A Healthy Option for Supper!
Our rabbits are Creme D’Argent and Silver Fox breeds, which are heritage, dual-purpose (raised for meat and fur) breeds in the United States. Rabbit is an excellent source of protein. According to the UDSA, rabbit has only 96 calories per 3 ounce serving, with 18 grams of protein, only 2 grams or less of fat, and NO CARBS!
Since it is so low in fat, rabbit is usually slow roasted, braised, or cooked in a stew to keep it moist. Rabbit is more popular in Europe, but increasingly popular with food connoisseurs in the United States, too. If you’re a Looney Tunes fan, you most likely have heard of Rabbit Fricassee, which is a way of cooking rabbit that is half way between a sauté and a stew. Other similar recipes are Rabbit Cacciatore, an Italian dish often served with polenta, and Hasenpfeffer, a German rabbit stew often served over roasted potatoes or spätzle.
We like to slow roast our rabbit in the oven, much as you would a turkey, and serve it with stuffing, potatoes, and assorted side dishes. Rabbit is small enough that you could also cook it in a slow cooker, air fryer, or Instapot! There are many ways to cook rabbit and a plethora of recipes online.
On Misty Lane Farm
We raise our rabbits indoors in a shed with a barn door that slides open in warm weather. In the winter, a heater keeps the rabbitry just above freezing most days. We feed our rabbits premium rabbit feed, hay, salt, and minerals. Developed by small farmers and breeders, heritage breeds like ours, had a specific purpose throughout history, so are not modern commercial breeds raised for mass production. Creme D’Argent and Silver Foxes are large rabbits, good for meat production, but also have beautiful coats.
Our Creme D’Argent rabbits are buff in color, with an orange-cast to their under coat and white guard hairs. The does weigh about 8.5 to 11 pounds and have between 5 to 8 kits in a litter. We raise our rabbits mostly for meat and they dress out at on average 3 pounds.
The Silver Fox rabbits in our colony, are usually either black or blue/grey in color, with slivering in their fur. The does can reach up to 12 pounds and they have large litters. The silvering in their coats starts to develop at about 4 weeks. Silver Fox rabbits can also be chocolate or lilac, which is another shade of blue. The genetics of coat colors for the Silver Fox breed is very interesting!
You can purchase one of our rabbits on our website here. They are frozen and average 3 pounds.