David Robb and Lila Bennett
David Robb and Lila Bennett run Tangletown Farm in Middlesex. They sell poultry, pork, beef, and rabbit at the Montpelier and Waterbury farmers’ markets. They also offer CSA meat shares. tangletownfarm.com
Written by David Robb and Lila Bennett | September 01, 2010
Rabbits, they say, are the new chicken. They’re small, fast growing, feed efficiently, and are lower in fat and higher in protein than any other meat, yet you don’t see them much on Vermont farms. Why is that? The few rabbits raised in Vermont are literally out of sight, as in raised indoors, tightly caged and strictly dieted. That method didn’t suit our style of farming, so when we started with rabbits we raised them in chicken tractors, moving them to fresh grass twice daily. (Pasturing rabbits increases the omega fats in their meat.) But even though they were outdoors and on pasture, we still weren’t satisfied.