In the past week, nearly 400 million eggs have been recalled in the US. This of course, is due to a scary little bacteria called salmonella. Salmonella is a nasty little, preventable motile enterobacteria that infects about 142,000 Americans each year, primarily from the eggs of chickens. Unfortunately, about 30 of these people die from the contamination. So how does this salmonella get into the egg? Well, that’s when we must turn our attention to the sad practice of factory farming poultry. Wikipedia states that: “The shell of the egg may be contaminated with salmonella by feces or a stale environment, or its interior (yolk).” So if the egg can become contaminated by feces or a stale environment, how do you prevent this from happening? We’ll first off, you don’t stack chickens on top of chickens on top of chickens in cages where they can’t even open their wings and the light of day is non-existant.
Instead, and on a positive note, how about letting the chickens roam free, breath fresh air, feel the sun, drink fresh water and strut wherever they may choose in open pastures, enjoying delicious bugs from the earth and chatting with their friends; just like our friend Joel Salatin does at Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia. In fact, all of the eggs we sell are free-range, naturally raise, cage-free and best of all, locally raised right here in Virginia.
By raising livestock and farming with these methods, the threat of salmonella is almost non-existant. Factory-farming is something that you just won’t find in our store. Instead, we source from small, place-based local farms that we’ve seen and established great relationships with. Our farmers are familiar with bad and unethical farming methods and instead, practice the ones that work both for their business and their birds. It’s the way they choose to do things thus it’s the reason we work with them, directly.
Now, if you’re still a bit uncertain just why local-organic eggs, raised right here in Virginia are better, let’s take a look at the following comparison below:
We decided to put a conventional egg (shown on the left) up against one of our eggs (on the right) in a color comparison. We’re looking for a darker yolk here, signifying more nutrition from better feed in the egg.
It’s not that hard to tell who the winner is here. Local eggs not only have a richer yolk from healthier chickens, but they taste better too (in our opinion). And no, none of these photos have been retouched and we didn’t use any smoke and mirrors. Of course you’re not paying the cheap cost of factory raised eggs, and you’re also not paying for flavor either.
So what’s the moral of all this? How about, “Buying local from trusted farmers is better than a medical bill any day”?