Where did the year go?! This has been the craziest season since starting a farm. I believe the last newsletter was, oh, February? Our apologies. We have not gotten the chance to sit down this year. It has just been thing after thing after thing after thing after... ...and WHAM!, just like that the year is gone, and we have sent out one newsletter. But now, we are in fall, the season is slowing down, the chickens are almost finished, the garden is up, it's getting cooler out (Missouri weather permitting,) and we are finally, going to sit down, with our coffee, and send out a newsletter :)
Bingo & Boa
The newest addition! These miniature donkeys (Bingo,left, Boa,right) are great guard dogs donkeys! They keep predators like coyotes and stray dogs off the farm, and away from your precious chickens.
Grass Fed Lamb Available!
Grass Fed Lamb is available to purchase October 18th on the farm and at the brookside farmers market. To reserve meat, email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cuts and prices are on the price sheet above. Baa.
Why Try Lamb?
David’s Pasture is happy to be bringing a new, healthy, grass fed meat to the market – LAMB! Compared to many countries, Americans eat very little lamb and many people are unfamiliar with its preparation and how it tastes. It’s true that lamb has a strong flavor, especially 100% grass fed lambs, but prepared correctly, lamb is a delicious way to enjoy a healthy protein and add some spice to your weeknight routine!
Like all animal proteins, quality matters with lamb. Most store bought lamb is grain finished, which affects the taste and quality of the meat. When purchasing lamb look for locally raised, 100% grass fed lambs, from a farmer you trust. Lamb by definition is less than one year old. Anything older is called mutton and has a stronger, gamier taste. Lamb is typically available in five different cuts, but if this is going to be your first experience with lamb, I recommend ground. Ground lamb is easy to flavor, familiar in texture, and hard to overcook!
Lamb is a very high quality protein and like all animal meats it contains all of the essential amino acids that your body requires. Unlike other animal meats, however, the fat found in lamb is close to 50% unsaturated. Grass fed lamb is actually 2nd only to fish as a good source of omega 3 fatty acids with one serving of lamb having about 50% the omega 3’s as one serving of fish.
Additionally, lamb contains 100% of your daily need for vitamin B12 and is a good source of the other B vitamins, particularly niacin. The high concentration of B vitamins found in lamb make it a great cardiovascular choice! The iron found in red meats like lamb is in our body’s most absorbable form and helps our bodies to produce healthy red blood cells. Also, the high levels of zinc and selenium found in lamb work for healthy growth, healing, and building strong immune systems.
If you have never tried lamb, give it a try! It is a great way to add a healthy variety to your diet. You can trust David’s Pasture to take great care of their lambs and provide you with the highest quality meat. Order some before we run out!
Meatballs are an easy introduction to lamb, lightly spiced and fragrant these meatballs are extremely versatile and as a bonus you can freeze them and take them out as needed!! My kids love these meatballs and I love that they are getting all of the healthy benefits of lamb. I love to double or triple this recipe and save for quick harried nights when I need dinner quickly!
1 pound ground lamb
½ plain bread crumbs or gluten free bread crumbs
2 scallions chopped
2 tbsp basil
1 fat clove garlic, minced
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp allspice
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder
1 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, pour half of the olive oil on a sheet pan and spread around evenly to coat the pan
In a large bowl combine all ingredients except oil. Form into meatballs and brush with remaining oil.
Bake until cooked through, about fifteen to twenty minutes.
Get your HOLIDAY HAM in time for Thanksgiving this year or simply to enjoy year 'round! Our hams are from pigs RAISED ON PASTURE and are free of GMO's. They are smoked, uncured with water, pink Himalayan sea salt and a tad bit of sugar. No nitrates/nitrites from happy hogs. :} $8/lb and approximately 8-10 lbs.