We maintain our large freerange flock, so we can to eat eggs all year, there is almost at least a few hens laying even in the dark of winter. At other times of the year the number of eggs goes up to around 30 a day, and we find ourselves craving other types of food.
We figured other people out there might be in a similar situation, but with some other food items, that they produce, or have an abundance of, and that they might like to trade for our hens eggs.
Our hens produce these fantastic eggs, If you are interested in trying them and want to play along, here is what we are proposing.
We send a box of 48 eggs, and you send a box of something else, either from our list or you can email us to suggest a trade. You get great eggs in the mail, fun for you. We get a variety foods in the mail that are hard for us to come by, which is fun for us, since we are not close to town, and are tied down on the farm most of the time feeding, and exercising the chickens.
Short Grain Sticky Sweet Brown Rice
Whole Peeled Dried-Chestnuts
Reddish Purple Asian Sweet Potatoes
Kadoya Sesami Oil (in the 56.oz can)
Smoked Mussels (vacuum packed)
Smoked Oysters (vacuum packed)
Whole Dried Fish with the heads on (especially pollack)
Whole Dried Squid
Sticky Rice Cakes
Fried Fish Cake
But we are open to a wide variety of other foods:
Good cheeses, (not American Process, etc)
Caviar . . .
We send the eggs by Priority Mail, in the Portland area they arrive overnight, Two days to most hub cities and three to the farther reaches.
We do all we can to make sure the egg shells are as hard as possible, and pack them carefully, still a few may get cracked in transit, If you are cool with this, then we can play, remember this is all just for fun. Part of the fun is seeing how many eggs make it.
Also, We love to see what people do with the eggs we send them,
Send us pictures , and reviews, of the dishes you prepare with the eggs, and we will post them on the blog.
How these eggs get to be fantastic.
The eggs come from a small flock of chickens, who browse freely in the forest all day.
Browsing for food is great exercise for chickens and is important for their health and fitness, which positively affects the quality of the eggs.
Our hens browse in a forest of Oak, Fir, and Maple trees. We keep the flock small, so the forest is able to regenerate, and continue to contribute to the diets of the hens. Instead of using fixed feeding stations we "Forest Feed" them their grain ration by scattering whole grains and seeds on the forest floor. While eating their grain on the forest floor the chickens find natural chicken foods like, mosses, lichens, bugs, worms, and dirt to eat in combination with the seeds and grains they are eating. We want the chickens to scratch and peck for most of their food, because we believe that the exercise hens get scratching in the woods for their food is almost as important to egg quality as what they eat. Eating slowly and exercising promotes better digestion, so the hens can pass the food's nutrients to the eggs. It also seems that the hens that spend more time scratching around in the woods produce harder shells, with deeper yellow yolks.
See our food blog to see other examples of the kinds of things we like to eat, feel free to email and ask us, if we might like to trade for what you've got.
(Please send us a photo of the food you want to trade. . . . and please no cookies, candies, baked goods, etc., we need to watch those carbohydrates.)