Hello beautiful peeps,
Happy New Year! Hope is has been a great one for you so far. How are those resolutions coming along? I means it has been a week, right?
It’s market time again. This Saturday 1/9/2021 is the first market of the new year. It looks like here in Claudville we are going to get a pretty good amount of snow with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation predicted. It looks like Wytheville will only get an inch or so of accumulation. I have a wonderful all-wheel-drive vehicle that should get me there safely. A quick note for my herd share peeps. If you think you can’t make it, that’s okay. Just let me know and I will hold your stuff until next time. Let me know the next two items you want and we will meet up on the 23rd.
The hours at the Farmer’s Market this time are 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. It’s going to be a great market. Come on out and see what we have to offer. We will have our lovely quail eggs for $3 a dozen. I have a couple of pickled quail egg recipes that are working well for me. I’ll have jars of pickled quail eggs as examples of how they look. Three different varieties to give you an idea what can be done. Again, I’ll have pickled peppers (not very hot) for $5 a jar, pepper jam (HOT, Medium and mild) for $5 a jar and apple pie jam, $8 a jar. We have the usual grass-fed meats available – ground beef $7 per package (approx 1 lb), ground goat $12 per package (approx 1 lb) and ground lamb $10 per package (approx 1 lb). Quail meat packages are available 1 lb – $20.00, and pickled peppers $5.00.
If you are a Herd Share member, this week you can pickup between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Remember, only show up if you can do so safely. Email me to let me know and indicate what else you want for January 23rd. Also, let me know if you want an additional product along with your regular product pickup. To get to the product section, you can jump down the page here.
The quail are doing really well with the cold weather. These are hardy birds. They are still laying lots of eggs. My latest podcast has more information on what I’m doing with all these eggs. Check it out here. As I mentioned above, I’m pickling them.
We spent some time checking up on everybody and repositioning a few cows. The younger calves, Virginia, Wendel, and Luna got moved in with the “big” girls. We left Rosie in a close pasture as we are still closely monitoring her pregnancy. She needed a companion and Buttercup was tapped for that task. They seem to be doing very well together. Yay!!
Can you believe we have gotten this far into winter and have not started giving hay to the main herds of animals. Rosie and Buttercup get hay as their pasture is bare. The same for the two bulls and breeding sheep in the front pastures. The main herd of cows and goats and the younger lambs and ewes are still munching on grass in pastures that we held pristine for the winter. A couple more weeks and they will start getting hay as well as the grass will finally be gone.
WOW Scott is moving fast on the roof. Just a month ago I talked about the metal pieces being ordered. It was quite the ordeal getting them delivered and transported from the road back to the creamery. Too much there for this short newsletter. I did go over all that in the “Pickled Quail Eggs” podcast. Check it out. Long story short, Scott and neighbor friend were able to get them close enough for Scott and I to unload them.
Already Scott has nearly the entire roof done. We didn’t actually unload all of the pieces. The longest sheets of metal roofing were 27 feet long. The last one of those came off the trailer today. For the past two days, every 20 to 30 minutes Scott would come and get me to help him get one of these giant pieces of metal onto the roof and into position for screws to secure it. I even got up on the roof one time. I cannot begin to describe the dangerous conditions Scott faced doing this part of job. That metal is slick and cannot really be walked on. Getting into corners and completing the panels at the edge was no easy feat. He made “walk boards” and ropes to keep himself from sliding. By the end of today, he will have completed at least 90% of the roof. Originally he estimated that it would take him a couple of months to get this part done. But here we are less than a month in and he is nearly finished. He’s amazing. In the evening and during “rain” days, he started filling his brain up with information on electrical wiring. That comes next.
That’s it for farm news. Now on to the farmer’s market update.
I will be at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday 10 am to 12 noon. We have a new market manager. Come on out and meet Joanne. Again, the weather is going to be a little tricky, but I will leave early and take my time getting there.
Our items for sale include apple pie jam and hot, medium, or mild pepper jam.
We have all of our meats back in stock for you. I’ll have lots of quail eggs!!
We have ground lamb as well as rib chops and loin chops.
We have ground beef and ground goat.
Herd Share Peeps, I’ll see you in my usual location. Let me know if you cannot make it and want to pick up for the whole month on January 23rd. Add on as you desire and all cheeses and butter are at your service. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday and/or Tuesday.
I still have new herd shares available. Contact me via email (email@example.com) or phone (276-694-4369).
News This Week
- Products Available
- Let’s Get Together
- This week’s FarmCast, “Pickled Quail Eggs” is now available.
- FREE Cheese tasting downloads
Products Available to Herd Share Owners
|Choose 1 per week||1/2 Share||Whole Share|
|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
|Quail||Price / Pound|
|Quail Eggs (1 dozen)||$3.00|
|Quail meat (approx 1 lb)||$20.00|
|Beef||Price / Pound|
|Ground (approx 1 lb)||$7.00|
|Lamb||Price / Pound|
|Lamb Loin Chops||$18|
|Lamb Rib Chops||$18|
|Lamb Kabobs||SOLD OUT|
|Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb)||$10|
|Chev (Goat)||Price / Pound|
|Ground Chev (approx 1 lb)||$12|
As always, we love meeting you in person. You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 10:00 am to Noon. Special procedures are in place for your health and safety. Masks are still recommended but not required as far as I know.
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
In this week’s podcast, “Pickled Quail Eggs,” I’m giving out lots of information on just how it’s done. It was so easy. And the second time I made a batch, it was every easier. I had the steps down so good that I only needed the recipe for amounts of ingredients to use. These little gems are the creamiest eggs ever. Give it a try. I canned mine but you don’t have to do that. They can be refrigerated for a couple of weeks.
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 HERE. Or, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”