This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 9/19/19

Hello beautiful people,

Still no rain but the garden is past needing it at this point. Why? An error in judgement made it a moot point.

We rotate the animals from pasture to pasture in an organized fashion. This keeps the nutrition in the pastures at their peak. In a moment of pushing risk beyond its limits, we decided to put the Jersey calf and the two steers in a large area that contains the garden. They make good lawn mowers and we could make barricades to keep them out of the garden proper, right? We blocked the garden to be sure, but that didn’t really matter to the cows. They knocked over the barriers as, in hindsight, one would expect. There is a reason for sturdy fences. 

The few remaining plants we had are done for now. The celery is eaten down to about 2″. The good news there is it is growing back. Perhaps I will grow it through the winter and harvest in the spring. The sweet potato tops were completely eaten and many of the tubers were dug up, strewn about and eaten. Same for the carrots. Pulled up and eaten. The Swiss chard was also eaten down to about 2″. There the news is better. I like growing Swiss chard as killing that plant is nearly impossible. Already the leaves are more than 6″ tall. Threaten their existence and they grow faster.  

Cheese, cheese, cheese. We have both Ararat Legend and Peaceful Heart Gold in our herd shares this week. The Clau d’ ville Cheddar is progressing nicely. It will be December before the first of that is ready. We all have to be patient.  

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful meet, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers. Pick up a FREE recipe with your purchase. 

Send me an email with questions or to participate as a herd share owner.  

Please go HERE to learn all about it,

Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.


News This Week

  • Products Available to This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is “Weston A Price Diet Basics” . This organization champions access to raw milk and raw milk products. The diet follows traditional guidelines passed down through centuries.
  • Most Recent Recipes — Bone Broth, a recommended part of the WAPF diet, was added.

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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 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
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. Only a few weeks left at the Independence Farmer’s Market. We will be there on Friday. The Wytheville Farmer’s Market continues weekly until the last week of October. Then continues twice monthly through the winter. We will be there on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast provides a brief outline of the Weston A Price Diet. The information revolves around the known activities of traditional and primitive peoples. There are so many “diets” out there it is hard to know what to do. If you’ve listened to my podcasts at all you probably guessed that I like what the WAFP organization has to offer. We are all about tradition. There are many benefits of traditional diets that have been left behind. It’s time to bring them back.  

Listen to “Weston A Price Diet Basics” 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 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


Recent Recipes

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

bone brothBone Broth: This rich and nutritious drink and flavoring for soup, gravy or sauce is made with bones that have bits of meat still clinging unlike “stock”. It is also generally thinner than “stock”. Most people use the terms interchangeably. It has been made for centuries. Roasted bones will add flavor to the broth and will darken the color. Bone broth is now a popular health food. Try it?

This recipe includes fresh herbs for an added bit of flair.

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 9/12/19

Hello beautiful people,

Will it ever rain? It has been so long. Perhaps you have had some rain recently. Maybe even some hurricane weather. My heart goes out to those that are still recovering from hurricane Dorian. I have friends and family that were in the path of that storm. All of them are well. I hope you and yours are also. 

We have some wonderful cheese available via herd share. Our Ararat Legend cheese is wonderful. It has a medium sharp flavor when aged, a semi-firm texture and melts well for those grilled cheese sandwiches. I will have some Ararat Legend for tasting at the both Farmer’s Markets and the opportunity to sign up for our herd share program. Yogurt will also be available for tasting. Last week I had a customer who doesn’t really like yogurt try mine and she loved it. Just sayin. . .  

Still waiting on the Clau d’ ville Cheddar. Sometimes it’s hard to wait but it is necessary fro cheese. It is still barely over 3 months of aging and very mild. To be really excellent it needs at least six months and preferably more. We gave it a taste test and, sure enough, it needs more time.  

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful meet, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers.  

Send me an email with your desire to participate as a herd share owner 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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 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
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 Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast revolves around what we have discovered about the differences between our Normande milk cows and the Jersey milk cow. The Jersey cow is by far the most popular breed for homesteaders and small scale farmers who have milk cows. For us, the Normande is the bomb, but we decided to give the Jersey a try to see what all the fuss is about. We are changing our milking operation based on we found out.  

Listen to “Normande vs Jersey – the Cost” 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 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


Recent Recipes

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

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

Ginger TeaGinger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.

This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 9/5/19

Hello beautiful people,

Can you believe it? I’m going to be at the Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday. And you will see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to regain my strength. I’m just about there. Yippee!!

I’ve been canning a lot of tomato sauce. And I still have tomatoes coming in to be processed. So I changed up a little and made some salsa. Now I’m brewing up some home made barbecue sauce. After that, I have one more batch of tomatoes that are ripening inside on shelves in front of the window overlooking the pond. Those are going to be made into yet another batch of salsa. This time with more salt. I was trying to be conservative but the first batch really needed more salt.

We have cheese available via herd share. The current wheels of Peaceful Heart Gold are all gone. More will be aged properly in a month or so. This week we also have Ararat Legend available. Herd share owners are picking up their cheese at the Wytheville Farmer’s market or here at the farm. We will have Ararat Legend for tasting at the both Farmer’s Markets and the opportunity to sign up for our herd share program. 

The next cheese to ripen is our Clau d’ ville Cheddar. At only 3 months of aging it will be a very mild cheddar. Too early to be really excellent but we need to make sure they are progressing properly so we will open one and give it a taste.  

Cheese is now available year-round for our herd share owners. As always, fresh products such as milk and yogurt are available via herd share until the last week of October. 

Send me an email with your desire to participate as a herd share owner 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 This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is late in getting published. Look for it tomorrow. 
  • 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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 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
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 Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast is not yet complete. The topic is what we have discovered about the differences between our Normande milk cows and the Jersey milk cow. Look for that podcast tomorrow. I’ll talk about how we are changing our milking operation based on what we found out.  


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 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


Recent Recipes

Finally, a new recipe. Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

Ginger TeaGinger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.

This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 8/29/19

Hello beautiful people,

I’m nearly healed and you should see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. If I can manage it, I will be at the Independence Market on Friday the 6th. We’ll see how it goes.

Scott is now moving forward quickly on getting the blocks up for the creamery walls. It’s so exciting to see that building growing up out of the ground. There is still a long way too go and I look forward to every step of the journey.

We have cheese available via herd share. A little bit of Peaceful Heart Gold is still available. This week we also have our first wheel of Ararat Legend available. Herd share owners are picking up their cheese at the Wytheville Farmer’s market or here at the farm. We will have Ararat Legend for tasting at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and the opportunity to sign up for our herd share program. 

Stuart Jack cheese is not going to be available this year. As you may have guessed, it is a Monterey Jack style cheese. It is simply not good enough for our standards and we will try again next year. 

Cheese is now available year-round for our herd share owners. As always, fresh products such as milk and yogurt are currently available via herd share until the last week of October. 

Send me an email with your desire to participate as a herd share owner 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 This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is Traditional vs Modern Medicine. After my recent health experience I thought it might be helpful for you to understand more about how I make my decision regarding whether to self-treat or to call on professional, modern help.
  • 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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold Cheese 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) $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 Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I’m telling my story, my thought processes and how I make my decisions regarding my healthcare. This is always a tricky question and everyone has to make their own decisions. It has always been a balancing act for me. I like to do as much on my own as humanly possible. But sometimes I have to go for the expensive stuff. Sigh. . . 

Listen to “Traditional vs Modern Medicine” 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 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


Recent Recipes

Finally, a new recipe. Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

Ginger TeaGinger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.

This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 8/21/19

Hello beautiful people,

It’s great to be here with you today. How long has it been? Too long for me. For the last few weeks I’ve lived in a world completely foreign to my normal activities. In fact, there was very little activity at all. Appendicitis. Can you believe it? You just never know when illness will strike. My level of energy is still only about 50% but I am improving daily.

Let me take a moment to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time for me and for Scott. The farm plans have taken a hit right along with everyday life. But it is nothing we can’t handle with time and patience. 

It’s still up in the air whether you will see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I’m hoping to be there. We shall see. No Independence Market for sure. I really like that market but I do not know if I will be able to do it for quite a while. It requires much more physical effort to set up and take down the display. What’s worse is the heat. I am having a great deal of difficulty being outside for more than 15 minutes or so without wilting like a water-starved flower. 

Updates on the animals will be sketchy. I’ve not been out there with them for nearly a month. I have kept up with some of their progress. The boy lambs have been separated from their moms and sisters. That is necessary this time of year — otherwise we get unauthorized breeding and lambs born in January and all sorts of problems. They took it quite well.  And the baby quail made it out of the brooder into their permanent home for the next few weeks. Scott did a wonderful job on building their pen. Everyone looks quite comfortable. 

We are not sure about cheese this week at the farmer’s market. Likely we will know tomorrow after we open up our first Ararat Legend of the season. Unfortunately, the Stuart Jack completely failed. It happens, especially with a new cheese. Yogurt and butter will definitely be available. 

Send me an email with your desire to participate as a herd share owner 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 This Week
  • There is no FarmCast this week. Look for me to start that up on Sunday.
  • Recipe Reruns

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
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) $7.00
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 on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

No podcast announcements. I’ve not done one in three or four weeks. I will be working on it this week and hope to be back on track with weekly podcasts beginning this Sunday. 

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 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


Recent Recipes

This is a repeat as I’ve not done anything with recipes since my illness. Look for new great recipes coming soon.

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

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

Simple but luscious seasoning.

Ginger TeaGinger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.

This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 7/24/19

Hello everybody,

Finally, a break in the dry heat. We have rain today and the temperature is barely 70 degrees. After days and days of 95+ degree heat, this is a very welcome change. I hope you all have been safe in this hot summer weather. 

The animals are all doing very well. All of our heritage breeds are hardy and can handle these weather extremes without distress. We are blessed with a healthy flock of sheep and healthy herds of cows and goats. And the donkeys just go with the flow. 

This week I led a farm tour for some friends and their grandchildren. Everyone had a wonderful time. The morning started off with instruction in milking and how to feed the calves. Following that was a trip into the pasture to visit the goat and sheep girls along with their offspring. The goats were quite shy but Lambert rose to the occasion and allowed some petting to be done.

Daisy and Cocoa were very amenable to the additional human attention. I don’t know if you are aware, but donkeys are very personable animals. They like nothing better than human interaction. In fact, they will follow you around and push and prod if your attention strays somewhere else. The kids loved it. 

After a short tour of the cheese facilities, we took a trip out to the orchard and picked some blackberries. Johnny and Sweet Pea, the other two donkeys, were near by with the other group of animals. It didn’t take much to coax them over for some human affection.

We finished up the morning with a bit of cheese tasting. A good time was had by all. Looking forward to the next far tour. Let me know if you are interested. Go HERE to send me a message. 

We have cheese available via herd share. Peaceful Heart Gold is available for the next two months. Herd share owners are picking up their cheese at the Wytheville Farmer’s market or here at the farm. Let us know how much you love it!!

Stuart Jack cheese is the next one to be available. Look for it in about a week. As you may have guessed, it is a Monterey Jack style cheese.

Cheese is now available year-round. As always, fresh products such as milk and yogurt are currently available until the last week of October. 

Send me an email with your desire to participate as a herd share owner 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 This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is Am I Allergic to Quail Eggs?. I had a bit of an unpleasant experience seemingly related to quail eggs. How will that change our plans for raising quail?
  • 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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Peaceful Heart Gold Cheese 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) $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 Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

We thought long and hard about how to provide eggs for our nutrition. We decided on quail. However, the best laid plans of mice and men must be changed from time to time.

Last week I talked about how to deal with stomach viruses and such with Activated Charcoal as it helps with alleviating stomach issues. I had yet another episode of stomach upset. I have come to the conclusion that it is due to quail eggs. Listen to my story and the updates on how our plans are altered for poultry and eggs.

Listen to “Am I Allergic to Quail Eggs” 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 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


Recent Recipes

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

instant pot quailInstant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.

Simple but luscious seasoning.

Ginger TeaGinger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.

This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 7/18/19

Hello everybody,

I know I said I was trying out a new market last week. Well, that didn’t happen due to illness. However, it is on the agenda for this week. The market is in Independence, VA. The hours are 9 am to 1 pm. We will have grass-fed meats (lamb, goat, beef) and information about our herd share program. 

We have cheese available via herd share. Peaceful Heart Gold is available.Herd share owners are picking up their cheese at the Wytheville Farmer’s market or here at the farm. Let us know how much you love it!!

Cheese is now available year-round. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October. 

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.

Now for  a brief update on other things going on around the farm.

Tomatoes are coming in now and there are a lot of them. I’m very pleased. Likely next week I will start on making tomato sauce for canning. I’m exited. 

It just started raining here. Now I feel blessed. It has been very hot and very dry. This is one day that I will not have to water the garden. It takes a long time to water the entire garden well enough to do any good. I usually schedule 2 hours for the task. Today I will be able to use that time for something else. 

The quail eggs in the incubator are doing great. We are already at day 7. Likely less than 10 days before they start hatching out. I can’t wait to hear the little peepers. 


News This Week

  • Products Available to This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is The Traditional Family Cow. The desire for a family cow was the gateway fro us to now have our small creamery where we make hand-made artisan cheese.
  • 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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Peaceful Heart Gold Cheese 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) $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 Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. 

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

Before the dairy, there were the herbs. Well in truth, the herbs still exist. I just don’t have time to give that business any attention. However, the knowledge I have gained over the years still exists. This week was a time to use that knowledge.

Activated Charcoal has many uses. It is used in emergency rooms all over America to treat accidental poisoning. It can also help with alleviating stomach issues related to viral and bacterial infections. This weeks podcast is all about activated charcoal.

Listen to “When and How to Use Activated Charcoal” 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 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


Recent Recipes

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

Ginger TeaGinger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.

This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 7/11/19

Hello everybody,

We have a new market that we are trying out — the farmer’s market in Independence, VA. It’s a little over 50 miles from us and a beautiful drive through mountains. Look for us on Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. We look forward to talking with you there. 

It’s happening. Finally!! This week at Wytheville Farmer’s market we will be including cheese in the herd share. The first wheel of Peaceful Heart Gold is ready. Let us know how much you love it!!

Cheese will now be available year-round. 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 every Saturday 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.

I’m harvesting tomatoes from the garden. We will have lots and lots of them. I plan to make a lot of tomato sauce this year. Late last year I figured out how to do it and this year I planted a ton a tomatoes so I will have plenty to cook down into sauce. 

Tomato sauce is the base for pasta sauce, barbecue sauce, ketchup and so much more. Some people can each of these products separately. I prefer to can the tomato base and make the others as I need them. What about you?


News This Week

  • Products Available to This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is The Traditional Family Cow. The desire for a family cow was the gateway fro us to now have our small creamery where we make hand-made artisan cheese.
  • 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
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/2 pound 1 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Peaceful Heart Gold Cheese 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) $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 Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. 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.

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

The heart of the reason we now have an artisan cheese operation stems from my desire to have a family cow. In the very recent past it was a common feature of most families. For the entire history of the human species until the mid-20th century it was a central part of feeding the family.

Today the practice is nearly extinct. Dairies have consolidated into larger and larger operations. The inclusion of dairy in the idea of “commodity” rather than a valuable product requiring loving hand care has led to the cheapening of food. Across the board, the powers that be have developed the idea that food is a commodity. For us, food is an art form.

Listen to “The Traditional Family Cow” 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 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


Recent Recipes

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

crab and artichoke dipCrab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.

Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.

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.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 7/3/19

Hello everybody,

Happy Independence Day. Jump down to the bottom of the newsletter for the Keto Chocolate Ice Cream recipe just in time for your 4th of July celebration with family and friends. 

This week’s podcast is about the Keto Diet and Dairy. Check it out with the link below.

We’re one week closer to having that cheese ready for you. Are you excited. I sure am. We have made some great improvements to our process and these cheeses are going to knock your socks off. 

Our traditional techniques for making our hand-made, small batch cheeses makes all the difference in the world. The flavor will light up your tongue. 

Soon cheese will be a choice for what your herd is producing. Cheese will be available year-round. 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 every Saturday 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 This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is Keto Diet and Dairy. I’ve been following this way of eating for months.  
  • 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
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.

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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week I’m giving you insight into how I use the keto way of eating. It all started back in October 2018. I’m so happy to have finally found a solution to the health issues that have been piling up for years. Weight, arthritis, high blood pressure and so much more have all improved dramatically since I eliminated most of the carbohydrates from my diet.

Dairy has some carbohydrates so it’s not an all-you-can-eat option. In moderation, it’s a great part of the ketogenic way of eating.

Listen to “Keto Diet and Dairy” 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 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


Recent Recipes

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

keto chocolate ice creamKeto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.

Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.

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.

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. 


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 6/27/19

Hello everybody,

Did you miss us last week? We are getting back to normal after finally getting online access restored. All is not well as yet, but should be by tomorrow. I had to replace my graphics card and am replacing my network card with a wireless antenna. My very old Dell never had wireless which is why it was hard-wired into the router. That is why I lost my graphics card and network card. The lightening strike went through the router and fried it, but it also traveled down the cable to my computer. No more of that. Wireless is the way to go so I am not directly touching the device that is prone to getting blown out.

I asked the phone guy about a surge protector for the DSL line. He told us it is not possible. Anything between the wall outlet and the router will distort the signal. Oh well. We roll with the punches here — likely you do as well. It’s called life. 🙂

Here’s an update on the scheduled availability of cheese. Just a couple more weeks and the first one should be ready.

  • 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. 

Only a couple of Herd shares left. Soon cheese will be a choice on what your herd is producing. Cheese will be available year-round. 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 29th 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 This Week
  • This week’s FarmCast is After the Storm. Details of the storm and the results after it passed. 
  • 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 1/2 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 week we had a monster of a storm. Trees are down everywhere. Internet service is still being restored to our neighbors. We finally got ours back and we even have a back up plan for how we will prevent being offline for more than a week. The purchase of a spare modem will get us through.

There is so much to say about this event, though I forgot to mention the beehive getting blown over. Those little guys were really agitated. Scott dressed up with the full cover to prevent stings. He still got stung four times. They were really mad and flying around crazily. The hive is back in place and they seem to be fine. 

Listen to “After the Storm” 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 PODCAST HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say:Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.

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Recent Recipes

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

parmesan peasParmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.

Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.

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.

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.


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