Guide To Understanding Farm Eggs
So you just bought your first dozen of farm eggs? Congrats! Your taste buds (and insides) are going to thank you. Or you are considering purchasing a dozen and want to know why you should. Keep reading!
- The outside may look a little "dirty"... Surprise! Ours, like many other farm fresh eggs come unwashed. This is something we practice on our farm.
- When you crack open the egg, the yolk has a rich, yellow color and the egg whites are not runny as they are with store bought eggs.
- Once the egg is cooked thoroughly, you will notice a more rich taste than that of store bought. In a study I link from Mother Earth News, when compared to commercial eggs, free range eggs raised on pasture may contain: 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/3 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acid, 3 times more vitamin E, and 7 times more beta carotene. If you're a nerd like me, you can read the full article here.
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What You Will Find With Our Eggs
When purchasing our eggs, you will most likely find them in a recycled egg carton. We practice regenerative agriculture on our farm, so we reduce, reuse and recycle whenever we can. All first time customers receive a card with instructions to care for eggs.
On your carton, you will notice some things have been marked out if we are using a recycled carton (per USDA standards). This is because we do not grade our eggs and we do not sell by the color or size. On our farm, you get what you get. You should also find a date written in pen on your carton. This date represents when the oldest egg was laid. We recommend using the oldest eggs first and within two to three weeks of the date on the carton.
We have strategically placed the eggs so you will know which eggs to use first. The oldest eggs will be placed in the back left moving along the back row to the front row on the right. The most recently laid egg will be found in the front left. Eggs in the carton will be laid within a day or two of each other.
Once you open your carton, enjoy the different sizes and colors of these beautiful eggs. Our favorite way to show off and store these eggs is with a spiral organizer like this one.
Want to raise your own chickens for their eggs? Check out this blog post to learn how!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy our eggs as much as we do!