Hello beautiful peeps,

Farm updates include more babies. The Wytheville Farmer’s market information is farther down the page. You can skip there by clicking here. If you are looking for Herd Share pick up info, jump down the page here

Quail

A total of 33 quail chicks are headed outside to their permanent home on Thursday. They have quadrupled in size (at least) in two weeks. In just 8 short weeks they will be fully mature. Looking forward to the eggs and wonderful meat these birds will provide in about six weeks from now. 

Sheep

The sheep ewes are steadily giving birth. Last week our youngest ewe gave birth with no issues. Two other ewes from last year also gave birth to singles. This is common the first year. Twins and triplets are common in subsequent years. The matriarch of the flock gave us the first set of twins. No triplets for her this year! There are two others that look like they will present with twins. We shall see.

Goats

Last time I reported the goats staying in their assigned paddock. Didn’t last. They are still going wherever they want. The cows are in paddock 10. The goats are in paddock 11 even though they have been moved out of there at least twice. I think it is time to just let them be wherever they want to be. 

Cows

Buttercup and Butter have not had their calves. In fact, neither looks like it will happen in the next week. We will patiently wait. Claire, Cloud and Violet are giving lots of wonderful milk.  

Creamery

The small cheese cave is moving along nicely. Scott was going to wait to do the tile floor and finish the roof instead. However, he changed his mind a day or so ago. The deciding factor was having to move all of the carefully constructed shelves to do the tile. He decided to bite the bullet and do it all now. I’m so excited!! I will have a fully functioning cheese cave!

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

Farmer’s Market

Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and again allowing you inside in addition to continuing with Take Out if you so choose. The same stringent safety measures will be in place. A limited number of patrons will be allowed inside, keeping a safe distance (tape will mark spacing), and no browsing. You will enter on the covered side, follow the pathway that is laid out and exit on the uncovered side. We are in the same place as before. You still won’t be able to browse around. Step up to the vendor table and place your order based on their list of products.

You can pre-order with us or with your favorite vendor. Find vendors on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page.  You will find our products listed there as well as on this page.  

On our list you will find 1/4 and half beef as well as half and whole lamb. The beef delivery is for mid-August. Lamb will be available the first week of August. You can claim your now by making a deposit for beef quarters or halves and/or whole or half lamb. I have very limited quantities. Make your deposit now. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I will be inside near the exit door.  I look forward to seeing each of you. Remember to let me know what you want for next week. Fresh milk and yogurt is 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) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $7.00
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet 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, but you will be able to come inside the building now.  

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

This week’s podcast, “Raw Milk Cheese“, is filled with great info on what’s happening on the homestead. There is a focus on the cheese I am making and much more information on that new cheese cave. Spring always brings new birth and lots of gardening. Lots of animal updates and I made huge progress on getting the garden planted. Drop me an email and let me know which is your favorite animal.   


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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