Hello beautiful peeps,
All babies are now born except one calf not due until June 10th. Finally, we can take a breather from the stress and worry over the vulnerable moms and babies. Well, until June anyway.
The 36 quail babies are nearly grown now. A few days ago they got moved to the penthouse where they will finish their growing up. All are doing well. Sometimes learning how to use the automatic watering system is a challenge, but they soon get the hang of it.
Just yesterday the next batch was started. Six dozen eggs (72) are now in the incubator. In 18 days the peeping will begin again.
Sheep and Lambs
The last ewe finally dropped her twins. They are two very healthy girls. We ended up with three girls and three boys. Susie Q is doing great. She gets two bottles of lamb replacer milk daily — as much as she will drink. A couple of days ago, we moved her out with the other sheep and lambs. She made fast friends, though she still comes running and follows us everywhere whenever possible.
Cloud and Claire’s boys are doing well. Rosie’s little girl, Princess, is firmly grafted onto Cloud and growing like a weed. Cloud has accepted that she now has two calves. Is Princess catching up to the boys in size? I don’t know it’s hard to tell. They are all doing so well. I’m really pleased with all of these beautiful animals.
Butter gave us a big surprise. I think some of you have already seen the videos Scott posted to Facebook. Twins!! All are healthy and will grow to be wonderful animals. The bad news is that in cows, a boy/girl twin almost always produce a sterile female. We still love them, but in essence, we have two more steers. There is a slight chance that Gretel (we named them Hansel and Gretel) will be able to produce calves; only 10% are ever able to reproduce. We shall see. This week’s podcast on called “What is a Freemartin Heifer?“. Listen and get details on this rare condition — and don’t forget to subscribe!
Scott is still taking some time off from the creamery to do all sorts of things around the homestead. He is starting to get antsy and ready to get back to it. We both want this project done!
The strawberry plants are growing rapidly. I’m looking forward to their blooms in the near future. The blueberries are blooming already and the blackberries will be right behind them.
The two long rows of green peas are starting to send up runners looking for that trellis. It’s there and awaiting their twisting green tendrils.
The onion set got planted. Still looking for that first bit of green there.
The tomato plants are getting hardened off and will be ready for market this weekend. I have two varieties. The Jet Star is the best all around tomato I have ever raised. And the Black Krim is my favorite heritage tomato. There is no slicing tomato that can compare. The herb and pepper starts are still inside under the lights and doing very nicely. It will be a few more weeks before they are ready for market. I should have them just in time for planting in the garden.
That’s it for farm news. Now on to the farmer’s market update.
As I noted above, I have tomato starts ready for you. They are $3.00 each, 2 for $5.00 or 5 for $10.00.
We will be out of quail eggs until the fall. Look for them again at that time. We do still have quail meat in 1 lb packages $18.
We have all of our grass-fed meats available – ground beef (approx 1 lb) $7, ground goat (approx 1 lb) $12, and ground lamb (approx 1 lb) $10.
Online Farmer’s Market
We are offering meat products on Independence Online Farmer’s Market. You can sign up for that market by clicking HERE. The online market opens on Friday evening and closes on Wednesday evening for pickup two days later on Friday afternoon.
Wytheville also has an online market. For your convenience, you can set up your Wytheville online market account HERE. This market opens on Sunday at 7:00 pm and closes on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Place your order with whatever vendors you choose during that time window and pick everything up at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market between 9:00 am and noon. Anything ordered from the online market is not picked up at our booth. Your purchases are picked up on the covered side of the building. Feel free to come on in an chat with me even if you placed your order on line and picked it up outside.
These items are available at either market. The prices are higher at the Independence Market as their fees are significantly higher. The online Wytheville market are also more expensive than visiting us live at the market. Again, there are fees involved in using online services.
Herd Share Peeps, I’ll see you in my usual location. YOGURT and FRESH MILK IS HERE. Add on as you desire and all cheeses and butter are at your service. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday and/or Tuesday.
You can pickup at the Wytheville Market between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Email me to let me know want anything extra this time.
I still have new raw milk cheese shares and a couple of milk shares available. Contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (276-694-4369).
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, “What is a Freemartin Heifer?” is now available. I didn’t know either and had to look it up some years ago. Who knew it would land so close to home only ten years later. There are issues with calf twins who are different sexes. Male/male and female/female have no issues. But the male/female set of twins invariably produces a freemartin heifer.
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.”