First a definition on all those EGG labels:
Pastured eggs: Chickens are allowed to roam on pastures (grass, sun), eating plants, bugs and insects (their natural food), along with some feed. A more traditional farming method, usually found on smaller farms.
Cage-Free eggs: Chickens are raised without cages. Living conditions could still be enclosed and crowded. It’s best to do your research about the farm.
Certified Organic: Chickens are fed organic feed and raised cage-free with access to outdoors. Amount of time outside or living conditions are unspecified.
Free-Range eggs: Typically means the animal has access to the outdoors. The amount of time is not specified. Note: USDA has no regulations under ‘free-range’ for egg producing chickens. This means the labels is much like “natural” on food packaging. ‘free-range’ is a USDA term for meat producing animals.
Omega-3 Enriched Eggs: Conventional chickens that have added omegas in their feed, could come from flax seeds or other sources of omega.
Make sure to read the labels and read them with your kids, today, you can get a hefty amount of reading in, just from an egg carton.
Twenty years ago you could just go to your local farmer and buy eggs. After all, an egg is an egg, right? Today it’s complicated! Which is why our family has chosen more traditional farming methods, food the way it was meant to be.
Here’s my daughter sitting next to two flats of eggs at our local farmers market!
Yes, there is an added cost to purchasing organic pasture raised eggs. Although I find that if purchasing from local farmers, a co-op, or farmers market, the prices are the same or better. We pay $7 for a flat (20 eggs) of organic pasture raised eggs!
Here’s why we decided to go local, organic and pasture raised…
1. Health benefits of pastured eggs
*This information came from a 2007 study by Mother Earth News and testing was administered by an accredited Portland, Oregon, laboratory.
2. Teach and Engage our Children
3. Environmental Foot Print
4. Support local and small farmers
If you purchase pastured eggs make sure to wash them with warm water, using a gentle rubbing motion, before storing. And always wash your hands well after handling.
You will notice a difference in taste and texture, in a truly raised pastured egg, every time you crack your shell. From a deep orange yolk, that is plump and round, to milky egg whites. Yum! And sometimes I get two yolks! The kids love that!
Now that we know how incredible healthy eggs are….Eat up!
Here’s a site to help you find egg farmers in your community: www.eatwild.com
Hi! I'm Julie
Mom of 3, with a love of real food, drinking tea, exploring new places and hanging out at home. Click to read more...