**Sorry, our 2016 Lambs are Sold Out**
Local Pastured Halal Lamb
I just served some of your pastured lamb at our recent holiday dinner. I expected it to be tasty, but we were all bowled over by how tender and succulent it was as well. My guests are still talking about it, even the one who rarely likes lamb. I don’t have much experience cooking meat, so this is no tribute to my culinary skills. I also appreciate the expert butchering, wrapping and labeling the Farm provides. Clearly this was a well-cared for animal, and a well-cared for operation.
I know I sound like a commercial – can’t help it! Yes, you can quote me! – LBW, 12/29/15
Click Here to reserve a lamb for 2017
Lambs will be available starting in late October 2017 for customers that have made a reservation. You are welcome to make a reservation or put in your inquiry to be contacted as next year’s lambing season unfolds. We will start taking deposits next summer when the lambs are weaned and we know how many are available.
The Farm of Peace pastures are home to a flock of Tunis, currently 12 breeding ewes and two rams. Our lambing season begins in the spring, between late March and early April. Once the lambs are born the flock is sent out to pasture. Lambs are kept with their mothers until they are ready to be weaned.
Lambs are slaughtered in the fall in the halal manner, right here on the farm, at 6-8 months of age and 50-80 pounds. We sell entire lambs for on-farm pick-up. Our lamb is not available at farmers markets or in stores. With a reservation, you will be contacted in early October to schedule a pick up date to receive your lamb fresh and ready to prepare or store in the freezer. We butcher and package it for you in cuts that make preparation and freezing convenient. You are welcome to find a friend and share, we’ll package the lamb so it’s easy to split up.
What is Halal and Tayyib?
Oh you who securely believe, eat from the wholly good which We have provided you, and give thanks to Allah (God) if it is He Whom you worship. Q2:172
Whether you are familiar with the terms or not, we invite you to reflect upon the manner in which an animal is raised and its sacrifice so that we may be nourished. True halal meat takes into account the care of the animal as it is raised, the way the animal is fed, and the final process of slaughter.
As the animal is raised, having access to clean pasture, water and pure food, not adulterated by chemical pesticides is essential, as is nursing from it’s mother at birth. Grain and minerals are sourced so that no GMO’s or other harmful ingredients are given to the animals. All animals should be treated with care and gentleness.
To slaughter an animal in the “halal” manner, requires that the name of God (Allah) be in the heart and upon the lips of the qualified person taking responsibility for the slaughter of the animal, and that they are in a prayerful state, present in body, mind, heart, and spirit. The slaughter must be conducted in a humane fashion. This includes assuring that the knife is sharp, the animals do not witness one another, and are handled in the gentlest way possible as they are brought to slaughter. Again, prayer and gratitude for the sacrafice the lamb is making is present within the one carrying out the slaughter.
The principles of halal and tayyib take the whole life of an animal into account, and support a way of farming that is sustainable, enriching, and healing to our earth, our bodies, and our spirits.
Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said,
Speak to us of Eating and Drinking. And he said:
Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.
But since you must kill to eat and rob the newly born of its mother’s milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship.
And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in man.
When you kill a beast say to him in your heart, “By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed. For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.
Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven.”
(The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran)
“… It was just so delicious. The lamb meat is exquisite…. Maybe I’ll buy another lamb!” (He did.)
— 2012 customer, Silver Spring, MD
Please contact the Farm of Peace at 717-573-4722 with any questions you may have about our pasture raised lamb, wool, visiting the farm or other request you may have.