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Buffalo at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Bison at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A new black calf was recently born at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead and she still needs a name.

Have an idea? Stop in at Tweed’s Restaurant in downtown Riverhead for its “Name the Baby” contest and fill out an entry form.

If the name you choose is selected, you’ll win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant.

In related news, did you know that if you are looking for a low-fat, low-cholesterol alternative to beef burgers or steak, Tweed’s Restaurant sells a variety of cuts made from their own local, grass-fed bison.

“It’s very popular, especially for people who are health-conscious,” Tweed’s owner Ed Tuccio said of the service, which he launched around 10 years ago but seldom advertises.

The East Main Street restaurant sells frozen five pound packages of chopped bison meat along with bison bone-in rib eye “cowboy” steak, hanger steak, filets and t-bones. The bison are raised on Tuccio’s property, North Quarter Farm, in Riverhead and fed a grass diet with no herbicides. Bison is also featured on Tweed’s menu as a dine-in dish.

At around $10 a pound, the bison sold at Tweed’s costs more than a package of supermarket beef but is better for you, Tuccio said.

Bison meat is about two to three percent fat while beef is nearly 20 percent, according to the National Bison Association.

“When you consider that, for instance, a beef burger is 30 percent fat and bison is two or three percent fat, what are you buying?” he said.

You don’t have to call ahead to place an order, but Tuccio said it’s appreciated. For pricing and availability, call 631-208-3151.

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