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Spring Has Sprung, Time For Lamb!

Flowers blooming, bees hard at work, new life everywhere….it’s springtime! Easter and Passover are just around the corner, too, which means lamb season is in full swing. This year we have an amazing lamb program, featuring two exceptional California producers, designed to offer the finest selections for your table.

Sheep and Lambs at BN Ranch

Sheep and Lambs at BN Ranch

Don Watson‘s Milk-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb is very special–the animals are born in in the Napa Valley during the winter, fed for four months on mother’s milk, then harvested before weaning. The meat extremely tender, with a distinctly mild flavor. This lamb is very limited, so please visit the markets, or call us to pre-order for your Passover and Easter celebrations.

BN Ranch Grass-Fed Lamb is a traditional, rich, full-flavored lamb, born on farmland outside of Tracy, California. These lambs are raised by John Cubiburu, who comes from a family of Basque shepherds, and is committed to the BN Ranch philosophy of raising and harvesting animals. The lambs are grown and finished solely on grass, moving seasonally through open pastures. BN Ranch lamb is available now at both Markets, as well as from the Bi-Rite store on Instacart.com, our partner for grocery delivery in San Francisco.


Shepherd John Cubiburu with his flock at BN Ranch

We are always committed to offering you the best, most humanely-produced food possible. With Don Watson and BN Ranch lambs you will get exactly that. Come in to either Market to speak with our butchers about which option is best for your needs. Whether you need boneless lamb or an entire rack, we can help.

Jason Rose

Why is this night different from all other nights?

The celebration of Passover is an ancient ritual, momentous and rich in tradition. We are happy to offer a special menu and wide range of grocery items to complete your Seder IMG_1295preparations, leaving you more time to spend with your family. Start off with our house-made Potato Latkes and Grilled Coho Salmon. For an unforgettable centerpiece, we are thrilled to offer the best spring lamb from California, including Milk-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb from Don Watson and Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb from BN Ranch. We also have a wide selection of Matzos, including a gluten-free version, and the truly special Naga Bakehouse Vermatzah–handmade matzo crafted in limited batches and baked on an open fire. And Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop has special seasonal treats for a sweet bite to finish your meal. All of the special grocery items are in-stock now, and the full menu of fresh items from our kitchens will be available April 2 through April 11th. We look forward to seeing you and helping you plan a perfect Passover!

Bi-Rite Passover Menu 2015

Jewish-Style Artichokes: White Wine-Poached & Fried with
Lemon, Mint & Sea Salt
$4.99 / ea

Grilled Local Asparagus Salad with Fennel, Chickpeas, Sugar Snap Peas,
Spring Onion, Harissa & Lemon Tahini Dressing
$12.99 / lb

Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Orange, Thyme & Crushed Pistachios
$10.99 / lb

Dried Fruit & Almond Haroseth with Golden Raisins
$4.99 / ½ pt

Organic Potato Latkes
$4.99 / each

Spring Frittata with Egg, Asparagus, Ricotta, Spring Onion,
Tarragon & Lemon
$5.99 / slice

Grilled Coho Salmon with Lemony Spring Pea Hummus
& Shaved Bi-Rite Farms Heirloom Radish
$10.99 / ea

Matzo Ball Soup in Rich Chicken Broth
$9.99/ qt

House-Made Organic Apple Sauce
$2.99 / ½ pt

House-Made Free-Range Chicken Stock
$6.99 / qt

Chopped Chicken Liver with Caramelized Onion & Egg
$4.99 / ½ pt

Red Wine-Braised Estancia Grass-Fed Beef Brisket
$24.99 / lb


Raw Meats

Don Watson’s Milk-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb
Distinct tenderness and mildness of flavor.
Lambs are raised in the Napa Valley and harvested just after weaning.
Pair it with Chante Perdrix St. Joseph “Empreinte” 2011, $24.99

Bone-In Leg of Lamb $12.99/lb
Boneless Leg of Lamb $15.99/lb

BN Ranch Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb
A traditional, full-flavored lamb, rich in lamb flavor. Raised in the Sacramento Delta.
Pair it with Donkey & Goat Syrah “Fenaughty Vineyard” 2012, $34.99

Bone-In Leg of lamb $9.99/lb
Boneless Leg of lamb $13.99/lb
Rack of Lamb $29.99/lb

5 Dot Ranch Beef Brisket
Grass-fed, finished with Rice Bran and Barley. From Susanville, CA.

Passover Desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery

Flourless Cheesecake
$12.99 / 4” cake

TCHO Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons


Special Products For Passover from our Grocery Department

Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine

Kedem Organic Grape Juice

Naga Bakehouse Vermatzah
Limited-Production Artisan Matzah from Vermont
Julie Sperling & Doug Frilich carry on a 5,000 year-old tradition of baking matzah on an open fire.
The matzah is hand-made in small batches from locally-sourced organic wheat and ancient emmer,
in their micro-bakery located on a small sustainable farm.

$19.99 / Box
$29.99 / Tin

Manischewitz Gluten-Free Matzo Crackers

Streit’s Egg Matzos

IMG_1290Streit’s Matzo Meal

Osem Whole Wheat Matzos

Streit’s Dark Chocolate Covered Egg Matzos

Mrs. Adler’s Gefilte Fish

Mrs. Adler’s Pike & Whitefish

Jason Rose

Our Menu For Your Passover Celebrations


We’re delighted to bring our 2014 Passover Menu to our Markets from Saturday, April 12 through Tuesday, April 22. The menu includes a variety of  our yearly favorite house-made dishes, plus an array of desserts from the Bi-Rite Creamery Bakeshop, traditional grocery items to stock your pantry, and more.

From Our Kitchen

Jewish-Style Artichokes – White Wine-poached, then fried
with Lemon, Mint & Sea Salt 

Local Asparagus with Sieved Egg, Capers, Fines Herbs & Dijon  $12.99/lb

Citrus-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sumac, Pistachio, Apricot, Radicchio,
Mizuna & Honey 

Red Wine-Braised 5-Dot Ranch Brisket  $19.99/lb

Spring Frittata with Pasture-Raised Farm Egg, Asparagus, Ricotta,
Bi-Rite Farms Spring Onion, Tarragon & Lemon 

Grilled Coho Salmon with Lemony Spring Pea Hummus &
Shaved Bi-Rite Farms d’Avignon Radish 

Fennel & Garlic-Crusted Slow-Roasted Grass-Fed Lamb with Raisin,
Meyer Lemon & Horseradish Salsa Verde 

Whitefish Salad $6.99 / ½ pt

Homemade Organic Apple Sauce $2.99 / ½ pt

Chopped Chicken Liver with Caramelized Onion & Egg $3.99 /½ pt

Dried Fruit & Almond Haroseth with Golden Raisins  $4.99 / ½ pt

Homemade Free-Range Chicken Stock  $6.99 / qt

Organic Potato Latkes  $4.99 / each

From Our Butcher

Pasture-Raised Grass Fed Spring Lamb from Anderson Ranch:
Bone-In Leg of Lamb  $11.99 / lb ▪  Boneless Leg of Lamb  $13.99 / lb

Pasture-Raised Beef Brisket from California’s Five Dot Ranch  $7.99 / lb

House-Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, sliced to order  $34.99 / lb

House-Smoked McFarland Springs Trout Fillets  $23.99 / lb

From Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop

Flourless Cheesecake  $12.99

Flourless Coconut Macaroons  $5.50

Chocolate-Covered Flourless Coconut Macaroons  $8.99

From Our Grocery Department

Manischewitz Concord Grape Juice  $6.99 750 ml

Bubbies Prepared Horseradish  $3.49 5 oz

Ba-Tampte Beet Horseradish  $4.99 8 oz

Mrs. Adlers Gefilte Fish  $8.99 24 oz

Osem Matzah Cake Meal  $4.99 16 oz

Streit’s Matzo Meal for Passover  $5.99 16 oz

Osem Passover Matzo Crackers  $4.99 16 oz

Osem Whole Wheat Matzo Crackers  $4.99 16 oz

Bazzini Dark Chocolate-Covered Matzo Crackers  $6.99 7 oz

From Our Wine Department

Domaine Bunan Côtes du Provence Rouge  $24.99 (Kosher)
Trac’s tasting notes: A big, rustic red made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Rich and full bodied with flavors of black currants, thyme, and rosemary.

Galil Mountain Chardonnay  $19.99 (Kosher)
Trac’s tasting notes: Located in the Upper Galilee, a mountainous region in Israel,
this Kosher Chardonnay delivers flavors of citrus and tropical fruits with
hints of oak and butter.



Incredible Spring Lamb from Anderson Ranches and Don Watson

Easter and Passover are both coming up in a few short weeks. is  If you’re planning to serve traditional lamb as part of your celebrations (or if you just want to try a truly special meat option), stop by our Markets to talk to the folks behind the Deli or Butcher counters. We have some of the best lamb available, and are here to provide you with just the right cut and help out with cooking and serving tips.


Anderson Ranches’ heard of lambs

I buy lamb year-round from Anderson Ranches out of Oregon. These guys were recommended to me by our great local friend and lamb expert Don Watson. The Anderson folks have been raising grass-fed lamb for five generations and they know what they’re doing. The lambs are fed on a strict diet of 100% grass, which means their meat is lower in fat and healthier for humans. Unusual for this lamb ranchers, Anderson owns their own processing facility, which means that they can oversee every aspect of their production without outsourcing to a third party. The result of all of this is that they consistently turn out a delicious lamb with total transparency in raising and processing that is an excellent option for a traditional Easter or Passover dish.

For something different and excitingly off-beat, we have another option available this spring. The above-mentioned Don Watson is an excellent lamb farmer in his own right, albeit it on a smaller scale. One of my favorite products that we get from Don is milk-fed spring lamb, which is only available at this time of year, typically just for the month of April. Milk-fed lamb tends to be hard to find in the United States because it is not economical to cultivate on a large scale. Fortunately for us, Don is doing it on just about the smallest scale possible, personally overseeing his small herd of lambs (with the help of his expert Peruvian lamb-herders) and exemplifying the sort of local producer that we love working with. Don’s Napa Valley-based herd lives on the grounds of the Infineon Raceway, saving on the cost and environmental impact of lawnmowers by munching on the grass and keeping the Raceway grounds in good condition.


Don with his herd of lambs

Don’s milk-fed lambs, which have been described by the New York Times as, “some of the best milk-fed lambs on the planet,” are only available in the spring. They are harvested right at the stage when they’re about to be weaned off of mother’s milk, so they have never had any other form of sustenance pass through their systems. This produces a sublime tenderness and distinctly mild flavor.

We love working with Don because of his sustainable, hands-on approaching to raising livestock and doing business. When the season is right, Don hand-delivers lamb to us every week, and since these are peak-of-the-season animals, their availability is limited. We won’t have milk-fed spring lamb for very long after April, so it’s worth coming by now to pick some up. Or better yet, if you want to play it safe, give us a call! We’d be happy to set some lamb aside for you to help make sure that your celebrations or any meal you want to cook with lamb is a stunning success.