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Eat more lamb.  The New York Times agrees

Dutch Barn Farm is a historic family farm in Stone Arabia, NY where we raise fresh, grass-fed lamb.  We also raise chickens,vegetables, and honey for our ourselves and our friends and hay for our animals.

We grow everything without using artificial fertilizers, pesticides or added hormones.  We are not certified organic, but we have taken the NOFA Farmer's Pledge.

The latest addition to Dutch Barn Farm, Habitue, minutes after getting off the trailer above and Judy riding him over the horizon below.

Honest Weight Tasting Recipes

Thanks to everyone who came to the food tasting today at Honest Weight Food Coop, our fabulous lamb distributor.  It was great to meet you and here is the recipe that we promised for the meatballs.

Lamb Meatballs with Mint Pesto

  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 Tsp lemon rind
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp minced rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp minced oregano leaves
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Mint Pesto
How to put it together

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  1. Form walnut sized meatballs from the mixture.  You can do this several hours ahead of time if you want, but if you do be sure to cover the meat completely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
  2. Place the meatballs in a baking pan and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until cooked through.  (Ground lamb should be cooked to about 107 degrees Fahrenheit)
  3. Meanwhile make the pesto as below.  We like less oil and more vinegar for a bright and tart flavor.
  4. Serve the meatballs hot from the oven with pesto or on a pita bread.

Mint Pesto

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
Putting it together

Combine all of the ingredients except for the oil in the blender.  Pulse until well pureed.  With the blender running on low, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs

Serves four

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 medium red onion, very finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • A 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
  • 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • A handful of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • A handful of fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • A handfull of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • Zest of two lemons
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (wlanuts are a great substitute if pine nuts aren't available)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly toasted and ground cardamom

For the sauce:

  • 2/3 cup tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • water

Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Place the lamb, onion, garlic, ginger, bread crumbs, beaten egg, fresh herbs, lemon zest, pine nuts, feta cheese, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt and pepper into a large bowl.  Mix everything together using your fingertips.  You want to get all the ingredients evenly distributed without compacting the meat.

Fork walnut sized meatballs from the mixture.  You can do this several hours ahead of time if you want but if you do be sure o cover the meat completely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

Place the meatballs in a baking pan and bake for about 30 to 40 m9nutes or until cooked through. (Ground lamb should be cooked to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Meanwhile make the sauce by mixing the tahini and demon juice and then adding enough water to make a thin sauce.  Salt it to taste.

Serve the meatballs hot from the oven, nestled in the sauce.  Garnish with more pine nuts, herbs and a sprinkling of sumac or paprika.

Below is a recipe for farmhouse lamb stew.

Farmhouse Lamb Stew Recipe

  • 2 lb lamb stew meat
  • One large yellow or red onion
  • Four medium to large potatoes
  • Three carrots
  • Two ribs of celery
  • One 16 ounce can of crushed tomatos
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • Half a cup of flour (to dredge the lamb)
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • Two to four tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
  • One teaspoon of rosemary
  • One teaspoon of mint
  • One teaspoon of oregano
  • Half a teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • Half a teaspoon of pepper
How to put it together
  1. Course chop onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. In a large stock pot, saute them in the olive oil using low to medium heat for five to eight minutes.
  2. Cut the lamb cubes into bite sized pieces and coat with flour (dredge).  Add the lamb to the sauteed vegetables.  Cook for eight to ten minutes to brown.
  3. Add herbs, spices, and one point five quarts of water to the pot. 
  4. Peel and dice the potatos and add them to the pot.   Bring the pot to boil, reduce heat and simmer for one point five hours.  
  5. Add 16 ounce can of crushed tomatos and the juice of half a lemon.  Bring the stew back to the boil and simmer for another five to ten minutes.  If the sauce needs to be thickened further, add one quarter cup of flour to one half a cup of cold water, stir well and gradually add into the stew while simmering.
  6. Ladle stew into bowls and garnish with chopped fresh parsley just before serving.

Solar Grazing

Solar power provides sheep farmers with new business: solar grazing.  From a sheep farmer's point of view, the solar farms are cropping up everywhere are securely enclosed pastures with permanent shade structures.  From the point of view of solar farm operators, they are facilities that need to be maintained.

This summer a small flock of sheep from Dutch Barn Farm joined forces with sheep from Fortunate Ewe Farm in Cambridge to graze a 10 acre solar farm in the capital district.

The same electric net fencing is used to manage grazing within the boundary of the solar farm

The sheep spent four months during summer keeping grass down.  They spent the hottest part of the day resting in the shade provided by solar arrays.

 Texels for sale

We have a wonderful crop of pure bred Texel ram and ewe lambs for sale as well as half Texels for starter flocks.  See more information here.