It is peak leaf season. Well perhaps a little past that. The leaves are on the ground but last week was absolutely beautiful. There is no better time of year in the Blue Ridge mountains.
Scott continues to get the creamery walls up. He is 2/3 of the way up the last walls. There is not much more going on here. It is wonderful to begin winding down for the winter. We go 90 miles an hour beginning in late March and keep it up through the end of October. I am truly greatful for the break. Not a complete break. We still care for all of the animals year round. We also care for the cheese year round in the aging chambers. The garden is done — mostly. There is still some cleanup to be completed. Milking is winding down.
I hope you days are as wonderful as ours and your life is moving along smoothly. If you are interested in coming to the farm, please let us know. We’d love to give you a tour and let you see how we care for your animals.
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.
This is a reminder that the outdoor farmer’s market at Independence is done for the season but 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: “Benefits of Raw Milk” It’s another frequently asked question.
- FREE Cheese tasting downloads
- Most Recent Recipes — Vanilla Cream Cheesecake Fat Bombs 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|
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 provides some great information about the “Benefits of Raw Milk.” Topics include: Raw milk nutrition, lactose “tolerance,” general health benefits, flavor, community, environment, and ethics.
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.
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.
Hot 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.