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
- Conventional eggs. $2.79
- Nature’s Yoke $2.99. Cage-free. Organic. Veggie Fed.
- Nellie’s Nest $3.99. Cage-free.
- Pete and Gerry’s $3.79. Organic.
- Organic Valley $4.99. Organic.
Eggs at the Norwich Farmers’ Market
- Echo Hill $4.25
- Luna Bleu $4.75. Free-range. Organic. Pasture fed.
- On the Edge $3.50.
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.
October 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm
Love that pic of Sam! Of course, I’m his mom
October 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm
What picture of Sam? I’m confused… I thought there was a pic of scrambled eggs.
October 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm
on the bottom is a pic of Sam – or were you joking?
October 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm
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.
October 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm
I am impressed that there are pictures at all.
October 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm
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.
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