Hello beautiful peeps,
We are off to the meat processor after I finish this. Finally, after months, we are able to get this done. We will have beef in 2 to 3 weeks.
At the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday we will have SEEDLESS BLACKBERRY JAM $8.00, 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.
If you are looking for Herd Share pick up info, jump down the page here.
The 53 baby quail are doing really well and we are getting lots and lots of eggs. I picked up 33 eggs yesterday. The earlier batch of babies are now pretty much full grown and providing lots of eggs. There are 50 quail in the upper level (the penthouse I call it) and probably half are hens. We could get up to 25 or so eggs from there every day. I got 20 yesterday. The other 113 came from the breeding sets in the lower cages. I sure am having fun with the quail.
Cows, Calves and Goats
The cows escaped from paddock number 6 and got into number 5. Oh well, they might as well eat that grass too..
Violet and Buttercup were ready for the ag tech when he arrived to do the AI a few days ago. Hopefully, we are all bred now. Fingers crossed.
Scott’s training for the steer and bull worked. He got them into the trailer. They are ready for a peaceful trip to Walnut Cove, NC. Goats and lambs have appointments on Monday.
Speaking of goats, they keep getting their heads caught in the fence. Sometimes they just never learn. Yesterday morning not one, not two, but three had to be rescued. And two more again in the afternoon.
Scott has again been off doing many other tasks this week but some progress was made on the barn part of the construction project. Some of the plywood decking is on and there are other details to make it all work that he has taken care of now.
Garden and Orchard
The sunflowers are blooming!!! How exciting is that? The crowder peas are are still going. The green beans are done. 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. I picked one. It wasn’t quite ripe but I just couldn’t wait any longer for that first tomato. All sorts of peppers are growing and ripening. I will have these available at the market for quite a while
Scott helped me get the blackberry patch opened up so I could pick some to make jam for you guys. Because we have let it go and blackberry vines are very prolific, it had become a jungle. Scott cranked up the chain saw and cut a path down a few rows and I was able to get in there and pick some berries before they were all gone.
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. I haven’t heard any more about changing the hours for this 2020 summer season to 10 am to noon. We will be proceeding as usual.
See above for the new additions we will have ready for you!!
We still have lamb rib chops and loin chops. We will have everything 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, “The Blackberry Jam Journey” 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, “The Blackberry Jam Journey” the details of what happened with the blackberry patch are covered. It was quite the adventure. There is also a lot of new info on the quail. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.
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.”