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Mar 25, 2009 04:48 AM

Fresh Lamb

Looking to replicate a couple lamb dishes I recently enjoyed. Purchasing has been hit and miss. Any ideas?

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  1. You can't do much better than Best Baa.

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    1. re: Googs

      When I clicked on the link, my virus protection popped up and mentioned "Exploit Webattacker" was present. Surf with caution.

      1. re: Googs

        I second the recommendation for Best Baa Farms. I've purchased racks of lamb from the Bzikot family (the last rack was purchased on Saturday and grilled on Monday), and they've been consistently flavourful, unbelievably tender, very meaty and fairly lean. I bought some beautiful looking ground lamb the other day, too.

        At this time of year, you can purchase Best Baa products in Toronto at the Saturday St. Lawrence Market.

        1. re: Tatai

          There are other locations that don't limit shopping to just Saturday morning. The link provided is safe despite foodyDudey's dire warning.

          1. re: Googs

            I would worry about the warning - Symantec is blocking me from even perusing the site. I buy cheese from them on Saturday so I will mention it to them.

            1. re: mramage

              FYI - CAUTION to those who click on the link above. It can't be coincidence that my anti-virus sofware discovered and quarantined a file called "Bloodhound" two minutes after I clicked on the link below.

              1. re: mramage

                I spke to them today - they weren't aware of a problem, but haven't actually been on their web site for a while. Hopefully they can get it cleared up.

              2. re: Googs

                Sounds great, need some today for a promised barbeque. I am not too far from Cumbrae's on Bayview?

                1. re: spine64

                  I recently had excellent lamb from St Jamestown Steak and Chop on Parliament. I am new to them but have been really pleased with everything I have bought..

          2. I have always had excellent fresh lamb from La Boucherie in the St. Lawrence Market


            Gus, Toula and Spiro are always most friendly and helpful.

            I have also bought good lamb at the Stuart Carroll Meats in York Farmer's Market, but my recollection is that it's a bit more expensive there.

            1. What a chore, but was ultimately successful. Pusateri's, no, Bruno's, sketchy, just arrived New Zealand at Loblaw's Bayview location.

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              1. re: spine64

                For the next time, Dufferin Grove Farmers Market (Thursday's) also has Best Baa lamb.

                1. re: Googs

                  But I think they only sell lamb pies and their Ewenity Dairy cheeses at Dufferin Grove, not fresh lamb.

                  1. re: Tatai

                    Bummer. Just trying to help without infecting anyone's computer. Sheesh.

                    I know I've also seen it at Riverdale Farm Farmers' Market, but that doesn't open until May. Saturday's at the SL Famers Market it is then.

              2. Said it before and will say it again - if you or anyone you know has a Costco membership you've got to try their Australian lamb. WAY better than NZ stuff and superior to a lot of Ontario lamb I've tried too. Great value. Of course you are limited to chops, racks, and boneless leg roasts, so if you're looking for a more obscure cut best to look elsewhere.

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                1. re: childofthestorm

                  Yeah, I second the vote for Costco lamb - great quality (though the racks could be a little meatier). I made a moroccan lamb/olive tagine a little while ago with the meat from one of their boneless leg roasts, and it was fantastic.

                  1. re: redearth

                    Vince Gasparo's Meat Market at Bloor and Ossington has amayzing fresh ontario lamb. Vince the owner is affiliated with certain lamb farms and deal direct with farmers. The dont deal with any middle men. For my money they have the best quality and value as a butcher. Their lamb is incredible. This time of year they even have baby spring ontario lamb.

                    check out their website at

                  2. re: childofthestorm

                    totally agree with you.
                    Bet Baa Lamb is excellent, but pricey.
                    We really dislike the New Zealand racks, they are not sweet, and sometimes gamy.
                    The Australian Lamb at Costco, is excellent.
                    The racks are always a hit.
                    I cut them into first cut chops in the summer for the B.B.Q. and they are as good or better than the best Canadian Lamb.

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