i discovered vital farms pasture raised eggs in whole foods today. but at $7.5 a dozen they seem expensive. do you think it is worth it? these videos of vital farms look amazing
I pay $4.99 per flat(20 eggs) for local pasture raised eggs in the Orlando, FL area. $7.5 is pricey but if that is the only game in town, I'd still buy them. Eggs are great and we eat a lot of them.
I pay $6 for a dozen pastured eggs here in Portland, OR. So, while $7.5 seems a bit high, it's still a super cheap food at 62 cents per egg. What other food gives you so much excellent nutrition for so little?
For what it is worth, pastured eggs cost $8/dzn in San Francisco. I used to buy them and they were fantastic, but I'm more budget conscious these days. At another market, non pastured but still local family farm eggs run $5 for 30.
That price is insanely high. Go to this site http://www.localharvest.org/ and search for farms with pastured eggs in your area. Also check for local farmers markets. Even in the DC area I don't pay more than $4/doz for pastured chicken eggs.
I get mine for $3.50 per dozen. There might be better options in your area.
If you travel to any state's webpage, that's the page for specific farms in that state. To find things like grocery stores, there'll be a link to the right of the Google Map that says Go "Beyond the Farm"
here in westchester ny my best case scenario is pastured (but also supplemented with some grain) for $4.50 a dozen at the local farmer's market but there's a huge caveat on that. the farm that provides it had a chicken shortage last year due to a fox problem and now with the snow and ice we've had they're not getting many eggs so it's been a big crapshoot on whether they'll have eggs at all each week.
another poultry farm shows up at the indoor market and has good-tasting "free roaming" eggs for the same price but they're always well stocked. so on a hunch this morning i asked how the winter is impacting their farm and the lady tells me the chickens are all kept in a large heated barn.... so i guess they're free-roaming is confined to an indoor space. they don't get any bugs, just grain. this is a bummer because i've been buying these eggs for a month with my usual supplier out. i will probably continue to do so because they seem like high quality and i don't have another strong option... whole foods is the only other local source for pastured eggs and it is a schlep and overpriced - i believe about $7/dozen.
I live outside Houston. At Farmer's Markets I've seen them $4, $5, even $6 a dozen depending on availability.
But it wasn't too difficult to find people in the area who raise chickens for fun and have a glut of eggs. The ladies I found will deliver a dozen for $2 or $3. There's a group of us where I work who order every week.
Great suggestion about buying in bulk. If the ick factor isn't too strong for you, just brushing the dirt off the eggs (instead of washing them with soap) and keeping the hen's anti-bacterial coating on the egg will help them last at least 6 weeks. I refrigerate, but supposedly you don't have to.
If you find a good source to buy in bulk you can freeze them. I use small containers or freezer-style ziploc bags and write the number on the outside. You can scramble them up first or just break the yolk a little. If you try to freeze the yolk separately, it gets weirdly gummy. Yes, this freezing probably causes some kind of loss of nutrients, but it was certainly wonderful to have eggs when the hens weren't laying.
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