The past two weeks I have been to the farmer’s market in Abilene. It is a nice market with a good variety of vegetables, canned goods, beef and of course lamb meat. I bought some really good honey today. It won’t last long at our house. Many of the vendors have been attending this market for many years and they have established some great customers.
Our lamb sales have been good. Last week was a lot of education as many have never eaten lamb or they have had it from the store and didn’t like it. This week I seemed to have some veteran lamb eaters who were excited to find us. The dorper/katahdin lamb breeds are not like what you buy at the store. These sheep are a completely different breed and they are fresh, not shipped in from New Zealand. They have a much milder flavor. The store-bought lamb is typically a very strong meat. I personally do not like it at all, but I am pretty picky about meat. And, I really enjoy the flavor of our lamb meat. It is also hard to find lamb in the stores around here. I’m sure grocers don’t stock it because they don’t get a lot of requests for it. Maybe we can help change that.
I get a lot of questions about how to cook lamb. I can’t speak for the store-bought lamb, but our lamb can be cooked like any other meat. We love it on the grill or in the smoker. We use a lot of the same seasoning we would for beef, but also like to throw in some rosemary and thyme. It adds to the lightly sweet flavor. You can also cook it in the oven, slow cooker, etc. The ground meat works great in burgers. Like all ground meat, fat is ground up in the meat. This fat gives it a richer, bolder flavor than the steaks and chops.
We recently had five lambs processed so our stock is good right now. We are being told the upcoming fall season may prove difficult to get meat processed. Many of the processors spend November and December just processing deer. I hope we can find space with some different processors in order to keep up supply. But, we will play it by ear.
Please let us know if you are interested in purchasing some meat. We will be happy to earmark it for you to make sure you get your favorite cuts. We hope to offer shipping in the future, but right now we have just been sourcing it locally. However, if you aren’t too far away, we will find a way to get it to you. Shoot us an email at email@example.com.