Hello beautiful people,

Happy New Year. Hope all is going well for all of you. Time has slowed tremendously here on the farm. It’s a welcome break from the high speed activity that goes on the rest of the year.

Scott is diligently working on the creamery. If you are not following us on our Facebook page, you are missing the great photos of his progress on this project. You can follow us HERE. The rafters are going up. The roof is being raised. 

Cow breeding is done and birthing will begin in less than 3 months. It’s the cycle of life. Not much else is happening here on the farm. The animals are all eating lots and lots of hay as the grass is just about gone.  

If you have not heard from me regarding available herd shares, I do not have you on my waiting list. I have one and a half shares available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). I will have more shares available in the spring.

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.

This week I’m going to have samples of our ground lamb in the form of meatballs. Stop by our booth and have a taste. We have lamb chops and beef available as well. All purchases come with a free recipe and I have two new lamb recipes.

Herd share owners I hope you are enjoying the cheese. And before you know it, we will once again have fresh milk and fresh milk products. 

As a reminder, those of you that shop the Independence Farmer’s Market can still place your orders for lamb, beef and goat via the online market. We now have lamb available in 1″ kabob chunks. It’s great for making Indian curry dishes. Indian Style Curry is one of the new recipes. 

Here is a link to the online store. Register for an account, place your order online and pick it up on Wednesday afternoon at Grayson Landscaping (next to the old court house). Email me if you don’t see what you are interested in purchasing. 


News This Week 

  • Products Available This Week
  • Let’s Get Together
  • This week’s FarmCast: “7 Tips for Using a Traditional Slow Cooker” is a great reminder that new gadgets are good but sometimes the old ones will do the trick nicely. Included is a great recipe for using chuck roast in the slow cooker to make easy barbecued beef. 
  • FREE Cheese tasting downloads
  • Most Recent Recipes – Easy Barbecued Beef was added.

Products Available to Herd Share Owners

Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Clau d’ville Cheddar 1/4 pound 1/2 pound

Products Available to the General Public

Beef Price / Pound
1/4 Beef (approx 100 lbs) $7.00
1/2 Beef (approx 200 lbs) $6.50
Whole Beef (approx 400 lbs) $6.00
Ground (approx 1 lb) $7.00
Marrow Bones (approx 2 lbs) $2.00
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $16
Lamb Rib Chips $16
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
Lamb Soup Bones (approx 1 lb) $3
Whole Lamb (approx 40 lbs) $9.50
1/2 Lamb (approx 20 lbs) $10
Chev (Goat) Price / Pound
Ground Chev (approx 1 lb) $12
Meaty Goat Bones (approx 2.5 – 3.5 lb) $3

Let’s Get Together

As always, we’d love to meet you in person.  You can find us at the Wytheville Farmers Market the and 4th Saturdays in January, Februrary, March, and April. Hours are 10 am to 2 pm.  

As always, you may visit us at our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. Find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored. 


Peaceful Heart FarmCast

This week’s podcast, 7 Tips for Using a Traditional Slow Cooker, will inspire you to take out that slow cooker and put it to great use. A multi-function pressure cooker can also be used if you moved on to that device and eliminated the old crock pot.  

Listen to “7 Tips for Using a Traditional Slow Cooker” 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.

easy barbecued beefEasy Barbecued Beef: This easy barbecued beef recipe takes advantage of your traditional slow-cooker. It’s great for any cookout or potluck dinner. Chuck roast makes delicious shredded beef sandwiches. The recipe calls for ketchup however, you may substitute tomato paste for a slightly less sweet dish. In any case, this barbecued beef is sure to please your family.

chocolate peanut butter protein shakeQueso Fresco: Want to make queso fresco at home? Here is an easy recipe to make this homemade cheese that is a popular topping for tacos, nachos, enchiladas and tostadas. Many Latin foods use this ingredient and it is so easy.

crème fraîcheCrème Fraîche: Crème fraîche is similar to sour cream. While sour cream and crème fraîche are both used to add richness and tangy flavor, they are not the same thing. And is it worth taking the extra time to make your own crème fraîche? I’m going to say absolutely, yes, depending on the use.

vanilla cream cheesecake fat bombVanilla Cream Cheesecake Fat Bombs: A word of caution to anyone not living the keto lifestyle. If you are primarily burning carbohydrates and just add a lot fat such as in these luscious fat bombs, you will not induce ketosis and you will likely put on weight. There is a science to it. Ketosis first, then fat bombs for fun.

These delicious vanilla cheesecake fat bombs are high on taste and will give you a long-lasting boost of energy. They are deliciously creamy and taste just like cheesecake.

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