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HALF LAMB 21-23lb All cuts are individually packagesTunis
All cuts are individually packages
Tamarack Sheep Farm, Corinth VT
This package includes:
Rack of Lamb, feeds 3
Bone-in Leg, feeds 6
Bone-in Shoulder Roast, feeds 4
2 Shanks & Loin Chops, feeds 4
Ground, feeds 15-22 for burger, meatballs or pasta
Organ meat, feeds 1
Every part of a half lamb is packaged in its own individual cryo-vac. Lamb ships
The Tunis is smooth, minerally and herbaceous with notes of buttermilk and a bouncy texture.
Ben Machin grew up in Vermont on a small organic homestead where his family grew their own food, and produced apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. After some years working for the US Forest Service as a Smokejumper, Ben came back to Vermont to study and work on various natural conservation projects. Eventually he rekindled his interest in farming. Raising sheep has been in Ben's blood for generations. His great-grandfather started a Tunis flock in the 1920s and then Ben's grandfather began to work with Dorset Horn sheet for a 4-H project. In 2006, Ben had a conversation with his grandfather, Herb, during Herb's final days that encouraged Ben to dedicate himself to revitalizing the family flock. All lamb are raised on pasture and are never fed antibiotics.
It’s hard not to respect a breed that was referenced numerous times in the Bible (see fat-tailed sheep) and is reputed to be 3000 years old. It’s even harder to imagine the Tunis not being completely delicious since the first three U.S. Presidents raised and consumed them.
John Adams mentioned the breed in his diary in 1782 when the Tunis had an excellent reputation for delicious mutton — and tail (not sold today!). Thomas Jefferson ordered the importation of a second herd from Tunisia because he loved them so much he thought they should be more readily available. George Washington bred them —one of his early legacies was the proliferation of his particular Tunis crossbreed on farms and dinner tables along the East Coast.
The tail is now smaller and the color ranges from tan-to-red with the occasional white spot on the head and tail. Ewes usually birth twins although the Tunis still remains on the ALBC-USA.org Conservation Priority List. The Tunis is an excellent ambassador breed for the grass-fed movement – they don’t like to eat a lot of grain.
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