Local, Fresh, Pasture-Raised Lamb
Firsthand Foods’ offers pasture-raised lamb from a network of local producers. All are certified by Animal Welfare Approved and never use growth-promoting antibiotics or added hormones. Many of these producers also raise beef cattle for us and rotate the two species to optimize pasture and animal health. Some of our lamb producers graze their sheep on solar farms as a natural alternative to mowing. Our lamb is processed for us by Piedmont Custom Meats in Gibsonville and Chaudhry’s Halal Meats in Siler City, both USDA-inspected Animal Welfare Approved small-scale, family-run facilities.
Our farmers raise Khatadin hair sheep, a breed that thrives in the heat of the south and results in lamb with an exceptionally mild and clean flavor. Working with a network of breeders, Firsthand has developed a larger-framed Khatadin that yields more meat than is typical of this breed.
One of our core values is accountability. We want our community of chefs, retailers and consumers to know and understand how the animals are raised and what goes into the quality lamb we are proud to put our name on. We invite you to read our standards and producer protocols.
Here’s the origin story for this delicious Indian Lamb Chili. When Firsthand Foods started offering ground lamb, I immediately knew there was a chili recipe ready to spring forth from my brain, but I wasn’t sure of the twist that I would put on it. There is always a twist! One evening, at a local… Read more »
This recipe for Rosemary Garlic Lamb Rack is a fail-proof method for cooking Firsthand Foods’ lamb. Compared to many meats, lamb is expensive. No two ways around it. It’s a special treat for most of us. So there’s pressure not to mess it up! Remember, it’s a small cut of meat that doesn’t take long at… Read more »
Moroccan Style Lamb Shanks, incorporate the exotic flavors of North Africa and feature Firsthand Foods lamb. Individually, these spices may not seem interesting, but when you put cumin, coriander, cinnamon, red pepper, and preserved lemon together, the result is exquisite. There are many variations of this dish and we encourage tweaking this recipe with additional… Read more »