0

Your Cart is Empty

9 Ways Our Lamb is ‘Better Different’ to Supermarket Lamb

Local 9 Ways Our Lamb is ‘Better Different’ to Supermarket Lamb


Lamb from the supermarket...


Lamb from Your Food Collective...

It’s just the same, right?

Well, no.

We reckon not all lamb is created equally...

At Your Food Collective, we connect you with delicious lamb from Hunter Natural, the company responsible for running Bona Vista sheep and beef farm just up the road in Barrington Tops.

This lamb looks different, tastes different and has a different (and probably more interesting) backstory to the lamb available at your local supermarket.

But not just different, we know this lamb is ‘better different’ to what you get at the shops.

Here are 9 reasons why:

  1. Amazing grazing
    On David and Marianne Carter’s farm Bona Vista,sheep are grazed predominantly on diverse native pasture using strategic rotational grazing management to increase soil health and biodiversity.

    Huh? What’s that mean?

    Rotational grazing means groups of stock feed in one area, ideally to coincide with the most nutrient-dense phase of plant growth. When the feed’s gone, they are moved to another spot, allowing for the first area to recover and regrow.

    It’s good practice for the land, good for the stock and ultimately, good for the consumer.

  2. You are what they eat
    Researchers say lambs fed on diverse pastures like atBona Vista have an optimal balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats and higher levels of vitamin and minerals than grain fed meat that you typically find on a supermarket shelf.

    Our friends at the Heart Foundation encourage consumption of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats for heart health and helping the cholesterol balance in the blood, so with Hunter Natural lamb, you’re on a nutritional winner!

    Hunter Natural Lamb Cutlet from Your Food Collective
  3. Chilled-out and happy
    At their Barrington Tops home, Hunter Natural sheep are quiet and happy, spending more time grazing, lazing and chewing their cud rather than stressing about too much involvement from humans. (Sounds more like a great B&B than a farm, doesn’t it?)

    But when it’s time for human interaction, the sheep are handled using the ‘Low Stress Stock’ handling method. And while it’s not hard to outwit a sheep, this method means David and Marianne base their practices around the sheep's natural behaviours and tendencies so as to keep the flock calm and compliant.

    The bottom line is a relaxed sheep translates into top-quality, flavoursome and tender meat on your dinner table - yum!

    (Oh, and you can feel good knowing the animal lived a good life on a good  farm!)

  4. Locals rule
    These lambs are not big on travel, and living just 200 km (as the crow flies!) away, they don’t have to. This proximity to Newcastle and Lake Macquarie means local families can get their hands on fresher, tastier food easily.

    Plus, less travel time equals less petrol and pollution - excellent news for the planet.

  5. Good breeding
    David and Marianne choose to farm the Dorper sheep breed because of its superior meat qualities (lean, muscular and fine grained) and low maintenance profile. For those playing along at home that means Dorpers require no mulesing, shearing, crutching, fly strike but have excellent resistance to parasites.

  6. Minimal packaging
    When you order lamb from us, you’ll receive it in as little packaging as we can possibly get away with - another win for the environment.

    Local Hunter Natural Lamb Sausages from Your Food Collective

  7. Supporting local farmers
    As you know, our farmers are doing it super-tough at the moment, and they need our support. Truth is, you’re going to be purchasing lamb for your weekly roast anyway. Why not spend your dollars close to home where it can make a direct difference to your local community?

  8. Full disclosure
    Our passion for up-frontedness and transparency means we want you to know everything we know about the food you’re purchasing from us.

    In fact, our own foodie-curiosity combined with wonderful relationships with our beautiful producers (like David and Marianne) means we can usually not only tell you where your food comes from, but what it had for breakfast - ha!

    (We bet even the friendliest supermarket staff can’t do that!)

  9. The donkey factor
    Ok, so we don’t know this for sure, but we’re fairly certain that David and Marianne’s flock are amongst the only ones around tended by three delightful ‘guard donkeys’. Yep, you read right, not sheepdogs, donkeys!

    Apparently, the donkeys take their role very seriously and are not quite so delightful toward predators such as wild dogs! (Who knew?)


Choose ‘better different’ for good

Your food choices really can make a positive difference - to the vitality of you and your family, for the producers, the animals and on a larger scale, the whole planet.

While it might often feel easier to grab a pre-packaged leg of lamb or chops from the supermarket, remember every dollar you spend has power, and you do have a choice.

A different, better choice!

And if you’re after easy, rest assured we’ve done the hard-yards for you. By supplying the best farm-fresh food to you via our local hubs, we really do make local easy.

Hunter Natural Lamb SHoulder from Your Food Collective

PS: How do you like your lamb? Mince, chops, roast, sausages…. We’ve got you covered with 15 different ways to enjoy Hunter Natural lamb! Check them out and choose your favourite here.


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Your Food

Local Zesty Flat Bean Salad
Zesty Flat Bean Salad

Flat beans you say...
One of the best vegetables for your heart, there is so much to love about flat beans!! Jam packed with vitamin A, K, C flat beans are not only good for your heart but help reduce the risk of iron deficiencies.  
Read More
Local food at Your Food Collective
Broad Beans with Vacon and Homemade GF gnocchi

To celebrate broad beans this spring Cherie has come up with this delicious Vacon recipe that will be a winner with even the fussiest eaters. 

Broad beans are not only delicious but a great source of protein, fibre, folate and B vitamins. The perfect option for vegetarians and people with busy active lives.

Read More
Local Honey Cake at Your Food Collective
Honey Cake, ooooooh yeah!

The thing I love the most about staying at other peoples places is looking through their cook books. It's always great getting fresh ideas and seeing what your besties are into.  

This recipe actually came from one of my Dad books and was just what we needed for a spring afternoon tea. It's perfect on it's own but even more delicious with a dollop of cream!

Read More

$10 off your first order!!

Amazingly fresh, local food, direct from producers.

Making Local Easy!  


Your Food Collective - Fresh Food
Absurdly Fresh Food

Picked to order our food is fresher!

Your Food Collective - Its all Local
It’s all Local

On average from 200km of your front door!

Your Food Collective - We're Transparent
We’re Transparent

Producers receive up to 80% of the price you pay.

Your Food Collective - Build a Better Future
Build a Better Future

For you, for producers and for our children.



 

 

 

Your Food Collective
Supermarkets

Buy Directly from Local Farmers

Your Food Collective - Why we're different Your Food Collective - Why we're different

Picked Fresh for Your Order

Your Food Collective - Why we're different
Your Food Collective - Why we're different

Sourced Locally

Your Food Collective - Why we're different
Your Food Collective - Why we're different

Sustainably Farmed

Your Food Collective - Why we're different
Your Food Collective - Why we're different

Producers Receive a Fair Price

Your Food Collective - Why we're different
Your Food Collective - Why we're different

Support Small Scale Farming

Your Food Collective - Why we're different
Your Food Collective - Why we're different

Food Tastes Amazing and Lasts.

Your Food Collective - Why we're different
;Your Food Collective - Why we're different

 

SHOP NOW
We’ve Made it Easy!
 Your Food Collective - Delivery Information 

Collect Your Order
From one of our pick-up locations across Newcastle and Maitland on Wednesdays
        OR
Home Delivery
We'll deliver your order to you between 1 - 8pm on Wednesday evening (check postcodes here)