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What WE mean by "Farm Fresh"

March 20, 2017

The term "Farm Fresh" gets used often in the small scale farming world. And why not? When you're buying from a local vendor, one of several of your reasons for doing so is to be getting the freshest food possible. What we've found through our own observations and horror stories from some of our customers (including buying "farm fresh eggs" with a chick already developing inside) is that, when it comes to eggs, there isn't always as much "fresh" as what you'd like to hope there is. 

 

From the moment we decided to start selling eggs as a business, and not just someone with extra production from a backyard flock, we were adamant that we would take steps to let people know about what we were doing, including labeling our eggs with dates. That's a great way that we can help keep ourselves accountable to keep providing you with fresh eggs.

 

What we consider to be fresh is two weeks old or less. We date stamp our cartons with a "best by" date that is 30 days ahead of when the egg was laid. After two weeks, we will either sell the eggs at a reduced rate, or scramble them and feed them back to the chickens (chickens love scrambled eggs, too). While its generally true that eggs at the grocery store can be up to three to four weeks old before you even buy them (not that they all are), you're buying eggs from us, because you want better quality, fresh eggs. We wouldn't be serving your needs as our customer if truly fresh eggs isn't what we provided. 

 

As you go about buying eggs from local farmers, never hesitate to ask about how old the eggs are. The farmer should be able to give you at least a rough idea. If they can't give you reassurance that you are, in fact, buying actual farm fresh eggs, you might consider looking for someone who can give you the answer.

 

 

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