The California Wool Growers Association has been "the voice of the sheep industry since 1860." Recently, it honored master meat-cutter Mike Carroll, the meat department manager at the Sacramento specialty market Corti Bros.
Carroll was displaying his framed certificate the other day, which reads, "CWGA 2011 Retailer Marketer Award (acknowledging) Corti Bros. for the continuing dedication toward promoting and marketing the California sheep industry."
"I've been very excited about it," Carroll said. "We went to the Pine Resort on Bass Lake near Yosemite for the banquet dinner and awards presentation."
Carroll has a remarkable assortment of lamb displayed in the cold case at his meat department. "We carry lamb from three different companies," he said. "We sell so much lamb that we exhausted the supply of one of our purveyors. She won't have any more until February, when her lambs mature."
What's that piece of meat over there? "That's a cradled lamb loin, something I invented myself," Carroll said. Joining it were rack of lamb, lamb chops, rib chops, small loin chops, shoulder chops, round bone chops, riblets, boneless lamb stew, chateau roast, lamb shanks and leg of lamb.
Makes you want to fire up the grill. Corti Bros. is at 5810 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. For the meat department: (916) 736-3805.