“He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart” CS Lewis

Pastured eggs are worth the hunt

You would think the recent salmonella egg scare has us running like mad chickens away from eggs. There’s certainly been enough scare-mongering in the news to take the happy cluck out of the average chick, but as with all things the devil is in the details. As self-proclaimed RV foodies we care a lot about our food-source and I’ve blogged about it several times in the past (here, here and here). Eggs are no exception, and the fact that mass-producers who pack chickens together in concentrated farms and feed them artificial food (grains) are producing tainted eggs is absolutely no surprise to me. You see, chickens, like all our farm animals are meant to have fresh air and access to forage grass, grubs and insects. These “pastured eggs” are far superior in nutrition (more omega-3’s, beta carotene and vitamin A, D and E) than anything you get in a regular market and we seek them like gold in our RV trips.

The light-colored yolk is a “free-range, organic, high omega-3″ egg from Trader Joe’s. The gorgeous dark one is the pastured egg from The Old Homestead.

And that’s how I met up with Fran from EatWild. She raises true free-range eggs on The Old Homestead Farm in Missouri. Her chickens are outside all day, allowed to forage and not fed artificial foods. You can see the results in their dark, gorgeous yellow yolk and you can taste the difference. With these eggs I know I’m getting one of nature’s superfoods and best of all, I don’t need to worry about the big salmonella scare.

Know your farmer and know your food. You’ll never be disappointed.

7 Responses to Egging It In Missouri – Real Eggs, Real Food

  1. Lynne says:

    Beautiful. I do so love eggs and after finding out they really have nothing to do with high cholesterol … I eat a hard-boiled, vegetarian, pasture-fed egg almost everyday. They taste so much better. When I had my own chickens in Oklahoma, I was amazed at how much thicker the shells were than the ones in the grocery store, and I SO love chickens and turkeys. They were some of the sweetest animals I have ever owned. So tame..like dogs, even!

    A true chicken lover
    Lynne

  2. Samantha Butler says:

    I loooooove free range eggs! Bubble wrap a few and send them to HK please…

    • libertatemamo says:

      Believe it or not you can actually get them in HK. Frenz’s (the New Zealand eggs) are pastured and reeeaaally good. How are your 2 gorgeous kids? I bet you’re busy now!!

  3. Jim says:

    A good book to read on this subject is “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Reading this book will forever change how you choose your food. Thanks for the Eatwild link. I bookmarked it and will use it on our travels.

    Jim

  4. […] this way it becomes a rather fun part of our travels. I’ve been known to slip-in late-night meetings with egg-farmers on street corners so I can trade for hard-to-find pastured eggs, drive “the beast” […]

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