Hello beautiful people,

Will it ever rain? It has been so long. Perhaps you have had some rain recently. Maybe even some hurricane weather. My heart goes out to those that are still recovering from hurricane Dorian. I have friends and family that were in the path of that storm. All of them are well. I hope you and yours are also. 

We have some wonderful cheese available via herd share. Our Ararat Legend cheese is wonderful. It has a medium sharp flavor when aged, a semi-firm texture and melts well for those grilled cheese sandwiches. I will have some Ararat Legend for tasting at the both Farmer’s Markets and the opportunity to sign up for our herd share program. Yogurt will also be available for tasting. Last week I had a customer who doesn’t really like yogurt try mine and she loved it. Just sayin. . .  

Still waiting on the Clau d’ ville Cheddar. Sometimes it’s hard to wait but it is necessary fro cheese. It is still barely over 3 months of aging and very mild. To be really excellent it needs at least six months and preferably more. We gave it a taste test and, sure enough, it needs more time.  

I’ll have ground goat (chev) meat at the farmer’s market. If you haven’t tried this wonderful meet, you are missing out. It is by far my favorite ground meat for making burgers.  

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 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
Ararat Legend 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) $7.00
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

This week’s podcast revolves around what we have discovered about the differences between our Normande milk cows and the Jersey milk cow. The Jersey cow is by far the most popular breed for homesteaders and small scale farmers who have milk cows. For us, the Normande is the bomb, but we decided to give the Jersey a try to see what all the fuss is about. We are changing our milking operation based on we found out.  

Listen to “Normande vs Jersey – the Cost” here.


Free Downloads

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 HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say:Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

skillet chicken with neufchatel spinach artichoke sauceSkillet Chicken with Neufchatel Spinach Artichoke Sauce: Neufchatel is a french cheese typically made from the unpasteurized milk of Normande cows. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good Neufchatel cheese sauce!

Perfectly golden brown, tender pan seared chicken breasts are topped with an easy to make, rich and flavorful spinach artichoke sauce. It might remind you of my crab and artichoke dip recipe but much lighter.

home made yogurtHome Made Yogurt: I make mine in my Corsori multi-function pressure cooker. It has a yogurt setting. I believe it would be similar with the Instant Pot or any other multi-function pressure cooker with a yogurt setting. You don’t have to have one. I also have a rather inexpensive yogurt maker. The reason I no longer use it has to do with how much yogurt I make in one batch. The small, inexpensive yogurt maker works for a quart or two. But I make a gallon and a half at a time now. Yogurt will last a very long time in the refrigerator.

instant pot quailInstant 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.

Ginger TeaGinger 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.


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