This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks is bringing up the subject of heritage breed rabbits with Taylor Naples, Chef de Cuisine at Craft, and Patrick Beck, owner of New England Grass Fed. New England Grass Fed is dedicated to producing the finest 100% grass fed beef, pork and silver fox rabbit with the help of their local grazing partners. Their animals are raised with respect and grown to their highest potential, while accepting the gift of animals' lives with gratitude. Patrick specifically raises the silver fox breed of rabbit and shares with Erin the story behind this decision as well as other interesting facts about this heritage breed. Craft is just one of the many restaurants that New England Grass Fed supplies rabbit for, and Taylor explains that the product is superior in quality due to the way Patrick raises the animals. After the break, Taylor takes listeners through a step by step process of preparing the rabbit served at Craft as well as his thoughts on other preparations. Patrick shares plans for the future of the silver fox breed and the sustainable nature of harvesting rabbit. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.
"I saw rabbit as a totally understated protein absolutely absent from the line up of most chefs." [3:50]
"They [silver foxes] are special rabbits and we are honored to have them in the hands of someone like Taylor." [23:40]
--Patrick Beck on The Farm Report
"Rabbits and mustards go together very well... it's a more fun chicken." [21:15]
--Taylor Naples on The Farm Report