Eat on the wild side this Passover and Easter

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2014_04_ham-food-platter Why not try kosher lamb and free-range, grass-fed, hormone-free Virginia ham this Easter or Passover? (Photo: iStockphoto)

Platters of traditional holiday ham and lamb will be served inside Washington dining rooms this Passover and Easter. With a handful of local farms just a drive — or an online delivery fee — from the city, why not eat on the wild side this holiday?

Here are three farms near the District where you can find a kosher lamb and a traditional (and free-range, grass-fed, hormone-free) Virginia ham.

1. Smith Meadows Farm

You don’t even have to make the country drive to procure your pork from Smith Meadows Farm, though you may want to plan a weekend stay at its charming bed and breakfast. Farmers from this Berryville, Va., homestead bring their products to markets in D.C., northern Virginia and Maryland every week. Find a market near you here.

2. KOL Foods

In July 2007, KOL Foods established a partnership with a synagogue in Washington to farm the country’s first glatt kosher, organically raised, local, grass-fed meat. Now, with a home base in Silver Spring, Md., KOL Foods ships across the country. Click here to order your Kosher for Passover lamb.

3. Mt. Vernon Farms

This Sperryville, Va., farm has been in operation for 187 years. While still practicing old-fashion methods of humane and sustainable farming, customers can now order a purebred pig from Mt. Vernon online or schedule a pick up at one of its regular deliveries to the District, Arlington and Alexandria.

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