We try to raise the best eggs we can. We try to copy “Joel”. If you want to learn more watch this great ted talk:
For 2013 we have implemented a new policy, eggs cannot be reserved. We offer them first come, first serve, starting at noon on Sundays at our store. If you want to bring your kids, they can always collect their own.
Many farmers’ market are allowing an “eggs on the table” policy. They are adopting the notion that farmers’ markets are a natural extension of the farm gate. Please patronize markets that allow this. Currently in Ottawa, only the Ottawa Organic Market allows this. It is up to you, demand the best eggs and you’ll get them, till then shop the Price Club and the garbage/grocery store.
A recent article in Mother Earth News reported on tests done on “pastured” eggs vs. factory farm eggs. Here are some of the ways in which a pastured egg is healthier:
- 1⁄3 less cholesterol
- 1⁄4 less saturated fat
- 2⁄3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
With respect to vitamin D, many of us do not get enough of because we don’t spend enough time outdoors, and even when we do we use sunscreen that blocks vitamin D production. Eggs are one of the few food sources of naturally occurring vitamin D. The tests showed that pastured eggs have anywhere between 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs.
Don’t be duped by the term “free range”. 50 000 birds in one shed with no windows and fluorescent lights is no pretty sight or smell. Good food, sunlight, clean water and grass is what makes a good chicken and thus a good egg. Yolks shoud be dark orange and sit up like half a golf ball. Eggs should be able to poach like in the old days.
Raising pastured hens for eggs and meat birds requires a lot more work, thus the price, taste, and nutritional difference.
As a final sobering note, our hens live for 2 years, twice the life of normal. They end their days quickly as we turn them into stewing hens. Most hens’ lives are terminated by introducing a poisonous gas into the barn. They die in their own manure.