Eggs are an affordable, nutrient-rich addition to most diets. Packed with high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals, and good fats, they’re an exceptional superfood. Especially farm fresh eggs, like the ones available at Marshall’s Farm Market.
It’s a fact that farm fresh eggs taste better and are more nutritious than store bought (ie, factory-raised) eggs. Mother Earth News conducted tests in a laboratory that found, compared to the USDA food guide, pastured chicken (vs caged chicken) eggs had up to 2/3 more vitamin A, twice the omega-3 fatty acid levels, three times more vitamin E, and seven times more beta carotene. They also contained 1/3 less cholesterol and 1/4 less saturated fat than caged chicken eggs.
Why? It’s pretty simple: pasture-raised hens eat a wider, more varied diet through foraging (seeds, plants, worms and insects, compared to chicken feed, which is mostly genetically engineered corn and soybeans).
In addition to eating better, pastured chickens roam freely and are treated with respect, kindness and, on our farm, lots of love.
The incredibly delicious egg
Just Google ‘egg trends’ and you’ll be delighted with the assortment of recipes available. From the simple — eggs boiled in bone broth — to the more advanced — Shakshuka (eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers and garlic, commonly spiced with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg), here are a few to try:
- Bacon and egg cups
- Egg muffins (egg muffins (pop-in-your-mouth frittatas)
- We could devote an entire blog entry to deviled eggs, from traditional to outrageous (think bacon and caviar) — Google will offer you all sorts of ideas
The incredibly beautiful egg(s)
Have you ever laid (pun intended) eyes on a dozen of our eggs? They are spectacular. Dark browns, creamy tans and whites, gorgeous blues and soft greens … and all different sizes. We raise a wide range of breeds, including Americana, Leghorn, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, Black Sex Link, Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Cochin.
As a reminder, our eggs are available year-round — you can order online (free delivery with $20 minimum order) or stop by the market when it opens later this month/early July.
Have an eggcellent day!
Your grateful neighbors,
Carrie and Greg