Organic, cage free, or free range eggs…confused?

Eggs are a protein, an inexpensive protein at that.  And they have a glycemix index value of 0 so they can be a great addition to a GI friendly diet.  (Though hard boiled eggs can sure stink up an office when brought in for breakfast, I know from experience!)

Organic eggs are essentially eggs that are farmed on a organic certified farm.  There are very few egg farms in south Texas period,  so purchasing local, certified organic eggs is fairly expensive (about 6.00 a dozen), especially for families that eat quite a few eggs, like we do.  Eggs and poultry are one of the fastest growing segments of the organic market.

I purchase locally farmed eggs from Featherland Egg Farms that are steroid and hormone free.  They also have cage free eggs available.  The farm also owns and operates their own feed mill so I feel comfortable about where my eggs are coming from and how the chickens that produce them are cared for.

(More information about the difference between free range and cage free eggs…mostly semantic.)

Like everything else, the price of eggs from Featherland have gone up.  Until recently, they were .69 cents a dozen at the local Featherland outlet and they are now .99 cents a dozen.

I can handle that.

Most of their eggs are distributed wholesale, but they have an outlet on the NE side of San Antonio that also sells fresh fruits and veggies.  Cash only.


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    Keith said,

    I certainly applaud you for buying your eggs locally (you’ll get fresher eggs and also less transportation cost and pollution). However, hormone free is worthless. It is illegal to treat any poultry with hormones (unlike cattle). Essentially you’re buying the same conventional eggs you can get at Walmart, except locally.

    If you want the additional nutritional benefit of additional vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids you will want to buy specifically pastured or free-range eggs, where the chickens have been allowed to peck at insects, bugs, and grubs. Organic simply means cage-free with organic feed, not necessarily pastured. That’s where the difference lies.

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      arteesvida said,

      You’re right…and I am fortunate enough that we just this year got a year round farmer’s market so I can do that. Sadly, this company no longer has the outpost near my house anymore, which was too bad because they sold local veggies as well!

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