Hello beautiful peeps,

Hope your new year continues to be a great one!!. We are just now getting into winter. I keep waiting for the big freeze to happen. We usually have at least a few days when it is cold enough to freeze the ponds. That means we have to go break up the ice so the animals can have water. Nothing so far, but we still have a long time to go before spring. 

It’s market time again. This Saturday 1/23/2021 is the 2nd market for January. The hours at the Farmer’s Market this time are 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. It’s going to be a great market. Come on out and get some sunshine and vitamin D, see what we have to offer. We will have our lovely quail eggs for $3 a dozen. I have a couple of pickled quail egg recipes that are working well for me. I’ll have jars of pickled quail eggs as examples of how they look. Three different varieties to give you an idea what can be done. Again, I’ll have pickled peppers (not very hot) for $5 a jar, pepper jam (HOT, Medium and mild) for $5 a jar and apple pie jam, $8 a jar. We have the usual grass-fed meats available – ground beef $7 per package (approx 1 lb), ground goat $12 per package (approx 1 lb) and ground lamb $10 per package (approx 1 lb). Quail meat packages are available 1 lb – $20.00, and pickled peppers $5.00. 

If you are a Herd Share member, this week you can pickup between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Email me to let me know want anything extra this time. To get to the product section, you can jump down the page here

Quail

The quail are still laying lots of eggs. Again, check out my pickled quail eggs at the market. And think about giving it a try yourself. They are easy to make and oh so tasty. Just yesterday I was thinking about when I’m going to start incubating eggs again. That is still a couple of months in the future, but I’m getting set in my mind exactly how many I want to raise in the coming year.

Cows 

Scott told me yesterday that all of the cows are now on hay. This is the farthest we have ever got into the winter before having to feed hay to the main herd. The smaller groups of animals have been eating hay since some time in December, but the main herd had access to 4 or 5 paddocks that we saved for their winter foraging enjoyment. It’s finally gone and they will be eating stored grass until the new spring growth. 

Rosie and Buttercup are doing great. I mentioned last time that we moved around some of the animals and that we put Buttercup in with Rosie. We have Rosie close because she is pregnant and very small. She still has about 2 and a half months to go before giving birth. So far so good.

Creamery

Scott has finished the roof. Now he is working on the three dormer walls. I checked with him and after finishing this current part, the entire outside will be done except for painting and perhaps a few odds and ends. Places where the animals, birds, insects and such need to be kept out. I won’t pretend to know the exact terminology of what needs to be done there. Follow Scott’s posts on Facebook and he will give you the details. 

That’s it for farm news. Now on to the farmer’s market update. 

Farmer’s Market

I will be at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday 10 am to 12 noon. 

Our items for sale include apple pie jam and hot, medium, or mild pepper jam. 

We have all of our meats back in stock for you.  

We have ground lamb as well as rib chops and loin chops.

We have ground beef and ground goat.

I’ll have lots of quail eggs!!. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I’ll see you in my usual location. Add on as you desire and all cheeses and butter are at your service. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday and/or Tuesday. 

I still have new herd shares 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
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

Quail Price / Pound
Quail Eggs (1 dozen) $3.00
Quail meat (approx 1 lb) $20.00
Beef Price / Pound
Ground (approx 1 lb) $7.00
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs SOLD OUT
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Jams and Jellies Price / 8 oz Jar
Apple Pie Jam $8
HOT, Medium, or Mild Pepper Jam $5

Let’s Get Together

As always, we love meeting you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market on Saturday from 10:00 am to Noon. Special procedures are in place for your health and safety. Masks are still 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, “Be Prepared For Disaster,” I’m going over the basics of being prepared for a local disaster such as extended power outage. Because it is winter, this is the time to be better prepared. You never know when a big snow storm is going to take out the power and your ability to travel to get food. I go over quite a few things but the greatest focus is on food and water.


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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