I am trying my best to avoid eggs where the chickens were fed some kind of soy product. So far I'm having no luck. Whole foods sells some fancy grass fed eggs however they are about $1 per egg. I just bought some free range eggs from Trader Joes, went home and emailed them and found out their free range eggs are fed Soy Meal. I live in Los Angeles. I don't do Farmers Markets mainly due to work/exercise schedule (although I need to make time). Does anyone mail order or know of any Los Angeles gems that won't break the bank?
Just make time to go to the Saturday Santa Monica farmer's market on Arizona. Healthy Family Farms sells the best pastured eggs I've had around for $4.50 a dozen. No soy, lots of bugs.
They also do the Beverly Hills farmer's market on Sundays, and they may do the Hollywood market.
Totally worth the effort. I go through a few dozen each week.
if you want pastured eggs, and are willing to pay, look for CSA's that deliver or drop-off in your neighborhood.
If you Google "pastured eggs los angeles", you'll find LOTS to choose from. Just be prepared for seeing prices starting at $5.50/doz. Many CSAs will limit you to 2 dozen in season, and 1 dozen out of season.
If you can manage to get to a farmer's market, some of those purveyors will have no limit on the number you can buy.
Soy-Free eggs shipped.
There's a shipping calculator at the bottom of the "soy-free eggs" page of the website so you can see how much shipping costs before you actually order, since it is the bulk of the price.
If you look locally, make sure you ask if they are feeding commercial chicken feed, because most of those feeds have soy as the main protein, or it isn't specificed WHAT protein source is used in the feed. I've even given up feeding cracked corn because some of it is sprayed with soy oil.
Any questions, let me know.
Yes! I know an excellent source for pastured eggs in Hacienda Heights that you can get a deal on if you buy in bulk. Some of them tend to be a a bit on the small side though. The owner's email isn't public, but here's a link to her localharvest.org page:
I eat a ton of eggs and usually get mine from the Torrance farmer's market, 60 jumbos for $15. They are free range, and according to the girl that works there, they are soy-free as well.
You can buy soy-free eggs online from Tropical Traditions if you don't mind their little sermons they hand out so freely.
Sorry but that's a real turnoff for me. However, if you need and want soy free eggs, I'm happy to tell you where they are.
I know you said farmer's markets are difficult because of schedule but there are many around at different times of the week. The one here in Torrance is Tuesday and Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm. There's an egg purveyor there that also sells whole chickens and parts (fresh on Saturday, frozen on Tuesday) that turned me on to chicken after a lifetime of eating plywood-tasting boneless skinless breasts. Their brown eggs are $5.50 per 20, are quite large, and taste much better than any other eggs I've had. The yolks range from fairly dark yellow to almost orange.
I can't remember the name of the farm at the moment but I'm sure they go to other markets in the area.
Here's a brochure - page 2 lists all the certified markets in the area and what days they fall on: Market Brochure.