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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Quail

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.  

Creamery

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.   

Garden

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. 

Farmer’s Market

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 Shares

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 (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) 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

Let’s Get Together

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. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

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. 


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


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