Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The other day at the grocery store I passed by the meat section and I noticed a lamb loin chop was $13.98 per pound. I passed right on by. Later that day I was thinking about all the farms in this country still in operation and those that have ceased to exist. I wondered why lamb is so expensive in the USA. There just are't as many lamb producers as there are beef producers in this country.
Before you say you don't like lamb consider it might be the cost per pound, the way it's cook, or where or how it was raised. Here's a sheep fact sheet with some interesting statistics about the meat. Americans are slowly learning to consumer more lamb even though our country consumes the least compared to others. Here is a link to the American Lamb Board with more facts, recipes and more.
I haven't eaten beef in probably 20 years. I did have some bison hamburgers over the holidays; having seen some grass fed packages in the grocery store. Still I wondered if there was a farm nearby where I might purchase some organically and locally raised lamb. I discovered this website Eat Wild. Scroll down to the bottom to find your state, Canada is also listed. Somehow the eat wild idea is a misnomer as the animals they raise are domesticated but are raised like a wild animal would forage for food.
The internet definitely has it's advantages for consumers. I've found several farms in Georgia where I can purchase lamb directly from the farmer. I noticed I can also get goat or rabbits. I've never had goat before and it's been years since I had rabbit. Many of the farms raise beef, chickens, eggs, etc.
More and more I try to purchase what I consume from a local person. I think this is one way I can help the economy. The added benefit is the product I'm consuming, such as organically raised food, is much better for me. I plan to do more research about other types of food and products I can purchase locally. Now if I can find someone who sells some wild game I'd really have found something. Any ideas? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.