Pastured, Omega 3 Free Range "farmgate" Eggs
Not only do they taste much better, they are
nutritionally superior too!
Some stats from Mother Earth News say that eggs from chickens that are allowed to roam on pasture (instead of being confined to cages and buildings as is the case for most commercially produced hens) 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
The price for our eggs are 5$ per dozen, we will also love to take your undamaged cartons.
I never anticipated the popularity of the farm's eggs.
We are consistently sold out, regularly
I know I can't please everyone but I must have a first come first serve policy for eggs so please do come early.
Cuardach Farm eggs are from free range chickens who virtually have the run of the farm. You are normally greeted by the flock when you come through the gate. I will be relegating the hens to the paddocks in 2014 just to keep the driveway and store entrance free of the hens and the history they tend to leave behind. They will still have acres and acres to roam and to range but the entrance of the farm will remain a bit more pristine.
I sell "farmgate eggs" directly from the farm as per Ontario regulations, the eggs are not graded and range in size. They are as fresh as fresh can be usually your eggs have been produced that day!
What are farmgate eggs?? Small farm egg producers in Ontario must adhere to regulations pertaining to our sale of eggs. We must have less than 100 laying hens, and we are only allowed to sell eggs directly from the farm gate, hence the term "farmgate eggs".
Sadly, we are not allowed to sell our eggs in local Farmers Markets.There is a link below to the egg farmers of Ontario website which lists all the regulations pertaining to small farms and poultry.
What is the difference between Free range,Free run, and pastured??
Free run means the hens are free inside a run or a building and not in battery style laying cages, it does not mean the birds have access to the outdoors.
"Free-range" is a bit of an ambiguous term, at least in its technical meaning as regulated which calls for the chicken to be "allowed access to the outside."
As you might imagine, that phrase can be interpreted generously or quite narrowly. Some farmers let their free-range chickens roam on real fields and pastures as we do here. Larger producers, however, have been known to follow only the letter of the law, not its spirit, and put an open window or small door that leads to a paved patch of ground at one end of a large, crowded hen house. If nothing else, though, free-range chicken are, at least, kept cage free.
Pastured, the hens are allowed out of a building /coop on to pastures, fields, yards, and allowed to scratch, eat plants and bugs.
If you want to know ASK where you buy your eggs! If you cannot see the chickens free ranging or out in the pasture, they are not truly a free range bird and your eggs will definitely reflect the taste.
Ontario Egg and Poultry Regulations for small flock growers
Most consumers do not know that only the large producers
(the same as you will find in a grocery store) are at your local Ontario farmers markets, not small organic farmers.