Our lambs are born in March, just as the West Marin pastures are growing lush and green. Our lambs get to stay with their mothers into the summer, grazing together on the pastures, and still having a drink of rich mother’s milk when they want it. The daughters of our best ewes stay on to join our flock, and we also make some of our best lambs available for sale as breeding stock.
The rest of our lambs, after a happy life on green pastures, are humanely harvested for the local food market. About half of those are sold to private clients who want a cut-and-wrapped lamb for their freezer. Our lambs go to a USDA inspected slaughterhouse, and then to a custom butcher in Cotati, near Petaluma. You can be assured that your Barinaga Ranch lamb had a happy life here, and a humane slaughter. We are now taking reservations for 2020 lambs. If you are interested in reserving a freezer-lamb for next season, please e-mail me and put “lamb” in the subject line. I will send you a price breakdown and explanation of how the process works.
Our lamb is also on the menu during the summer months at Osteria Stellina in Pt Reyes Station.