Hello beautiful peeps,

Princess is doing great and is going to be joined by a cousin or two in the next week or so. It’s spring and we can’t wait for the new births to begin. 

Market Updates
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.

This Saturday 3/27/2021 is the second market for March at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. The hours are 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

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.

We will have our lovely quail eggs. I have a couple of pickled quail egg recipes that are working well for me. I’ll have jars of pickled quail eggs as examples of how they look. Three different varieties to give you an idea what can be done. Again, I’ll have pickled peppers (not very hot), pepper jam (HOT, Medium and mild) and apple pie jam. We have the usual grass-fed meats available – ground beef (approx 1 lb), ground goat (approx 1 lb) and ground lamb (approx 1 lb). Quail meat packages are available (approx 1 lb), and pickled peppers. 

If you are a Herd Share member, this week you can pickup at the Wytheville Market between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. You will be able to request yogurt for the next market. Email me to let me know want anything extra this time. To get to the product section, you can jump down the page here


The quail eggs go into lockdown tomorrow. That means that by the time I see you on Saturday, some of them could be hatching out. Sunday at the latest. It will be so good to hear that sweet peeping of baby chicks. Just in time for Easter!


Cloud and Claire are neck and neck to see which one will give birth first. Both are showing signs of nearing their end of term. I’m betting on Cloud. She is due a few days before Claire after all.

We have been walking all of them up to the milking shed for about a week. They all remembered the routine and reintroducing them was a breeze. Pairing up Rosie with Cloud was not a problem. We even let Cloud out early and beckoned Luna to come in a couple of times. Most of the time she was willing. 


Scott completed the staircase to the storage area above the kitchen and cheese make room. Now he is on other things — garden things. Such will be the case for the next few days.


The root strawberry plants have arrived — all 500 of them. Lots of planting will be happening over the next few days. I’m also gearing up to plant some green peas. I’ll have some snap peas as well as shelling peas. Those will be ready for market in a couple of months. Look for them in late May. 

The tomato, herb and pepper starts are doing fine. Well except for the California Wonder bell peppers. I had to replant those. Just to make up for lost time I planted twice as many. I’ll be bringing all of these plants to market when the time is right for planting them outdoors.

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

Farmer’s Market

I will be at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday 10 am to 12 noon. 

Our items for sale include apple pie jam and hot, medium, or mild pepper jam. 

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

We have ground lamb as well as rib chops and loin chops.

We have ground beef and ground goat.

I’ll have lots of quail eggs!!. 

Herd Shares

Herd Share Peeps, I’ll see you in my usual location. YOGURT 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. 

I still have new raw milk cheese 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
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

(These prices are for products purchased in person at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Online prices are higher.)

Quail Price / Pound
Quail Eggs (1 dozen) $3.00
Quail meat (approx 1 lb) $18.00
Beef Price / Pound
Ground (approx 1 lb) $7.00
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $18
Lamb Rib Chops $18
Lamb Kabobs SOLD OUT
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Jams and Jellies Price / 8 oz Jar
Apple Pie Jam $8
HOT, Medium, or Mild Pepper Jam $5

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 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, “We’ve Learned a Lot About Homesteading” is now available. I love talking about our long and fruitful journey. This time I’m sharing some of the ups and downs we have had along the way. I’ll also give some of my reasoning for the choices we have made and give you some ideas to try. 

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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