This link will bring you to our contact form. Fill it out with your name and a phone number and tell me you want the lamb special, and I’ll send you an invoice to complete your purchase.
2016 was a wonderful grazing year for us. The ewes were healthy, the lambs were healthy, and this year’s lamb crop is gorgeous and abundant.
How it’s usually done when we have extra lambs. Every year before the winter snows fly, we look over the herd and make a series of tough decisions. Feeding livestock hay through the winter is expensive. As farmers, we need to minimize our winter feed costs, especially during the time of year when our income is the lowest. That’s all part of staying in business.
Often, when this surplus happens, we have to load the excess animals on a truck and sell them at auction.
We hate it.
No one there cares how we treated our animals. And we don’t know what becomes of them.
And we never know how much we will be paid. We can end up selling them at a loss.
This year is different. Now that we have a retail store and some expanded marketing reach, we want to try something new.
Rather than letting them go at the market, we want to solve our surplus problem directly with you, our customers and community.
By selling them to you at this price, we are taking a substantially lower price than we’d get through selling retail cuts, but we get the price we need to cover our expenses. Plus, we get the reward of knowing they are going to homes that value our hard work. And finally, this is tough to think about, but it’s important to us:
When you buy a whole lamb directly from us, that lamb never leaves the farm.
We can do an on-farm kill, the most peaceful, lowest-stress option for us and the animals.
Then we age it, and cut it in our own facilities. This gives us absolute control over the care of the animal and the quality of your product.
Still have a few questions? We thought maybe. Here are few answers that might help:
How much savings?
If you buy your lamb from our farm store, the equivalent cuts would cost about $370. If you buy your lamb at the farmers’ market, it would cost you $470. Thus, this savings represent 30-40% off the normal pricing.
What’s the catch?
- You must pay before we slaughter. This is a way for us to legally do an on-farm slaughter, and for us to make sure the product is truly sold before we take on further expense. You can place your order by emailing me with your name, and a good number to reach you. I will send you a paypal invoice, or you can arrange to send a check.
- You must come to our farm store in December to pick it up. The store is open Saturdays from 9-12. We will let you know when we have it ready for you. We cannot make deliveries.
Do I have to carry home a live lamb?
No. We process it on the farm, then break it down into the same cuts you would buy in our store. To help it last longer for you, we will wrap it in freezer paper. These cuts will keep in your freezer for a year or longer.
What cuts are included?
The yield will vary with each animal. The list here presents an average. You can expect roughly 25-30 lbs of cuts in the following varieties:
1 whole leg of lamb (4-5 lbs)
2 half legs (about 2-3 lbs ea)
4 packages of loin and rib lamb chops (four per pack)
1 set of lamb riblets
2 packs of whole lamb shanks
3-4 (1 lb) packs of boneless stew
2 (1.5-2lb) shoulder roasts
Small bag of bones
How much freezer space will I need?
This amount of lamb would take up about 1.5 cubic feet of freezer space.
What if I don’t know how to cook all those cuts?
No problem! Everyone who orders a whole lamb will get a free copy of my most comprehensive cookbook, Long Way on a Little: An earth lover’s companion for enjoying meat, pinching pennies, and living deliciously. This book will walk you through the best recipes for every cut you receive, plus it will direct you to a series of recipes on how to use the leftovers.
I don’t live near you, but I want to order. Can I get a lamb?
New York State law allows us to sell the lamb to you as long as the purchase takes place directly from us, in-state. If you live out of state, you will need to make a trip out to our farm store & cafe to pick it up. And considering the savings over what grassfed lamb typically goes for, it might be worth that trip. We can point you to some lodging options if you decide to do this.