Cheddar will be ready for tasting. Remember patience is a virtue.   

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful delicacy, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers. Pick up a FREE recipe with your purchase. Ground beef, ground lamb and lamb cuts will also be available. Place your order now for that holiday “leg of lamb.” 

Send me an email with questions or to participate as a herd share owner.  

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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 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) $7.00
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. Only two weeks left at the Independence Farmer’s Market. We will be there on Friday. The Wytheville Farmer’s Market continues weekly until the last week of October. Then continues twice monthly through the winter. We will be there 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

This week’s podcast provides a bit of information on how to keep your raw milk longer. Also, included are tips for what to do if it goes sour. It’s still good and good for you. I included some of my personal opinions on the laws surrounding raw milk sales and some promising research coming out of the National Institutes of Health.  

Listen to “How Long Should Raw Milk Last?” 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.

ice cream baseIce Cream Base: 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.

bone brothBone Broth: This rich and nutritious drink and flavoring for soup, gravy or sauce is made with bones that have bits of meat still clinging unlike “stock”. It is also generally thinner than “stock”. Most people use the terms interchangeably. It has been made for centuries. Roasted bones will add flavor to the broth and will darken the color. Bone broth is now a popular health food. Try it?

This recipe includes fresh herbs for an added bit of flair.

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 9/26/19

Hello beautiful people,

Is it really fall? It’s hard to tell. The temperature is still way up in the 80’s on most days. It won’t be long and the leaves will be turning glorious colors. It’s my favorite time of year. What about you? Summer or fall? or Spring or winter?

We are starting the next batch of quail in the incubator. It will be 18 days and then the sound of delicate little peeps will be heard. The last batch is 8 weeks old and that means they are full grown. They grow so fast. Time to separate the males and females.  

Cheese, cheese, cheese. Ararat Legend and Peaceful Heart Gold are still in our herd shares this week. December is a long time to wait but that is when the Clau d’ ville Cheddar will be ready for tasting. Remember patience is a virtue.   

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful meet, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers. Pick up a FREE recipe with your purchase. Ground beef, ground lamb and lamb cuts will also be available. Place your order now for that holiday “leg of lamb.” 

Send me an email with questions or to participate as a herd share owner.  

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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 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) $7.00
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. Only a few weeks left at the Independence Farmer’s Market. We will be there on Friday. The Wytheville Farmer’s Market continues weekly until the last week of October. Then continues twice monthly through the winter. We will be there 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

This week’s podcast provides a bit of information on how to keep your raw milk longer. Also, included are tips for what to do if it goes sour. It’s still good and good for you. I included some of my personal opinions on the laws surrounding raw milk sales and some promising research coming out of the National Institutes of Health.  

Listen to “How Long Should Raw Milk Last?” 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.

ice cream baseIce Cream Base: 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.

bone brothBone Broth: This rich and nutritious drink and flavoring for soup, gravy or sauce is made with bones that have bits of meat still clinging unlike “stock”. It is also generally thinner than “stock”. Most people use the terms interchangeably. It has been made for centuries. Roasted bones will add flavor to the broth and will darken the color. Bone broth is now a popular health food. Try it?

This recipe includes fresh herbs for an added bit of flair.

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 9/19/19

Hello beautiful people,

Still no rain but the garden is past needing it at this point. Why? An error in judgement made it a moot point.

We rotate the animals from pasture to pasture in an organized fashion. This keeps the nutrition in the pastures at their peak. In a moment of pushing risk beyond its limits, we decided to put the Jersey calf and the two steers in a large area that contains the garden. They make good lawn mowers and we could make barricades to keep them out of the garden proper, right? We blocked the garden to be sure, but that didn’t really matter to the cows. They knocked over the barriers as, in hindsight, one would expect. There is a reason for sturdy fences. 

The few remaining plants we had are done for now. The celery is eaten down to about 2″. The good news there is it is growing back. Perhaps I will grow it through the winter and harvest in the spring. The sweet potato tops were completely eaten and many of the tubers were dug up, strewn about and eaten. Same for the carrots. Pulled up and eaten. The Swiss chard was also eaten down to about 2″. There the news is better. I like growing Swiss chard as killing that plant is nearly impossible. Already the leaves are more than 6″ tall. Threaten their existence and they grow faster.  

Cheese, cheese, cheese. We have both Ararat Legend and Peaceful Heart Gold in our herd shares this week. The Clau d’ ville Cheddar is progressing nicely. It will be December before the first of that is ready. We all have to be patient.  

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful meet, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers. Pick up a FREE recipe with your purchase. 

Send me an email with questions or to participate as a herd share owner.  

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 “Weston A Price Diet Basics” . This organization champions access to raw milk and raw milk products. The diet follows traditional guidelines passed down through centuries.
  • Most Recent Recipes — Bone Broth, a recommended part of the WAPF diet, was added.

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
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 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) $7.00
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. Only a few weeks left at the Independence Farmer’s Market. We will be there on Friday. The Wytheville Farmer’s Market continues weekly until the last week of October. Then continues twice monthly through the winter. We will be there 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

This week’s podcast provides a brief outline of the Weston A Price Diet. The information revolves around the known activities of traditional and primitive peoples. There are so many “diets” out there it is hard to know what to do. If you’ve listened to my podcasts at all you probably guessed that I like what the WAFP organization has to offer. We are all about tradition. There are many benefits of traditional diets that have been left behind. It’s time to bring them back.  

Listen to “Weston A Price Diet Basics” 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.

bone brothBone Broth: This rich and nutritious drink and flavoring for soup, gravy or sauce is made with bones that have bits of meat still clinging unlike “stock”. It is also generally thinner than “stock”. Most people use the terms interchangeably. It has been made for centuries. Roasted bones will add flavor to the broth and will darken the color. Bone broth is now a popular health food. Try it?

This recipe includes fresh herbs for an added bit of flair.

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 9/12/19

Hello beautiful people,

Will it ever rain? It has been so long. Perhaps you have had some rain recently. Maybe even some hurricane weather. My heart goes out to those that are still recovering from hurricane Dorian. I have friends and family that were in the path of that storm. All of them are well. I hope you and yours are also. 

We have some wonderful cheese available via herd share. Our Ararat Legend cheese is wonderful. It has a medium sharp flavor when aged, a semi-firm texture and melts well for those grilled cheese sandwiches. I will have some Ararat Legend for tasting at the both Farmer’s Markets and the opportunity to sign up for our herd share program. Yogurt will also be available for tasting. Last week I had a customer who doesn’t really like yogurt try mine and she loved it. Just sayin. . .  

Still waiting on the Clau d’ ville Cheddar. Sometimes it’s hard to wait but it is necessary fro cheese. It is still barely over 3 months of aging and very mild. To be really excellent it needs at least six months and preferably more. We gave it a taste test and, sure enough, it needs more time.  

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful meet, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers.  

Send me an email with your desire to participate as a herd share owner 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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 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) $7.00
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

This week’s podcast revolves around what we have discovered about the differences between our Normande milk cows and the Jersey milk cow. The Jersey cow is by far the most popular breed for homesteaders and small scale farmers who have milk cows. For us, the Normande is the bomb, but we decided to give the Jersey a try to see what all the fuss is about. We are changing our milking operation based on we found out.  

Listen to “Normande vs Jersey – the Cost” 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.

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

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.


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