Monday, July 19, 2010

Consigner serves goat to Governor

Goat made an impressive showing at Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's Buy Local Cookout. Governor O'Malley sponsored a cookout for 250 invited guests featuring local chefs, farms, and restaurants that submitted recipes that feature fresh Maryland grown ingredients.

Governor Martin O'Malley
This year, 50 recipes were submitted and 15 won the competition to go to Annapolis and serve their winning dishes at the cookout held on the lawn of the Governor's mansion to signify the kick off of Maryland's Buy Local Challenge Week.

Maryland goat was featured in two of the winning recipes, Black Currant and Onion Conserve served on goat cheese and goat sausage (Many Rocks British-Style Goat Banger sausage) and Washington County Head Buttin' Goat Chili featuring Eye of Goat Beans.

Through farmers markets and other local events such as this, Jeanne Dietz-Band (Many Rocks Farm) is helping members of the public to discover that goat is a wonderful and tasty addition to a healthy diet for their families.

Many Rocks Farm has been a consigner to the Western Maryland Meat Goat Performance Test since its inception in 2006.  They had the top-performing buck in 2006 and have had one or more bucks in the top ten each year.

Read article in Hagerstown's Herald-Mail

"The domestic goat meat industry will grow and succeed one bite of deliciously prepared goat at a time. Getting out there and demonstrating to consumers that a fresh local meat product far surpasses imported goat meat in flavor and quality is also key to the growth of our industry." 

Jeanne Dietz-Band, Many Rocks Farm