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(Maine) Island Lamb

meatme Jun 9, 2010 12:59 PM

Is any available at retail for home cooking? Last year, Straw's Farm told me that they sell their entire flock to Fore Street Restaurant.

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    upandaway Jun 11, 2010 06:48 AM

    I go to muscungus/round pond every week. Check out mainesheepbreeders.net for some locally raised meats

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    1. re: upandaway
      meatme Jun 11, 2010 07:51 AM

      Thanks. i took a look to see what was reasonably nearby. I was already planning on visiting Crystal Springs, and Hatchtown, which is very close, looks worth a stop. Per their web site, River Run sells only whole (and sometimes half) lambs.

      I didn't see any island lamb, however.

    2. meatme Jun 10, 2010 04:12 PM

      Thanks to all who have replied. Let me clarify...

      I'll be spending a week in Maine toward the end of the June, and I'd like to buy and cook "island" lamb like that described in a recent issue of The Art of Eating (a wonderful publication). It's somewhat similar to the pré salé lamb of northwestern France, from animals that graze on salty grasses and seaweed on islands or salt marshes, resulting in especially tender, juicy, and flavorful meat. I’ll be staying near Round Pond, but I can stop at a farm or market anywhere on the route up from New York and I’m willing to drive another hour or two beyond if I can find a sure source.

      Thanks again.

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      1. re: meatme
        Passadumkeg Jun 10, 2010 04:55 PM

        Ayuh, Chummy, which Round Pond? There are maybe 15 Round Ponds in Maine. Near which town?

        1. re: Passadumkeg
          meatme Jun 10, 2010 07:57 PM

          Shows what I know. The town of Round Pond near the mighty Muscongus Bay Lobstah Company on Pemaquid Peninsula in Lincoln County.

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            Passadumkeg Jun 11, 2010 02:46 AM

            South of me. I fished Round Pond in Hancock Co. last weekend. Contact the Island Institute in Rockland. They will know for sure. Notice the very famous photo of island lamb on their web page.

            http://www.islandinstitute.org/

            1. re: Passadumkeg
              meatme Jun 11, 2010 06:20 AM

              Looks promising. Thanks.

              1. re: Passadumkeg
                meatme Jun 11, 2010 09:28 AM

                I got a very quick response back from the Island Institute. They couldn't locate producers in the Midcoast or Casco Bay areas, but recommended that I try calling a few of the farms at mainesheepbreeders.net, particularly the two in Cumberland, just to see.

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                  Passadumkeg Jun 11, 2010 09:38 AM

                  When I lived on North Haven in the 80's, we had island lamb, but I think the operation is divorced.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg
                    meatme Jun 11, 2010 10:12 AM

                    The Nebo Lodge suppliers page lists Sheep Meadow Farm in North Haven and Curtis Custom Meats in Warren. I can't find Sheep Meadow on the web, but Curtis has a phone number.

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                      Passadumkeg Jun 11, 2010 10:17 AM

                      Curtis is where we'd get it butchered, it is on Rt. 90. My house was behind Nebo Lodge. We ran a small B&B.

                      1. re: Passadumkeg
                        meatme Jun 11, 2010 11:10 AM

                        Small world.

                        I just spoke to Curtis. They get island lambs in the spring and fall. He's got some in the freezer right now.

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                          Passadumkeg Jun 11, 2010 11:29 AM

                          While in the area, stop by Morse Saurkraut for lunch.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                            meatme Jun 11, 2010 03:12 PM

                            Could be done. I've also got a message in to Sheep Meadow Farm.

        2. Passadumkeg Jun 10, 2010 08:37 AM

          The King Hill Farm in Penobscot, Me. sells organic lamb. North Haven I. has/had lamb as well.
          http://kinghillfarm.com/

          1. johnnydj Jun 10, 2010 06:50 AM

            I've seen lamb for sale on this site:

            http://www.mefoodtrader.org/

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              j_cro Jun 9, 2010 01:26 PM

              there is a stall at the portsmouth farmers market, i am embarrassed to say i can't recall the name of the farm, but they sell cuts of lamb and goat from a maine farm.

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