Fresh eggs laid by happy, healthy hens are a thing of beauty: they boast multi-hued shells, superior nutrition, bright orange-yellow yolks and tight whites that taste delicious. Here are four great options for New Yorkers.
J. Crew Curator Delivers Colorful Eggs to the City
No, it’s not Easter anymore, but you can still order a mix of cream, blue, tan and brown eggs from a farm in the Northern Hudson River Valley run by Jamie Sabuda, a brand and vintage curator for J.Crew Men’s who lives on the farm with his family. A variety of birds have their run of the land, including heritage Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, barred Cochins, Cuckoo Marans, Javas, Belgian Bearded D’Anvers, and Ameraucanas.
While these birds are of a different feather, all eat organic feed and foraged bugs to produce hormone- and antibiotic-free eggs. You can order these pretty little eggs a week in advance and Sabuda, who commutes daily to the city, will arrange a pick-up for you for $6 per dozen. Starting in June you can head north to Red Hook, New York, to purchase a dozen eggs from the Montgomery Place Orchards Farm Stand for $5. Call 845.389.6889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Tick Tock: Fresh Seasonal Eggs from Hens on a Natural Biological Clock
Cowberry Crossing Farm in Claverack, New York, also produces colorful eggs. While Richard Harrison’s multicolored gems aren’t sold in the city, it’s a short trek for farm fresh eggs that sell out quickly–if you’re lucky, you’ll score some at the Chappaqua, Hastings and Pleasantville farmers’ markets in Westchester. The birds freely roam and Harrison refrains from using artificial lights to trick the hens into producing eggs year-round.
Customers enjoy the variation in color and size, the farm’s site says. “Some of these eggs are very big. This is because our layers are not culled after they have passed their prime in egg production. The mature birds live out a full life. Consequently, we get larger but fewer eggs from them.” As the days grow longer, you have a little more light to go north for Cowberry Crossing’s multicolored eggs at their peak!
Pheasant, Duck and Turkey Eggs: Oh My!
Quattro’s Farm Stand at the Union Square greenmarket is like being a kid in an egg enthusiast’s candy store. The stand sells not only chicken eggs, but also pheasant, turkey, duck and goose eggs. From $3 per dozen for pheasant eggs to $1 each for duck eggs, all the eggs are fresh from the Pleasant Valley, New York farm, a family-run business since 1942.
Birds are fed #2 shelled corn (the highest quality available), oats and wheat (like human cereals) and minor grains such as buckwheat. To boost the protein of the feed some soybeans are added, but no animal by-products, hormones or antibiotics. Quattro’s Farm Stand is at the greenmarket on Fridays.
Lou and the Giant [Ostrich] Egg
If you’ve walked through the Union Square greenmarket, you’ve probably seen the Roaming Acres farm stand: With eggs the size of coconuts, it draws a lot of attention and not only sells eggs, but also ostrich meat, ostrich oil soap, ostrich oil, pet treats and even ostrich leather.
The ostriches eat 100% vegetarian feed mixed by the Sussex County, New Jersey, farm with all-natural, local ingredients free of hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-products. Similar to chicken eggs but slightly sweeter and with much lighter whites, one ostrich egg is equivalent to about two dozen hen eggs: One feeds ten to 15 people! Memorial Day brunch is served! Visit Lou, who mans the stand, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Image courtesy of Cowberry Crossing Farm.