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Orange Yolks in Toronto?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I live in Toronto and I buy a few different brands of free-range eggs at Healthy Butcher, Kensington Market etc. There's all fine. HOWEVER, when I was in Vancouver over the holidays I bought some amazing eggs from Maple Hill Farms in BC, with vivid orange yolks that were bursting with flavour. Where can I get me some eggs like that in the T dot?

I've added a bounty because I'm still on the hunt for amazing eggs in Toronto and haven't heard any actual suggestions yet.

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:31 PM

You're dead right about the food being the difference, though; our eggs were always so wonderfully orange! The yellow yolks of store-bought eggs always looked watery, and unappetizing by comparison.

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on January 25, 2012
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"Free range chickens are kept indoors for the first 3 weeks of their life (for their own safety) then after that they are allowed access to the outdoors. However they never go there because they (in the chickens mind) does not know it exists." I beg to differ with that. My family raised chickens when I was a kid. We would always keep the chicks inside for the first several weeks of life--first in a box in the living room, then in a special "brooder house" w/heat. They would always go outside come spring. Not sure what these other farmers are doing wrong, but it's not the confinement.

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:58 PM

i like your explanation. i knew the same but i just didnt have the will power to go into it as you did. i feed my chickens paleo food scraps. they may not be certified eggs but they are paleo chickens.

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on January 16, 2012
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Here's the website, says they're certified organic and free-range. http://www.maplehillfarms.ca/

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on January 16, 2012
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on January 17, 2012
at 01:17 AM

I've read that the colour of egg yolks varies with what they are fed throughout the year and that chefs in France actually have different recipes for eggs harvested in fall, winter, spring, and summer (Joel Salatin Folks This Ain't Normal). As the climate in Toronto and BC are quite different at this time of year and therefore the ability to forage outside would vary, it makes sense that the yolk colours are different at this time of year as well. That being said, Rowe Farms sells some great eggs at their store on Bloor in the Annex and at the Superstore in the Manulife centre.

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on January 25, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Check out Stoddart Farms. I used to get eggs from them at the Wychwood Barns farmer's market (I think they go there one saturday a month - check the site for their farmer's market schedule). You can also sign up for an egg CSA and pick up your eggs for the month at one of their various drop-off locations around the GTA.

Their chickens are totally pastured. When I got the eggs in the summer, the yolks were definitely a delicious orange. Never tried the winter eggs; considering the climate, I'd bet the yolks wouldn't be nearly as orange.

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on January 25, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Have you tried the St. Lawrence Farmer's Market on Saturdays? You might have some luck there...

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Orange eggs most likely mean the chicken was fed real chicken food. (Bugs, Grubs etc)

Organic only means that they were fed Organic feed, a lot of eggs even say organic vegetarian fed only to help sell the eggs.

Chickens eat bugs. They don't feed chickens organic bugs...

Also free range,

""Free range birds must have access to the outdoors. However, since there is no legal definition of free range in Canada, this can vary from farm to farm. Be wary of ???fresh??? free range chicken in stores when it???s -30 degrees outside, it may have been frozen product defrosted for sale and should not be re-frozen.""

They need to have access, doesn't mean they ever go outside. They just need to have the option to go outside.

I know in the book The the omnivore's dilemma the author touches on this in detail. Free range chickens are kept indoors for the first 3 weeks of their life (for their own safety) then after that they are allowed access to the outdoors. However they never go there because they (in the chickens mind) does not know it exists.

Long story short, know your farmer!

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:58 PM

i like your explanation. i knew the same but i just didnt have the will power to go into it as you did. i feed my chickens paleo food scraps. they may not be certified eggs but they are paleo chickens.

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:29 PM

"Free range chickens are kept indoors for the first 3 weeks of their life (for their own safety) then after that they are allowed access to the outdoors. However they never go there because they (in the chickens mind) does not know it exists." I beg to differ with that. My family raised chickens when I was a kid. We would always keep the chicks inside for the first several weeks of life--first in a box in the living room, then in a special "brooder house" w/heat. They would always go outside come spring. Not sure what these other farmers are doing wrong, but it's not the confinement.

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:31 PM

You're dead right about the food being the difference, though; our eggs were always so wonderfully orange! The yellow yolks of store-bought eggs always looked watery, and unappetizing by comparison.

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on May 29, 2013
at 09:47 PM

some farmers use the marigold flower petals trick, to add the deep orange , which if used on a high quality pasture egg (or not), the whole color factor IMO psychologically makes it that much more appeasing. :)

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on May 29, 2013
at 08:43 PM

Free range outside doesn't necessarily mean that the hens had anything available to eat outside. An enclosed yard will quickly be denuded by hens. The only way to get the deep orange yolks on a consistent basis is to have the hens in a pasture in a mobile hen house so that they get moved to fresh greens on a regular basis. To answer the question about our eggs. The yolks definitely are a lighter colour in winter because there are no fresh greens to find. They still go outside and will scratch in the snow but unfortunately there isn't any beta-carotene in snow.

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:54 PM

The best eggs in Toronto are the ones you grow in your backyard ;)

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on April 23, 2012
at 08:46 PM

I'm answering my own question, as I finally found the best tasting eggs in Toronto. They are called Small Flocks' Delight ("brown eggs from hens on green grass") by Hope-Eco Farms. Bought them at the Big Carrot on the Danforth. $8 for 12 extra-large, but worth every penny.

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on January 25, 2012
at 05:08 PM

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on January 17, 2012
at 12:06 AM

When chickens are fed lots of greens the yolks are brighter, deeper colours. I used to throw garden scraps into the outdoor chicken pen and always had colourful yolks in Canada.

Here in Mexico, I used to have a sod lawn and the neighbours chickens denuded it- no . more . grass! There is not much greenery just a bunch of cactus here and they loved the grass while it lasted. There are however tons of bugs and I throw out veggie trimmings so the eggs are good.

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:29 PM

i would question are the free range eggs you buy that are not vivid orange just a fake.

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Here's the website, says they're certified organic and free-range. http://www.maplehillfarms.ca/

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