While doing an online exploration of Lancaster County, South
Carolina last month, Doug came across a place called Fox Trot Farm not far from
our home. What drew him to this farm was the fact that they raise lamb for
their meat. According to the website, the owners raise ‘a breed of meat sheep
known as “hair sheep” due to their ability to shed their coats in the spring
and summer. Their meat is lean, mild, and tender.’
|Sheep and baby lambs roam at Fox Trot Farm|
In addition to sheep, Fox Trot Farm has goats (their milk
is used to make soap which is sold on the farm), a donkey, a pig, livestock
guardian dogs, and chickens for their farm-fresh eggs.
|Freshly laid eggs! These are NOT dyed; it’s their natural color.|
There’s an apiary for
their honeybees, too. The honey is harvested in June and the extra beeswax is
melted for use in soaps. Honey is for sale as it becomes available.
own and operate the farm. It’s open only on Sundays between 1-5 PM,
|Farmer Bob getting ready to take a group on a tour in the hay wagon.|
Bob takes visitors on a tour in the hay wagon pulled by his
tractor, while Debbie runs the store, among many other things.
farm animals; it was pretty neat!
day but discovered their lamb production isn’t until September. You can bet-your-boots we’ll
be heading back then.
|Rack of Lamb for sale at the Farm, when available|
I was particularly happy to learn that the Burgess’ favorite
recipes are posted on their website, including the following one for Lamb
shanks and other cuts. We’ll have a lamb-fest – and report back to you!
|Fox Trot Farm Braised Lamb Shanks|
becomes deep brown. (Important for richer flavor to not skip this step.)
they start to soften.
into the vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
go light on the pepper and let folks add more to their plate when served.)
the vegetables and broth.
every 20 minutes or so, for 2 hours or until the meat is falling-off-the-bone
the broth and sop up all that delicious broth with crusty bread or rolls.