This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:
New births again this week on the homestead. We have baby quail. We don’t quite know how many yet. The way it works is that when they start hatching, we must keep our hands off that incubator and let them finish. Each baby bird has enough food stored up for three days. After that we must get them out and get them to food and water. At that point, any that have not emerged from their little shells are unlikely to hatch. Having said that, we will close up the incubator for another three days just in case there are most that have really big hearts and a strong will to live.
Upcoming births are being awaited for three of our cows and one ewe. Multiple times each day we are going out to check on all of our livestock to see if anyone needs our assistance. So far so good.
Let’s talk Herdshares. The final details are still being worked out. We did purchase that purebred Jersey heifer. She has A2A2 genetics and will provide excellent milk for our Herdshare program. We are seasonal milkers so when you buy into our herd, you will be part of that seasonal routine. During the summer months your cows will provide milk, yogurt, and cream. During the winter months your cows will provide cheese and butter. Please contact me if you are interested in our Herdshare program.
Buying a Herdshare makes sense 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. You don’t have the space, the knowledge, or the desire to get dirty. We can take care of that for you. For $50 you can buy a share of our herd and then pay us a monthly fee of $48 for the care of your animals. 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. Get on the wait list early as there will be a limited number of shares available — and the competition is about to increase.
We’d love to meet you in person. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herdshares or we can talk about cheese. The summer season has begun and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. Currently I’m also offering celery starts. Sometimes I have yogurt samples. And of course, we have plenty of grass-fed and finished beef, lamb and chev (goat) for you and your family.
We can also serve your needs at the farm. Come 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 Herdshare needs.
- This week’s FarmCast is The Tradition of Mothering, where I talk about the history of Mother’s Day and also share some of my personal story of being a very young mother of two.
- Most Recent Recipes
- Important Stuff in the News This Week
Peaceful Heart FarmCast
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.
This week’s FarmCast is focused on The Tradition of Mothering. There is a deep and rich history to this celebration of the feminine. Indeed, it is celebrated by many cultures. I’ll briefly mention some of the traditions currently practiced in countries around the globe.
This FarmCast is a bit different in that I share a large part of my early mothering history. It was a rough row to hoe for me and I hope to inspire others to make better plans for their adult life and to follow the plan with discipline. You can 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.
Mom’s Chocolate Pie: The Tradition of Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to try out Mom’s Chocolate Pie. This one is easy with a classic meringue topping. If you prefer whipped cream or whipped topping, it will do just as well. Make mom proud in 2019. You can do it!!
Stinging Nettles Infusion: This is an energizing infusion. It works on the adrenals to build energy and stamina. Conversely, with strengthened adrenal function you can expect to rest better and to experience less anxiety.
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 Herdshare 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.
Important Stuff in the News
America’s New Pastime-Milking goats: This is an interesting phenomena and the Laredo Morning Times gives a good overview of what’s happening and why.
A Daily Mail.com Article – Human tongues can smell and contain the same odour receptors that are found in our noses: There is always new information coming out. Only a short few episodes ago, I did a FarmCast on What Makes Food Taste So Good? which focused on the senses of taste and smell.
From The Guardian.com – Trump plans $11bn tariffs aimed at EU’s aircraft, cheese and wine – as it happened: I wonder where this will go or where it will end up.