North Star Sheep Farm
Maine Pasture-Raised Ground Lamb
Ground lamb is super easy to work with and super versatile. It makes delicious kebabs, burgers, meatballs, and casseroles and lends itself well to Greek and Indian flavors
We are excited to be partnering with North Star Sheep Farm in Windham, Maine. Lisa and Phil Webster have been raising sheep for 34 years. Their lamb is served in some of the top restaurants in New England - contributing to their well-earned reputation for the best lamb in the Northeast US.
- 1 lb packages
- Pasture-raised at North Star Sheep Farm in Windham, Maine
- Grass fed - supplemented with whole oats and barley
- All Natural - No Antibiotics - No Hormones
- USDA inspected
- Hand cut and trimmed
- 20/80 avg fat ratio
- Flash Frozen and Wrapped In Air-Tight Cryovac - Will Last 12 Months In Your Freezer
Gosh - there are so many options when it comes to ground lamb. Here's a wonderful list of 25 ground lamb recipes from Epicurious.
Cooking tips from Phil Webster of North Star Sheep Farm:
How do you know when lamb is done?
- Don’t guess and don’t cut into the meat to check doneness — use a good meat thermometer.
- Remove lamb from cooking heat when the thermometer reads 5-10° less than desired temperature.
- Let lamb rest before serving to allow juices to settle: 5 minutes for thin cuts, 20 minutes before carving roasts.
- To ensure lamb remains safe throughout cooking, the USDA recommends cooking ground lamb to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160F as measured on a food thermometer. Other cuts, including roasts and chops, should be cooked to at least 145F (medium-rare).
Click here for more recipes from Phil Webster.
What is the difference between imported lamb and American lamb?
Domestic lamb is distinguished by its larger size and milder flavor, while lamb imported from Australia or New Zealand features a gamier taste. (Upwards of 90% of lamb sold in grocery stores is imported.) American lamb has a less intense “lamb” flavor and can taste slightly sweeter.
What does "pasture-raised" mean?
North Star Sheep Farm sheep are primarily raised on grass - they graze grass during spring, summer and fall. The grass is supplemented with whole oats and barley during the "finishing" stage.
Is ground lamb healthy?
Not only is it a rich source of high-quality protein, but it is also an outstanding source of many vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Because of this, regular consumption of lamb may promote muscle growth, maintenance, and performance. In addition, it helps prevent anemia.
Phil and Lisa Webster have been raising sheep in Maine since 1984. Both sides of their families have a long history of sheep farming in Maine - going back to before 1900.
The North Star name is recognized nationally for the outstanding quality and flavor of its lamb. Top restaurants throughout Maine and New England serve lamb from North Star. The Websters are leaders in promoting sustainable, humane, diversified agriculture in Maine and beyond.
(Learn more about North Star in this video.)
When I first met Lisa and Phil Webster, the owners of North Star Sheep Farm, I realized almost instantly - they knew sheep. Raising sheep and selling lamb was not some hobby of theirs. They know sheep like Bill Belichick knows football. They've been raising sheep for 35 years and producing lamb that's been widely acclaimed as "the best."
They've earned their reputation. Top chefs at top restaurants throughout New England offer North Star Sheep Farm lamb on their menus. For years, North Star Sheep Farm lamb was exclusively sold at Whole Foods throughout the region.
For me, the ultimate test was taking home a couple of their Loin Lamb Chops for a personal test.
Well, it was they were the best lamb chops I've ever had. A wonderful, fresh flavor that was unique and delicious.
I am happy to be able to share another wonderful Maine-farm-raised meat with our customers.
Free shipping on orders $99 and above. $14.95 under $99.
We ship to 34 states - AL, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV, WI.
Your order is shipped to you in eco-friendly insulated packaging (not styrofoam!). We use ice blankets and dry ice to insure your meat arrives in perfect condition.
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