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!