Did YOU Know?

Rachel here with your weekly factoid.  Did you know that compared to a supermarket (or factory farm produced) egg, pastured chicken eggs actually have:

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • Two times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • Three times more vitamin E
  • Seven times more beta carotene

Not to mention the taste is incredible!  Since we got our backyard brood a year ago (shout out to Hurley, Uma Thurman, Bruce Lee and Jean Claude Van Damme) I have never tasted eggs so flavorful.

Don’t be too confused by the free-range label very popular in stores now.  Unfortunately, for eggs to be labeled as free-range the hens must just have access to the outdoors.  As Jonathan Safran Foer says, “Imagine a shed containing thirty thousand chickens, with a small door at one end that opens to a five-by-five dirt patch – and the door is closed all but occasionally.”  Pastured chicken is where it’s at!

This news is egg-cellent for all ya’ll planning on indulging in pastured eggs from Psalter Farm!  We are in the process of creating a mobile chicken coop and run (made from reclaimed wood) which will be moved every few days so that our ladies can graze the land in pure chicken-ness, clearing out bugs and weeds while increasing the nutrition content of their eggs and fertilizing the soil for future veggies.  Talk about some multi-tasking.  Chickens start laying as early as four months which means we only have three to go!  Bring on the frittatas, quiches, omelets and souffles!

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2 comments

  1. Rachel, I love hearing about all of your adventures! Do you know much about duck eggs? Johnny and I cant have chickens but behind our house there is a creek where a lot of ducks live. We’re planning on buying some of our own ducks here in the next few weeks and training them to live in a certain area of the creek so that they lay their eggs right behind our house. I’m really excited but am not sure if I’ll want to completely replace the chicken eggs I buy from the store with the duck eggs from the backyard. I hear they are bigger and richer….


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