re: Free-range eggs and nutritional differences
Edna M Weigel (email@example.com)
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 11:39:21 -0700
Donna commented: <snip>
I came across an article about some small scale farmers getting $2.00 per
dozen for unfertilized free range, $4 for fertilized and $6 for green
Araucana eggs. I know the $2 price is accurate, but the other two are a
I have 12 pastured chickens (0.6 acre for 1 rooster and 11 hens
is almost free range) which get organic grains to supplement what they
can pick up by foraging. (In the winter they get cooked soy beans, too.)
I sell the eggs for $3.00/doz and it doesn't really cover feed costs
since I can't find organic feed locally anywhere but at our food co-op.
Still, one customer voluntarily pays $4.00 because she feels they are
worth every cent. A new customer moaned that $3.00 was "pretty steep"
and I figured she wouldn't be back even though she is allergic to many
antibiotics and can't eat grocery store eggs. Two days later, she was
back for another dozen! Still another customer also can't eat grocery
store eggs and is happy to buy about a dozen a week. All my customers
have the inconvenience of having to drive to my place which is off the
beaten track and return the egg cartons so I can reuse them. The one
time I had excess eggs, our food co-op was happy to buy them "wholesale"
Sorry, I don't have data on nutrition, but the flavor wins over
even those customers who CAN eat grocery store eggs.
Happy egg collecting.
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