It’s wonderful to talk with you again. The heat has broken and we are back to normal spring temps. Hallelujah. The young bulls calves are going to new homes. I miss them, but know they are in good homes. That’s important. Next up is planning for next year’s births. We will be going with artificial insemination this time.
We are breeding for A2A2 genetics. If you listened to the podcast last week, you got some information on why that is. If you missed it, you can find it HERE. Science is amazing. The things they are discovering every single day are amazing. The heritage breeds continue to provide traditional nutrition that helps us to reach this point in our evolution.
I’m catching up in the garden. The weeds are getting beaten back. Yay!! Spring is a time of “way too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it”. It feels good to be returning to balance. Things get ahead of me, but only temporarily. I persevere and it all works out. Perhaps you, too, practice this approach. It works!!
A few herd shares are still left. Deliveries are being fulfilled this Saturday, June 9th at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. Send me an email with your desire to participate or if you have questions. Or please see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market. I’ll get you set up.
Please go HERE to learn all about it. Download the jar cleaning protocol and FAQs.
News This Week
- Products Available This Week
- This week’s FarmCast is Why We Drink Raw Milk. 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||1/4 pound||1/2 pound|
|Cream||1/2 pint||1 pint|
|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|
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
As you might guess, we drink a lot of milk. We love milk and we love milk products. This week’s podcast is all about why we drink raw milk. It’s all about the health benefits. Raw milk has been demonized by the powers that be and I provide an alternative view to help you make better choices. Listen to “Why We Drink Raw Milk” 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.
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.
For those of you who are not restricting carbohydrates, feel free to stuff this into a pita. You’ll be glad you did!!
Mint Sauce: This is an easy mint sauce recipe that will make your lamb dinner out of this world. It’s basic structure is a combination of sweet and sour with that unforgettable taste of mint.
Try it with this Easter Leg of Lamb. Replace the red wine vinegar sauce with Eliza Leslie’s Mint Sauce.