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Let it bleat: Goat meat goes mainstream in MPLS

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Holy Land Deli, Andrew Zimmern and the University of Minnesota are just three proponents of the next big thing for foodie culture: Goat meat.

At least that's the take from KARE 11, which looks at the burgeoning market for goat in the Twin Cities. Holy Land CEO and owner Majdi Wadi tells the station that he can't keep up with demand – even after going through 60 goats a week, sometimes twice that, in his northeast Minneapolis market.

Really? Got goat? Kid you not.

Zimmern, a nationally recognized eater of food who also has a food truck in downtown Minneapolis, extolls its virtues as being lean and healthy, while telling the station, "Goat in America is like soccer in America. We love it, it's growing in popularity, but we don't understand 100 percent of it."

And a U of M livestock specialist says the number of goats in Minnesota has increased five times in the last decade. He also says farming with goats is catching on because they are relatively cheap to maintain and reproduce like clockwork. "They produce a crop of kids every year," he tells the station, and "quite easily and often have twins or triplets."

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