Whole Foods has a number of Paleo friendly eggs choices:
- Alfresco Farms: Pastured but not organic. $5/dozen.
- Vital Farms: Organic pastured eggs. Apparently same company as Alfresco. $6.50/dozen.
- Jeremiah pastured eggs: Organic pastured. I think they're $6/dozen.
- Jeremiah no-soy pastured eggs: Organic pastured and a statement that no soy is given.
I thought pastured meant not feed given so its strange to see a pastured product with no soy. Do they give other grains instead? If so, then doesn't seem to help much. Organic is nice as it avoids concentration of pesticides in the fats but are Alfresco eggs good enough?
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on June 30, 2013
at 10:59 PM
I like the Vital Farms pastured eggs. Their yolks are usually dark orange (good sign) and there's a little insert in each package that talks about how often they move the chickens to fresh pasture. I've tried all of the pastured eggs I could get my hands on and those seem the best.
on June 13, 2013
at 12:54 AM
Your best bet is to get to know a local farmer who feeds non-gmo and/or exclusviely pasture fed. That's what we get (3.50/dozen) and the eggs are beautiful! Blue, green, yellow, brown. We also get pheasent eggs treated the same way for 5 dollars for 18. Just picked up 27 dozen today! You cannot buy that at a grocery store. If you want to test those brands: buy one of each and look at the colour of each yolk, pick the deepest orange colour (it should not be yellow, but orange).
on May 29, 2013
at 08:36 PM
The Cornucopia Institute researched egg producers and issued a scorecard: http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/
I have chickens, but have bought the Vital Farms eggs when they stopped laying and a more local source was not available. I think they are great eggs.
Pastured should mean out on pasture to the hens' preference. Free range means technical access, but is basically meaningless. But pastured hens are still offered feed in most cases. My hens are outside all day and still eat a fair bit of soy-free organic layer feed.
on May 29, 2013
at 04:48 PM
i buy whatever i can get my hands on that sounds good, mostly organic/pastured eggs, the yolks vary in color which i like as it means the hens are having a varied diet, i can't find any eggs in the uk which give details of the feed so just go organic/pastured
on May 29, 2013
at 04:06 PM
Pastured can mean they're allowed to graze but that could be as small as a 1 square foot cage.
I tend to screw up terminology, too, but in my case it's because we WERE free range (meaning animals freely foraged for themselves) -- most of the time. We'd feed chickens and hogs other animal parts, when butchering (chickens are cannibalistic, if you didn't know).
For my money, now that our ranch is retired and we no longer raise animals, I buy Omega-3 added eggs. It's a bit ridiculous but works. If you're concerned with animal cruelty (a lovely thing to do) and have spare money, buy that.
Buying organic means they're going to limit the amount of RX they shove into their food sources, additionally. Organic is better.
Again, if soy is one of the things you avoid due to hormones, choose the non-soy (we never supplemented this but did supplement corn in winter -- it's simply because they needed the fuel as Ozark winters are below freezing). The rest of the year, we had happy, healthy birds (so long as they were getting plucked away by hawks, coons, possums, coyotes, foxes... it's a long list).