Hello beautiful peeps,
I mentioned the honey last week and Scott did a great job on that. It is “dark” honey, meaning it is extra full of nutrients. Wanna try some? Let me know. Quantities are limited. The peas are also coming along nicely. I might have a limited quantity of those at the market as well.
So what’s happening besides peas and honey?
The sheep are now grazing peacefully just outside my living room window. They are such a beautiful site. And the rain we are getting (finally) is giving their grass salad bar an extra boost. There is far too much grass out there for 9 sheep, 5 goats and 3 calves. But that is a good thing. We always like to have more grass than the animals can eat. It ensures their continued health and excellent nutrition.
We are still waiting on Violet’s calf. Meanwhile, the artificial insemination has started for everyone else. No issues there. This is our second year and we are much more comfortable with what is going on in the process.
As I mentioned in the Sheep section, Virginia and the twin calves are doing well in the calf pasture. Hopefully, Hansel and Gretel will be joined by another calf soon.
We finally got some wire devices from which to hang the calf bottles. During one of our discussions, I brought up that soon it would be impossible for one person to give bottles to the calves. After all, we each have only two hands. A third calf would require a third hand to hold a bottle. So Scott got right on it and found a suitable solution. I tried it out this evening and it worked great! No dropped bottles because I wasn’t ready for that quick jerk. Nope, the bottle carriers held them in place and took the beating that calves can give. They are always poking and prodding to get the milk to come out faster. Of course that doesn’t really work, but it doesn’t stop them from trying it all the same. It is a natural instinct.
All is still going well with the quail babies and adults. The new egg layers are finally getting up to speed. And the incubator is incubating. It will be another 10 days before we hear that cute peeping again. Fingers crossed and prayers sent up for a better hatch rate this time.
We had some big progress this week in the milking parlor. The guys came toset up the milking parlor stanchion system. It took them all day and then some, but they got it done! I think we can start practicing with the girls going round and round. I’ll have to ask Scott if there is anything else that needs to happen before we begin their training on this new setup.
The peas are so awesome. As I said above, I may have some green peas for the market. If not this week, then definitely next week. The sugar snap peas are about a week behind the shelling peas. It will be two weeks for those, I think.
Scott came through as usual. Since I hurt my hand, I’ve been just about useless for lots of things. So Scott cleared the rest of the raised beds and planted all of the green beans and crowder peas. In three days they were already sprouting. The rain came at just the right time to help that along. The only thing left are the tomatoes. I’m hoping to get those in tomorrow. My hand is much better and I should be able to help a little with that task.
That’s it for farm news. Now on to the farmer’s market update.
Wytheville and Independence Farmer’s Markets
I still have a few thyme, rosemary and basil plants that I will bring to the market. I think there might be a few pepper plants as well. Still working on getting the dried herbs ready for market. Not this week, but perhaps next week that can happen. It’s hard to tell with so much going on around here.
I have quail eggs and quail meat in 1 lb packages.
We have all of our grass-fed meats available – ground beef (approx 1 lb), ground goat (approx 1 lb), and ground lamb (approx 1 lb).
Herd Share Peeps, 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 Saturday and/or Tuesday.
You can pickup at the Wytheville Market between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon or at the farm Saturdays 3 pm to 5 pm or Tuesdays 10:00 am to 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 (email@example.com) 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, “Honey! Fun Facts” is the topic. This is our first foray into harvesting honey. I learned a lot of new facts that I’m sharing with you. What exactly is honey? How is it made? How is it stored and how long will it last? are all questions I cover in this episode. How sweet is that?
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.”