My local Town and Country Market has the occasional Producer Profile available at the store. I’ve started picking a few of them up to showcase here on the blog. See below for the text of the profile and click on the picture to view the original profile that I’ve scanned. Note that the information available on this post is not NW Farm Review’s opinion or original writing and while it may or may not represent our views it is soley taken from Town and Country Market.
Town and Country Markets Producer Profiles
Each September we are very pleased to offer our customers fresh Ellensburg Lamb raised by the Martinez family in the Yakima Valley. With nearly 100 years experience across three generations, the Martinez family knows how to produce naturally raised lamb of excellent quality. It all began when brothers Simon and Julian Martinez emigrated from Spain in 1917. They went to work as sheep herders and were eventually able to purchase their own herd. One summer, while grazing their sheep in Montana, Simon met and later married Kathleen, an Irish farm girl. They started a family and over the years their four sons were active in the farm operations. Now, Simon and Kathleen’s grandsons run the ranch. Beginning in mid-January each year, the Martinez family’s lambs are born at their ranch in Mabton, WA. The mother ewes and lambs are sheltered while they bond, assuring that the lambs get used to finding and staying with their mothers. When the lambs are old enough, they and the ewes are trucked to the spring range to graze on new grasses under the watchful care of a sheepherder and dogs. In early summer, the sheep are taken to the National Forest to graze the lush mountain meadows. The grazing program is beneficial to the forest in that it reduces fuel for wildfires and helps with weed control. At the end of summer, the lambs are transported to a feedlot where they are finished on a combination of hay and grain. The lambs are never given additives, hormones or growth stimulants. If you have any questions about preparing lamb, ourMeat Market staff will be happy to help.