This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:
I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week. We have lambs!!! On Saturday we welcomed a set of triplets, a single and later in the day a set of twins. Sunday brought us another set of twins. There is only one more ewe that needs to give birth. So far, all is going well with the sheep.
Claire, the cow matriarch, should give birth to her calf tomorrow or the next day. Praying that all goes well this time. Last year she needed the vet. Even though she did not have milk, she adopted the calf of the cow that died. We had to separate them this morning in preparation for the arrival of her own offspring. She is not happy. 🙁
I have 40 quail eggs in the incubator. In two weeks we will have a bunch of little peepers. So excited about this new adventure.
We are looking into starting up a herd share program. That’s right! If you’ve ever wanted to have the benefits of consuming your own milk and milk products from your own cow but were not prepared to care for the animal, we can take care of that for you.
The way it works is you buy a share of the herd and then pay a monthly fee for us to care for your animal. That entitles you to the benefits of the milk produced by the herd. We will harvest the milk and create products for you as well. Please let us know if you are interested in this kind of arrangement. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available.
We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 27th from 10 am to 12 noon.
We can also serve your needs at the farm as we have initiated store hours on the farm. Yes, you can visit us in person, find out how we raise our animals and why you will love the taste of tradition that is inherent in all of our products. On Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm we will be available to serve your pastured-raised meat and herd share needs.
- This week’s FarmCast is the Taste of Cheese, a quick look at how we identify and describe a wonderful cheese
- Most Recent Recipes
- Important Stuff in the News This Week
Peaceful Heart FarmCast
The Taste of Cheese is a follow on to the episode on how we taste great food. Focusing on using those skills as they apply to cheese, there is some great information here. Developing your expertise with using descriptive words will be aided by the FREE download of Classifying Cheese by Type and Category and Expand Your Cheese Vocabulary.
This is an educational one with wonderful supporting documentation for you to use in better understanding the Taste of Cheese, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE 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.
Best Ever Lasagna: This traditional lasagna is stacked high, with three full layers of pasta filled with sauce, ricotta, Italian sausage and ground beef , then plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, one last layer of pasta gets added, topped with a sprinkling of more cheese and some sauce.
It’s decadent and delicious.
Ghee: This is a shelf stable product and so easy to make. When you become part of our cow herd Share program, you will have lots of butter. It’s so easy to turn that into ghee. This fantastic cooking medium lasts a very long time on your shelf.
Easter Leg of Lamb: Easter is now past. But come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market and pick up some lamb anyway. We have bone-in legs (on sale 40% off), boneless shoulder roasts (on sale 40% off), and ground lamb. The recipe cards are free with your purchase. I have Greek Meatballs for Easter, Easter Leg of Lamb and Southwestern Shoulder Roast recipe cards.
Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.
Important Stuff in the News
A Vance, Oklahoma Tradition: Team Vance continues 30-year tradition of hosting Special Olympics at the Air Force Base.
Is Voice Ordering Really the Future of Online Grocery?: I don’t know what to think about this. Technology is moving ahead at an astounding rate. What do you think?
Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth: This article is published on the National Institutes of Health site. TCM is very complex. Sometimes I flirt with really studying hard on it, but there is just so much. I have so many other things on my plate right now. Using plants and energy as medicine is a sideline passion of mine. I’ve studied herbal medicine for many years. I have a Doctor of Naturopathy degree and have developed several herbal tincture formulas which you will see in our online store in the very near future.