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!
asked byPaleoDel (1307)
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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.
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.
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.
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.