A+S Registered Gulf Coast Sheep and Lamb

When the Pearl Brewery Farmers market announced on their Facebook page that a new vendor would be joining the already all-star lineup on Saturday I was definitely interested. When I saw that it was going to be someone selling lamb I’m pretty sure I did a little happy dance and shrieked out loud. I love lamb. I am obsessed and I freely admit it.

Website:
http://www.gulfcoastlamb.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/gulfcoastlamb

Farmers Market @ Pearl Brewery Farmer’s Market

The Saturday before Valentine’s Day, I headed to the market to welcome the new producers and pick up farm fresh ingredients for a fabulous meal made with love. More details on that meal (including Julie Child’s braised leg of lamb) in a future post.

(Photo from their Facebook page, here.)

Fresh cuts of lamb included (and they update their Facebook page frequently):

  • Rack of Lamb
  • Lamb Leg Sirloin Steak
  • Lamb Leg Center-Cut Chops
  • Lamb Loin Chops
  • Ground Lamb
  • Lamb for Stew
  • Offal

I met Amy and Shaun Jones at their corner booth (right next to Sol y Luna Baking Company, next to Arcade Midtown Kitchen) and overwhelmed them with my enthusiasm for lamb, peppering them with questions about themselves and future plans. Originally from Houston, the married couple would visit the farmers market to aid in their weekly goal of cooking with 70% (I might be off a bit…) of locally sourced ingredients. I thought this was a great way to think about things as I try to source locally too…but putting a firm number makes the goal even more tangible. They talked about their deep appreciation good food and happy animals which led them to farming sheep, the right way.

Like I mentioned in my blog post about South Texas Heritage Pork, receiving the stamp from Animal Welfare Approved is rigorous and speaks volumes to the care and standards instantiated by the farmers. A + S raise Gulf Coast sheep with incredibly high standards. Golf Coast sheep are a very hearty breed (for the same reason the malbec grape does well in Texas…) that tolerates drought conditions (check!) and more disease resistant.

 

Open House!

Always interested in bringing my daughter to the farm, I found out that their first open house is a little more than a month away!

All the details can be found here:

  • Gluten free pizza from Texas Pizza Wagon
  • Bring a cooler with some cold drinks, and a lawn chair
  • Leave with it field of prime lamb cuts!
  • Facebook event here

When: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 1-5pm

Where: County Road 95B | Moulton, TX 77975 {map}

 

They also mentioned that they were in the middle of lambing season, 2013! Going with a forest theme for all the names, meet Maple and Doodlebug (photo from their Facebook page here.)

 

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