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Eggs from pastured chickens in the San Diego area?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM

I buy only organic eggs from free roaming chickens, but as well all know, this does not mean they are free roaming on a pasture. It just means they can roam around in whatever capacity the keepers allow them to. It also just means that the grain feed is organic.

So as much as I can, I buy "Vital Farms" eggs from Whole Foods, but they are $6.99 a dozen!

Does anyone have personal experience buying eggs from a local farm or group that raises the chickens on pasture and does everything 'right'?

I know about localharvest.com. i know about eatwild.com. But I have not had any success with that so I still want to know if anyone has a personal testimony and could possibly point me in the right direction.

Thanks!

Jack Kronk

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on August 09, 2011
at 04:43 AM

Ditto on the Gama guys! When they're feeling chipper, they throw in some of their veggies for free (of course usually near the end of the market). They also have a table at the Solana Beach market Sun 1-5. Win-win-win.

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on July 14, 2011
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Michelle - Eva does login much anymore. She hasn't since April 27.

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on July 14, 2011
at 04:19 PM

I'll be making the trek from the Inland Empire. I'm sure someone here might be able to help out.http://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Paleo-Tribe/events/18090571/

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on July 14, 2011
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I get mine from a Gama farms stand as well. At the Irvine farmer market, they are $3.50 /doz or $6 /20pk. I get 52 eggs for $15, which just about lasts me two weeks ; )

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on July 14, 2011
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hmm. still might be worth a look since they are local. Vital is from Texas so they are shipped. Thanks Craig.

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on July 14, 2011
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I dont recall the name of the farm--only that it is not San Pasqual Valley or Ramona Ranch--but pastured eggs are available at the Hillcrest farmers market every Sunday. I spoke to the farmer and according to him, he does everything us paleo folk could want. Only problem, his prices were a dollar more than vital farms the last time I checked.

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on February 16, 2011
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I used to go to this farmer's market every week but never checked them out. Thanks so much for the tip!

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on February 16, 2011
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Open air chickens in San Diego would become coyote snacks in short order. If they are not fenced over, they are dead meat. I get my eggs for $3.00 a dozen from a lady down the street who has a big pen full of chickens. She feeds them fruit, seeds, table scraps, etc. No chemicals. It's not a perfect freerange environment, but the chickens are happy and healthy, and it's MUCH better than the commercial crap from the store. I live in Escondido. If that is close enough, I'll give you her phone number, but you have to drive there and pick the eggs up yourself. She is just a housewife who grows food on the side. It's not a big commerial enterprise.

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on February 15, 2011
at 08:19 PM

I get my eggs at the Encinitas Farmers Market from Gama Farms. They are the only stand there that sell eggs and it's $4.50 a dozen. Here is more info on what their chickens eat: http://gamafarms.com/produce.php

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on February 16, 2011
at 05:40 AM

I used to go to this farmer's market every week but never checked them out. Thanks so much for the tip!

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on July 14, 2011
at 05:17 AM

I get mine from a Gama farms stand as well. At the Irvine farmer market, they are $3.50 /doz or $6 /20pk. I get 52 eggs for $15, which just about lasts me two weeks ; )

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on August 09, 2011
at 04:43 AM

Ditto on the Gama guys! When they're feeling chipper, they throw in some of their veggies for free (of course usually near the end of the market). They also have a table at the Solana Beach market Sun 1-5. Win-win-win.

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on October 04, 2012
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As of Sept, 2012, there were three stands selling pasture raised eggs at the new SD Public Market in Barrio Logan Sundays and Wednesdays.

Descanso Valley Ranch ($6 / doz) - 619-659-1375 (closed for a year, they are back in business)

Spur Valley Ranch ($7 / doz), www.spurvalleyranch.com 619-722-6639, located in El Cajon

Paradise Valley Ranch ($7 / doz), www.avocadolovers.com 760-742-1822, also sell from their farm in Valley Center

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I sell happy hen eggs in Escondido near 78 and Bear Valley. $4 a dozen. Email if you're interested. crystal.king97@yahoo.com P.S. We have many different animals and you might enjoy a tour of our small family farm run mostly by our homeschooled kids.

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on September 02, 2013
at 06:16 AM

I buy fresh eggs from the small organic farm in Encinitas http://www.coraltreefarm.com.

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on February 12, 2013
at 08:36 PM

I am trying to sell free ranch eggs extra LARGE please contact me at 1760 4273918

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on July 13, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Hi Eva,

Where in Escondido?

I'm interested...

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on July 14, 2011
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Michelle - Eva does login much anymore. She hasn't since April 27.

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on February 15, 2011
at 05:54 PM

I also buy Vital Farms eggs from Whole Paycheck Market in San Diego. I have yet to try a nearby Farmers Market, but I've heard that pastured eggs can indeed be found there.

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on February 15, 2011
at 08:41 PM

re Gama Farms

2000 hens on one acre..... how many insects is any one hen ever gonna get her diet?!?

Might as well buy the CAFO eggs. Same content, lower price!

Dig up worms, chop 'em up, throw them into the omelet with all the other diced junk. You'll never taste the difference!

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