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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 (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,” 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)||$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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.”