Finally, a break in the dry heat. We have rain today and the temperature is barely 70 degrees. After days and days of 95+ degree heat, this is a very welcome change. I hope you all have been safe in this hot summer weather.
The animals are all doing very well. All of our heritage breeds are hardy and can handle these weather extremes without distress. We are blessed with a healthy flock of sheep and healthy herds of cows and goats. And the donkeys just go with the flow.
This week I led a farm tour for some friends and their grandchildren. Everyone had a wonderful time. The morning started off with instruction in milking and how to feed the calves. Following that was a trip into the pasture to visit the goat and sheep girls along with their offspring. The goats were quite shy but Lambert rose to the occasion and allowed some petting to be done.
Daisy and Cocoa were very amenable to the additional human attention. I don’t know if you are aware, but donkeys are very personable animals. They like nothing better than human interaction. In fact, they will follow you around and push and prod if your attention strays somewhere else. The kids loved it.
After a short tour of the cheese facilities, we took a trip out to the orchard and picked some blackberries. Johnny and Sweet Pea, the other two donkeys, were near by with the other group of animals. It didn’t take much to coax them over for some human affection.
We finished up the morning with a bit of cheese tasting. A good time was had by all. Looking forward to the next far tour. Let me know if you are interested. Go HERE to send me a message.
We have cheese available via herd share. Peaceful Heart Gold is available for the next two months. Herd share owners are picking up their cheese at the Wytheville Farmer’s market or here at the farm. Let us know how much you love it!!
Stuart Jack cheese is the next one to be available. Look for it in about a week. As you may have guessed, it is a Monterey Jack style cheese.
Cheese is now available year-round. As always, fresh products such as milk and yogurt are currently available until the last week of October.
Send me an email with your desire to participate as a herd share owner 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 Am I Allergic to Quail Eggs?. I had a bit of an unpleasant experience seemingly related to quail eggs. How will that change our plans for raising quail?
- 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|
|Full Fat Yogurt||1 quart||2 quarts|
|Butter||1/2 pound||1 pound|
|Cream||1/2 pint||1 pint|
|Peaceful Heart Gold Cheese||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)||$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 Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday or the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. We can talk about Herd shares and I will have the required documents at hand so you can sign up right away.
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 are cared for and where the cheese is made and stored.
Peaceful Heart FarmCast
We thought long and hard about how to provide eggs for our nutrition. We decided on quail. However, the best laid plans of mice and men must be changed from time to time.
Last week I talked about how to deal with stomach viruses and such with Activated Charcoal as it helps with alleviating stomach issues. I had yet another episode of stomach upset. I have come to the conclusion that it is due to quail eggs. Listen to my story and the updates on how our plans are altered for poultry and eggs.
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 PODCAST 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.
Instant Pot Quail: The reason that I go for the Instant Pot Quail rather than oven roasted quail is the heat. It is really hot outside and to roast quail requires a 500-degree oven. That’s right 500 degrees. The roasting time is short but just the thought of preheating an oven to 500 degrees makes me sweat.
Simple but luscious seasoning.
Ginger Tea with Honey and Lemon: Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a cure for nausea and digestive problems. It offers a variety of health benefits and healing compounds to alleviate upset stomach. Many people reach for the ginger ale when feeling symptoms of stomach pain or nausea, but ginger tea contains higher concentrations of the compounds that alleviate these digestive issues; making it the better choice for feeling better faster.
This tea is made using fresh ginger root and packs a punch when it comes to healing symptoms of upset stomach. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is often used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women and motion sickness caused by planes and boats. In fact, a Thai study examined pregnant women with symptoms of morning sickness and found that 28 out of the 32 individuals saw an improvement in nausea when given a daily dose of 1 milligram of ginger root. As a rule of thumb, one cup of ginger tea contains about 250 milligrams of ginger so aim to drink two to four cups of this tea to alleviate feelings of nausea.
Crab and Artichoke Dip: This recipe calls for our Peaceful Heart Gold aged raw milk cheese. However, you can substitute a nice Havarti when we are sold out. Our Peaceful Heart Gold is only available beginning about July and lasts through January or February.
Dip into this rich and creamy snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Use your slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for a relaxed “friends” night. This recipe is keto-friendly if you leave off the crackers and dip your bacon in it.
Keto Chocolate Ice Cream: Just in time for your 4th of July Independence Day celebration. There is nothing better than a cold dish of ice cream with friends and family. Use our wonderful A2A2 cream with this recipe.
Dairy, used properly, can be a great part of a ketogenic diet. I love my ice cream. This recipe does not use an ice cream maker. With egg whites and heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks, the result is similar to a fluffy chocolate mousse.