Part of the Caribbean Hair sheep family of breeds, St. Croix were imported to America from the island from which they take their name. Originally, they came from the tropics of West Africa, and are well suited to warm, humid environments. In addition, due to their hair coat that they shed in spring, they also do surprisingly well in cold climates. They require little special care, have an unparalleled resistance to parasites, are extremely fertile and prolific, and are listed on Slow Food’s Arc of Taste. Despite all of these desirable traits, the St. Croix breed is labeled as “Threatened” by The Livestock Conservancy.
Our sheep are raised and finished on grass alone, without any corn or grain of any kind. This process produces a great tasting product that is naturally lean, low in saturated fats, and high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). All of these attributes directly affect our health, and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity!
We offer our lamb “custom cut”, meaning we sell our customers a live animal and deliver it to the processor. The animal is processed into whatever cuts the customer wants, and they pick up their meat (and pay the processor) directly. This gives our customers the flexibility to determine what types of lamb cuts they want, from as many chops as possible to all ground meat. Buying meat this way also benefits your pocketbook, as the meat is offered at a lower price due to the lack of additional charges for freezer space, storage, etc. Can’t store a whole animal yourself? No problem, we can combine your order with someone else’s and split the animal into halves.
Based on availability, we will offer retail cuts of meat either through the Chillicothe Farmer’s Market, or direct off the farm. However, product may be limited, so a small investment in a chest freezer might actually pay for itself in savings over the course of a couple years!