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Mar 9, 2008 12:39 PM

Canadian (preferably Albertian) Lamb in Edmonton?

I don't personally believe there is a good reason to eat lamb that has been shipped thousands of miles to my Grocery store from New Zealand and Austrailia. My parents have a friend in Carstairs that sells them half lambs, but as I am living alone away from home I need a smaller volume and local fix. Does anybody know any butcher shops in town or even grocery stores that sell local lamb?

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  1. Sunterra Market will have Alberta lamb

    1. You can buy lamb at the Old Strathcona Market on Saturday mornings. I buy from Jim at Trowlesworthy Farms, but Sunworks also sells it, and so does a third vendor, just to the north of Sunworks, beside Gull Valley (the tomato/lettuce/bean people).

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        1. re: Sam Salmon

          I thought it looked funny, but my thinking was canada ---> canadian so thus alberta had to go to albertian

        2. re: Dan G

          I never talk to the meat vendors there I totally forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder!

        3. Smokin' Iron Farms (in the space on 50th street where Mundare Sausage used to be) sells great fresh local lamb. Also a great source for free range, fresh turkeys.

          I agree about the Aussie or Kiwi lamb. There is no excuse for not eating Canadian lamb (or beef or pork). Also lamb is not helped by being frozen.

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          1. re: pengcast

            Re: the idea that there is no excuse for not eating Canadian lamb, I think that many kiwis and aussies would disagree. They taste very different, and many might prefer NZ lamb as it is sweeter, less 'rustic' tasting. I have a friend who was born in NZ, and even after 20 years here can identify them in a blind tasting, and far prefers NZ lamb. Says it is all in what they are raised on.

            1. re: Dan G

              Absolutely true. In a blind tasting, i can tell the difference without issue - primarily because NZ lamb typically feeds and is finished on grass, while Alberta lamb is finished on grain feed. I actually prefer Alberta lamb myself.

              I think the important point that pengcast is trying to make though, is unless you have a strong preference either way (which im assuming most people don't), it is fresher, and more environmentally sustainable to eat local lamb.

          2. You can special order it at the meat counter at Wild Earth Foods I believe (99th Street, near Sask Drive).

            1. We love the lamb chops we get at Costco, and I asked the guy at the meat counter and he said it was locally sourced - most comes from 'southern alberta' he said, though they have more than one supplier.
              Andy's IGA on 142 Street has good meat, and they carry local lamb, though it is hit or miss whether they will have any. I too bought some lamb at the Scona Farmer's Market and it was very nice, though it was previously frozen.

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              1. re: MrsCris

                Yes, unfortunately the small scale and once weekly sales at the market mean sometimes meat there is frozen... Butfor organic and local meats, it is still usually less expensive than supermarkets, and I prefer to put the money directly into the hand of the farmer.

                1. re: Dan G

                  try cameron's meats in Crestwood mall on 142st. they have a lot of local meats.

                2. re: MrsCris

                  really I was always under the impression that Costco lamb chops were australian or new zealand because I really am fond of them.

                  1. re: Bryn

                    The label on the Costco lamb chops here in Calgary says "Australian" but we love them too. Australian lamb is also grass fed, but I like Alberta lamb when in season.