Meat-eater or vegetarian? Learning to look dinner in the eye


| 1/5/2011 8:34:34 PM


Tags: farming, livestock, lamb, vegetarian, recipe, Colleen Newquist,

A-photo-of-Colleen-NewquistFor some time now, I’ve been saying that if I’m going to eat meat, I ought to be able to look an animal in the eye and be OK with its death for my dinner, or I should become a vegetarian.

I hadn’t had the opportunity to test this premise, though, until my friend Karen, owner of Three Fates Farm, called to say she was sending some of her lambs to slaughter and asked if we wanted one. I jumped at the opportunity.

I didn’t meet the exact lamb I’d be eating, but I had visited all the lambs when they were just days and weeks old, adorably following their mothers around the pasture, and I felt that the criteria of looking my dinner in the eye was satisfied.

Leicester-Longwool-lamb 

The lamb would be ready in a week or so, available at a local slaughterhouse, where it would all be neatly packaged and labeled and ready for our pickup. We bought a small freezer in anticipation of our homegrown meat. Finally one Saturday it was ready.



I was ushered around the counter of the shop, which was doing a brisk business with a mostly Mexican clientele. I wondered why I hadn’t been here before and vowed to come back and explore. I followed a butcher to a back room, where I made small talk with the owner, a smiling gray-haired man with a Greek accent, while the butcher searched for my box of lamb.

Almost Country_1
1/17/2011 10:41:00 AM

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I would love to be part of "real" farm life and would like to participate/witness a slaughter. If anyone's in the Midwest and willing to have me visit, let me know!


Almost Country_1
1/17/2011 10:39:06 AM

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I would love to be part of "real" farm life and would like to participate/witness a slaughter. If anyone's in the Midwest and willing to have me visit, let me know!


Bobbi
1/14/2011 10:20:04 PM

Removing the lentils will also remove some of the wonderful nutrition that lentils provide. We're getting chickens for eggs this year and after over a decade of being a pescatarian (a vegetarian who eats fish) I've been considering whether or not I would eat a chicken that I'd raised. I came to the conclusion that I could, even if I had to hide a few tears from my son :)







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