Woods, hedgerows and untouched grassy areas are essential on a healthy farm. These areas serve as sanctuaries for the wildlife where they can thrive undisturbed by the activities of the farm. Its easy to lose site of the contributions of the wild animals as we go about our busy farm life taking care of the domestic animals and plants. But these creatures aid to the overall well being of the farm as insect control, ecological balance, as well as the feeling of serenity and a knowing that we are part of something much larger. These wildlife areas allow for a balancing of the animal populations so that wild animals can over grow and become highly competitive with the cultivated yields can be kept in check.
People have made suggestions to us such as " why don't you put in automatic waterers or other automations? It would save you time. " Our philosophy is to meet the needs of the animals on a day to day basis. This involves observation from a compassionate perspective. This takes time spent with the animals everyday. Manually attending to their basic needs leads to a deeper connection with the animals in turn leading to decisions that make for a calmer and healthier environment.
Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Rosemary-Pancetta Paste
Cuts of lamb, such as the shoulder and breast, that have rich, deep flavor and ample fat are delicious when well-done. You can serve the lamb with a pan sauce, if you like. I like to accompany this dish with cannellini or flageolet beans cooked with sage and garlic.
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 pound pancetta, diced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper
1 3-4 pound boned and rolled lamb shoulder roast
White Beans with Sage (recipe follows)
With the motor running, drop the garlic through the tube of a food processor and pulse until chopped. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the pancetta, rosemary and pepper and pulse several times to form a paste.
Trim the lamb of excess fat. Make 1/2-inch deep gashes 1 to 2 inches long at an angle all over the surface of the meat, taking care not to cut any of the strings. Fill each gash with some of the rosemary pancetta paste. Smear the remaining paste over the surface of the roast. (The meat can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated over night. Let the roast sit one hour at room temperature before cooking.)
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
Place the roast fat side up in a roasting pan and roast for 3 hours, until the meat registers 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. If not done, continue to roast, checking every 30 minutes. Let rest, loosely covered with foil, for 20 minutes before carving.
Slice the meat into thick slices. Spoon the beans into a large shallow serving bowl and top with the lamb. Drizzle any juices over the top and serve.
This week is the beginning of our first week of summer Essential Eating Farmers Market in Chinchilla. The markets will be every Thursday from 10 till 2 until the end of November We will be back in our summer location in the parking lot on the corner of Northern Boulavard and Holgate street, next to our winter location behind the orthodontic offices. We will have salad mixes, kale and spinach along with our maple syrup- both extra dark and medium and maple coated sprouted organic almonds. As always we will have our eggs from pasture raised/organic fed hens as well as our grass fed beef and lamb and organic fed pasture raised pork, turkey and chicken. Orders welcome.
We also want to take this time to thank all the people who supported us during the winter months and to Janie Quinn who has made this market possible. You are all loved and appreciated.