I'm asked this all the time.
"Why should I pay more for your eggs when I can get
a dozen for 99¢ at the grocery store?"
And honestly I cringe when I hear it - but I hear it at
LEAST 2x per week.
Most people have grown up with uniform white eggs that
look like they came off a production line - perfect in shape and color,
each one the same.
Guess what? They did. Plain and simple here.
The eggs that you get from most grocery stores come from
"battery-caged" hens. Their 1 purpose in life is to
produce as many eggs in 1 year (that's when the companies sell them and
process them) as possible. They live in a cage and have an amazing
amount of room 8 1/2" x 11" of space!
Can you imagine what it is like? They get diseased
and all sorts of stuff that I'm sure if you did a search for Battery Hens
you might get grossed out so I won't do that here.
Ok then what about some of the other definitions that
are thrown out there? Cage-Free? What do they mean?
Alright.... Cage-Free does NOT mean that the chicken
ever gets to see the outdoors. It just means it isn't trapped in a
cage like the hens shown above.
Free-Range means that the chickens are free to roam
where ever they may live. They have access to the outdoors (they do
not ever have to GO outside!) - but there is no standard guideline about
how they are treated, what they are fed or anything else including the
amount of space they have.
Certified Organic means that the chickens are fed
organic feed. It does NOT mean they ever are allowed outside to do
natural chicken things. This is regulated by the USDA.
Most eggs in the supermarkets don't have any real time
limit - they can still be on the shelf a month later and still sold to you
as fresh eggs.
Chicama Run Eggs? Well they have access to about
30 acres of land. They are fed grains along with
wonderful pasture - which includes a wonderful selection of bugs (believe
it or not - they LOVE stinkbugs!). Our eggs are gathered DAILY to give you the
freshest eggs possible. They have access to green grass and yummy
bugs at all times which helps give the egg yolks a beautiful dark orange
Eggs are not all uniform. Chickens aren't all the
same. Each one has it's own personality and I think it shows in the eggs.
We have smaller eggs (we usually keep those to use personally), HUGE eggs, perfect
colored eggs, speckled eggs, and even a perfect looking white egg.
Fact is that chickens are not machines. They are
living, breathing, individual animals who produce a variety of wonderful
treat which we bring to you.