I've decided I want to try to include more eggs in my diet. The reason I don't eat them as much as I want, is because I have yet to find a local source of pasture eggs. On to the questions.
1) Anyone in San Diego know of a supplier of local pasture eggs? Or know of a relatively close farm that would ship?
2) Has anyone tried, and or have any positive / negative feelings towards to "cocofeed" eggs from tropical traditions? http://www.grassfedtraditions.com/organic_soy_free_eggs.htm
I have yet to order due to price, I cannot decide if it's worth it.
3) Am I overthinking this too much? I have tended to avoid due the the local eggs I have access to being on soy / grain diet. All my meats are pasture fed, so I find a hard time eating eggs that are not.
Thank you for any info
Cage-free is not pastured. All cage-free means is that the chickens are in a giant barn with artificial lighting that may or may not have a little doggie door where they can, in theory, go outside. There's no guarantee they aren't still crowded together to some degree.
I can't help with #1 or #2, but will share my thoughts about eggs/soy vs. alternatives. I keep about 40 layers to provide eggs for my family and a few friends (we get about 15-20 dozen eggs per week).
In most cases, if you purchase commerical feed that is soy-free, the primary protein that is used is fish meal. Personally, I believe that the eggs pick up some of this taste. What I have done is to use a custom blended feed that does include soy; however it is cracked, roasted soy vs. soy meal which has undergone a tremendous amount of processing and is more of a by-product. This whole grain soy is combined with 4-5 other seeds to provide more of a complete diet. While soy isn't ideal, I think the chickens are extremely well designed to process seeds for their diet.
However, my chickens probably get about 30% of their diet from bugs and grass, being that they are kept completely on pasture. We also feed our hens table scraps when appropriate. So with this setup, the hens end up not relying too much on soy.
To find good quality local eggs, you could check with a San Diego Weston A. Price chapter.
I like the "Cage Free" eggs from Trader Joe's (the white ones, $2.49/dozen). They are no-hormone, no-antibiotic, and the yolks are noticeably more vibrant than supermarket eggs. If I had unlimited funds I would go for the $5/dozen pastured eggs from the farmer's market, but the Trader Joe's eggs are a good compromise for me (my family of 5 goes through several dozen each week).
I usually buy Target's certified organic eggs that are labeled cage free/free range - around $3.75/doz. (Oh, how I wish there were a Trader Joe's nearer to us!) This is the cheapest/best quality manageable for my family of four and our budget.
Occasionally I will also pick up 2 dozen organic eggs at Sam's Club for ~$6.50/$7.
Eggs are a staple for us due to their convenience, so I try to source organic at least, but still within budgetary constraints.
I buy pastured eggs when they're in season (Oregon, you should be able to get them pretty much all year) and organic omega-3 eggs for the rest of the year. I figure the omega-3s from flax balance out the 6 from the rest of their diet. I don't think the phytoestrogens make it into the eggs.
1) I asked the same exact question a while back and didn't get a real solid response...
Seems that the San Diego area is in great need of a reliable source of pastured eggs other than Vital Farms at Whole Foods, which is shipped in from Texas.
2) Maybe we should go in on buying in bulk from Tropical Traditions to get a better deal. I wouldn't wanna get more than 2 weeks worth at a time, which would be about 6 dozen for me. I have been eyeballin them eggs for a while too, but that price with the shipping is a real poker. As I type this though, they are 40% off right now, fwiw.
3) I would not avoid eggs. Go with organic free roaming eggs over no eggs at all.
Bonus comment: As others have said, if you are burning the eggs, you are using too high of heat. Also, I find it nearly impossible to burn if you use a spoon of ghee or coconut oil. Either of those make the eggs taste amazing too!