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Would You Trust These Eggs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Quick background: I live in Sherman Oaks, CA and I am having some trouble finding eggs from chickens that are actually pasture-fed. Most cartons at Whole Foods brag that their chickens are 100% vegetarian diet and such, which of course I don't want. The ones that might be 100% grass fed have vague wording on the package so it's hard to tell if Vital Farms is what I'm looking for. They have a VERY expensive brand from New Zealand that I usually end up buying, but I'd prefer a more local solution.

Lately, I've been going to a fantastic farmer's market. They have a grass-fed meat/raw milk seller that I just love. However, eggs are still a problem. There is one farmer there who has two stacks of eggs. On one side, there is the "vegetarian (corn and soy)" fed eggs, and then they have this other stack that is supposedly "sunflower sprouts and grass" fed. Are these good eggs to eat? I tried to ask the woman some questions, but she didn't really speak English. I bought some and am hoping for the best, but the yolks don't appear to be especially dark orange or anything.

So are these "sunflower sprout" eggs a good choice, or should I stick with the Vital Farms or the expensive New Zealand eggs from Whole Foods?

Thanks for your help!

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 23, 2011
at 03:23 AM

Wait, here is the link: http://www.frenzeggs.co.nz/

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 23, 2011
at 03:22 AM

I hear those are some great farmer markets, and will definitely check them out when I'm in that area. I go to the Studio City one, which is fantastic except for the egg situation. The grassfed beef rancher (Dey Dey's) actually carries Organic Pastures milk products, but none of the eggs. I'm going to start bugging them to start carrying the eggs. It could happen!

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 23, 2011
at 03:19 AM

No, it's Frenz brand. Here is the link (oh, and the yolks are ORANGE). They're fantastic, but geez, it sure seems like I should be able to find something just as good here. http://www.frenzeggs.co.nz/

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 23, 2011
at 03:11 AM

I think they're from New Zealand, but I'd need to check a package again. But I swear, they were the only eggs in the place that stated clearly that they were pastured and fed on grass only, with no grains added. The only ones. I don't really trust these people at the Farmers Market, either. It's frustrating!

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on August 22, 2011
at 06:23 PM

nope just for me. Those doctors are making those recommendations based on the idea that dietary cholesterol gives you high cholesterol. It's not that simple. I have great cholesterol numbers btw. I should also add that I eat them different ways. Usually 5/day raw in a smoothie, then 1-3 fired (with runny yolks), or sometimes hard boiled or scrambled.

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Jeeeez. That is a lot.

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:07 PM

4 dozen eggs a week??? I hope you're talking about for a large family and not for you as an individual because... that's a ton of eggs. Most doctors and trainers recommend that any one individual eat no more than half a dozen eggs a week.

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on August 22, 2011
at 11:23 AM

Eggs from NZ in America? Oh my god... Or just a NZ brand, because flying EGGS to the US from NZ is just... stupid.

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Note though that unlike us, birds generally do well on grains. So it's not that they should eat worms exclusively, just additionally.

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on August 22, 2011
at 02:31 AM

Personally, I don't trust any farmer's market eggs anymore. I can't get a straight answer out of any vendors at my markets. Sometimes I go to the Ojai market, and they have some good ones sometimes, but usually it is word-of-mouth.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 21, 2011
at 10:24 PM

Thanks, Karen. That's what I'm always unsure of with regard to Vital Farms. Are we getting grains or not? Their wording is always a little bit vague on that point. I like that they do the rotating pasture thing, though.

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on August 21, 2011
at 10:19 PM

Yes, it's pretty disheartening to see all the labels bragging about their vegetarian feed and people clamoring to buy it because they think it's healthy. I do appreciate that most of these are organic, and antibiotic and hormone-free, but I sure wish I could find some eggs that were certified to be from chickens fed on only grass and bugs!

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on August 21, 2011
at 07:28 PM

From photos on the Vital Farms website it appears that the birds are pastured, but that some may be given some supplemental grain on some farms.

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on August 21, 2011
at 07:26 PM

Good ratings for Vital Farms eggs - http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/egg_profiles/FarmID_21.html

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on August 21, 2011
at 05:36 PM

I'm in the UK and have no idea what "pasture raised" eggs are... I'd love someone to explain the difference. It's not a term we use. And, yes, free range chickens who forage for insects are better than non-foraging chickens.

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on August 21, 2011
at 05:33 PM

Anish, yes. Hence my question!

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on August 21, 2011
at 05:14 PM

Eggs from chickens who eat bugs/worms have higher DHA content.

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on August 21, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Great question.

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on August 21, 2011
at 05:46 PM

I would hope that the "grass & sunflower sprout" eggs also imply that the chicken's are free-ranging on pasture and have access to bugs, grubs, etc. As the farmer, and if that is the case, they would most certainly be a better choice than the "corn & soy" fed chicken eggs.

Despite what many would like to believe, chicken's aren't "vegetarians". They are naturally omnivorous. Chickens will even eat other chickens, when stressed, crowded, or just plain bored (read more here)

The Cornucopia Institute also keeps an extensive "Organic Egg Scorecard" on their site (check it out here) that may be useful.

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Note though that unlike us, birds generally do well on grains. So it's not that they should eat worms exclusively, just additionally.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on August 21, 2011
at 10:19 PM

Yes, it's pretty disheartening to see all the labels bragging about their vegetarian feed and people clamoring to buy it because they think it's healthy. I do appreciate that most of these are organic, and antibiotic and hormone-free, but I sure wish I could find some eggs that were certified to be from chickens fed on only grass and bugs!

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:56 AM

I just hope the so-called free-range vegetarian isn't simple 'access' to free range, such as an unlocked cage door that the chicken doesn't know how to open.

I'll be fine if they are running around fields that has very few bugs and worms. From where I came from, chickens steal our rice when we are sun drying it. All the time, and they steal lots of it. We let them do that as long as they are our chickens.

Luckily they'll find some worms in the mud or a dead mouse anyways.

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:05 PM

I don't know which farmers market you go to but you can get lily's eggs at the santa monica (wed/sat) and hollywood (sun) markets. I've been eating 4 doz/week for years and have consistently found those t be the best. Get the free range fertile ones, they have a few options.

Also the raw milk people Organic Pastures have even better eggs, but they rarely have them and when they do only have a few doz.

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on August 23, 2011
at 03:22 AM

I hear those are some great farmer markets, and will definitely check them out when I'm in that area. I go to the Studio City one, which is fantastic except for the egg situation. The grassfed beef rancher (Dey Dey's) actually carries Organic Pastures milk products, but none of the eggs. I'm going to start bugging them to start carrying the eggs. It could happen!

F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

(692)

on August 22, 2011
at 05:07 PM

4 dozen eggs a week??? I hope you're talking about for a large family and not for you as an individual because... that's a ton of eggs. Most doctors and trainers recommend that any one individual eat no more than half a dozen eggs a week.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on August 22, 2011
at 06:23 PM

nope just for me. Those doctors are making those recommendations based on the idea that dietary cholesterol gives you high cholesterol. It's not that simple. I have great cholesterol numbers btw. I should also add that I eat them different ways. Usually 5/day raw in a smoothie, then 1-3 fired (with runny yolks), or sometimes hard boiled or scrambled.

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Jeeeez. That is a lot.

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on August 22, 2011
at 10:05 AM

Are the expensive New Zealand eggs Glenpark Woodland? If so, the hens do eat some bugs and grass but are also fed a lot of wheat and other grains. They're certainly higher quality than your average cage egg, but not perfectly paleo-friendly and probably not worth a massive price increase... Woodland eggs selling here in New Zealand are about twice the price of the cheapest cage eggs, so not too bad.

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on August 23, 2011
at 03:19 AM

No, it's Frenz brand. Here is the link (oh, and the yolks are ORANGE). They're fantastic, but geez, it sure seems like I should be able to find something just as good here. http://www.frenzeggs.co.nz/

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