We have a new market that we are trying out — the farmer’s market in Independence, VA. It’s a little over 50 miles from us and a beautiful drive through mountains. Look for us on Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. We look forward to talking with you there.
It’s happening. Finally!! This week at Wytheville Farmer’s market we will be including cheese in the herd share. The first wheel of Peaceful Heart Gold is ready. Let us know how much you love it!!
Cheese will now be available year-round. 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 every Saturday 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.
I’m harvesting tomatoes from the garden. We will have lots and lots of them. I plan to make a lot of tomato sauce this year. Late last year I figured out how to do it and this year I planted a ton a tomatoes so I will have plenty to cook down into sauce.
Tomato sauce is the base for pasta sauce, barbecue sauce, ketchup and so much more. Some people can each of these products separately. I prefer to can the tomato base and make the others as I need them. What about you?
News This Week
- Products Available to This Week
- This week’s FarmCast is The Traditional Family Cow. The desire for a family cow was the gateway fro us to now have our small creamery where we make hand-made artisan cheese.
- 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. The summer season is in full swing and we will be there every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon.
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
The heart of the reason we now have an artisan cheese operation stems from my desire to have a family cow. In the very recent past it was a common feature of most families. For the entire history of the human species until the mid-20th century it was a central part of feeding the family.
Today the practice is nearly extinct. Dairies have consolidated into larger and larger operations. The inclusion of dairy in the idea of “commodity” rather than a valuable product requiring loving hand care has led to the cheapening of food. Across the board, the powers that be have developed the idea that food is a commodity. For us, food is an art form.
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.
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.
Parmesan Peas: Peas are not exactly peace but close. Especially peas straight out of the garden. And don’t forget that wonderful cheese. You can use frozen peas if you need to. However, this time of year, fresh peas make all the difference in the world.
Let that flavor of fresh Parmesan peas bring peace to your tongue and tummy. This recipe calls for fresh, but feel free to use frozen in the off season. If you don’t have Parmesan, try another cheese that grates well. Be creative and use what you have on hand.
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.