This past spring I walked into a Whole Foods for the very first time. I’ll hold my fire on what I think of the place because it’s incredibly one-sided and opinionated. You wouldn’t want to read it anyway. One thing that really stood out, however, was that there were more good-looking, in-shape people at Whole Foods than at any other grocery I’ve visited. Do they have a gym and running track on the second floor? But I digress. I came to see the lamb meat.
After viewing their offerings, it didn’t take long to come up with a few reasons as to why raising my own lamb is a fantastic idea.
- I’ll be saving a lot of money. Whole Foods is charging anywhere from $6.99 to $16.99 a pound for their lamb. Mine is essentially free.
- According to the WF website, their lamb contain no antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal byproducts in their feed. Same here!
- They also claim their lambs must be raised on pasture or range for at least 2/3 of the animal’s life…leaving one to wonder where they spend that last 1/3. My lambs will spend 100% of their life on pasture or range.
- Whole Foods Lamb is born, raised, and harvested in New Zealand. Then it’s frozen and flown over 7,700 miles to the US. My lamb is born, raised, and harvested on my own land, so it will travel a whopping 150 yards from the slaughter area to my kitchen table.
Not to mention, whether it’s chickens, eggs, lambs, or vegetables, it all tastes better when you grow it yourself.
The first two lambs, now nearing 90 pounds, will be slaughtered and processed in a week or two. Stay tuned for the results.