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Delicious Farm Eggs

The delicious beauty of a truly free-range egg.

ImageDarcy Harvey waxes eloquent on the the magnificent free-range eggs available locally from Moody Meats and Heartland Eggs:

The second you crack that speckled brown shell and drop the plump orange yolk into butter sizzling on the bottom of the frying pan you can tell that this egg is different, this is not your average “ping-pong ball” egg- this egg has been grass fed.

Grass-fed/pastured hens are raised on pasture, as opposed to being kept in confinement and fed primarily grains (corn and soybeans). Eggs from pastured hens contain up to 20 times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than those of their less fortunate cousins, factory hens. Pastured hens’ diets are naturally complemented with bugs, earthworms, and other such critters that give their eggs a huge nutritious boost. Pastured hens are usually much healthier and happier than their space-restricted and antibiotic-pumped industrial counterparts. 

Pasturing is the traditional method of raising egg-laying hens and other poultry. It is ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the tastiest, most nutritious eggs. Pastured eggs have roughly 10 percent less fat, 40 percent more vitamin A, and 34 percent less cholesterol than eggs obtained from factory farms.
To ensure that you are getting the tastiest eggs, know your farmer and their farming practices. Moody Meats and Heartland Farms are two shining examples of excellent pastured eggs. You can get your paws on Moody eggs only at Bloomingfoods, and Heartland’s eggs at the Winter and Summer Farmer’s Markets.

photo credit: Deann Barrera