Open a dozen of eggs from market vendor Red Haven Farm and you’ll find that no two eggs are the same. Market-goer Alisha Stevens captured the variety and beauty she found after opening a container of Red Haven’s finest. (pictured left) The eggs may vary in size, color and texture – depending on the breed of the hen – but on the inside they all share the same deep, rich, golden (and firm!) yolk that can only come from a freely-ranging hen.
The hens who live at Red Haven Farm fed grain, but they also forage in the open air, feeding on the farm’s green fields. Some studies have shown that the nutritional content of free-range eggs such as Red Haven’s, is higher than eggs from conventionally-raised hens. Mother Earth News has conducted several tests in accredited labs comparing the nutritional value of free-range vs. conventionally-raised eggs. The benefits of free-range are clear: 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 and 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D.
So this spring, enjoy the fresh goodness of eggs from pasture-raised hens. As we eagerly await the return of Red Haven at the market, let us know your favorite egg recipe. Whether it’s an omelet, quiche, egg salad or anything else you dream up, please send your favorite egg recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a picture if you are able! Thanks and enjoy!