Pasture raised eggs are an add-on option this year for the CSA. We are super excited, and feel so lucky to be getting the eggs from Cottonwood Creek Farms.
I have spent a couple days at Cottonwood Creek Farms gathering eggs, and doing other chicken things. I can personally tell you this is a great farm run by Matt Kautz and his family. They have another little boy now.
If I were a chicken I would be so happy living there. The chickens have pastures, barns, a creek, and they are free roam where ever they like on the farm. I gathered eggs one day with Matt’s mom and we wandered around the farm with buckets to gather the eggs. We walked several acres and gathered eggs from nest boxes, under a tractor, we found eggs in some storage barns and out buildings. It was like an Easter egg hunt. The hens can go where they like.
The eggs from Matt’s hens are big and brown and just beautiful. If you haven’t had ‘real’ pasture raised eggs I hope you consider this add-on option this year. Amy is bringing some eggs to the pick-up this week. Pick one up. You will feel a difference in a pasture raised egg. The shell texture is very different than a store bought egg, and the weight is different too. I describe it as having a ‘heft’ that store bought eggs don’t have.
They of course taste great. They are really rich tasting compared to store bought eggs.
There are several studies showing that eggs from hens raised on pasture are much better for you than store bought. Pastured eggs have:
- 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as supermarket 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
I hope you consider this add-on option. The first time you crack one open you will be hooked, you just know that came from a really happy hen.
I’ll be including eggs in my blog recipes this year! Egg-citing huh?