Fresh Eggs

We wash the eggs the day we pack them for sale.

Last night I was busy painting our bathroom. I’d hoped for a night off in the kitchen but it didn’t quite work out the way I’d envisioned.  Dinner was exquisite anyway.  I cooked two delicious and very fresh eggs.  They were perfect.

We’re just spoiled rotten around here.

Taking the daily eggs out to the road side.

Taking the daily eggs out to the road side.

Fresh Eggs sign boasts a Barred Rock on one side, a Rhode Island Red on the other.

Fresh Eggs sign boasts a Barred Rock on one side, a Rhode Island Red on the other.

I stand at the side of the road all day long and yell "Fresh Eggs!" (Only yoking, folks!)

I stand at the side of the road all day long and yell “Fresh Eggs!” (Only yolking, folks!)

Jackie will lick you if you steal 'em!

Jackie will lick you if you steal ’em!

This is how we sell eggs in the country.

This is how we sell eggs in the country.

Hard working hens having a nibble of grain on a winter's day.  They are free to forage as well, though winter foraging is a bit slimmer than the rest of the year.

Hard working hens having a nibble of grain on a winter’s day. They are free to forage as well, though winter foraging is a bit slimmer than the rest of the year.

Sassy Wing and a Prayer Farm Sultan-mix hen is very comfortable with me and Cricket

Sassy Wing and a Prayer Farm Sultan-mix hen is very comfortable with me and Cricket

Hmmm, wonder how these would stack up in a taste test?

Hmmm, wonder how these would stack up in a taste test?

14 responses to “Fresh Eggs

  1. Honestly, Tam – in these pics you look just like you did 30 years ago! You look like you’re dressed to cross the quad to go see the guys on a wintery SMC day!! Obviously, farm living is the life for you!! xoxo

    • Cathy, you make me smile! Both in remembering crossing the quad to see our Joyce-crew, and in the flattering comment. I can’t wait til we all get together again! I can’t believe it’s been so long!
      Definitely in my element here. I love to go visiting, but the place that I’m REALLY right is outside in the barn, the pastures, the yard. I have “pastoral” requirements, I think! Great to have you “stop” by!

  2. Well, dang, Tammy, something is wrong with the internet connection between here and there, because it won’t let me leave a comment on your site. I see other people do. Hmm…anyway, the silliest thing, I feel teary at this post, and smile, too. I must be a real chicken lover, ha, ha, ha. I think your honor system of selling eggs reminds me, too. Years ago back in Oklahoma, there was a man who raised watermelons in his small acreage, and he did the same thing– Watermelons, $3, and you left it in a big jar. The money would just be sitting there. How cool is that?! Hugs, CurtissAnn

    • Dang is right! But I’m seeing this on my dashboard, so let’s hope it’s going to work out. Thanks for the visit and what a neat telling of the watermelons. Makes me wish someone on our road sold them, or something like them, that we could drive up and down, or walk, and fill up our pantry in such a local manner 🙂
      My hens’ eggs are not so “homemade” as yours’. I know how you feed your girls and so admire you for the special care you and they are getting from gluten-free feed.
      So far, so good on the honor system. Hopefully will not have anything too scandalous to ever report on it.
      Thanks for stopping by the farm, Curtiss Ann, and have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

  3. Those of us ‘in the know’ know there’s nothing quite like farm-raised eggs. Joanna says the store-bought things are anemic in comparison. Hey … also … promise not to go for your polar bear plunge wearing those cold weather boots … you’d sink like a stone and never be heard from again! D

    • Joanna is right – they’re not worth consuming, but not everyone is so fortunate to have local and affordable food at their fingertips. But we’re spoiled rotten, aren’t we? Simple joys…fresh eggs, really solid winter boots, healthy livestock…
      Indeed, those boots are anchors for sure! But I am hoping they have the test of time in them. I finally had to retire my other boots. My farrier had taped them up for me this fall with duct tape, but they didn’t last 3 weeks. Finally, somewhere around New Year’s, we found me something new to wear. I feel invincible in them!
      Thanks for the stop-by, D, and happy weekend!

  4. I’m curious about the label on the store eggs- “heirloom” and “assortment”- are they just using those terms because there are mixed colors in the batch?

    • I didn’t ask, but I made that assumption. The breeds that lay the different colors can be heirloom. The assortment label fit, yes, they were assorted! But we can’t really know for sure what hen breeds they raise unless we shoot them an email or visit Pete’s in person.
      My amusement is that those labels are definitely used for marketing purposes. It is good to put those tags on because it would imply they’re non-GMO, but in the end, it looked like a battle of the labels/superlatives when I was staring at the egg selection at the store!

  5. Yummy fresh laid eggs….so delicious 🙂 I have a friend who keeps hens and occasionally we get a gift of fresh eggs. The taste is always amazing, and the yolk so yellow! My favourites though are duck eggs….so creamy! You’ve made me hungry now 🙂

  6. Thanks, M, for the visit! I’m glad you have the opportunity to have delicious, fresh eggs on occasion! It’s true, those yolks just have such a gorgeous color, and as others have noted, the store-bought eggs appear anemic in comparison! But in the end, I wish for no one to go hungry, anywhere, when a few chickens and some eggs could take care of the trick! Have a great day!

  7. Oh … also … I forgot to mention that I really like the image of the eggs … perspective is everything and this case it was fantabularific (that IS a word … in my lexicon that is). D

  8. Love, love, love eggs and love your post! And the pictures are beautiful. I don’t get many farm fresh eggs around here, but sure do love them when I do. Hugs to you! xx

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