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The Tender Story of Icelandic Lamb

Icelandic lamb is a wonderfully flavorful, exceptionally lean meat from animals raised with no antibiotics, ever and no added hormones. Pesticides and herbicides are seldom used in Iceland where the climate naturally protects the land. All in all, Icelandic lambs are amazingly robust and live in an idyllic, geographically isolated country' whose strict agriculture regulations protect the integrity of the lamb you are buying.


This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion. We have always believed in and fought for the improvement of welfare for farm animals industry-wide, and all the pork, beef, chicken and turkey in our fresh meat cases comes from producers who have achieved certification to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating system.


 In early fall, farmers mount spirited, pony-sized Icelandic horses and ride high into the mountains to collect their lambs. Although the lambs wear tiny identifying markers, their owners often recognize them by sight—even from afar. This annual event, called réttir, culminates in a celebration with singing, dancing and traditional delicacies such as lamb soup. But since roundup only happens once a year, fresh Icelandic lamb is, alas, only available from September through early December. Iceland has always been a leader in sustainability, and remains one of the purest environments in the world. There's little pollution. And farming is conducted in a way that preserves the land for future use, incorporating aspects of social responsibility. Through a special arrangement with Iceland, this superb lamb is exclusive to Whole Foods Market. We couldn't be prouder, or more delighted, to offer it to our customers. Note: Icelandic Lamb is not available in all of our stores. Check with your local store for availability, and you should find it in our stores in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, North Atlantic, Florida, South, Southwest, Southern Pacific, Pacific Northwest and a few stores in the Midwest.

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Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LUCY - It will differ between stores so I would suggest calling your local store to see what they have in stock.

Henry White says …

Wonderful blog..... I am a devoted customer to Whole Foods and its practice of sustainability... I'm currently researching possible retail distributors for Pickett Farms, a minority owned lamb, goat and beef meat producer located in Mississippi. Our product is free-range and hormone and antibiotic free...... please direct me to someone in procurement for a preferred vendor application . thanks

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@HENRY - Thanks for the kind words. You can find info about how to become a vendor online at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/information-potential-vendors.

Red Fox says …

You say that fresh lamb is only available from Sept. to Dec. but do you have it frozen the rest of the year? Second is/will it be available in the Wellington, Fl store?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RED FOX - Our exact options will differ between stores. I would suggest checking with the Wellington store directly at 561.904.4000 to find out if they have this in stock right now.

roberta says …

Hi I live in Kitxhener Ontario Canada and I would like to know where I can purchase Icelandic lamb from? and Thank you.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ROBERTA - We are a retailer so we are only familiar with items sold in our stores. If you have a store close to you, give them a call to see what they have in stock.

Ms. Dee says …

I love that you're offering Icelandic lamb, but someone might want to consider seeing if there are closer sources for lamb. We encourage local economies and local farmers--especially small farmers--when we buy local products. We also encourage sustainable farming practices when we buy local. I say this as someone who raises sheep and heirloom garlic. Thanks for listening. :)

Howard Dustin says …

I thought all your products were locally grown. I looked at my US Map did not see Iceland on it. Do you actualy have any locally grown lamb in your stores?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@HOWARD - Not all of our products are locally sourced. If you have a recommendation for a locally raised lamb option, just let your local store know!

Alfredo says …

What about New Zealand Lamb? I buy them from time to time. Can you tell me about them?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ALFREDO - Since our vendors differ, check with the butcher at your local store to find out more info on the New Zealand lamb.

Jim Wright says …

When is the Icelandic lamb coming to the store? Thanks, Jim W

Melanie says …

Hi! I was just in Iceland-gorgeous country, btw :)-and am wondering if you carry lamb hotdogs? Their hotdogs were amazing! :)

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JIM - Availability will vary between stores. Check with your local store directly to see when they will have this in stock.

Mary D. Magee says …

I'm looking for Icelandic lamb. Any Whole foods in the city of Chicago carrying it?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY - Availability will differ between stores, even in the Chicago area. Check with the store directly where you plan to shop to see if they have this in stock.

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