We are so happy to be able to offer farm fresh eggs every week. What is the difference between our eggs and the eggs you find in your grocer’s store?
Green grass and range-free, literally speaking. If you happen to come by on any given day, you will find hens allowed to roam around the property, choosing to nestle in the shade or enjoy the warming sun. They can walk, run or lounge. While roaming, they peck off clover leaves, grass, a favourite herb or a veggie here and there. They diligently scratch in the soil looking for small bugs and seeds, dig holes to take sand-baths, whilst listening to the rooster’s crow. Of course hens also like grain, not greens alone, the farmers and their families jealously guard what goes into their grain rations. No meat meal, feather meal, or blood meal and no baker’s waste. In an effort to be GMO free, close attention is paid to feed sources. Older variety grains are used such as oats, barley and wheat. This fall, the plan to incorporate open-pollinated corn grown from heritage seed will be added to the mix.
During the winter months, grass is scarce because it does not grow in January. Days are shorter, so it is just the same with daylight. The hens tend to slow down some in egg production because of that. During these frigid months, hens must accept second best, just like the rest of us. So, they get to have more of a dried-bean, squash and pumpkin diet along with their grains. This is in effort to see if more varieties of winter crops can sustain and keep away their “winter blues”, when their production does reduce. This small flock of less than a hundred in total, hopefully will keep producing a good quantity of eggs for the season and seasons ahead if all goes well, and we keep the predators away. Those cute raccoons and tom-cats both make eggs a fare-favourite and are a constant battle on the farm.
The farm is a grand, complex system of sun, rain, soil and living growing things – a contributing link in the balance of a thriving eco-system.