Farm Fresh Eggs Are Special
Farm Fresh Eggs
Farm fresh eggs are special. On our farm you can see the geese, ducks, and chickens going about their lives. They sleep in moveable coops, and do most of their free ranging in our a new pasture and the orchard. They free range over two or more acres. For this and other reason, our eggs are not certified organic. Most of our chickens, geese, and ducks are a heritage varieties not bred for industrial egg production.
Our small flock of chickens represents heritage breeds. We have Buff Orpington, Delaware, Easter Egger, Cuckoo Marans, Black Copper Marans, Brahma, Araucana, Golden Star, Black Star, Ginger Nut, many other breeds, and barnyard (mixed breed) chickens. The egg yolks are sunshine yellow. The shells of the eggs come in a variety of colors ranging from blue/green to beige and pink, to dark brown, and speckled.
Our ducks are primarily Indian Runner Ducks, who stand very upright and look as though they should be carrying a briefcase. We have a few Swedish, Khaki Campbell, Welsh Harlequin, and barnyard ducks. Their eggs are porcelain white or blue/green. Duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, with deep yellow to orange colored yolks. Duck eggs are especially had to find commercially and most people rarely have the opportunity to try them.
Our geese are an Afrian gander, and two Saddle Back geese.
The nutritional value of eggs from pastured poultry is completely different from the chickens raised in small confined pens. There are many articles about the studies that have been done. An article from Mother Earth News reported that studies have found that pastured eggs have:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A