So it might shock some of you to find out that it took us a while to find a source of farm eggs. The problem is that we're city folk, and we really had no idea who to contact to find out where to get eggs. Just because we're surrounded by farms doesn't mean we know anything about them. But by chance, I saw a carton of eggs in my mom's fridge with a little tag attached with the name of the farm she bought them from, and I was all like OMG TELL ME WHERE YOU GOT THESE!!! Lol, down the street from where she lived. Somehow, in all the times we'd been to my mom's house, Chad and I had never seen the sign that read "FRESH EGGS $2.50 A DOZEN".
We immediately went out and got two dozen.
|I love that green-egg-laying chicken. Now I just need some green ham.|
They're so so so so so good. I'll admit that when we first started buying them, they weren't really that different from the eggs we buy at the store. I've decided that it's because it was the dead of winter then, and of course chickens can't really forage in two feet of snow. But now that there are bugs and grass and other delicious things for the chickens to eat, their eggs are so awesome.
The egg in the middle is a store bought egg, which, by the way, is from a brand we really like because their egg yolks are a lot darker than other brands we've tried. So that should tell you how seriously dark the yolks of the farm fresh eggs are.
I even got to meet the guy selling the eggs the other day. He was amazingly friendly, and seemed so chipper and happy. I bet he eats lots of eggs himself.
But there's a problem with farm fresh eggs. Yes, a real problem that can't be ignored. The problem is.... availability. Because farm chickens aren't machines. Because there's a limited supply. And because demand is going way up as people become more aware of how the happiness of their food affects their own well being. We went about two months without farm eggs because, every time we went out to buy them, there weren't any there. After a while, we just stopped bothering to check, because it is a little out of the way now that my mom has moved to a different house.
My mom and I recently went out to the farm at an off hour, and to my delight, they had eggs! Chad and I checked again last weekend, and managed, after checking at two different times, to get the eggs we so desired. I really don't want to bother the farmer with our problem because it's a first-come-first-serve kind of deal, and we shouldn't get any special treatment, but I do wish our supply was more consistent.
I guess I just have to wait until we move to the country and get our own chickens. I have to find out what kind of chickens lay green eggs...