Hello beautiful people,
It seems as though we skipped from summer to winter with only a few days of fall in between. Oh well, perhaps it will be warmer in December. Sometimes it is.
Scott is nearly finished with the creamery walls. He will be putting the final touches on in the next couple of days. Then, it’s off to the pastures for fence repairs. That will keep the animals safely enclosed throughout their winter grazing.
I’m so excited about the impending arrival of a newborn calf. Even though she wasn’t planned, life is precious to us and we will welcome this calf with open arms. We will figure out what to do with her. I’m sure it’s going to be a heifer. Ok, I’m not really sure. We don’t do ultrasounds to determine the sex of our calves, but it still feels great to say out loud what I want.
Many of you have been enjoying our Pinnacle cheese. This week I have our farmhouse cheddar ready for tasting. It’s called Clau d’ville Cheddar. We still have Peaceful Heart Gold and Ararat Legend as well as that very popular Pinnacle available for herd share owners. You can also get yogurt just one last time until spring.
There is a special Independence Farmer’s market on November 29th. I will be there with lamb, beef, and goat. And as a reminder you can still 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 This Week
- Let’s Get Together
- This week’s FarmCast: “From Raw Milk to Ultra-Pasteurized Milk – and everything in between” This is a basic educational podcast regarding all kinds of milk and milk products.
- FREE Cheese tasting downloads
- Most Recent Recipes – Crème Fraîche was added.
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|
|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|
|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 first Christmas market at Wytheville. As mentioned above, market hours are extended to 2 pm this week. There is also an additional market in December 7th and then the second Christmas market on December 14th. In December we continue twice monthly through the winter. The Winter Market hours are 10 am to noon (with a few exceptions as noted) on 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, From Raw Milk to Ultra-pasteurized Milk – and everything in between, provides some great information about all kinds of milk. Topics include: Milk, milk processing, milk products, cream products, other milks, and cultured milk.
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 HERE. Or, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”
Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.
Crème 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 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.
Lamb 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 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.