Hello beautiful peeps,

The first thing is a reminder that Scott is covering the market this week. He will not be able to get there before 10 AM. It has been a while since he has been at the market. He is always milking the cows and doing all the cleanup, taking care of the quail and so on.

At the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday we will have ground beef $7 per package (approx 1 lb). We also have ground goat $12 per package (approx 1 lb) and ground lamb $10 per package (approx 1 lb). There is still a little bit of Lamb Kabob/Stew $12 per package (approx 1 lb). Quail packages are available 1 lb – $20.00, and pickled peppers $5.00. 

If you are a Herd Share member, let me know if you want to add anything to your regular product pickup. To get to that section, you can jump down the page here

Quail

The quail babies can no longer be thought of as “babies”. They are so big already. They have been getting a higher protein diet. The usual brand of game bird feed is no longer carried by Tractor Supply. They now have a wonderful 30% protein feed. It’s great for these little birds. They are thriving. Lots of roosters crowing now.   

Cows 

Our cows are so beautiful. It is such a pleasure to see them grazing in the fields. Cows are the most peaceful animals in the world IMO. And these Normande cows are gentler than any other breed I have worked with. That includes Jersey, Guernsey, and Holstein. I’m so glad we discovered them.

The calves will be weaned soon. They are so fat. Each gets 1 1/2-gallons of milk per day. Virginia is a little over 4 months old now and Wendell is 6 months old! 

Creamery

Scott is filling in those open spaces in the walls. He estimates about four days of working on that. He is also looking for the next rainy day so he can sit down and figure out how much roofing metal he needs to finish the roof. There are changes in his previous estimates due to the change he made with the new covered area on the north side of the building. This afternoon we met up in the kitchen. Scott was refilling the humidifier that runs in the cheese room. The aging cheese needs nearly daily attention and Scott takes care of all of it! 

Garden 

The garden is winding down. Even though the tomatoes are growing strongly again, I’m going to go out there and cut them all down and compost them. We are not far away from the first frost and I’ve collected all the tomatoes I want for this season.

I finally brought in the rest of the dried beans. The small red beans and white canellini beans are now completed done. I pulled up the plants, picked the beans off of each plant and tossed them in a pile for composting. Five beds of 20 are now empty. Next will be the baby limas. I’m holding off on those right up until the first frost which will take those plants out. Just ahead of that, I will pick all the beans and bring them inside for shelling.

The last really big task will be cleaning up all the old plants and the weeds growing in the paths. Only a few weeds in the beds, but the pathways are growing lots of them.

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

Farmer’s Market

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

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

We have ground lamb and kabob/stew lamb as well as rib chops and loin chops.

We have ground beef and ground goat. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I’ll see you in my usual location. Let me know if you want something added on to your regular choice. Fresh milk and yogurt is available through the end of this month. Yogurt will still be available through the end of November. And as always, cheese and butter. 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
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
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
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12

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 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, “What You Can Do With Milk,” is a follow on to the previous podcast on types of cheese. We all know we can make cheese, but what other delicious, delectable treats can be created with milk and milk products? Listen and find out.  


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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