This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 6-12-19

Hello everybody,

It’s so great to be with you again. We continue to roll along here at the homestead. Cheesemaking is proceeding on schedule.

  • Our Peaceful Heart Gold will be the first cheese ready, around July 15th.
  • Next up will be a new cheese I’m trying out. It is a variation of a Monterey Jack cheese that we call Stuart Jack. Look for that one August 15th or so. 
  • You will be able to try our Ararat Legend at the end of August. It’s my favorite cheese that we make. Of course, all cheese preference is personal. You’ll want to try them all. 
  • The Cheddars are moving along nicely. However, that cheese requires a much longer aging time. The first Clau d’ ville Cheddar will be available just in time for Thanksgiving. 
  • Finally, Pinnacle requires the longest aging and will be available in time for Christmas. 

Herd shares are getting closer to full but there are still a couple left. Yes, milk is a choice that you can make, but — as soon as it’s ready — cheese will be a choice. Cheese will be a year-round choice. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October. 

Herd Share product deliveries are being fulfilled this Saturday, June 15th at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Pick up at the farm is also an option. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions.  

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.


News This Week


Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Low Fat Yogurt with Honey 1 quart 2 quarts
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint

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) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

Let’s Get Together
As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. This week I’ll have tasting samples of our grass-fed beef, lamb and chev (goat), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.

Visit our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come visit us in person, 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 will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

Last month we looked at the tradition of Mother’s Day. This week we look at the tradition of Father’s Day. And more importantly, why children need fathers (or at the very least father-figures) in their lives. Today retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have completely changed the original meaning of Father’s Day. A holiday that was created to honor dad and enumerate his special qualities is now used as a marketing tool. Such is the way of life in our very affluent country.

Let’s take a look at the roots and history of Father’s Day. Listen to “The Tradition of Father’s Day” here

Free Downloads

I want to follow up on a 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 EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

gourmet burgersGourmet Chevon (or other ground meat) Burgers: Try gourmet chevon burgers instead of hamburgers. Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world. Our goats graze in the pasture for their entire life. It makes succulent chevon patties and a great addition to a paleo or keto diet plan.

Our chevon meat is processed at a local USDA inspected facility. It is ground and then frozen in vacuum sealed bags.

Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.

traditional kefirTraditional Kefir: Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture. The drink originated in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. These instructions will be for cow’s milk kefir. 

ice creamIce Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.

When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.

This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.


This Week At Peaceful Heart Farm: 6/5/19

Hello everybody, 

It’s wonderful to talk with you again. The heat has broken and we are back to normal spring temps. Hallelujah. The young bulls calves are going to new homes. I miss them, but know they are in good homes. That’s important. Next up is planning for next year’s births. We will be going with artificial insemination this time. 

We are breeding for A2A2 genetics. If you listened to the podcast last week, you got some information on why that is. If you missed it, you can find it HERE. Science is amazing. The things they are discovering every single day are amazing. The heritage breeds continue to provide traditional nutrition that helps us to reach this point in our evolution.

I’m catching up in the garden. The weeds are getting beaten back. Yay!! Spring is a time of “way too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it”. It feels good to be returning to balance. Things get ahead of me, but only temporarily. I persevere and it all works out. Perhaps you, too, practice this approach. It works!!

A few herd shares are still left.  Deliveries are being fulfilled this Saturday, June 9th at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions. Or please see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. I’ll get you set up. 

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.

News This Week

  • Products Available This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is Why We Drink Raw Milk. It’s all about our health. 
  • Most Recent Recipes

Products Available to
Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Low Fat Yogurt with Honey 1 quart 2 quarts
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
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) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. This week I’ll have tasting samples of our grass-fed beef, lamb and chev (goat), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.

Visit our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come visit us in person, 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 will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

As you might guess, we drink a lot of milk. We love milk and we love milk products. This week’s podcast is all about why we drink raw milk. It’s all about the health benefits. Raw milk has been demonized by the powers that be and I provide an alternative view to help you make better choices. Listen to “Why We Drink Raw Milk” here
Free Downloads
I want to follow up on a 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 EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

traditional kefirTraditional Kefir: Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture. The drink originated in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. These instructions will be for cow’s milk kefir. 

ice creamIce Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.

When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.

This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.

For those of you who are not restricting carbohydrates, feel free to stuff this into a pita. You’ll be glad you did!!

mint sauceMint Sauce: This is an easy mint sauce recipe that will make your lamb dinner out of this world. It’s basic structure is a combination of sweet and sour with that unforgettable taste of mint.

Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/29/19

Hello everybody, 

I still have a few herd shares left.  First deliveries are set up for Saturday June 2nd at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions. Or please see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. I’ll get you set up. 

Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.

News This Week

  • Products Available This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is What is A2A2 Milk?. A basic introduction to the topic to get you started on your own research.
  • Most Recent Recipes

Products Available This Week

Herd Share Owners (advanced notice)
Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Whole Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Skim/Low-Fat Milk 1/2 gal 1 gallon
Low Fat Yogurt with Honey 1 quart 2 quarts
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
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) $6.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 10 lb) Ask about discount

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. This week I’ll have tasting samples of our grass-fed beef, lamb and chev (goat), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.

Visit our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come visit us in person, 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 will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

We breed specifically for the A2A2 genetic trait in our dairy herd. This week’s podcast explains a bit about what that means. It’s not necessary for everyone. But there are lots and lots of folks out there that can benefit from the variant in how the milk is digested — or heck, some of you will just be able to drink milk again. Listen to “What is A2A2 Milk?” here

I want to follow up on a 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 EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

Stinging Nettles InfusionIce Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.

When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.

This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.

For those of you who are not restricting carbohydrates, feel free to stuff this into a pita. You’ll be glad you did!!

mint sauceMint Sauce: This is an easy mint sauce recipe that will make your lamb dinner out of this world. It’s basic structure is a combination of sweet and sour with that unforgettable taste of mint.

Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.

easter leg of lambMom’s Chocolate Pie: The Tradition of Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to try out Mom’s Chocolate Pie. This one is easy with a classic meringue topping. If you prefer whipped cream or whipped topping, it will do just as well. Make mom proud in 2019. You can do it!! 


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/22/19

Hello everybody,

Well it’s ready. After a wild week of getting information together, editing documents, developing spreadsheets, updating the website and on and on — the herd share is rolling out. First deliveries are set up for Saturday June 2nd at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. 

There are a very limited number of shares available.

Please go HERE to sign up and download the contract, bill of sale, and the jar cleaning protocol. 

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. This week I’ll have tasting samples of our grass-fed beef, lamb and chev (goat). I will also have yogurt samples. 

Visit our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come visit us in person, 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 will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored. 

I want to follow up on a 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. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is Our Virginia Life. Inspiration for you to begin your journey–no matter what it is — today. 
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s FarmCast is a run down of the long and wonderful journey Scott and I embarked upon and are still traveling regarding our transition from Information Technology and Medical professionals to the homestead life. 

I hope this FarmCast inspires you to go after your dreams no matter how far-fetched or impossible they may seem to you today. You can do it. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. Before you know it, you’ll wake up one day and you will be there.

You can LISTEN TO THE EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

greek spiced ground meat medley with yogurt or sour creamGreek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.

For those of you who are not restricting carbohydrates, feel free to stuff this into a pita. You’ll be glad you did!!

mint sauceMint Sauce: This is an easy mint sauce recipe that will make your lamb dinner out of this world. It’s basic structure is a combination of sweet and sour with that unforgettable taste of mint.

Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.

easter leg of lambMom’s Chocolate Pie: The Tradition of Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to try out Mom’s Chocolate Pie. This one is easy with a classic meringue topping. If you prefer whipped cream or whipped topping, it will do just as well. Make mom proud in 2019. You can do it!! 

Stinging Nettles InfusionStinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.


Important Stuff in the News

Is Breeding A2 Milk For You?: These are some of the statistics regarding our Normande cows and their great A2 genetics 

Why A2 Milk?: Some fun facts about A2 milk. The article centers on Guernsey cows. However, we have two certified A2A2 Jersey cows. And of course our heritage breed Normandes are predominantly genetically A2A2.

Dr Karl explains the difference between A1 and A2 milk: Just a bit of the science behind A2 protein in milk


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/15/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

New births again this week on the homestead. I know I said that last week. But it’s true. This week we have a brand new jersey calf. And we have a new set of twin lambs. That’s the last for the sheep. Likely next week I will say the same. We expect Violet to calve sometime after Sunday. She will be the last new mom for a while.

News about the Herdshares. Butter and her calf have A2A2 genetics and will provide excellent milk for our Herdshare program. We are seasonal milkers so when you buy into our herd, you will be part of that seasonal routine. During the summer months, first week of May through last week of October, your cows will provide milk, yogurt, and cream. During the winter months, twice monthly pickup November through April, your cows will provide cheese and butter. Please contact me if you are interested in our Herdshare program. 

Buying a Herdshare makes sense if you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal. You don’t have the space, the knowledge, or the desire to get dirty. We can take care of that for you. For $60 you can buy a share of our herd ($30 for 1/2 share) and then pay us a monthly fee of $44 ($22 for 1/2 share) for the care of your animals. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk and other products generated by the cows in the herd.  Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available. Contact us Here

As always, we’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herdshares. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. This week I’ll have tasting samples of our grass-fed beef, lamb and chev (goat). I will also have yogurt samples. 

Visit our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. If you are interested in herdshares, you will be able to see up close how your cows will be cared for and where your cheese will be made and stored. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is Cooking on the Hearth. In a previous podcast I presented a recipe with instruction on how to cook it on a traditional hearth. This podcast expands on that idea, providing details about this way of cooking. The concepts are also valid for cooking outdoors in your backyard. 
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I want to follow up on a 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. 

This week’s FarmCast provides greater detail on how our ancestral mothers (and fathers) used open fire to cook all of the meals for the family. A fireplace was the centerpiece of the home. Cooking on the Hearth is a fun podcast with a closer look at the intricacies of building fires and using it effectively for cooking meals. 

I hope this FarmCast stimulates you to go outside and spend time in nature. Build a fire. Prepare your meal. Get a feel for how far we have come with our modern conveniences in the kitchen.  And then some things remain the same. You still need poke, shovel, and tongs to effectively work a fire. You can LISTEN TO THE EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

mint sauceMint Sauce: This is an easy mint sauce recipe that will make your lamb dinner out of this world. It’s basic structure is a combination of sweet and sour with that unforgettable taste of mint.

Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.

easter leg of lambMom’s Chocolate Pie: The Tradition of Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to try out Mom’s Chocolate Pie. This one is easy with a classic meringue topping. If you prefer whipped cream or whipped topping, it will do just as well. Make mom proud in 2019. You can do it!! 

Stinging Nettles InfusionStinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.


Important Stuff in the News

Herd Shares in Virginia: The Stumbling Beginnings: This article will help you better understand all about Herd Shares. How they evolved. Why they exist. How they work. 

Virginia: Victory Over Herdshare Threat: We have a great team of people here in Virginia fighting for our right to consume whatever food we wish. When you join our herdshare, you also become part of this growing community of citizens interested in regaining control of their food source. 

Jennifer Bice, A Woman of Vision: This is a woman after my own heart. Especially since she loves her animals. She is an extraordinary business woman. Check out her story.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/8/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

New births again this week on the homestead. We have baby quail. We don’t quite know how many yet. The way it works is that when they start hatching, we must keep our hands off that incubator and let them finish. Each baby bird has enough food stored up for three days. After that we must get them out and get them to food and water. At that point, any that have not emerged from their little shells are unlikely to hatch. Having said that, we will close up the incubator for another three days just in case there are most that have really big hearts and a strong will to live. 

Upcoming births are being awaited for three of our cows and one ewe. Multiple times each day we are going out to check on all of our livestock to see if anyone needs our assistance. So far so good. 

Let’s talk Herdshares. The final details are still being worked out. We did purchase that purebred Jersey heifer. She has A2A2 genetics and will provide excellent milk for our Herdshare program. We are seasonal milkers so when you buy into our herd, you will be part of that seasonal routine. During the summer months your cows will provide milk, yogurt, and cream. During the winter months your cows will provide cheese and butter. Please contact me if you are interested in our Herdshare program. 

Buying a Herdshare makes sense if you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal. You don’t have the space, the knowledge, or the desire to get dirty. We can take care of that for you. For $50 you can buy a share of our herd and then pay us a monthly fee of $48 for the care of your animals. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd.  We will harvest the milk and create products for you as well. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available — and the competition is about to increase. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herdshares or we can talk about cheese. The summer season has begun and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. Currently I’m also offering celery starts. Sometimes I have yogurt samples. And of course, we have plenty of grass-fed and finished beef, lamb and chev (goat) for you and your family. 

We can also serve your needs at the farm. Come visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. On Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm we will be available to serve your pastured-raised meat and Herdshare needs. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is The Tradition of Mothering, where I talk about the history of Mother’s Day and also share some of my personal story of being a very young mother of two. 
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I want to follow up on a 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. 

This week’s FarmCast is focused on The Tradition of Mothering. There is a deep and rich history to this celebration of the feminine. Indeed, it is celebrated by many cultures. I’ll briefly mention some of the traditions currently practiced in countries around the globe. 

This FarmCast is a bit different in that I share a large part of my early mothering history. It was a rough row to hoe for me and I hope to inspire others to make better plans for their adult life and to follow the plan with discipline. You can LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE. Or, 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

easter leg of lambMom’s Chocolate Pie: The Tradition of Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to try out Mom’s Chocolate Pie. This one is easy with a classic meringue topping. If you prefer whipped cream or whipped topping, it will do just as well. Make mom proud in 2019. You can do it!! 

Stinging Nettles InfusionStinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow Herdshare program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 


Important Stuff in the News

America’s New Pastime-Milking goats: This is an interesting phenomena and the Laredo Morning Times gives a good overview of what’s happening and why.

A Daily Mail.com Article – Human tongues can smell and contain the same odour receptors that are found in our noses: There is always new information coming out. Only a short few episodes ago, I did a FarmCast on What Makes Food Taste So Good? which focused on the senses of taste and smell.

From The Guardian.com – Trump plans $11bn tariffs aimed at EU’s aircraft, cheese and wine – as it happened: I wonder where this will go or where it will end up.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 5/1/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week. All the lambs are doing well. We have one that we bottle feed. He is one of the triplets. While mom lets him hang out, she doesn’t let him nurse. So we stepped in and helped him out. Unfortunately, we have to chase him down three times a day to feed him One thing we are considering is putting him in the dog cage so we don’t have to chase him down to feed him. He spent one night there in the beginning when we thought we might lose him. But he perked up and we sent him back out into the field with his flock. Being with the flock is definitely preferable. We’ve had lambs before that we kept separate as we fed them. When they return to the flock, it takes a while for them to integrate with the other sheep. It’s like they don’t remember that they are sheep, not humans. 

Claire, the cow matriarch, gave birth to a lovely little bull calf. He is doing well. We now have three bulls calves. We really wanted some heifers to build the herd up. Many breeders are also rebuilding their herds. I’ve had no luck finding bred heifers to purchase. But more news on that below. 

The quail eggs in the incubator are humming along. I’m really pleased with the incubator that I purchased. The temperature reads in Celsius and cannot be changed, but it holds the temperature and humidity very steady. You can’t ask for more than that. So excited about this new adventure.

Last week I brought you the news that we are looking into starting up a herd share program. The final details are being worked out on that now. But what I want to share with you this week is that we may be purchasing a bred Jersey heifer from another vendor at the farmer’s market. She is ending her herdshare program soon and is trying to find the best home for some of her fantastic cows with A2A2 genetics. We are looking into providing herdshares to some of her customers as they will need a new resource. It’s a huge change for us but we are up for the challenge.

If you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal, we can take care of that for you. The way it works is you buy a share of the herd and then pay a monthly fee for us to care for your animal. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd.  We will harvest the milk and create products for you as well. Please let us know if you are interested in this kind of arrangement. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available — and the competition is about to increase. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. The summer season begins this weekend. We will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. 

We can also serve your needs at the farm as we have initiated store hours on the farm. Yes, you can visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. On Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm we will be available to serve your pastured-raised meat and herd share needs. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is Traditional Healing Wisdom, a basic introduction to the ancient wisdom passed down through the ages via village herbalists
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I want to follow up on last week’s 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. 

This week’s FarmCast is focused on Traditional Healing Wisdom. It is a great introduction to the history of how Western botanical medicine began. In ages past small communities depended on their own knowledge and the experience and practice of their local herbalist — if there was one available. We always need more of these great healers that dedicate their lives to serving their local communities.

This FarmCast is one of many that I have planned regarding expanding our personal responsibility for health and wellbeing of ourselves and our families, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE. Or, 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable. 

Stinging Nettles InfusionStinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow herd Share program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is now past. But come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some lamb anyway. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. The recipe cards are free with your purchase. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. 


Important Stuff in the News

No, the Organic Label is Not a Marketing Scam: Check out the article from Rodale Institute. Find out how the organic standard is protected and how it’s evolving.

Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World: A practical look at how to approach constantly changing climate conditions.

Cheese fans raise a stink over plans for pasteurized camembert: This is a big deal in France. Official Camembert de Normandie must be with raw milk. This would literally destroy the brand that was established in 1791.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 4/24/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week. We have lambs!!! On Saturday we welcomed a set of triplets, a single and later in the day a set of twins. Sunday brought us another set of twins. There is only one more ewe that needs to give birth. So far, all is going well with the sheep.

Claire, the cow matriarch, should give birth to her calf tomorrow or the next day. Praying that all goes well this time. Last year she needed the vet. Even though she did not have milk, she adopted the calf of the cow that died. We had to separate them this morning in preparation for the arrival of her own offspring. She is not happy. 🙁 

I have 40 quail eggs in the incubator. In two weeks we will have a bunch of little peepers. So excited about this new adventure. 

We are looking into starting up a herd share program. That’s right! If you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal, we can take care of that for you. 

The way it works is you buy a share of the herd and then pay a monthly fee for us to care for your animal. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd.  We will harvest the milk and create products for you as well. Please let us know if you are interested in this kind of arrangement. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 27th from 10 am to 12 noon.

We can also serve your needs at the farm as we have initiated store hours on the farm. Yes, you can visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. On Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm we will be available to serve your pastured-raised meat and herd share needs. 

  • This week’s FarmCast is the Taste of Cheese, a quick look at how we identify and describe a wonderful cheese
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

The Taste of Cheese is a follow on to the episode on how we taste great food. Focusing on using those skills as they apply to cheese, there is some great information here. Developing your expertise with using descriptive words will be aided by the FREE download of Classifying Cheese by Type and Category and Expand Your Cheese Vocabulary.  

This is an educational one with wonderful supporting documentation for you to use in better understanding the Taste of Cheese, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable. 

best lasagna everBest Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.

It’s decadent and delicious.

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow herd Share program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is now past. But come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some lamb anyway. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. The recipe cards are free with your purchase. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. 

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.


Important Stuff in the News

A Vance, Oklahoma Tradition: Team Vance continues 30-year tradition of hosting Special Olympics at the Air Force Base.

Is Voice Ordering Really the Future of Online Grocery?: I don’t know what to think about this. Technology is moving ahead at an astounding rate. What do you think?

Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth: This article is published on the National Institutes of Health site. TCM is very complex. Sometimes I flirt with really studying hard on it, but there is just so much. I have so many other things on my plate right now. Using plants and energy as medicine is a sideline passion of mine. I’ve studied herbal medicine for many years. I have a Doctor of Naturopathy degree and have developed several herbal tincture formulas which you will see in our online store in the very near future. 


This Week At Peaceful Heart Farm: 4/17/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

If you haven’t listened to the latest podcast, I’ll bring you up to date on the previous birth. We lost the mom three days after she gave birth. It was a very sad day for us. On the upside, we had a new calf born 2 days ago. Always a joy to see that. Mom and boy are doing very well. 

We are looking into starting up a herd share program. That’s right! If you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal, we can take care of that for you. 

The way it works is you would buy a share of the herd. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd. Please let us know if you are interested in this kind of arrangement. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available. 

We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 27th from 10 am to 12 noon. We can also serve your needs at the farm. Email me if you’d like to come out to the farm and pick up your lamb, beef, or goat.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast is a quick look at the Tradition of Dairying.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Important Stuff in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This episode is a lead up to you having your own family cow. Some myths are dispelled and lots of great info on these lovely creatures. “The Tradition of Dairying” is the topic. 

This is an educational one with a bit of history, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

gheeGhee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow herd Share program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf. 

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is fast approaching. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some Easter lamb. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. Choose one FREE with your purchase.

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.


Important Stuff in the News

Top 10 Herd Share Questions Answered: This is a great and informative piece that will answer many of your questions. Feel free to contact us as well and we will answer or find the answer and get back to you.

5 Quail Species to Raise: I just got the word that the quail eggs I ordered for incubation are in the mail. I’m including this fun article to give you a bit more info on this topic. My eggs will be here within 48-72 hours. We will be raising coturnix quail. 

Notre Dame Cathedral History: My heart said to include this piece. The disaster at the Cathedral of Notre Dame is heartbreaking. Such a rich history. I get choked up and can’t really say more here. 


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 4/10/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

Yay, first calf is born. He required a vet to visit him and get his tail out first. Yes, our first calf came breech, but he is doing really well right now. His dad should be proud. Looks almost just like him. The milking routine has begun. 

Easter is on the horizon. In honor of the event, we are running a sale on leg of lamb and shoulder roasts.

40% off Leg of Lamb and

Shoulder Roasts! ! !

Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 13th from 10 am to 12 noon. We can also serve your needs at the farm. Email me if you’d like to come out to the farm and pick up your lamb. 

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast is a study in the science behind the senses as they relate to the taste of food.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Homesteads in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

Last we I talked about what makes our food taste great. This week, in preparation for a follow up on what makes food taste the way it does, I’m introducing the basics of cheesemaking. This is a needed background to discuss what gives cheese its flavor. Look for that episode coming up soon. This week’s podcast also includes a recipe for making that great Easter Leg of Lamb

This is an educational one with a bit of history, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE 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


Recent Recipes

easter leg of lambEaster Leg of Lamb: Easter is fast approaching. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some Easter lamb. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards. Choose one FREE with your purchase. 

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs – not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

 


Cheese in the News

Why Americans Don’t Get to Eat Delicious Raw Milk Cheese: The title is a little misleading. We do get to eat “some” raw milk cheese. This article gives the details on which ones. Also, I was shocked to find out that the forced pasteurization by the FDA began in 1987. I thought it happened at the same time that raw milk liquid was required to be pasteurized in 1924. 

Raw Milk Cheese – A Natural Source of Probiotics: Milk is known as a complete food. It contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, cholesterol, and beneficial bacteria (probiotics). Perhaps it is the perfect food! Well maybe not. Perhaps cheese is the perfect food. ♥♥♥♥♥

“Lies My Doctor Told Me” – Presentation by Dr. Ken Berry :This has got to be the most interesting thing I read all week. Looks like I’m going to have to buy another book. I love reading. More importantly, I love reading about how to live a healthy life. So much information, so little time. 


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