Chicama Run Farm

Purcellville, Virginia

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Free Range Eggs

One of the best things about living on a farm is the FRESHEST EGGS available!  Once a doubter, it didn't take long for us to realize how much better everything tasted when we used the eggs our chickens laid.

Currently we have around 800-1000 laying hens.

Our current pricing is as follows:

1 Dozen Free Range Chicken Eggs     - $4.99 (Prcie at the market might be slightly higher)
1/2 Dozen Pasture Raised Duck Eggs (excellent for baking and those allergic to chicken eggs) - $4.99

This is an actual comparison picture taken of a store bought organic egg on the left and our egg on the right - even with my awful picture taking you can see the color difference in the yolk!

Did you know that store bought eggs are usually already 30+ days old when you get them in the store!!  Our eggs are usually always sold within 7-days of being laid.  This means that they can keep in your fridge for up to 3 months without a problem!

Why Fresh Free Range Eggs?

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 coloring.

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.

 

 

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