What is the benefit of free range eggs? The majority of grocery store eggs are not as nutritious as free range (chickens living and eating in the pasture) eggs. The testing/comparisons the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has conducted resulted in range eggs having less cholesterol and less saturated fat. The free range eggs were also found to be higher in vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and beta carotene. How can this be? Free range chickens are allowed to receive the daily exercise they need and eat a diet of grasses, seeds, and bugs to stay healthy. Because of this healthy environment, the eggs have a harder shell and a deeper yolk color. Another benefit, eggs that are bought directly from the farm usually are much fresher than grocery store eggs. The proof is in the taste of the egg.
The shells of our eggs are a variety of colors; white and multiple shades of brown. Just for the fun of it, mid-summer of 2012 we will be adding chickens to the flock that produce a green/blue shell referred to as “Easter Eggs”.
The price of the eggs are $3.25 a dozen and $4.75 for an 18 count carton.