The post got my attention but so did the comments from folks still talking about the price of eggs. I hear folks gripe a lot about the price of farm fresh eggs.
No question, farm fresh food can be pricey in comparison to the big box stores. We're so conditioned to the prices established by the industrial size farms, when we're faced with the prices associated with the small, local growers offering the most healthful alternatives we often feel a bit of sticker shock.
Many folks realize the choice they're making but for those that want to be a bit enlightened I thought it was time to share a bit of chicken and egg farming reality...
Yes, you can buy a dozen factory eggs from chickens lucky to see the light of day. You can always be assured your eggs come from tightly confined hens dropping their eggs on a conveyor belt. And yes, you can get those for around $1.99 or sometimes less!
Pastured, free range chicken eggs run $4-$5 in our neck of the woods. Organic are even higher I'm not going to engage the "organic" discussion here, that might be a future Blog.
Let me show you what you get for that extra $1.50.
Look at the difference in nutrients!
And, if nutrients don't get your attention (the foodie in me never leaves the room) have you tasted the difference in a farm fresh egg and a store bought?
|Can you see the one? Now you should taste the difference!|
What the farmer feeds the chickens, or pigs, cows, and sheep or even vegetable crops will have a direct impact on the price they have to (or should) charge the consumer. You want your farmer sourcing the best inputs. Small farms like ours don't always have the luxury of buying in bulk or spreading our costs. On our farm the quality of input is so important. We end up sourcing our inputs from specialty vendors and the cost is at a premium.
Did you know....chickens are pigs!
Not the cute pink squealing type. So named because they eat and eat more then you imagine they could. Creative farmers are always thinking of ingenious healthy ways to keep them full like planting a field of something chickens love but then they have to worry about the need for a balanced diet. Yep, no kidding, they need proper attention to balanced nutrients.
This time of year we also face slowing of egg production due to shorter days and molting. Industrial farms, well they just pour another concrete pad and add some light bulbs. They have learned how to manipulate nature, we small farmers are still figuring out how to work with in her parameters!
So, next time you pick up a dozen eggs...no matter the source...think about those chickens and think about your health. Most important though....if we want to have small farmers growing healthy food for us we need to
Rethink our Food Choices!
As a farmer raising chickens I am blessed to see with my own eyes the bright happy spirit in these animals sniffing, scratching, rolling, cackling, and eating what nature provides....