It is traditional to serve lamb in the spring for both religious and practical reasons. The animal plays a critical role in the Book of Exodus from the Old Testament. When terrible plagues wreaked havoc on Egypt, Jews painted their doors with lamb’s blood in hope God would pass them over. Jews honor this story by serving the meat at Passover, a tradition that passed on to Christian’s Easter celebrations. Jesus, referred to as the “Lamb of God,” gives it even more significance. On a practical note, after long winters, young sheep provided fresh meat that was readily available in early spring.
In The New World.
While people have served lamb to celebrate Easter for centuries, it’s not as popular in the United States as ham. The Northern Europeans who first settled the U.S. and whose cultures still dominate, ate more beef and pork than sheep. During WWII, military rations included cans of mutton (mature sheep) that eliminated many Americans’ taste for the meat. For that reason and the fact that the meat is more challenging to cook than ham, it disappeared from many American tables.
White Dorper Sheep Offers Superior Flavor.
Our neighbors raise their White Dorper sheep on our high-quality Non-GMO feed. We proudly sell their products out of our storefront in Stuarts Draft. White Dorper is a breed of sheep known for being succulent and fine-textured without a mutton-taste.
Celebrate With Two Options.
Consider cooking both ham and lamb for your Easter table. Ham satisfies even the pickiest eater, and our high-quality lamb tantalizes the taste buds with the nuanced flavors that come from White Dorper sheep. Check out our favorite chops and leg recipes and order your lamb and ham for Easter in Virginia.