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School me on farm-fresh eggs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Do I want pasteurized or unpasteurized? Anything special to look for?

I've been buying them at the Farmers Market and typically consume over-easy in salads, over burgers, sausages etc.

Thanks!

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on August 29, 2012
at 01:14 AM

indeed, Matt :) My friend says that advertised "free-range" eggs are really misleading. At least in California, free range simply means the chickens get a certain of time outside each day generally still within cramped spaces...it doesn't even speak on what they are (or aren't) eating.

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on August 28, 2012
at 10:35 PM

That sounds reasonable, tanukicons. It's the grass that gives them their color. More evidence that leafy greens are good for you. :)

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on August 28, 2012
at 10:22 PM

LoL, Hens, not eggs :)

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on August 28, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Agreed, very big difference between "Pasteurized" and "Pastured"! The former word meaning the eggs being heated to kill germs, the latter meaning the eggs are essentially free to pick through fresh grass to get all kinds of bug, fruit, etc. in addition to some supplementation.

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on August 28, 2012
at 10:18 PM

actually not all pastured yolks are always dark(er) orange...my friend is a biodynamic farmer and his chick yolks vary with the seasons. For example, right now they are lighter yellow because the birds are eating more fallen fruit...they are delicious and have a more delicate flavor than Spring eggs that have the darker yolks and more robust flavor :)

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 28, 2012
at 10:10 PM

The key word you want to look for is 'pastured'. This should indicate that the birds have a little room to roam and access to grass, bugs, dirt, etc... You can tell a good egg from a mediocre one by the yolk color - dark orange is good, pale yellow is mediocre. You might shop around from different vendors to see who has the best eggs.

I decided that all the eggs I can get locally suck. No difference between store-bought and farmers market. Now eggs from my parents' farm, these are the real deal, I'll clean out the fridge when I visit.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on August 28, 2012
at 10:35 PM

That sounds reasonable, tanukicons. It's the grass that gives them their color. More evidence that leafy greens are good for you. :)

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on August 28, 2012
at 10:22 PM

LoL, Hens, not eggs :)

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on August 28, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Agreed, very big difference between "Pasteurized" and "Pastured"! The former word meaning the eggs being heated to kill germs, the latter meaning the eggs are essentially free to pick through fresh grass to get all kinds of bug, fruit, etc. in addition to some supplementation.

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on August 29, 2012
at 01:14 AM

indeed, Matt :) My friend says that advertised "free-range" eggs are really misleading. At least in California, free range simply means the chickens get a certain of time outside each day generally still within cramped spaces...it doesn't even speak on what they are (or aren't) eating.

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on August 28, 2012
at 10:18 PM

actually not all pastured yolks are always dark(er) orange...my friend is a biodynamic farmer and his chick yolks vary with the seasons. For example, right now they are lighter yellow because the birds are eating more fallen fruit...they are delicious and have a more delicate flavor than Spring eggs that have the darker yolks and more robust flavor :)

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on August 28, 2012
at 10:48 PM

"Pastured"... Here's some good info. (Check out the "scorecard" for your area) http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/09/organic-egg-report-and-scorecard/

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