Hello beautiful people, Is anyone enjoying the cooler weather? I am. With each changing season I feel blessed to live in southwestern Virginia. You would not believe how fast Scott is getting those creamery walls up. He is so amazing. I get so excited when I go out to the building site and see the changes. We have been working on this dream for so long and each day we get closer and closer to having a completed, State Inspected dairy manufacturing facility. Once it is complete, we will be able to sell cheese to the general public. Raw milk items will still only be available via herd share. Speaking of the herd share, I have a new opening for 1/2 share. If you are interested, please contact me via email or catch up with me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market.   Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares Scott set up the string of Christmas light and solar panel for the quail. We have doubled our egg rate. That means we are now getting 2 a day. 🙂 The baby quail are doing well. We are down to six but they look really healthy and we expect them to all make it to maturity. They still have a couple of weeks of indoor living before moving out to the quail penthouse. They need to be fully feathered before braving the cool weather.   I hope you enjoyed our Pinnacle cheese. We will have more of that available for herd share members along with Ararat Legend and Peaceful Heart Gold. Yogurt will be available via herd share all the way through November.   The outdoor farmer’s market at Independence is done for the season. Please place your orders for lamb, beef and goat via the online market. 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 looking for and place your order now for holiday “leg of lamb.” Now taking pre-orders via email. 
News This Week
Products Available to Herd Share Owners
Choose 1 per week 1/2 Share Whole Share
Full Fat Yogurt 1 quart 2 quarts
Butter 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Cream 1/2 pint 1 pint
Ararat Legend 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Peaceful Heart Gold 1/4 pound 1/2 pound
Pinnacle 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.  This week is the last weekly market at Wytheville. As mentioned above, market hours are extended to 3 pm this week. In November we continue twice monthly through the winter. The next Wytheville market day is Saturday November 9th. The Winter Market hours are 10 am to noon (with a few exceptions) and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month – November through April.  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 answers the question “Is Raw Milk Dangerous?” This is a frequently asked question. Part of the reason is the constant vilification of this nutritious product. In this podcast I present some of the latest facts so you can make an informed decision on this highly contentious topic. Listen to “Is Raw Milk Dangerous?” 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. lamb chops with reduction sauceLamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction Sauce: This recipe for lamb chops is a favorite on our homestead. The title sound fancy but it is an easy and quick recipe for two people (we eat two chops each). Rosemary, basil and thyme give it great flavor. chocolate peanut butter protein shakeChocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake: There are tons of protein shake recipes out there, but if you love that chocolate and peanut butter combo, a chocolate peanut butter protein shake is a great way to curb the craving without reaching for the cookies or peanut butter cups. This chocolate peanut butter protein shake can be whipped up in your blender or smoothie maker in no time. It is packed with protein to keep you full, satisfied, and healthy. hot buttered rumHot Buttered Rum: This is a rich and delicious beverage. It can be made with or without alcohol so everyone can enjoy it! This is as large recipe that makes 52 servings. No problem though. It is a mix that stores well in the freezer. 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.

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