Hello beautiful peeps,
Hope all of you and happy, healthy and content. It’s summer. Let’s enjoy it to the max.
At the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday we will have quail, blueberry jam and a very, very limited quantity of green beans. The quail come in 16 ounce packages with four birds approximately 4 ounces each. Price is $20.00. The blueberry jam is $8.00 and the green beans are (approximately 1 1/2 pounds) $5.00.
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The 84 quail eggs in the incubator are having a lovely time. All conditions are within normal limits. We are nearly half way through the incubation. Anticipation is growing. I expect next Saturday to be our hatch date.
Cows and Calves
Everyone is doing well. The calves are drinking lots and lots of milk. They are enjoying lots and lots of grass. It takes a few months for them to fully develop their digestive system to handle grass. They will continue to drink lots of milk for the next few months.
The cows are getting lined up for pregnancy tests. We have our fingers crossed. It is important for us to grow the herd and we need heifer calves for that. To get heifer calves, the cows need to be pregnant. These seem like simple questions — and they are. Simple though they are, their importance if paramount to our successful homestead.
Scott has been off doing many other tasks this week. The creamery hasn’t really progressed at all. . . . but the fields are getting cut. The corral for the bulls is getting built. Oh and he folded the laundry. LOVE HIM.
The garden is doing well. The basil is taking off. Some of the other herbs are still struggling a bit but all are going to be fine. Anyone interested in fresh basil? Coming soon!
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. The veggie vendors will be outside on the covered side. The season is coming into full swing. Come on out and check out what everybody has to offer.
Again, we will have QUAIL, BLUEBERRY JAM, and FRESH GREEN BEANS!! in very LIMITED Quantities!
Sorry, we are still out of ground goat and ground lamb but have ribs chops and loin chops. We are out of beef. It will be August before we have more. We are sold out of beef 1/4s and 1/2s and lambs.
Herd Share Peeps, I am back in my usual location as before. The traffic flow is also back to normal. You can enter from any open door and feel free to move back and forth, visiting vendors in the order you choose. I look forward to seeing each of you. Remember to let me know what you want for next week. 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, “Planning Your 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, “Planning Your Homestead – Land” I cover some of the conversations and discussion we had when deciding what our perfect homestead would look like. This is a complex topic and I only touched on the basics. There are many more thoughts, questions and ideas that you will come up with on your own. Hopefully, this will get you started if you are building that sort of dream. .
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.”