Hello beautiful people,

Are the leaves turning where you are? It’s that time of year. I can’t wait for the peak of the autumn leaves. It is always a spectacular display here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m ready for some cool weather. How about you?

The quail eggs, 32 of them, are in the incubator. A little less than two weeks and we will have baby quail again. They are so tiny when they first hatch. Not much larger than the first knuckle of my thumb. We are sad to see our lovely Jersey heifer go. She is being picked up tomorrow and making a long trek to New York where she will be well cared for and loved. Her new master is eagerly anticipating her arrival. She will have duck, donkey and mini-horse friends.  

We have lots of new subscribers so pardon the repeat of some of this information. Cheese, cheese, cheese. Ararat Legend and Peaceful Heart Gold are still in our herd shares this week. December is a long time to wait but that is when the Clau d’ ville Cheddar will be ready for tasting. Remember patience is a virtue.   

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful delicacy, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers. Pick up a FREE recipe with your purchase. Ground beef, ground lamb and lamb cuts will also be available. Place your order now for that holiday “leg of lamb.” 

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

Please go HERE to learn all about it,

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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
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 two 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 bit of information on how to keep your raw milk longer. Also, included are tips for what to do if it goes sour. It’s still good and good for you. I included some of my personal opinions on the laws surrounding raw milk sales and some promising research coming out of the National Institutes of Health.  

Listen to “How Long Should Raw Milk Last?” 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.

ice cream baseIce Cream Base: 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.

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.

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