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Where to buy good lamb

tommyl Apr 26, 2011 04:53 PM

Okay so having lived in Vancouver for many years I still haven't found a great, fail safe spot to buy good lamb. I like lamb that tastes like lamb and find that a lot of lamb in the GVRD is too mild, so I am turning to all chowhounds for their recommendations. Thank you to all in advance

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    Philx Apr 27, 2011 12:56 AM

    I would suggest Columbus Meats, Cioffi, Jackson's Meats and Windsor meats as they all have local lamb. Should be able to google them all.

    Good luck

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      Tinfoilhat Apr 27, 2011 05:01 PM

      No personal experience, but I would think that a Halal butcher would be a great place to look.

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        brokentelephone Apr 28, 2011 06:08 PM

        People often recommend Stong's Grocery on Dunbar for lamb. I had a pretty good leg (butt end) roast from there last week, and really enjoyed it. If anything, they have a better selection than any other supermarket I've seen.

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          bill_n_opus May 1, 2011 08:18 PM

          Rempel Meats Abbotsford?

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            talker32 May 1, 2011 08:57 PM

            Armando's at Granville Island - best local rack of lamb in town. Amazing! Don't cook it too long.

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              kitchendame May 7, 2011 01:54 PM

              I have been looking for lamb as well and came across a very intriguing website for Hills Foods in Coquitlam, which not only carries local free range lamb but Australian and New Zealand lamb as well, plus just about every regular and wild meat you could want. It's for restaurants but open to the public as well.

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              1. re: kitchendame
                robinsegg May 27, 2011 11:16 PM

                Not to be ornary, but saying lamb is "free range" is a bit like saying, hmm, soil-grown wheat. There is really no other way to raise lamb.

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                  kitchendame May 28, 2011 10:02 PM

                  I beg to differ. Animals can be raised free range, or in stalls and limited access pens, with only bought grain and hormone injections. Certified organic free range means they are allowed to meadow-graze on unadulterated grasslands, without being injected with hormones or force-fed so that they fatten up at a freakishly unhealthy rate, and in small areas where they cannot feed naturally on grasslands, or nurse from ewes that have the same freedom to grow and eat.

                  1. re: kitchendame
                    robinsegg May 28, 2011 10:33 PM

                    In all of my experience and dealings with lamb producers in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, I have never encountered lambs raised in pens. I can attest to the fact that none of the NZ or Australian lamb that is imported to Canada (or to any other country) is raised in that manner - it simply is not commercially sustainable. If there are farmers raising sheep in Canada in that manner, I was not aware of it.

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                      kitchendame May 30, 2011 06:07 PM

                      Are you saying the rest is true?

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                        robinsegg May 30, 2011 10:06 PM


                        I don't know what you mean by "the rest". My original comment was about "free range", not about organic or non-organic. You correctly point out that lamb can only be considered organic if the pastures aren't treated with chemicals. Lambs are usually "doused" for worms, and traditional dousing methods are not considered to be organic.

                        Back to my original point - raising sheep in pens is not economic for the mass market, so the lamb we get here from NZ and OZ is free range.

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                          brokentelephone Jun 3, 2011 12:01 PM

                          I'm pretty sure robinsegg isn't doubting the existence of organic rearing....

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                            robinsegg Jun 3, 2011 09:15 PM

                            No, I wasn't ... :-)

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