Farm Updates, Herd Share Pick Ups, Farmers Market: 5/27/2020

Hello beautiful peeps,

Farm updates include some fun animal updates and cheese cave status. But the real info is the stuff I put in there about the cicadas.

The Wytheville Farmer’s market information is farther down the page. You can skip there by clicking here. If you are looking for Herd Share pick up info, jump down the page here

Quail

The quail chicks are enjoying their new home and doing well. They have grown from the size of my thumb to the size of my hand in three short weeks. In five more weeks they will be fully mature. They will only grow about another quarter of their current size. The current batch of 64 eggs in the incubator are doing fine as far as I can tell. 

Sheep and Donkeys

The donkeys are keeping up with the lambs and getting scratches and hugs from me on a daily basis. One of the two ewes I talked about last week has given birth. These are the largest lambs ever born on our farm. She had twins that weighed 14.6 and 11.25 pounds. That’s over 25 pounds of lamb. She did fine though. Only one more to go. I suspect another week or more and she will deliver.

Goats

I am happy to report that the goats are still staying in their assigned paddock. It has been nearly two weeks and they are still in with the cows. They are happy and healthy. 

Cows

Artificial insemination has started. During the physical exams that all of the cows received, we got confirmation that Buttercup is pregnant. However, she is only six months along. It will be August before she delivers that calf. The AI process will ensure that all of the cows are cycling together — except Buttercup. Perhaps next year we can get that straightened out.  

Creamery

The special grout for the tile floor was picked up today by my wonderful hubby. The small cheese cave is about to be complete. And just in time. I have a new cheese that is currently drying at room temp that will need space to begin the aging process. 

That’s it for the farm update. Now on to the farmer’s market update. 

Farmer’s Market

Same, same here. Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and again allowing you inside to make your purchases and pre-order pickups. Beginning with the first Saturday in June, the veggie vendors will be outside. The same stringent safety measures will be in place. A limited number of patrons will be allowed inside, keeping a safe distance everywhere. Unfortunately, still no browsing. You will enter on the covered side, follow the pathway that is laid out and exit on the uncovered side. We are in the same place as before. See you there.

You can pre-order with us or with your favorite vendor. Call of send and email and I will get you set up. Find vendors on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page.  You will find our products listed there as well as on this page.  

We are running out of lamb and goat. We are out of beef. It will be August before we have more. On our list available on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook Page (see above link) you will find 1/4 and half beef as well as half and whole lamb. The beef delivery is for mid-August. Lamb will be available the first week of August. You can claim yours now by making a deposit for beef quarters or halves and/or whole or half lamb. I have very limited quantities. Make your deposit now. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I will be inside near the exit door.  I look forward to seeing each of you. Remember to let me know what you want for next week. Fresh milk and yogurt is available. And as always, cheese and butter. 

New herd share opportunities are available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.


News This Week


Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Raw Milk 1/2 gallon 1 gallon
Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Clau d’ville Cheddar 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
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Special procedures are in place for your health and safety, but come inside the building and see me.  

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 the cheese operation and where it is stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast, “The Cicadas in Southwestern Virginia Have Emerged.” Along with more detailed homestead updates, I put in some information about how the 17-year cycle of the cicada works.    


Free Downloads

I want to follow up on my 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


Farm News, Herd Share Pickups, Farmer’s Market: 5/23/2020

Hello beautiful peeps,

Farm updates include fun animal stories and cheese cave status. The Wytheville Farmer’s market information is farther down the page. You can skip there by clicking here. If you are looking for Herd Share pick up info, jump down the page here

Quail

The quail chicks are out in their new home and doing well. Unfortunately, they are very quick and jump out onto the ground sometimes. I have to run and catch them. It has happened three or four times and they haven’t been out there for even a week. They have doubled in size again in less than a week. The next batch of eggs — 64 of them — went into the incubator today. 

Sheep and Donkeys

The donkeys are doing a very good job of taking care of the lambs. Yesterday I went down there to check on them and the moms were grazing in the field. The lambs were nowhere to be found. I looked down at the bottom of the hill in the trees and the two donkeys were standing there. Suddenly, the lambs came waltzing out from behind Cocoa. The last one stopped and touched noses with her before joining the others for a bit of jumping straight up and down, then dashing off to find mom. We are still waiting on two ewes to give birth. I hope it is soon. We shall see.

Goats

Since Scott fixed the fence once again, the goats are now staying in their assigned paddock. It has been several days and they are still in with the cows. Time will tell if this good luck continues. They are happy and healthy. 

Cows

Artificial insemination is starting in a couple of days. We are breeding specifically for A2A2 genetics. As the herd share program grows, we need more A2A2 milk. Eventually the entire herd of cows will have A2A2 genetics. We are also breeding for the best cheesemaking milk. That requires a milk protein labeled BB kappa casein. Both of the AI bulls we are using have both the A2A2 genetic trait and the BB kappa casein protein trait. One other advantage to AI is we can get sexed semen. We are trying to build up our herd and need to ensure that we have heifers (females).  

Creamery

The small cheese cave is waiting on a special grout for the tile floor. It has to be resistant to acid and alkaline environments. Scott talked on the phone for several days to get the proper stuff ordered. It should arrive soon and the job can be completed. In the meantime, the roof over the barn and milking parlor is under construction!

That’s it for the farm update. Now on to the farmer’s market update. 

Farmer’s Market

Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and again allowing you inside in addition to continuing with Take Out if you so choose. The same stringent safety measures will be in place. A limited number of patrons will be allowed inside, keeping a safe distance (tape will mark spacing), and no browsing. You will enter on the covered side, follow the pathway that is laid out and exit on the uncovered side. We are in the same place as before. You still won’t be able to browse around. Step up to the vendor table and place your order based on their list of products.

You can pre-order with us or with your favorite vendor. Find vendors on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page.  You will find our products listed there as well as on this page.  

We are running out of lamb, beef, and goat individual cuts. It will be August before we have more. On our list available on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook Page (see above link) you will find 1/4 and half beef as well as half and whole lamb. The beef delivery is for mid-August. Lamb will be available the first week of August. You can claim yours now by making a deposit for beef quarters or halves and/or whole or half lamb. I have very limited quantities. Make your deposit now. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I will be inside near the exit door.  I look forward to seeing each of you. Remember to let me know what you want for next week. Fresh milk and yogurt is available. And as always, cheese and butter. 

New herd share opportunities are available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.


News This Week


Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Raw Milk 1/2 gallon 1 gallon
Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Clau d’ville Cheddar 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
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Special procedures are in place for your health and safety, but you will be able to come inside the building now.  

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 the cheese operation and where it is stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast, “Does Parental Grief Ever End?“, has a few of my thoughts as I work around the homestead. But first, I go into much greater detail on some of the goings on around the homestead. There are several funny stories and animals updates. I hope you enjoy these snippets of farm life.   


Free Downloads

I want to follow up on my 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


Farm News, Herd Share Pickups, Farmer’s Markets

Hello beautiful peeps,

Farm updates include more babies. The Wytheville Farmer’s market information is farther down the page. You can skip there by clicking here. If you are looking for Herd Share pick up info, jump down the page here

Quail

A total of 33 quail chicks are headed outside to their permanent home on Thursday. They have quadrupled in size (at least) in two weeks. In just 8 short weeks they will be fully mature. Looking forward to the eggs and wonderful meat these birds will provide in about six weeks from now. 

Sheep

The sheep ewes are steadily giving birth. Last week our youngest ewe gave birth with no issues. Two other ewes from last year also gave birth to singles. This is common the first year. Twins and triplets are common in subsequent years. The matriarch of the flock gave us the first set of twins. No triplets for her this year! There are two others that look like they will present with twins. We shall see.

Goats

Last time I reported the goats staying in their assigned paddock. Didn’t last. They are still going wherever they want. The cows are in paddock 10. The goats are in paddock 11 even though they have been moved out of there at least twice. I think it is time to just let them be wherever they want to be. 

Cows

Buttercup and Butter have not had their calves. In fact, neither looks like it will happen in the next week. We will patiently wait. Claire, Cloud and Violet are giving lots of wonderful milk.  

Creamery

The small cheese cave is moving along nicely. Scott was going to wait to do the tile floor and finish the roof instead. However, he changed his mind a day or so ago. The deciding factor was having to move all of the carefully constructed shelves to do the tile. He decided to bite the bullet and do it all now. I’m so excited!! I will have a fully functioning cheese cave!

That’s it for the farm update. Now on to the farmer’s market update. 

Farmer’s Market

Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and again allowing you inside in addition to continuing with Take Out if you so choose. The same stringent safety measures will be in place. A limited number of patrons will be allowed inside, keeping a safe distance (tape will mark spacing), and no browsing. You will enter on the covered side, follow the pathway that is laid out and exit on the uncovered side. We are in the same place as before. You still won’t be able to browse around. Step up to the vendor table and place your order based on their list of products.

You can pre-order with us or with your favorite vendor. Find vendors on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page.  You will find our products listed there as well as on this page.  

On our list you will find 1/4 and half beef as well as half and whole lamb. The beef delivery is for mid-August. Lamb will be available the first week of August. You can claim your now by making a deposit for beef quarters or halves and/or whole or half lamb. I have very limited quantities. Make your deposit now. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I will be inside near the exit door.  I look forward to seeing each of you. Remember to let me know what you want for next week. Fresh milk and yogurt is available. And as always, cheese and butter. 

New herd share opportunities are available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.


News This Week


Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Raw Milk 1/2 gallon 1 gallon
Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Clau d’ville Cheddar 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
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Special procedures are in place for your health and safety, but you will be able to come inside the building now.  

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 the cheese operation and where it is stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast, “Raw Milk Cheese“, is filled with great info on what’s happening on the homestead. There is a focus on the cheese I am making and much more information on that new cheese cave. Spring always brings new birth and lots of gardening. Lots of animal updates and I made huge progress on getting the garden planted. Drop me an email and let me know which is your favorite animal.   


Free Downloads

I want to follow up on my 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


Farm News, Herd Share Pickups, Market Updates

Hello beautiful peeps,

Let’s talk farm updates. Babies are here. The Wytheville Farmer’s market information is farther down the page. You can skip there by clicking here. If you are looking for Herd Share pick up info, jump down the page here

Quail

Let’s start with the quail. We hatched out 34 chicks just a few days ago. They are so cute. In just 8 short weeks they will be fully mature. These are excellent meat birds and they lay lots and lots of eggs too — well the hens do anyway. About half will be roosters. We still need a couple more hens for our breeding group. We rely on them for eggs for eating and for hatching. 

Sheep

The sheep have been moved to another field. We ran out of grass in the one close to me. Now I am walking a bit to go check on them. Yesterday we had our first spring lamb. Our youngest ewe gave birth with no issues. The matriarch of the flock looks like she is going to explode. Hopefully, when I check this afternoon she will have delivered. The last two years she has had triplets!!

Goats

The goats are staying the field in which we put them. That is a miracle. Normally they wander around and go to whatever paddock looks good to them. Who knows, when I go out this evening and bring in the cows, we will see if they are still where we left them. 

Cows

We are still waiting on Buttercup and Butter to have calves. It looks like it will be at least another couple of weeks. I talked with the vet and asked lots of questions about spotting issues. Everything looks great as of this post. We love our cows so much. From the very beginning, we fell in love with the Normande breed. Their unique coloring and gentle disposition can’t be beat.  

Creamery

There is a room in the creamery that is nearing completion. It’s the small cheese cave. It will give me so much more room to store and age cheese. I will also have the ability to control the humidity which I have never had prior to this room. I’m so excited!!

That’s it for the farm update. Now on to the farmer’s market update. 

Farmer’s Market

Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and this time allowing you inside in addition to continuing with Take Out if you so choose. Stringent safety measures will still be in place. A limited number of patrons will be allowed inside, keeping a safe distance (tape will mark spacing), and no browsing. You will enter on the covered side, follow the pathway that is laid out and exit on the uncovered side. We are nearly in the same place as always. The table is turned 90 degrees but in relatively same place. All tables will be set up with a product/price list only and all vendors will be wearing masks and gloves with hand sanitizer ready to be used after each transaction. You still won’t be able to browse around. Step up to the vendor table and place your order based on their list of products.

You can pre-order with us or with your favorite vendor. Find vendors on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page.  You should find their products listed there as well.  

On our list you will find 1/4 and half beef as well as half and whole lamb. The beef delivery is for mid-August. Lamb will be available the first week of August. You can claim your now by making a deposit for beef quarters or halves and/or whole or half lamb. I have very limited quantities and will give you guys first dibs. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I will be inside near the exit door.  I look forward to seeing each of you. Remember to let me know what you want for next week. Fresh milk and yogurt is available. And as always, cheese and butter. 

New herd share opportunities are available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.


News This Week


Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Raw Milk 1/2 gallon 1 gallon
Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Clau d’ville Cheddar 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
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Special procedures are in place for your health and safety, but you will be able to come inside the building now.  

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 the cheese operation and where it is stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast, “Spring Lambs and Goats Kids“, is filled with great info on what’s happening on the homestead. Spring always brings new birth and lots of gardening. My favorite news this week is the creamery update. A room is nearly finished!! I am very excited about that. Drop me an emailand let me know which is your favorite animal.   


Free Downloads

I want to follow up on my 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


Farm Updates and Market News: 4/30/2020

Hello beautiful peeps,

Today I’m going to give you some farm updates. It has been a while and I want to get you all caught up on the doings around here. The Wytheville Farmer’s market information is farther down the page. You can skip there by clicking here. If you are looking for Herd Share pick up info, jump down the page here

Quail

Let’s start with the quail. We hatched out 34 chicks just a few days ago. They are so cute. In just 8 short weeks they will be fully mature. These are excellent meat birds and they lay lots and lots of eggs too — well the hens do anyway. About half will be roosters. We still need a couple more hens for our breeding group. We rely on them for eggs for eating and for hatching. 

Sheep

Right now the sheep are in the pasture outside my living room window so I can keep and eye on them. The first one is due to lamb in just 5 days. I like to keep them close during lambing. Those little guys are pretty fragile for the first week or so. We’ll put the donkeys in the with them in the next few days. Our miniature donkeys are great livestock guardian animals. They are pretty good at keeping the local coyotes at bay. 

Goats

Now for the fun one. The goats. You may not know this, but goats are very hard to keep contained within a fence. If there is a way out, they will find it. For the most part we have been successful at keeping them inside the outer perimeter fence. They still go whenever they want within the various paddock sections inside the perimeter and we have given up on keeping them with the cows. They just go their own way. Having said that, there is this one goat doe that is like Houdini. She goes wherever she wants, whenever she wants. We see her all the time outside the perimeter and then a few minutes later she is back in with her herd of does. Apparently about 5 months ago she left the rest of the herd and went to visit the boys that are in the front field. We know this because a couple of days ago she delivered a really cute little kid. Here’s a link to a short video I posted to Facebook. Yet another unauthorized breeding incident. We have yet to get through a year without one happening with the goats and/or the sheep. 

Cows

We are still waiting on two calves to be born. It looks like it will be at least another couple of weeks for that cycle to be completed. We are having a wonderful time milking the cows. Twice a day, rain or shine, we trudge out into the field and walk them up to the milking shed. They love coming up because we give them a small treat. We love our cows. The Normande breed is so gentle. They are very large compared to the one Jersey that we have, but still so gentle. 

That’s it for the farm update. Next week I’ll spend some time getting you up to speed on the creamery. Now on to the farmer’s market update. 

Farmer’s Market

Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and this time allowing you inside in addition to continuing with Take Out if you so choose. Stringent safety measures will still be in place. A limited number patrons inside, keeping a safe distance (tape will mark spacing), and no browsing. Tables will be set up with a product/price list only and all vendors will be wearing masks and gloves with hand sanitizer ready to be used after each transaction. You won’t be able to browse around. You’ll stop at a safe distance from the vendor table and let them know what you want from their list. They will place your order on the table and step back. You will receive your product and place payment on the table. Credit cards add another do-si-do to the dance. You can pre-order with us or with your favorite vendor. Find vendors on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page.  You should find their products listed there as well.  

On our list you will find 1/4 and half beef as well as half and whole lamb. The beef delivery is for mid-August. Lamb will be available the first week of August. You can claim your now by making a deposit for beef quarters or halves and/or whole or half lamb. I have very limited quantities and will give you guys first dibs. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I will be inside this time instead of the parking lot. (Yeah!!) I’m not sure if I will be located in the same place as before. Some tables are being moved to comply with health measures. Remember to let me know what you want for next week. Fresh milk and yogurt is available. And as always, cheese and butter. 

New herd share opportunities are available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.


News This Week


Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Raw Milk 1/2 gallon 1 gallon
Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Clau d’ville Cheddar 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
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. Special procedures are in place for your health and safety, but you will be able to come inside the building now.  

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 the cheese operation and where it is stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast is all about “Getting Back on Track”. With the current health and economic crises going on, it was easy for me to become stressed and slip into unproductive or nonproductive habits. This podcast is all about how I use a particular method to get back on track. I had a really fun and helpful dream that added to my success. 


Free Downloads

I want to follow up on my 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


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 4/23/2020

Hello beautiful peeps,

Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and operating in similar manner to last time. Stringent safety measures will still be in place and purchases are TAKE OUT ONLY. Pre-orders with your favorite vendor can be made via the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page.  More information will be posted there. You may also place your order at the uncovered entrance — pay and pick up on the covered side on Saturday between 10:00 am and Noon. 

The current health crisis is disrupting the food chain and meat packing plants are closing. If you are having trouble finding beef, lamb or goat, get in touch with me asap. We still have a small amount of each available. We called our meat processor got their next available date — which is three-months from now.

I have a waiting list for beef delivery in mid-August. Lamb and goat will be available the first week of August. You can make a deposit for beef quarters or halves and/or whole or half lamb. I have very limited quantities and will give you guys first dibs. 

Herd Share Peeps, as before, between 10:00 am and 12 noon I will be in the parking lot across the street for pickups. Look for my burgundy Subaru Outback. Fresh milk and yogurt is available. And as always, cheese and butter. 

New herd share opportunities are available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). 

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.


News This Week 

  • Products Available This Week
  • Let’s Get Together
  • This week’s FarmCast is not published yet. That is happening tomorrow
  • FREE Cheese tasting downloads
  • Most Recent Recipes – this is the last week for this feature but the recipes will always be available on our website. Peacefulheartfarm.com/recipes

Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Raw Milk 1/2 gallon 1 gallon
Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Clau d’ville Cheddar 1/4 pound 1/2 pound

Products Available to the General Public

Beef Price / Pound
25-lb beef package – $200 $8.00
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
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chips $18
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 10:00 am to Noon and then every Saturday after that from 8:00 am to Noon.  

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 the cheese operation and where it is stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast will be published tomorrow (Friday). I’m changing the format and length to better fit into our very busy homestead life. Going forward, the podcast will focus mostly on the homestead. Weekly recipes will be discontinued as a regular feature but I’ll still throw one in every now and then. All of the old podcast episodes will remain available with their instructions in how to make cheese, how to taste cheese, the benefits of raw milk, information regarding A2A2 milk and so on. If there is something in particular that you would like me to cover, drop me an email and I’ll be sure to give it a go.


Free Downloads

I want to follow up on my 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 shakeLemon Cheese: Lemon cheese is a very simple fresh cheese that you can easily make in your kitchen. It is a moist spreadable cheese with a hint of lemon taste.

If you make it in the evening, this rich and delicious cheese will be ready to spread on hot biscuits, toast, muffins, bagels or croissants for breakfast in the morning!

greek meatballs with yogurt-mint sauceGreek Meatballs with Yogurt-Mint Sauce: Slow-simmered in a rich tomato sauce and served over rice with a tangy yogurt sauce and crumbled feta. Yum, yum. The recipe includes ingredients and instructions for the meatballs, the tomato sauce, and the yogurt-mint sauce.
moroccan seasoned meatballsEasy Barbecued Beef: Meatballs Seasoned with a Moroccan-style blend of fresh mint, cinnamon, coriander and cumin and simmered in tomato sauce, these tender lamb meatballs make a flavorful change from their Italian-style cousins.

These delicious meatballs were a hit at the farmer’s market. Lamb is a delicious alternative to beef.

easy barbecued beefEasy Barbecued Beef: This easy barbecued beef recipe takes advantage of your traditional slow-cooker. It’s great for any cookout or potluck dinner. Chuck roast makes delicious shredded beef sandwiches. The recipe calls for ketchup however, you may substitute tomato paste for a slightly less sweet dish. In any case, this barbecued beef is sure to please your family.

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Saturdays:  3 – 5pm

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