A few days ago I had a conversation with my mother about why I needed to keep my new chickens I sent for at her house in my old horse barn (I can't have them where we live). My mother isn't a fan of chickens because I had a rooster when I was younger that just didn't see eye to eye with her and left some pretty terrible soft ball size bruises on her legs any time she got near him. So thanks to him my case was a bit tougher to sell.
If you are going to purchase food to consume you want it to be the most nutritional right? What if I told you that by buying commercially raised eggs you're shorting yourself? Here's why.
Commercially raised eggs are sold by the hundreds of thousands. Hundreds of chickens all cooped up together eating one generic food source with limited room to roam. Your are only getting as much nutrition as they are.
On the other hand farm fresh eggs hold a much higher nutritional value. Most people selling farm fresh eggs allow their chickens to free range. Not only because it means less time cleaning the coop but chickens are a great pest control. All the while they are out in the sun soaking up all sorts of vitamins and minerals from their environment. Farm fresh eggs have been proven to have less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamin A,E and D, more omega-3 fatty acid and more beta carotene. Beta -what? Beta carotene is a fancy word to tell you that the yolk is more orangey yellow in appearance and is a visible sign that the egg has more vitamin A present. Vitamin A helps build a strong and healthy immune system and we could all use that right now.
Here is a photo of a side by side comparison I took one day while making breakfast and you can really see the difference.
So next time you see a sign out for farm fresh eggs take a minute to stop and pick up a dozen or two. Now is as good a time as any to start supporting your locals selling goods! And on the up and up it's better for you too!