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17 February 2007

daily food photo: eggs


Eggs grown on the Skagit River Ranch, from Sedro-Woolley. Every week, we pass the stand in the summer, and see — sadly — that they sold out of their eggs by eight. No chance for us.

Today, langorously at one, we lingered in front. Eggs this time.

"...our laying hens really live on pasture and eat grass, insects and organic grains as they roam in the green fields all day long."

Five dollars for a dozen. Worth it.



At 6:36 PM, Blogger Lacey said...

I bet it is worth it, I bet they taste like heaven... there really is a difference between local, grass feed, free range and all the others... lucky you!!

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Trig said...

Go on, strip. Expose the naked flesh. Let me see under the exterior shell. You know you want to.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Sea said...

You know, the best eggs I ever had we bought in Ohio from a little grandmother named Gertrude. She lived down the street from a family farm and had the happiest chickens I've ever seen in my life roaming about her flowerbeds. They were the biggest, brownest eggs and made the fluffiest omelets EVER. I still think about her and her chickens. People just stopped in and picked up a carton from her- it was like being in another time.


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At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story, I wish it were so simple for everyone (sincerely, not sarcastically I aspire to this). But can this really not be done at an affordable level? I don't think poor people like the industrial farm conditions any more than rich folks and it's important to remember that $5 per carton is prohibitively expensive for many people living in this country.

And I'm not talking about mortgage happy, buy your children couture lunkheads, but the legitimately struggling non-materialists.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Slacker Mom said...

My nephew just started raising chickens..he wants to be a farmer when he grows up, I cannot wait for my 1st dozen from him...

At 4:09 PM, Anonymous kimberly said...

Oh, I love Skagit River Ranch. Their eggs are wonderful. I've been in line 10 minutes before the market opens in Ballard to get them.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger kitchenMage said...

Nice picture. But may I brag about how spoiled I am? My eggs come from the next valley (10 min drive) where a friend has chickens at their B&B. I drive by them on the way to pick up my 3 buck a dozen, <48 hour old eggs from chickens that are pastured right outside the house. Usually get a glass of wine to go with the deal! But there has to be some trade off for pretty much living without restaurants.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to admit I agree with the person regarding the price of eggs. There is nothing better than a fresh egg and Skagit Valley Ranch is truly a top-notch farm. But $5/dozen? Are they charging that much because they know the market will bear it? I don't know. I can't imagine (even with transportation) that they actually cost that much. The people who could really benefit from eating a "happy" egg, can't afford it.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Shauna said...

Trig, my goodness, sir!

Lacey, they really do taste fantastic.

Sea, how much would I love to meet Gertrude. That's my favorite way to find eggs too. In fact, the best eggs I've ever eaten come from my brother and sister-in-law's chickens. Absolutely free for me!

Kitchenmage, I really must come visit you soon. I'd love to drive down that valley with you.

Slacker mom, I can't wait to hear about the first dozen!

Kimberly, Oh, I'm so glad you've had them. You're the early riser who buys them before I can!

Anonymous I and II, I can't really answer for them, as to why they charge what they do. And since I have addressed, in larger form, this question of money and food and where we spend to choose ours, I'm going to let this lie. This is a personal blog, after all.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Nosebot said...

Hey now, you know OUR ladies lay the best eggs! And they're free for friends and family (except there's that sneaky ferry fare). I hope you can come out and collect some eggs here soon.


At 6:35 PM, Blogger Erin said...

eggs never looked so good! what a beautiful picture!

At 7:54 AM, Blogger KW said...

There are ways to make the good eggs affordable. The farm that supplies our CSA during the growing season provides eggs during the off=season. Once a week one of the farmers makes the hour-long drive (each way) from the farm to two drop-off locations in our town (usually someone's garage) and leaves the eggs (ordered in advance, billed quarterly) for customers to pick up during a designated window of time. $2.50/dozen, and they are awesome. It requires some volunteer effort and an honor system (and there have been some ugly incidents where neighbors who hadn't ordered or paid for eggs just helped themselves...), but the process could probably be duplicated in other places where a critical mass of good-egg consumers lies within commuting distance of a supply of good eggs.

At 1:10 PM, Blogger betsy said...

exploring the idea of a gluten-free cafe - ideas? comments?


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