The Farm Eggs Challenge:Cage or No Cage?
I love fresh farm eggs! The first time I saw and tasted the difference between a local product and a national producer’s egg, my eating habits were changed forever. This tremendous revelation motivated me to create another FREE webinar, How To Cook Fresh In 5 Simple Steps. You should check it out when you're done reading this.
This concept has been difficult to convey on a written blog, although I’m trying. Over the past 4 years I’ve created more than 500 videos and interviewed farmers growing tomatoes indoors in North Carolina to the Koloa Sunshine Farmers Market- in Hawaii, to Paris. They all say the same thing. Local is better. You have to taste for yourself.
When I visited France, I learned the secrets of a Parisian spice store owner. He said, “Good Food is Simple Food.” . Europeans live and practice the concept of “Terroir” (terr-wah). Terroir is loosely translated as “a local product, from your local soil, aided by the sun and the love of the farmer”.
Fresh farm eggs can be your gateway into this way of choosing what to eat. Many believe that when you consume items from within 100 miles of where you live, you gain the minerals, nutrients, and anti-bodies native to you. This helps your body better adapt to your specific environment.
The argument in my head is not about fresh versus factory. What I’ve come to the Baltimore Farmers Market to explore is HOW my local chickens are raised and what they are fed. I know there is a difference between what the chickens produce here versus the grocery store, but does a cage-free bird lay a better egg than a caged bird?
There are two vendors here; one uses cages and a soybean/corn meal to raise their flock. The other uses hen houses and feeds a vegetarian diet. Today’s task is not to pass judgment of how the animals are treated, that’s an entirely different discussion. Both vendors have a passion for what they do, love and treat the chickens humanely, each giving them twice the room they need to grow. What I’m concerned with is the final product. How good is the egg?
As I leave the farmers market, I’m quite happy with myself. I’ve spoken with two egg farmers who are passionate about what they do. I’ve supported them with my patronage, I’ve helped my local community, and I’m about to put the most nutritious, wholesome local foods I can buy on my plate.
The Farm Eggs Challenge continues in my next video where we’ll put three eggs through an “Egg-lympics” of tests to determine which one truly is the best. Be there when we start cracking some shells and see for yourself.