Yesterday we took delivery of half a lamb from the guy who rents one of the farm fields for his sheep. I admit I am still squeamish about eating lamb I watched grow up--especially after being vegetarian for ten years. Never mind the the ten years of eating meat since! I still struggle with the idea of eating meat and rather like the packaged stuff we get from the supermarket. Ideally I prefer organic or free range meat because I am nervous about the hormones and things fed to animals these days. I am also concerned about animal welfare and prefer to eat "happy" animals if that is possible!
I love that this lamb is local and that it tastes so good! Here is the UK most of our lamb is imported from New Zealand. And although I know that New Zealand is well known for its lamb, the taste just does not compare to some of our local stuff. In fact, during my last pregnancy I couldn't eat lamb because I thought it had too strong a flavour. Whereas I have managed to eat plenty of our last half a lamb and I have been looking forward to this delivery.
It cost us £45 for half a lamb, which was butchered and wrapped ready for the freezer. This lasts us a few months if we are careful. Our first chops (my least favourite cut) last night were great.
Finding a small, independent supplier like I have might not be easy, but you can always check your local butchers for prices. A good option is salt marsh lamb It is a bit expensive, but some of the most delicious we have had. Go in with a friend and you may get an even better price. Sheep are free range anyway, so if the organic aspect does not matter to you, then you can save a bit.