I am so excited to announce that I now have access to some wonderful farm fresh eggs all year long. I have teamed up with Keene Organics out of Marshall, WI to provide fresh eggs from well cared for chickens. The chickens are roaming outside in the winter months and are primarily pastured in the summer. They do receive grains in the winter since worms and bugs are not plentiful in the snow covered landscape. Please check out the Keene Organics website for some pictures of their farm. I will have eggs available for $3 a dozen at my office in the refrigerator by Shine Studio. You are welcome to take as many as you would like and leave money in the envelope. They will be restocked frequently so you know that you will be getting fresh eggs. Also, remember to bring your cartons in so they can be reused.
Does egg quality matter? What is the difference?
Many consumers are confused when they go to purchase eggs at the supermarket. There are so many kinds to choose from and many ask if it is worth it to pay the extra money for good eggs? The answer is YES!!! Below are some fun facts and details that will help you make the best choice:
- Chickens are not vegetarian!!! They are supposed to eat worms and bugs. That is why pasture fed chickens are best and lay the most nutrient dense eggs.
- Cage free does not mean much these days. Just because the bird is not in a cage does not mean that they have access to the outdoors and a healthy living environment.
- Free range is supposed to mean that that they have access to the outdoors. This does not mean that they are outside on pasture but they have access to it.
If you cannot obtain local eggs from pastured chickens, I encourage you to spend a little extra money at the grocery store and stray away from the conventional eggs. The living and feeding conditions of these conventional birds is appalling. Make an effort this year to support your local farmers and remember that with every food dollar you spend you are casting a vote on how you want your food to be raised.
How do I know if I have a good egg?
- Dark yellow or orange yolk
- Hard shell (the type of chicken will determine the color of the shell)
- You do not want the whites to be watery
Here is a picture comparing a pastured yolk to a conventional yolk. Notice the difference?
The Crack Down – What is so good about eggs anyway?
Eggs are a source of protein and fat in the diet. Each egg has about 7 grams of protein if you consume the white and yolk. Some consider eggs to be a perfect protein. Eggs, especially the yolk, are jam packed with important nutrients like vitamin D, vitamin A , folic acid, vitamin B12, choline and many more. Most of the nutrients are found in the yolk. Click here for a chart that lists the nutrients in the yolk vs. white. The nutrient value of a pastured egg is very different than a conventional egg. A summary is listed below:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 ·3 times more vitamin E
- 5 times higher in vitamin D
- Higher in folic acid and B12
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Eat the whole egg!
That’s right. I said eat the yolk and do not be afraid. Remember that most of the nutrients are found in the yolk. I know that many people are very afraid of the cholesterol found in the yolk. Rest assured that most individuals’ cholesterol does not increase due the dietary intake of cholesterol. Here is an article that further explains the safety of consuming eggs on a regular basis.
Come in and purchase some local eggs and click here for a fantastic Crustless Quiche recipe.