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If you are reading this far, you are a discerning customer with appreciation for unique products, quality meat, reared in a traditional manner with a quite remarkable taste
Taste Shetland understands that provenance is increasingly important for today’s customer. Each individual Taste Shetland product comes complete with detailed information on the origin of your valued purchase. We can provide information on the croft of origin, its location, and any outstanding geographic or family features that will enhance your experience.
Here are some recent examples of the provenance we have provided customers:-
Seaweed Lamb from Burland
The ‘Burland’ croft on the Island of Trondra is situated on the site of an ancient Pictish broch (tower). The croft borders one mile of Atlantic seashore and is sheltered by the remote peninsular of Bruna-ness, an ancient Viking settlement; the Isbister family run the croft and a tourist trail which depicts Shetland farming through the ages. The Isbister family run only native breeds on their croft.
Island Lamb from Mousa
One of the most famous isles in Shetland, Mousa is the site of a remarkable iron age broch and is mentioned in the Norse sagas as an eloping lovers’ hideout. The island itself, on the east coast of Shetland, measures a little under two miles in length and almost a mile at its widest point. After maturing to market size, the Lambs reared on the isle are transported to the Shetland mainland by small boats.
Island Lamb from St Ninian’s Isle
Reared on the infamous St Ninian's Isle, home to Europe's largest 'Tombolo' (stretch of sand which separates two land masses). St Ninian's Isle is a site of outstanding natural beauty and tourists come from far and wide to see the ruins of a 12th Century Chapel. In 1958, treasure was found on the site by a schoolboy. The treasure was thought to have been buried underneath the Chapel to escape the clutches of the Vikings.
Hill Lamb from Brindister
The ‘Brindister’ (Old Norse for animal watering place and summer pasture) croft overlooks the cliffs of Noss which are among the highest in the United Kingdom. The Nicolson family run the croft which covers a large heathery hill area up and down the ‘spine’ of Shetland. In years gone by, the croft was home to a large number of families. Children were tethered in order to prevent them falling over the cliff faces.
Seaweed Lamb from Setter
Old Norse for ‘Summer pasture’, Setter is situated on the island of Burra on the west coast of Shetland. Your lamb comes from a breeding flock of 25 Shetland native ewes which run on an 8 hectare croft. The area has been farmed for over 1,000 years.