Hello beautiful peeps,
We are doing well this week. I did make an error in last week’s newsletter. I said Scott’s treatment protocol is 5 weeks. It is actually 7 weeks. So there you go. I’m already all mixed up. We shall see how I progress. Some days time seems quite normal while on other days it drags on and on. That’s usually between appointments. Many days feel surreal. They all blend together to make our lives interesting.
New items at the Farmer’s Markets this week include TOMATOES, Jet Star and Black Krim. Both are slicing tomatoes. You’ve probably heard me say this before but, these are my all-time-favorite tomatoes. That’s why I grow them. The Black Krim is higher in acid than the Jet Star. That also means the flavor is out of this world.
INDEPENDENCE MARKET CHANGES: I’m not sure where I will be in the market arrangement tomorrow. I’ll be there somewhere. There is a row of people next to the courthouse as well as where you’ve seen me these last couple of weeks. Again, please bear with us through this cycle of growth.
The sheep are still contentedly grazing and free from any foreign animal harassment. Mack is doing a wonderful job. We did catch a couple of coyotes on the game cameras this week. But I think Mack scared them off. All four sheep are still safe. They still hide from Mack. I have no idea how long it will take them to get used to him. I’m just watching and waiting at this point. I’m also still thinking a lot about adding more sheep back to the flock. We would like to have at least one more dog to help out. I hope that materializes soon. We shall see.
Rosie has been taken out of the milking rotation. We have downsized the amount of milk we handle. I’m no longer making cheese. There is still a great need for herd share milk and Newton still gets lots of fresh milk. He is growing like a weed and we want to make sure he continues on that path. Anyway, we are still milking Violet and Butter. Rosie was late in her lactation cycle anyway. Some of you are new and won’t know that she delivered way back in February. Her milk production was already beginning to decline so we moved her into the nursery herd. She likely won’t be dried up right away. Princess is her calf. She is quite a resourceful young lady. She will nurse any cow that will stand still for her. Her official nursing mother is Cloud, but I have no doubt she will discover extra nutrition is available from Rosie. Later in the fall we will wean all of the calves so their moms will get a break before birthing the next calf. That will happen in October or November.
Last time I said we were done with quail hatching. However, I noticed some genetic issues in the last batch of babies and we need some new stock. The current plan is to get about three dozen fertile eggs. We will hatch those out and keep enough hens to restock our breeding cages. In the spring we will order another batch of new fertile eggs and keep a few roosters out of that batch. That should get us back on track with solid genetics for a few years. That’s the plan. We shall see how it goes.
Creamery and Scott’s Other Stuff
Scott is watching all sort of YouTube videos on electric stuff. He is gearing up for creating the electrical plan on paper.
In other creamery news, Scott is working on revamping and cleaning up the small cheese cave. It is a constant battle with the mold. Of course we want the molds. It is what gives the cheese its great flavor. However, we don’t want it growing out of control, hence the constant battle. It grows all over and Scott spends hours wiping down the shelves. It is a labor of love.
I have tomatoes running out of my ears. And peppers. I’ll be making another batch of pepperoncini soon. And some of those yummy tomatoes are going to go into a couple of batches of salsa. Look for that at the market soon.
I have so many beautiful tomato fruits that I decided to bring them to the market. I’ve packaged them up into approximately 1 pound bags. Stop by and pick out some beautiful tomatoes to take home with you.
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.
As mentioned above, I’ll have fresh tomatoes.
I have apple pie filling, peach pie filling and blueberry pie filling. A deep dish pie requires 48 oz of filling. I’ve got you covered. Two 24 oz jars or a quart and pint jar.
I’ll have the pickled pepperoncinis in pint jars.
I’ll have blueberry and blackberry jam at both markets as well as mild pepper jam. STRAWBERRY JAM is back.
I may have a couple of dozen quail eggs and definitely will have quail meat in 1 lb packages.
We have ground goat (approx 1 lb), grass-fed ground beef (approx 1 lb) and ground lamb (approx 1 lb). I also have a very limited amount of lamb cuts. Loin chops, rib chops, stew/kabob meat and two lovely petit legs.
Herd Share Peeps, the Independence market location has temporarily changed. Due to construction on the new covered facility, we are relocating to the parking lots east of the Court House.
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.
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 Cancer Diagnosis” is the topic. We have had a whirlwind month and a half. This is a short podcast to bring you up-to-date on what’s happening and what to expect with the podcast in the next few months. I’m not going to bore you with every little detail of our ordeal over the coming months. Instead I’ll be replaying some of my favorite podcasts. I may create some new content as time allows. Please pray for us during this time.
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.”