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Happy Sheep: Raising And Shepherding Good Meat At Kinderhook Farm (VIDEO)

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"This farm raises animals in a way I feel happy eating."

Meet Anna Hodson, the young and gentle, sheep loving shepherd at Kinderhook Farm in Ghent, NY. I made the journey from Brooklyn, 3+ hours upstate to visit Anna and learn about good shepherding. Being a meat consumer, I wanted to see for myself what the life of happy grass-fed sheep looks like - how a local farm dedicated to producing great tasting meat also prides themselves on the care and concern they give to each and every animal.

Over 400 sheep are now raised and rotated on hundreds of acres of beautiful Hudson Valley farmland at Kinderhook, huge growth for a farm that started with only 20 ewes in 2009. Touring the operation up close, it's easy to understand why their meat is in such demand: these are animals that get to live good lives, tended to by loving farmers, outside in the sunshine, eating healthy greens, flowering plants, weeds and clover that give unique, grassy flavors to their meat. It's lamb that tastes like what lamb SHOULD taste like!

So enjoy this little story on Anna Hodson. I'm sure she'll convince you, as she convinced me, that their farm raises animals you can feel really good about eating.

To try Kinderhook Farm's grass-fed lamb, you can visit their farm store in upstate New York, or check out one of the following butcher shops in New York City: The Meat Hook, Marlow & Daughters, The Green Grape, Foragers Market and Harlem Shambles.

Thanks for watching food. curated. Happy Eating!