Hello beautiful peeps,
Hope you and your families are all well. We are well. Thunder is threatening at the moment. I hope the rain comes. It has been so hot. The garden really needs the rain. Otherwise, I’m standing out there with a hose for quite a while.
We did have rain and thunderstorms a few days ago. The power went out and the baby quail were in danger as the incubator was offline. There were 52 in there at the time. Scott hooked up the generator and we turned breakers on and off at various times to complete the milking, clean up after the milking, cool down the milk tank and freezers, and so on. The power came back on in about three hours and all was well.
At the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday we will have quail 1-lb package $20.00, various peppers (cayenne, jalapeno, sweet banana, Hot cherry) for $0.25 and $0.50 each, new potatoes 1-lb bag $3.00, 2 cups fresh basil (with pesto recipe) $4.00 and purple hull crowder peas 1-gal bag $5.00.
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The 84 quail eggs in the incubator are hatched. As mentioned above, initially 52 hatched. Later another hatched and I tried (unsuccessfully) to save three more. It was quite the circus trying to balance the temperature and humidity with the power off. Plus the shear number of birds messes with the heat and humidity. All the but the last one hatched are already in the brooders and they look great.
Cows and Calves
Luna’s pink eye is nearly healed, though her eye may be scarred. She can see out of it but it is still discolored. We are successfully using a natural fly spray on the milk cows and the calves. They get sprayed twice a day during milking or bottle feeding. It has to be done twice a day, but this is no problem at all because we are with them twice a day. There is time available waiting for the milking machine to complete its task or, with the calves, they are hanging around twice a day looking for more milk after finishing their bottles.
Violet and Buttercup will get a hormone shot today and be ready for AI again in a couple of days. Hopefully, this will be the last go round for all of the cows. We shall see.
Scott is training the steer and bull to go into the trailer. This is in preparation for their trip to freezer camp next week. In mid-August we will once again have beef, lamb and goat for sale.
Scott has again been off doing many other tasks this week. Again, the creamery hasn’t really progressed at all. . . . but I believe he said fields are now cut. He is bringing feed and water to the two cows in the corral. Perhaps next week progress will begin again. We shall see.
The crowder peas are providing lots and lots of pea pods. I keep harvesting the basil and it keeps growing more and more leaves. The tomatoes are finally producing lots of fruit. It will still be a couple of weeks I think before any are ripe. These are paste tomatoes and I will have some available at the farmer’s market. Keep your eyes open for when if you need sauce tomatoes. All sorts of peppers are growing and ripening. I will have these available at the market for quite a while.
That’s it for farm news. Now on to the farmer’s market update.
We will be at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday 8 am to noon. Just a heads up that discussion is being had regarding changing the hours for this 2020 summer season to 10 am to noon. This discussion has progressed to the point of being a near surety beginning with the first Saturday in August.
See above for the new additions we will have ready for you!!
We are still out of ground goat and ground lamb but have ribs chops and loin chops. We will have all of this back in stock in mid-August.
Herd Share Peeps, I’ll see you in my usual location. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you. Fresh milk and yogurt is still available. And as always, cheese and butter.
New herd share opportunities are available. Contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (276-694-4369).
News This Week
- Products Available
- Let’s Get Together
- This week’s FarmCast, “Best Animals for a Homestead” is now available.
- FREE Cheese tasting downloads
|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)||SOLD OUT|
|1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs)||SOLD OUT|
|Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs)||SOLD OUT|
|Ground (approx 1 lb)||SOLD OUT|
|Lamb||Price / Pound|
|Lamb Loin Chops||$18|
|Lamb Rib Chops||$18|
|Lamb Kabobs||SOLD OUT|
|Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb)||SOLD OUT|
|Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs)||SOLD OUT|
|1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs)||SOLD OUT|
|Chev (Goat)||Price / Pound|
|Ground Chev (approx 1 lb)||SOLD OUT|
As always, we love meeting 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. Masks are 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.
In this week’s podcast, “Best Animals for a Homestead” I’m discussing our animals; what we chose and why. Lots of experiential information here. It’s designed to help you think through the process if you are considering adding farm animals to your life. Lots more details about the quail in this podcast.
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.”