Hello beautiful peeps,
It is such a beautiful day today. I hope you are enjoying yours. I still have “make blackberry jam” on my to-do list. I’m not sure I will get that done today — but perhaps I will. Come see me at the Independence Farmer’s Market or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and check out my display. I just may have some gorgeous jars of blackberry jam.
More on the jam in the Market section of this newsletter. Also, if you are a herd share owner, check out that section below for a new delivery location option.
How about some farm updates?
Sheep and Goats
The goats led the way to the next pasture as usual. They have a complete disregard for the fences between various paddocks. Originally they were in the paddock with the sheep, Virginia and baby Newton. Scott moved the sheep but the goats had already moved on without him. This is just so typical with these goats. We love them anyway. Even if we can’t make them stay in a designated pasture. At least they stay within the outside perimeter. There was a time when they were escaping out into the world outside the perimeter fence. Thank goodness those days are over. Or are they?
Virginia and Perrin are improving with their treatment. It will take some time to completely heal, but everything looks good so far.
I am so excited that there are still no signs of any of the cowgirls coming into heat again after their initial AI experience. We have been watching closely and everything looks good right now.
Violet was late in giving birth so she has not been bred yet. Her first heat after birth should be coming up in the next week or 10 days. We will try to catch her in heat and get the AI tech out here. Hopefully, she will take the first time and that will bring her back into a closer cycle with the rest of the herd.
I can hear the incubator running in the other room. I put in 84 eggs this time. I’m not confident of the fertility of some of the eggs. That is why I am incubating so many. In less than three weeks we will see whether I was right in making that call.
The 22 little ones were moved into the penthouse. They all seem to be doing well. The first few days I kept their watering containers in the cage. Yesterday I did not. They will need to learn to reach into the automatic watering cups. We keep them anchored up a few inches from the bottom of the cage. That is so they don’t make too much of a mess in them. They must stand up to their full height and reach into the cups. The new ones are always too short on their first day in the penthouse. Usually with a few days they are tall enough to reach the automatic waterers. I saw one reach in there and I knew they were, indeed, tall enough.
Creamery and Scott’s Other Stuff
The creamery is on hold. Scott is fixing more fence. A tree fell on a section. He is bush hogging the various paddocks. I really like the look of the pasture a day or two after he trims that grass. It gets so green in each section. It’s just beautiful to see.
The onions are done. I pulled all of them yesterday. They still need to be washed off and dried. I’m probably going to freeze them all. I chop them up and pack them into pint sized freezer bags. Whenever I need chopped onion, I just reach into the freezer, grab a bag and break off the amount I need for the recipe. Sometimes I use the whole bag. There is about a cup in each bag. I also do this with green peppers. It is almost like having fresh onions and peppers year round.
I have baby green beans and look for those to mature in the next couple of weeks. There are small green tomatoes and green peppers. I picked about a gallon of pepperoncini peppers a day or so ago. I’ll pickle those and bring them to the market. .
The crowder peas continue to do well but still no blooms.
How are your gardens doing? Let me know when you see me.
That’s it for farm news. Now on to the farmer’s market update.
Independence and Wytheville Farmer’s Markets
I will be at the Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday 9 – 1 and at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday 8 – 12.
I’ll have blueberry and strawberry jam at both markets. I may have blackberry jam. The jury is still out on that one.
I have quail eggs and quail meat in 1 lb packages.
We are out of ground goat but have grass-fed ground beef (approx 1 lb) and ground lamb (approx 1 lb).
Herd Share Peeps, I’ve set up a delivery point at the Independence market. Let me know if you want to switch your pick up to Independence.
I’ll see you in my usual location at the Wytheville Farmers’ Market.
Add on as you desire. Yogurt, milk and all cheeses and butter are at your service. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday, Saturday and/or Tuesday.
You can pickup at the Independence Market on Fridays between 9 am and 1pm, the Wytheville Market on Saturdays between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon, at the farm Saturdays 3 pm to 5 pm or Tuesdays 10:00 am to noon. Email me to let me know if you 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 8:00 am to Noon. We are at Independence Farmers’ Market on Fridays from 9:00 am to 1 pm. Masks are no longer required at the Farmers Markets.
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, “A Day in the Life on Our Homestead” is the topic. Do you ever wonder what it is like to live the homestead lifestyle? I’m sure you all have your own ideas about what that must be like. In this episode I give you a peek into a day here on our homestead. This particular day is very, very busy. Every day is not this full of activity, though I do enjoy challenging myself. I always want to see just how much I can accomplish in any given day.
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.”