We collect eggs each evening out in the field. We have one laying nest for every 5 birds, and each is bedded with plenty of fresh shavings. Once the eggs are washed and packed, we deliver them to Portland area stores, restaurants, and the Beaverton Farmers Market. Our goal is to have our eggs on the shelf three days after they were laid. The fresher the egg, the richer the taste and firmer the texture.
Better for You
With all the exercise, sunshine, grasses, clean water and fresh air, pasture raised eggs have:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
Learn more about this research at Mother Earth News.
Better for the Birds
We move the birds to a fresh area of pasture twice a week to keep up with their ravenous appetites for green grass. Between preening and dust baths, our ladies roam about scratching for grains, eating grasses and clovers, and catching the occasional grasshopper. We have their houses, feeders and water within a netting system to keep the birds in their 1/3 acre paddock and the predators out.
In our flocks we have Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Golden sexlinks, Cuckoo Marans, Welsummers and Araucanas. Each hen lays a different color egg, from light brown to blue green to a dark brown egg. The egg color is determined by the breed of bird, while flavor and nutrition are determined by the way they live.