ReLocavore: Redefining "local"

A locavore moves from Wisconsin to New Hampshire and rediscovers what "local" means.

The price of tea in China

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Scrambled eggs (from Dreamfarm) with Ramps.

Back in the day, Sam and I received a dozen eggs a week from Diana Murphy of Dreamfarm in Cross Plains, WI. If I remember, we paid $120 for 24 deliveries, or $5 per dozen eggs. Diana sells a dozen eggs at the Westside Farmers’ Market in Madison for $4.25. I’ve been to her farm on many occasions and I was able to see how she keeps her chickens.

The Madison area also had Phil’s Eggs, that are raised in Forreston, IL, near where I grew up.  I was able to tour their farm in high school and see how they were raising cage-free (but not free range) hens. These eggs were cheaper – If I remember $2.99 per dozen.

Confused about these egg terms? CNN has a guide that explains egg terminology and what’s regulated by USDA and what’s fluff.

So given that we had been noshing on humane eggs, I now have to relearn the market, in order to choose good eggs. I had to go scouting for prices on eggs. We eat a LOT of eggs, usually a dozen a week. Please don’t tell my doctor.

Eggs at the COOP

Eggs at the Norwich Farmers’ Market

I’ll fill in more details about how hens are raised at Echo Hill and On the Edge Farm once I’m able to talk more to the producers.

So we’re paying a premium for farmers’ market eggs. However, that premium may be from smaller production, hence small-scale markups, or else the hens may be kept in better (more expensive) conditions. The big advantage is that I can talk to the chicken farmers at the market and ask them questions about how their chickens are raised. I’m willing to pay a premium for humane chicken treatment, but typically not a premium for organic feed.

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7 thoughts on “The price of tea in China

  1. Love that pic of Sam! Of course, I’m his mom

    • What picture of Sam? I’m confused… I thought there was a pic of scrambled eggs.

      • on the bottom is a pic of Sam – or were you joking?

      • Aah… The picture of Sam carrying the green bag at the Norwich Farmers’ Market. I thought you were looking at a picture on my post about eggs, but you were looking at the main page. I get it.

        And I agree! It’s a super-cute picture of Sam. I’m surprised he let me take it. He was being so kind and hauling around a LOT of veg.

  2. I am impressed that there are pictures at all.

    • Thanks for the complement! Since I have an iPhone with me at all times, and since the iPhone takes reasonably decent pictures, I’m able to include them here with ease.

  3. Pingback: Eggs at the Norwich Farmer’s Market | ReLocavore: Redefining "local"

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