7.23.2007

What's Up Chicken Butt?

Forget green eggs and ham and tell me now,

Which would you rather have, blue eggs or brown?

I'm in love with farm fresh eggs (I also love how the word egg looks in this font). Every Saturday morning, I am compelled to rise early and rush down to the farmer's market to have my pick. If I'm late, I'm out of luck. The two dozen eggs pictured on the left were purchased from two young girls who are raising chickens for a 4-H project. They cost an arm and a leg, but it's for a good cause, and they make me immensely happy. I often rinse the egg shells and put them on the kitchen windowsill to study while I'm doing dishes. I am amazed at the range of colors eggs come in, and how we have gotten so used to plain old white eggs.


















Though, in fairness, these plain old white eggs are a thing of beauty (and cheap). I just don't know where they came from, that's all. Well, that's not entirely true. I know they came from a chicken, and I believe the package on these eggs said Petaluma, a mere 120 miles from my house. It's the conditions from whence they came which are a mystery to me. I have a suspicion that a visit to the facility where these white egg laying chickens are kept would provoke a very different feeling than a visit to the local home of the 4-H girls (which happens to be a few houses down from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's home).

Until I can keep chickens of my own, or until a certain friend (um, Julia) invites me to collect her eggs, I will continue to rise early every Saturday to buy my fill of blue and brown eggs. The early bird buys, cracks and eats the egg.

6 comments:

  1. I had a guitar student who sold me eggs of this kind for $2.50 a dozen. Have I been swindled by Evan the Egg Boy?
    Really the farm fresh are superior in every way.

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  2. Those colored eggs are so gorgeous! Our chickens will lay a rainbow (including blue or green), as soon as they get old enough to lay. For now, we're stuck buying local brown only at $2.25 a doz at the Farmer's Market. Truth be told, my chickens are much less expensive. One bag of feed lasts a couple of months and costs $8 for which I will receive about three dozen eggs a week.

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  3. if you want we can give you fresh eggs every day; we have about 18-20 eggs per day and we give them for free; the problem is that we are near Rome, Italy...
    ciao
    freddie

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  4. You know why? Chicken thigh! :-)

    We had chickens for a time, but they brought mice, and the mice brought snakes. And they stank. But I do, REALLY do miss their beautiful green, blue and brown eggs.

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  5. hehe, i love this post :)
    (like always)

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  6. Lovely! I fantasize about having chickens and I'm not going to let Stefani steer me away with the down side. I am not one to let reality get in the way. :)

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