Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy pasture raised organic eggs at your farm?
Come visit us at 1908A Dye Rd. Ramona, CA 92065.
We are open Monday through Saturday, 7am to 6pm.
What stores carry your pasture raised organic eggs?
Local Retail Locations Include:
Cream of the Crop
Frazier Farms (Vista and Oceanside)
Jimbo’s (All Locations)
Ocean Beach Peoples
Olive Tree Market
Sea Side Market
South Coast Farms (Orange County)
Whole Foods (All San Diego Locations)
Which local restaurants serve your pasture raised organic eggs?
You can get your eggs to order at Darshan Bakery or Lofty Coffee (Encinitas, Solana and Little Italy)
What are Factory Conventional Eggs?
These birds live in the hen houses in cages. January 1st of 2015, California implemented Prop 2, which states that hen cages will be big enough to allow them to move around freely, and be able to spread their wings while turning in a circle without hitting anything.
What are Free-Range/Cage-Free Eggs?
These girls also live inside of large hen houses however they are free to roam on the ground. In the case of most “free-range” eggs, the girls also have access to the outdoors, though at this time there are no requirements on the amount of time they get outside or how large the outdoor area is. It is important to check who is certifying the operation. Different certifiers require different outdoor space. In some cases “access points” are clippings out of the chicken wiring around the house that blends in with the rest of the ‘walls’. Other cases it could be very large doors that allow the chickens easy access to the outdoors all times of the day. Also free-range/cage-free does not specify that they are getting a ‘pasture-diet’. The hen’s diet may contain a veggie-fed feed or an organic feed.
What are Truly Pasture Raised Organic Eggs?
These ladies get to actually roam free throughout the day and are able to enjoy natural vegetation, bugs, and sunbathing in the lush pastures, fields, or hillsides. They are provided not only an organic diet but also and organic lifestyle that mimics that of their natural habitat while maintaining the sustainability of the environment.
So here is some food for thought; if we all take a look at the “we are what we eat” campaign, then maybe it’s not just what we eat, but also what, what we eat, eats.
On to our happy-hens diet and the nutrient density of their beautiful eggs. In addition to the natural vegetation along with oats and barley we plant every year, we have our ladies on two different diets. The first being a premium HIGH QUALITY organic feed that contains Corn and Soy, the second is a premium HIGH QUALITY organic Soy and Corn FREE feed. With our standard feed, they are fed an organic feed that contains both Organic NON-GMO soy and Organic NON-GMO corn. The second type that will not be available unto the end of Spring/ beginning of Fall is a Soy and Corn FREE Feed that replaces those two ingredients with organic peas, organic milo and organic wheat. Our Soy and Corn Free gals get to cruise around in a pasture all on there own so not to confuse who’s eating what feed. All the ladies also have the joy of foraging the land and pastures, getting to consume the natural vegetation and barley in the pastures along with whatever bugs they find.
You’re probably thinking, “EWW GROSS!!! I don’t want to eat bugs!!!” But the truth is, that it is totally natural for chickens. In fact, bugs are a major source of protein and the secret to good healthy egg layers is a lot of protein.
These girls enjoy sunbathing which gets lots of vitamin D into their eggs. Thanks to all of the fresh greens our ladies eat, these lovely eggs get packed with beta-carotene which is why their yolks have such a beautiful vibrant orange color.
The flavor, color, and texture are made distinctive by high amounts of vitamin A, D, E, K-2, B-12, DHA, EPA, and ALA making them a true superfood.
Mother Earth News conducted an egg testing project in 2007 and discovered that eggs produced by truly free-ranging(pasture-raised) hens were far superior to those produced by battery caged hens. The study involved 14 flocks across the United States whose eggs were tested by an accredited Portland, Oregon, laboratory.
They found that the benefits of pasture raised eggs include:
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
5 times more vitamin D
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
They also found that eggs from hens raised outdoors on pasture have from three to six times more vitamin D than eggs from hens raised in confinement. Pastured hens are exposed to direct sunlight, which their bodies convert to vitamin D and then pass on to their eggs. Eating just two of these eggs will give you from 63-126% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D!