Hello beautiful peeps,
How is the summer going for all of you? It kind of snuck up on me. I’ve been waiting for the heat wave to end. But it’s not going to is it? It’s summer.
At the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday we will have quail, and blueberry jam. The quail come in 16 ounce packages with four birds approximately 4 ounces each. Price is $20.00. The blueberry jam is $8.00.
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The 84 quail eggs in the incubator are nearly done. Tomorrow (Thursday) they go into lockdown. I take them out of the automatic egg turner and close it up until three days after the first chick hatches. That will likely be Saturday. I’ll be at the market but Scott will let me know as the little peepers arrive.
Cows and Calves
We treated Luna this morning for pink eye. It’s a simple procedure and she should be fine in a few days, perhaps more. Flies carry this disease and irritate the eye which causes the infection. It is common in young calves. We caught it early and that’s all it takes.
Butter got a redo on the artificial insemination. So far we had 100% failure on the first go round. We kind of expected that it would fail after the ag tech said the semen did not appear to be active. Claire and Cloud were serviced again a couple of weeks ago. Butter was this week. We just missed Violet so she and Buttercup still need to complete the process. This is our first time and it seems complicated. Does it seem complicated to you? I think it will be easier as we get more experience.
Scott has again been off doing many other tasks this week. Again, the creamery hasn’t really progressed at all. . . . but more fields are getting cut, the driveway is mowed. The corral for the bulls is now done. The fence is reinforced. Looks like we will be successful in getting the bull and steer into the trailer. Then back to working on the creamery.
The crowder peas are coming on strong. I don’t have any this week, but will likely have them next week. I harvested some basil and used it with my baked chicken thighs. Fresh basil is the bomb. Tomorrow we are digging potatoes!
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.
Again, we will have QUAIL, and BLUEBERRY JAM!!
Sorry, we are still out of ground goat and ground lamb but have ribs chops and loin chops. We are out of beef. Coming soon. We will have more in 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, “What to Grow in the Garden” 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, “What to Grow in the Garden” I’m discussing our garden evolution. We started with 4 small beds and have progressed to 20 plus two 70-foot wall beds. There are plans for even more garden space. What plants and varieties of those plants is covered as well. We’ve really evolved in our choices.
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.”