It’s so great to be with you again. We continue to roll along here at the homestead. Cheesemaking is proceeding on schedule.
- Our Peaceful Heart Gold will be the first cheese ready, around July 15th.
- Next up will be a new cheese I’m trying out. It is a variation of a Monterey Jack cheese that we call Stuart Jack. Look for that one August 15th or so.
- You will be able to try our Ararat Legend at the end of August. It’s my favorite cheese that we make. Of course, all cheese preference is personal. You’ll want to try them all.
- The Cheddars are moving along nicely. However, that cheese requires a much longer aging time. The first Clau d’ ville Cheddar will be available just in time for Thanksgiving.
- Finally, Pinnacle requires the longest aging and will be available in time for Christmas.
Herd shares are getting closer to full but there are still a couple left. Yes, milk is a choice that you can make, but — as soon as it’s ready — cheese will be a choice. Cheese will be a year-round choice. Fresh products such as milk and yogurt are only available during the milking season, 1st of May through last of October.
Herd Share product deliveries are being fulfilled this Saturday, June 15th at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Pick up at the farm is also an option. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions.
Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.
News This Week
- Products Available to This Week
- This week’s FarmCast is The Tradition of Father’s Day. It’s all about our health.
- Most Recent Recipes
Products Available to Herd Share Owners
|Choose 1 per week||1/2 Share||Whole Share|
|Whole Milk||1/2 gal||1 gallon|
|Skim/Low-Fat Milk||1/2 gal||1 gallon|
|Low Fat Yogurt with Honey||1 quart||2 quarts|
|Full Fat Yogurt||1 quart||2 quarts|
|Butter||1/2 pound||1 pound|
|Cream||1/2 pint||1 pint|
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)||$6.00|
|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. Come see us at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. This week I’ll have tasting samples of our grass-fed beef, lamb and chev (goat), low-fat yogurt with honey and full-fat yogurt.
Visit our dairy farm in Claudville, Virginia Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and Saturday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm. 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. Herd share holders will be able to see up close how their cows will be cared for and where the cheese will be made and stored.
Peaceful Heart FarmCast
Last month we looked at the tradition of Mother’s Day. This week we look at the tradition of Father’s Day. And more importantly, why children need fathers (or at the very least father-figures) in their lives. Today retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have completely changed the original meaning of Father’s Day. A holiday that was created to honor dad and enumerate his special qualities is now used as a marketing tool. Such is the way of life in our very affluent country.
Let’s take a look at the roots and history of Father’s Day. Listen to “The Tradition of Father’s Day” here.
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 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.
Gourmet Chevon (or other ground meat) Burgers: Try gourmet chevon burgers instead of hamburgers. Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world. Our goats graze in the pasture for their entire life. It makes succulent chevon patties and a great addition to a paleo or keto diet plan.
Our chevon meat is processed at a local USDA inspected facility. It is ground and then frozen in vacuum sealed bags.
Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.
Traditional Kefir: Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture. The drink originated in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. These instructions will be for cow’s milk kefir.
Ice Cream Base: There is nothing better in my opinion than a cold dish of ice cream in summer. Use our wonderful A2A2 milk and cream to try out this recipe.
When it’s warm outside, a cold refreshing dish of ice cream can really hit the spot. This is a basic ice cream recipe that can be used as a base for many different flavors. I’ve included a download link to the flavorings.
This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. For something a little lighter, use more milk and less cream, as long as the dairy adds up to 3 cups. You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three.
Greek Spiced Ground Meat Medley with Yogurt or Sour Cream: This recipe is for my Keto and carnivore friends and listeners. If you have a traditional, diversified farm with all kinds of ruminant animals, this recipe is for you. Or if you are shopping at your local farmer’s market for a variety of grass-fed meats, this recipe is for you. It calls for one pound each of beef, lamb and chev or goat, but you can use any combination of these meats. Or you could divide the ingredients by three and only use 1 lb.