CUSTOMER FEATURE: Appetite for Change. This Minneapolis-based non-profit is one of our newest partners. Its mission is to use food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. The organization brings people together to learn, cook, eat and grow food, creating change that lasts.
Access to fresh food has been a longtime challenge for North Minneapolis. At one time there were many grocery stores in the community, now there are mostly fast-food places. The one grocery store remaining was shut down for several months due to damage from the George Floyd protests.
Appetite for Change co-founders Princess Haley and LaTasha Powell recognized chronic health conditions are often linked to a poor diet. If a community has limited access to fresh food, it makes it more challenging for folks to heal and overcome these health concerns.
“If health is linked to how we eat, and people in [our] community have little access to fresh food, they cannot be well in other ways,” said Haley in a recent Minnesota Public Radio story.
Since the pandemic, Appetite for Change has been partnering with Minnesota Central Kitchen and Loaves and Fishes to provide free community meats for North Minneapolis and the Twin Cities at large, producing 7,500 meats a week.
In addition to its own farm plots, Appetite for Change also sources ingredients from other regional farms. Appetite for Change kitchen manager and chef Jim Pfeffer recently used our goat meat with several recent community meals: dirty rice featuring goat offal and goat curry served with corn on the cob and coconut rice (see in photos).
Appetite for Change offers a variety of programs, including
The organization also has several food ventures: Breaking Bread Catering + Café, Station 82 Drink + Eatery, and the West Broadway Farmers Market.
To learn more about Appetite for Change and the compelling stories of its founders Haley and Powell, visit my profile link to read or listen to the feature MPR article, A garden is the frontline in the fight against racial inequality and disease by Yuki Noguchi.
Learn more about Appetite for Change:
Article source: MPR: A garden is the frontline in the fight against racial inequality and disease, by Yuki Noguchi, November 2020. www.mprnews.org/story/2020/11/27/npr-a-garden-is-the-frontline-in-the-fight-against-racial-inequality-and-disease
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 hours
Serve with rice and naan (my bread machine flat bread/naan recipe here).
Adapted from www.thekitchn.com
ILearn more about what cuts of goat meat come with a whole goat order from our farm.
A standard whole goat order typically comes with 25-30 lbs. of meat, offal and bones including:
If you're interested in ordering a whole goat, visit our online store. Deciding if a whole goat order is right for you? Read our blog post: 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Whole Goat.
This recipe is more of a guide to cooking goat stew meat with a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. You'll find that after you follow the directions, you may make adjustments on when you add ingredients and other seasonings (before the pressure cook or after), as well as how much cooking liquid to remove.
By using the pressure cooker, this is a no fail way to easily cook your goat meat so it's tender and flavorful without spending hours in the kitchen. It allows you to use your favorite goat recipe or keep it simple with a seasoning kit or a jar of sauce from the grocery store.
1 lb. – Stew goat meat or roast or shanks chopped into cubes – order here
1 tbs. – Butter or your favorite fat/oil for sautéing
1-2 cups – Bone broth – goat or beef, bullion/water mix or water
Your choice of sauce, curry or scratch sauce recipe
Your choice of veggies
Your choice of side rice, noodles, flat bread, tortillas
Order your goat stew meat from our Farm Store. For more goat meat recipes, cooking tips, promotions, and to know when goat meat is available, sign up for our email list here.
Making bone broth is quite simple to do and is way more beneficial for your health than those hard bouillon cubes or even a simple stock. Since the bones are simmered for a longer time with bone broth, it allows for more time to release more collagen, bone marrow, amino acids, and minerals, such as calcium, zinc and magnesium (Cleveland Clinic, 2018). It’s also more economical than the alternative.
You can drink it like a cup of tea. Or, I typically will I freeze or can it, and then use it in recipes that call for broth or stock, such as soups, gravies and other dishes. When I made this recipe recently, I used a combination of goat and beef bones.
Nutrient-Dense Bone Broth – Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
When it comes to goat meat, it can be a challenge to find in grocery stores. Sometimes specialty markets will carry it. But, if you do find it, it is likely imported all the way from Australia.
Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of goat meat. Most of the goat meat found for sale in grocery stores in the U.S. is sourced from Australia. According to Meat and Livestock Australia:
Most of these goats are semi-wild (feral), sourced from Australia’s rangeland.
Sourcing goat meat in the U.S.
So how can you find goat meat in the U.S., that’s raise right here in our own country?
1. If a store in your area carries goat meat, check the label to see where it is from. If you can’t tell ask the manager to know if it’s imported or raised in the U.S. Food co-ops often carry food sourced from local farmers. You can ask the same question at restaurants as well.
2. Look for farms that raise and sell their meat direct to customers. It’s not always easy to do, but with a little homework you can hopefully find some good options. Several places to start include farmers markets, local foods listings and goat breeder organizations. Even an online search can help as well since many farms have an online presence and may even have online ordering options.
Often buying direct from the farmer means purchasing a whole goat, cut and packaged to your liking. Sometimes you can also purchase individual cuts of meat, which can be convenient if you don’t have a lot of freezer space or want to enjoy a special recipe without needing to purchase large quantities of meat.
Let us be your choice for enjoying goat meat raised in the Upper Midwest on our farm. Sign up for our email list to know about upcoming sales, recipes and tips for cooking goat meat and updates on what's happening from our farm. In spring of 2020 we will be launching a new ordering website, with an option for shipping right to your doorstep.
In celebration of Goatober, we’ve partnered with the Farm Table Restaurant in Amery, Wis., to bring a brand-new dish to highlight flavorful goat meat, with the Smoked Philly Goat with meat from our farm. The sandwich is a special at the restaurant throughout the month of October.
If you’re not local, I’m excited to share the full recipe below for you to enjoy at home. A big thanks to the Farm Table staff for celebrating goat meat and sharing this recipe with our farm customers and community.
Smoked Philly Goat Sandwich
Thank you to the team at the Farm Table Restaurant in Amery, Wis., for creating this wonderful, smoked Philly Goat Sandwich and sharing the recipe with our community.
Makes 6-8 sandwiches
Full Ingredient List for rub, braise and sandwiches
1 – 4-pound Goat Roast (leg or shoulder)
3 - Yellow Onions
3-4 - Heirloom Tomatoes
2 – Bell Peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 bunch - Fresh Rosemary
½ bunch - Fresh Thyme
½ Tbs. - Cinnamon
6 - Bay Leaves, divided
1/8 cup - Hungarian Wax Pepper, dried
6 - Garlic Cloves, divided
1 1/2 Tbs. - Oregano, dried, divided
Salt and Pepper
1 Qt. Stock
1/4 cup - Red Wine Vinegar
1 1/2 Tbs. – Dijon
Mayo, to taste
8 slices – Provolone
8 – Hoagie rolls, or other bread of choice
Butter for sautéing and grilling bread
Mesquite pellets for smoking
Goat Rub Directions
Goat Braise Directions
Assemble Philly Goat Sandwiches
Recipe and photos by the Farm Table Restaurant, Amery, Wis.
Order your goat roasts or leg of goat from our Farm Store. For more goat meat recipes, cooking tips, promotions, and to know when goat meat is available, sign up for our email list here.
While this recipe take a while to cook, it is so worth it. You'll have a super tender, braised goat meat dish with a flavorful Thai sauce.
I will often make it before I go to bed. When I wake up, I'll put it in the fridge and then re-heat (and add the veggies) in the slow cooker before dinner.
Braised, Thai Goat Curry in Slow Cooker - Recipe
Serve with rice, cauliflower rice, naan flatbread or double the veggies while cooking.
P.S. I’m working on an Instant Pot version of this recipe that I’ll share in the future. I need a little more work on getting the right timing for the goat meat to be the perfect tenderness.
Inspiration from Danielle Walker’s Crockpot Thai Beef Stew at AgainstAllGrain.com at https://againstallgrain.com/2014/07/07/crockpot-paleo-thai-stew/
Have you ever wondered: Is buying a whole goat right for me? The reality is that buying a whole goat isn’t for everyone. So how do you know if it’s for you?
Here are seven questions to ask yourself if you’re considering ordering a whole goat for you and your family.
Is buying a whole goat for me? Take the quiz!
1. Are you willing to try new cuts of goat meat?
Are you willing to eat all your cuts of goat meat? Part of the experience of purchasing a whole goat, may also mean trying out new recipes and ways to cook goat.
If you only want goat chops and shanks, buying a whole goat isn’t for you.
A whole goat order typically includes ground meat, leg, shoulder roast, shoulder steaks, chops, rack or rib chops, ribs, shanks, stew meat (curry cubes) and an option for organ meat (liver, heart, tongue, and kidney), as well as bones. You do have the option to leave out some cuts and opt for more ground or stew meat.
How do you feel about trying new cuts of goat meat?
2. Are you looking for a "deal"?
This one is a two-part question.
A. Goat meat can be hard to find in the grocery store, or it can be hard to find a farm to buy goat meat directly from. This means goat meat is often in demand more than is can be found to purchase, which means it’s usually more costly per pound than beef or even lamb.
It makes total sense to ask the question: How much does goat meat cost? Most folks will do that and weigh out the decision.
Our goat meat has an added value because is telling a story of how it came to life, raised, care for and harvested to make its way to your kitchen. It’s not just the story of the farmer, but it’s also extending to your story – how you’re keeping your cultural heritage alive with the food on your plate, or expanding your journey with truly, good food.
Customers who buy direct from the farmer appreciate this added value and are often willing to pay for it.
If you’re thinking, that’s more than I want to pay for, compared to XYZ, then it might make sense, you may want to hold off on purchasing a whole goat.
How do you feel about paying more for goat meat as compared to other meats?
B. Buying a whole goat vs. individual cuts of meat is a way to get a “deal” on goat meat. A whole goat price/lb. (hanging weight price, plus the butcher’s fees) can range from $8-$10/lb. (or more, depending on where you buy the whole goat). As compared to the retail price of $12-$18/lb. on cuts various cuts of meat.
Are you interested in getting the best deal when buying goat meat?
3. Will you eat it within a year?*
Typically, a whole goat will give you about 22-30 lbs. of usable meat (this is different from hanging weight, see this article for more details). Depending on your recipes or cuts of meat, this could work out to 10-15 meals, or a recipe using pound of goat meat every two weeks.
Are you able to eat all of your goat meat?
*Note: The USDA says frozen meat can be stored up to a year.
4. Do you have enough freezer space?
Typically, a whole goat is about 22-30 lbs. of usable goat meat (as mentioned in the question above). This will fill about a whole regular size reusable-style grocery bag (the smaller standard size ones, not the big rectangle size ones).
Often when ordering meat in bulk direct from a farmer it can be useful to have a deep freezer.
However, this amount of goat meat CAN fit in a refrigerator-freezer, but it depends on how much extra space you have on hand at the time of when you order the goat meat.
Do you have enough freezer space?
5. Do you want to know your farmer?
Knowing your farmer is important, because you’re able to know how they raise their goats for meat. This includes where the goats live (Do they have enough room to move around? Do they have access to pasture?), how the goats are being fed (pasture, hay/grain combination, heavy grain), how the goats are being handled and so on. Ask about these farming practices to know what you’re getting.
By supporting local farmers, you know your meat is coming from a local source, and not imported from thousands of miles away, which is often the case with most goat meat found in grocery stores in the U.S.
Do you want to support local farmers?
6. Do you like to meal plan?
If you like to plan ahead, having goat meat on hand is perfect. You’ll know what you have in advance and can work with recipes for the week or even month if you are really into meal planning. You don't have to worry about finding a grocery story that even carries it when you actually need it.
You can even plan ahead for special occasions, keeping in mind which cuts of goat meat you’ll use and then use the other cuts on a more regular basis with your menu planning,
Do you like to meal plan?
7. Are you willing to wait to order your whole goat?
Typically farms who sell whole goats, will offer the opportunity to order once or twice a year.
Usually, this happens because farms raise goats on a seasonal basis, meaning goat kids are born once a year and are ready for market (the general term for sale!) during that year.
While some goats might have multiple groups of goat kids born throughout a year, it is not as common.
Are you ok with waiting to order your whole goat once a year?
You're all done! Now count up your responses.
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I own and manage Cylon Rolling Acres in northwestern Wisconsin. On my farm I raise Boer - Kiko meat goats on pasture.
Cylon (pronounced Si-lon) is the name of our township in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Sorry fans, our farm is not named after the robots of Battlestar Galactica.