Peaceful Pastures
News from The Farm January 2010
In This Issue
Farm Notes
January Special & New Products
Creature Feature
Ham Soup

Peaceful Pastures now has a page on Facebook! Be sure to sign up as a fan!  This is where you will find weekly updates on the farm (it replaces the "Daily Diary" section on our web site). You'll read about animals, new births, mishaps and both daily joys and trials.
new shedFarm Notes
Winter is nice because it allows us to slow down a bit and also devote ourselves to planning for the new year. I've been doing a lot of knitting and hope to start using my spinning wheel again soon. The new barn is coming along nicely. It will be great to have a place to store all my horse tack and carriages right here by the house. We're using a lot of lumber from a barn we tore down, so it's a cost effective and "green" project.
The chickens are coming off their winter sabbatical a bit so we are getting a few eggs and should have some for the upcoming CSA deliveries and FFM.
Nathaniel, one of our interns from last summer, has returned to help over Christmas break and he brought his best friend, Andy, with him. One of their main projects is going to be putting up a new kind of fencing. It is high tensile netting which is also electrified. The hope is that it will better keep our sheep in and predators out.
THE BIG  NEWS IS THAT OUR WEB SITE IS DOWN. The new webmaster made a big error which crashed the site on December 27, and we have been trying for a week to get it restored. Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience. If you need to place an order or get information, please email or call us. Hopefully it will be back on line soon.
January Special & New Products 
Each month we plan to offer a product on sale. The marked down price will appear on the web site, but the only notification of the sale will be via Constant Contact newsletters.

- Polish Sausage (regular price $6.99/pound) on sale $6.49/pound (2 sausages per package at 0.6 pound). Great for grilling, pan frying and slow cooking. A classic comfort food!

NEW PRODUCTS - Shea Butter Hand & Body Cream
Special introductory price of $6.95. Scents: citrus, lavender, mint, almond, patchouli and unscented.
You can order now for any of these products to be brought to a drop off location. We will also have them for sale at the FFM, and of course we can ship. If you are a GA/FL customer, place your order for these products by January 31 to get the sale price for the May delivery.
Seven in leaves Creature Feature
"Seven" is named after the Star Trek character, "Seven of Nine." She has been with us since 1999. Seven appeared at the farm when she was 5 months old. She has "W5" mysteriously spray painted/stenciled on her side. I eventually learned it meant she had been run in a field try. Convinced that I had accidentally gotten someone's High Dollar Coon Dog, I began an all out search to find her owner. No luck. So she made a trip to the vet to get shots and spayed and has been here ever since. Seven is the shyest of our dogs with strangers and she has a funny, quirky personality. Seven adds new meaning to the phrase "Food Motivated" and as a result has a rather voluptuous figure. If pressed to decide, she would say her favorite food is pork neck bones.
Ham Steak Soup
1 package Peaceful Pastures Ham Steaks
2 packages mixed, frozen vegetables
1 quart chicken stock or water
1 cup white wine or water
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBL dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
Partially thaw ham steaks, trim excess fat, remove bone and cut into 1" cubes. Place ham, with all other ingredients into slow cooker and stir. Add more liquid, if necessary (there should be enough to cover the ingredients plus 1"). Following manufacturer's instructions, slow cook for 6-8 hours, then enjoy!

January Schedule
January 6 - Wednesday 4-6 p.m. - East Nashville CSA and retail order drop off
January 9 - Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Franklin Farmers Market CSA, retail sales and retail order drop off
January 13 - Wednesday 4-6 p.m. - Linden Comer CSA and retail order drop off - We will now meet in the LOWER PARKING LOT under the security light.

Until next time
Thank you for reading!  We welcome your feedback and input; afterall, this letter is for YOU!
Contact Info
615-683-4291 M-F 7 a.m.-3 p.m.