Williamsburg: Yarn Tree Selling Lamb and Pork



Clockwise from top: It's just a sign advertising meat for sale among the other knit-related material you'd find at a yarn store. Photos of the farm the meat and yarn comes from in Yarn Tree's window. Linda LaBelle shows us the goods. [Photographs: Adam Kuban]

Meat? At a yarn store? Weird, right? That's what I thought for about a half a second, when the girlfriend pointed out the sign (above) on the bulletin board at The Yarn Tree in Williamsburg.

And then I remembered visiting the annual New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York, where, in context, the combination makes perfect sense.

After all, "it's all part of the cycle," as Yarn Tree owner Linda LaBelle pointed out on Sunday. You get the yarn from the sheep, and, eventually, the meat, too. And, if you're a regular at the Greenmarkets throughout town, you might have noticed yarn being offered there, too. After the jump, the list of lamb and pork for sale at Yarn Tree.

The Yarn Tree

347 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (South 4th; map); 718-384-8030; theyarntree.com

The meat, which LaBelle keeps frozen in a standing deep-freeze in the rear of the store, comes from High View Farm in North Hanover, New Jersey, where the animals are raised humanely and sustainably. They are butchered by one of the few remaining family-owned butchers in the area, Bringhurst Meats.

LaBelle, who has been selling the lamb and pork out of her shop since September 2009, takes delivery from High View as needed and/or whenever the farm has product to sell. The farmers bring the meat along when they deliver yarn to the shop.

Customers have been enthusiastic about the relatively new offering, LaBelle says, and a recipe exchange has sprung up among patrons. (Be sure to ask for a recipe booklet upon purchase.) And, when the weather's warmer, LaBelle says, the shop does tastings, where she or High View's Linda Geren cook the lamb or pork on a grill out front.

Heck, if you're a food-loving knitter, you could make a night of it. Pick up a cut of meat and a skein of yarn and you could possibly be knitting from the same lamb you're roasting in the oven. How's that for full circle?

Highview Farm Lamb

Cut, price/lb, price/oz Rack of lamb, $27/lb, $1.69/oz Shoulder roast (bone-in or boneless), $12/lb, $0.75/oz Leg of lamb (bone-in or boneless), $13.50/lb, $0.85/oz Lamb sausage (green onion or tomato-basil), $12/lb, $0.75/oz Ground lamb, $12/lb, $0.75/oz Lamb chops, $20.50/lb, $1.30/oz Rack chops, $18/lb, $1.13/oz Lamb shank, $15/lb, $0.94/oz Lamb bones (for your dog), $3/lb; $0.19/oz

Highview Farm Pork

Cut, price/lb, price/oz Ham, $12/lb, $0.75/oz Ham steak, $12/lb, $0.75/oz Pork chops (single cut or double cut with pocket), $12/lb, $0.75/oz Sausage (andouille, hot or sweet Italian, or breakfast links), $10/lb, $0.63/oz Ribs (spare ribs or country ribs), $10.40/lb, $0.65/oz Roasts (shoulder, loin or shank/Boston butt), $12/lb, $0.75/oz Ground pork, $10/lb, $0.63/oz Pork cutlets, $12/lb, $0.75/oz Ham hocks, $9/lb, $0.56/oz Canadian bacon, $13/lb, $0.82/oz Bacon, $10.50/lb, $0.65/oz Scrapple, $6/lb, $0.38/oz