Hello beautiful people,

It has been three weeks since we’ve had a market day at Wytheville. Looking forward to seeing you all there. We can talk about milk!! There was good news and bad news this week that has led to us possibly having milk available a little earlier than planned. Violet miscarried. We lost the calf but she is in milk. However, she is not producing very much milk at this time. We’ll see how that goes. Otherwise, we are looking at mid-April when we have a couple more cows in milk.

The creamery now has doors with locks and windows. 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. He created these really lovely window sills. It is an original creation and looks really great.  

We have an unexpected lamb. He is fine and healthy. This mishap came from an experience we had about 6 months ago. While moving groups of animals from one place to another and somehow one of the young rams ended up with the ewes. It was two weeks before we noticed this mistake and I am surprised it only resulted in one unplanned pregnancy.

Another steer went to the processor and we have one quarter left. Let me know ASAP if you want to claim it. 

I have one herd share available. Contact me via email (melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com) or phone (276-694-4369). More shares will be available soon.

Please go HERE to learn all about Herd Shares and get on our waiting list.

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 2” follows onto the introduction to the equipment. This podcast covers 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 – Lemon Cheese 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
Lamb Price / Pound
Lamb Loin Chops $16
Lamb Rib Chips $16
Lamb Kabobs $12
Ground Lamb (approx 1 lb) $10
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 2 Follows up on Part 1 where I talked mostly about equipment. Part 2 is about space requirements and cleanliness. No that I have completed Part 2, I will make the whole thing available as a downloadable pdf file. Look for that in the next newsletter.

If you missed the last podcast, listen to “You Can Make Your Own Cheese – Part 1” here.


Free Downloads

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 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.

chocolate peanut butter protein shakeLemon Cheese: Lemon cheese is a very simple fresh cheese that you can easily make in your kitchen. It is a moist spreadable cheese with a hint of lemon taste.

If you make it in the evening, this rich and delicious cheese will be ready to spread on hot biscuits, toast, muffins, bagels or croissants for breakfast in the morning!

greek meatballs with yogurt-mint sauceGreek 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.

moroccan seasoned meatballsEasy 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 beefEasy 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.

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FARM STORE Hours:

Tuesday:  10am – 12pm
Saturdays:  3 – 5pm

Peaceful Heart Farm

224 Cox Ridge Road, Claudville, VA 24076

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