Hello beautiful peeps,
Finally, a break in the heat. And we’ve had lots of rain. The garden is grateful. Well, I’m grateful too. I don’t have to water the garden for a few days.
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 pickled peppers. I will have at least two kinds, one hot and one not.
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The baby quail are now in the penthouse. They are not quite tall enough to use the automatic watering system. For the first five or six days I will have to keep their water jars filled. They truly grow at an amazing pace. In that short time they will be a couple of inches taller and will be able to drink from the auto waterers.
Cows and Donkeys
The Claire, Buttercup, Cloud, Butter and Violet are out in the front pastures doing their thing. Eating grass. It is very tall. When I walked out to get them and bring them in for milking, the grass was well above my knees.
The donkeys finally shed their winter coats around the first week of July. Usually, they roll in the dirt making their coats quite dull. Yesterday I saw them in all their sleekness. It had rained the night before and their coats were sparkling clean, smooth and sleek. So beautiful.
Scott has actually made quite a bit of progress this week. It required lots of extra hours, but he did it. More of the plywood decking is on and the other details to make it all work continue. All of that is far beyond my pay grade.
Garden and Orchard
Tomatoes will be coming soon. They are finally ripening and there are a lot of them. It may be a week or more before they are ripe. The one I picked a week ago is still not ripe. My assortment of peppers is doing well. So well that I am making pickled peppers. I will have these available at the market this weekend.
Scott finished clearing blackberries from between the rows in the blackberry patch. I don’t know when I’m going to be able to get out there and pick any more. So much to do, so little time. There are still lots of red ones that will ripen 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 Board is meeting later this month to discuss the market hours. I’ll let you know how that turns out.
See above for the new additions we will have ready for you!!
We still have lamb rib chops and loin chops. We will have ground lamb and ground goat next week and ground beef two weeks after that.
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, “Raw Milk Cheese in Virginia” 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, “Raw Milk Cheese in Virginia,” due to lots of new listeners I review the layout and purpose of the various parts of the creamery. We have come so far already and still have much more to do. I also reviewed the herd share program and provided a bit of forward vision on what happens after the creamery is USDA inspected.
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.”