Hello beautiful peeps,
Today I’m going to give you some farm updates. It has been a while and I want to get you all caught up on the doings around here. 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.
Let’s start with the quail. We hatched out 34 chicks just a few days ago. They are so cute. In just 8 short weeks they will be fully mature. These are excellent meat birds and they lay lots and lots of eggs too — well the hens do anyway. About half will be roosters. We still need a couple more hens for our breeding group. We rely on them for eggs for eating and for hatching.
Right now the sheep are in the pasture outside my living room window so I can keep and eye on them. The first one is due to lamb in just 5 days. I like to keep them close during lambing. Those little guys are pretty fragile for the first week or so. We’ll put the donkeys in the with them in the next few days. Our miniature donkeys are great livestock guardian animals. They are pretty good at keeping the local coyotes at bay.
Now for the fun one. The goats. You may not know this, but goats are very hard to keep contained within a fence. If there is a way out, they will find it. For the most part we have been successful at keeping them inside the outer perimeter fence. They still go whenever they want within the various paddock sections inside the perimeter and we have given up on keeping them with the cows. They just go their own way. Having said that, there is this one goat doe that is like Houdini. She goes wherever she wants, whenever she wants. We see her all the time outside the perimeter and then a few minutes later she is back in with her herd of does. Apparently about 5 months ago she left the rest of the herd and went to visit the boys that are in the front field. We know this because a couple of days ago she delivered a really cute little kid. Here’s a link to a short video I posted to Facebook. Yet another unauthorized breeding incident. We have yet to get through a year without one happening with the goats and/or the sheep.
We are still waiting on two calves to be born. It looks like it will be at least another couple of weeks for that cycle to be completed. We are having a wonderful time milking the cows. Twice a day, rain or shine, we trudge out into the field and walk them up to the milking shed. They love coming up because we give them a small treat. We love our cows. The Normande breed is so gentle. They are very large compared to the one Jersey that we have, but still so gentle.
That’s it for the farm update. Next week I’ll spend some time getting you up to speed on the creamery. Now on to the farmer’s market update.
Wytheville Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday and this time allowing you inside in addition to continuing with Take Out if you so choose. Stringent safety measures will still be in place. A limited number patrons inside, keeping a safe distance (tape will mark spacing), and no browsing. Tables will be set up with a product/price list only and all vendors will be wearing masks and gloves with hand sanitizer ready to be used after each transaction. You won’t be able to browse around. You’ll stop at a safe distance from the vendor table and let them know what you want from their list. They will place your order on the table and step back. You will receive your product and place payment on the table. Credit cards add another do-si-do to the dance. You can pre-order with us or with your favorite vendor. Find vendors on the Wytheville Farmer’s Market Facebook page. You should find their products listed there as well.
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 and will give you guys first dibs.
Herd Share Peeps, I will be inside this time instead of the parking lot. (Yeah!!) I’m not sure if I will be located in the same place as before. Some tables are being moved to comply with health measures. 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, “Getting Back on Track,” is now available. All of this upheaval has taken its toll.
- 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 is all about “Getting Back on Track”. With the current health and economic crises going on, it was easy for me to become stressed and slip into unproductive or nonproductive habits. This podcast is all about how I use a particular method to get back on track. I had a really fun and helpful dream that added to my success.
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.”