Catskill Merino Sheep Farm is a fixture at the Union Square Greenmarket. You’ll recognize their stall by the hanging hanks of wool yarn. The colors are subdued due to the natural dyes used.
The farm, which is located in Goshen, New York, also sells edible lamb products from several iced coolers. I’ve bought lamb chops there before, but this last Saturday I noticed a sign advertising lamb bacon, a brand-new product for the farm. Hmmm, I thought to myself, does it taste like regular pork bacon?
The taste was smoky, but also lamb-y, even mutton-y. In fact, the sheep flavors trumped the smoke flavors, which was more interesting than disappointing. The strips were chewy rather than tender, and more caramelized than crisp.