Hello beautiful people,

Can you believe it? I’m going to be at the Independence Farmer’s Market on Friday. And you will see me at the Wytheville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to regain my strength. I’m just about there. Yippee!!

I’ve been canning a lot of tomato sauce. And I still have tomatoes coming in to be processed. So I changed up a little and made some salsa. Now I’m brewing up some home made barbecue sauce. After that, I have one more batch of tomatoes that are ripening inside on shelves in front of the window overlooking the pond. Those are going to be made into yet another batch of salsa. This time with more salt. I was trying to be conservative but the first batch really needed more salt.

We have cheese available via herd share. The current wheels of Peaceful Heart Gold are all gone. More will be aged properly in a month or so. This week we also have Ararat Legend available. Herd share owners are picking up their cheese at the Wytheville Farmer’s market or here at the farm. We will have Ararat Legend for tasting at the both Farmer’s Markets and the opportunity to sign up for our herd share program. 

The next cheese to ripen is our Clau d’ ville Cheddar. At only 3 months of aging it will be a very mild cheddar. Too early to be really excellent but we need to make sure they are progressing properly so we will open one and give it a taste.  

Cheese is now available year-round for our herd share owners. As always, fresh products such as milk and yogurt are available via herd share 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 late in getting published. Look for it tomorrow. 
  • 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
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 is not yet complete. The topic is what we have discovered about the differences between our Normande milk cows and the Jersey milk cow. Look for that podcast tomorrow. I’ll talk about how we are changing our milking operation based on what we found out.  


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

Finally, a new recipe. Click the links and check them out. All of my recipes are printable.

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.

crab and artichoke dipCrab 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.


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