Hello beautiful people,
You would think that spring has arrived early. However, it looks like we may be in for some snow on Saturday. Doesn’t look like it will be too bad. I’m pretty sure I will make it to the market in good order. It will be a great day to come out and shop with us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Hope to see all of you there.
The creamery roof is on. Scott finished the plywood on the east dormer wall today. He will be putting plastic up over the west wall. That attic section in the roof will connect with the roof over the milking parlor. Check us out on our Facebook page to catch the great photos of his progress. If you haven’t already, you can follow us HERE.
I’ll have the Moroccan seasoned lamb meatballs for tasting again this week at the market. We have one quarter left of the steer we are taking to market. Let me know ASAP if you want it.
I have one herd share available. Contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (276-694-4369). More shares will be available in the spring.
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: “You Can Make Your Own Cheese – Part 1” brings you an introduction to the equipment you will need to get started. The next podcast will cover the space you will need and all about sanitation. It is the most important topic for making good cheese.
- FREE Cheese tasting downloads
- Most Recent Recipes – Greek Meatballs with Yogurt-Mint Sauce 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|
|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|
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 February, 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, You Can Make Your Own Cheese – Part 1 will give you a basic introduction to the kinds of equipment you will need to get started making your own cheese. You’ll also learn why you need each. From pots and vats, to molds, and presses. There are quite a few items and details. When I have completed Part 2, I will make the whole thing available as a downloadable pdf file.
I want to follow up on my 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.
Greek Meatballs with Yogurt-Mint Sauce: Slow-simmered in a rich tomato sauce and served over rice with a tangy yogurt sauce and crumbled feta. Yum, yum. The recipe includes ingredients and instructions for the meatballs, the tomato sauce, and the yogurt-mint sauce.
Easy Barbecued Beef: Meatballs Seasoned with a Moroccan-style blend of fresh mint, cinnamon, coriander and cumin and simmered in tomato sauce, these tender lamb meatballs make a flavorful change from their Italian-style cousins.
These delicious meatballs were a hit at the farmer’s market. Lamb is a delicious alternative to beef.
Easy 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.
Queso 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.