Coming out of the grocery store here in Mt. Vernon, I happened to glance at the Lawrence County Record. When we did our sheep-to-shawl event back in March (Woolapalooza), a reporter from the paper asked if she could come out & do an interview with us for the annual Agriculture Review that they put in the paper in late April-early May. Sure enough, there it was - and it was, thankfully, well-written and supportive of local food, instead of dismissive and "cute".
Our chickens have been laying like crazy, and it started Eric and I thinking about markets - we just don't have enough people coming by on our little farm road to buy eggs, and we're up to our ears in them. Because of my grad school schedule, I'm usually in Springfield a couple days a week, so we're setting up a route (see the classifieds section) delivering farm-fresh eggs to local spots for $2.50 a dozen on Tuesdays & tentatively Fridays, in locations including Mt. Vernon, Halltown, and Springfield West and East.
Our chickens, for those who have not been out to our farm, are free-range with a supplemental grain diet as needed through the winter (they often get everything they need in the summer from foraging alone). The yolks are almost orange, they have so much more nutrition in them than store-bought eggs do. The shells are hard because of the calcium they get from bugs and forage - I picked up a dozen store-bought white eggs to dye for Easter last year, and put my fingers right through them - I had grown so accustomed to being able to handle the eggs more roughly!
Here's how the nutrition stacks up, according to an independent study, compared to regular store-bought eggs:
1⁄3 less cholesterol
1⁄4 less saturated fat
2⁄3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
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Other excitement on our farm this spring includes having 6 new lambs on the ground, one of our geese setting a nest of combined goose and chicken eggs, and a rabbit setting up her nest box for a new litter. One of our cats has had a small litter of kittens, which, if they're anything like their mama, will be fabulous mousers. We're setting up several 3-Sisters gardens as well as our usual vegetable patch, digging a root cellar, planning an addition and training our Missouri Foxtrotter (horse) to draw haying equipment.
If you want to see what we're up to, send us an email to set up a farm tour!