Protein is this summer’s buzz word. Companies selling everything from granola bars to chicken tenders to, yes, even dog food, are scrambling to let their customers know, in no uncertain terms, just how much “good for you” protein their products contain. For many people, the traditional source of protein is from some form of meat. Deciding what type and amount of protein to eat, as well as where to get it, is up for debate.
The big beef, pork and chicken associations may have their fancy commercials, but have you ever considered adding rabbit to your diet? I’m no nutritionist, but with rabbit being so lean and with so little cholesterol, I think it should certainly be an option. And contrary to popular belief, rabbit does not have a “wild” or gamey taste to it. Growing up we had wild rabbit meat on some occasions, but it wasn't until I started raising meat rabbits for 4-H projects that it became a more frequent dinner at our home.
If you’re looking for alternatives to store-bought proteins, I’d suggest raising your own rabbits. Meat from the grocery can come from just about anywhere and be raised under varying conditions. With your own colony of rabbits you know what they’re eating and how they've been treated. Rabbits don’t take up a lot of space and they don’t require much maintenance. Contact us for help getting started and for advice along the way.
If raising animals isn't your thing, you can also see if any local growers attend farmers markets near you. Your county extension office may also be able to help you locate a rabbit farmer in your area.