From Our Beet Reporters – Our First CSA: Lambs, Veal, Goats, Oh My!

May 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm

The inspiration to eat locally originated from a vacation in Australia. My wife and I both noticed that on almost every menu there was proudly displayed the source of the ingredients. After two weeks of delicious local Australian cuisine we went home determined eat as locally as we could.

One of the most prominently offered proteins that we encountered was lamb. Before then, I had never had lamb that was so tender and flavorful. I had to find a similar product around the Chicago area.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to look very far. When we got back from our vacation we beelined it to the next Green City Market, where we found Mint Creek Farm. We immediately bought a leg of lamb to try at home, and learned that they would be offering a CSA over the winter. We opted to sign up for the full share, which meant that we would get 10 pounds of various meats per month for 6 months.

At the end of April we picked up our last share of meat. Over the past 6 months we’ve received cuts of meat that I would have never had bought myself, including goat, mutton, and offal. That is of course in addition to more traditional cuts such as rack of lamb, beef flank steak, and veal cutlets.

Funny that I never even knew that meat CSAs existed, but we ended up getting one for our first! Since it is only my wife and I living together, we haven’t eaten much of our meat and still have trouble closing the freezer. We hope to enjoy our CSA for more months to come!