A good egg farm
At Eatwell Farm in Dixon, California, four laying flocks of about 500 birds each are moved weekly to fresh fields of alfalfa, pecking away busily while their manure fertilizes the soil. It’s a happy symbiosis. The hens also get organic grain and organic produce from the farm. “Every day, whatever vegetables get rejected when we’re packing the [CSA] boxes go to the chickens,” says owner Nigel Walker.
The consensus among Eatwell’s customers is that the eggs ― whether because of superior flavor or better nutritional profile ― are worth the price. “A lot of people tell me they get these eggs for their children because they’re more nutritious,” Walker says. “But they also tell me that they’re the only eggs their kids will eat.”
Egg farms we like
All these farms sell pasture-raised eggs; they also employ organic practices.
Chaffin Family Orchards, Oroville, CA Eggs available daily by the dozen or half-dozen at the farm, several times a week at farmers’ markets in Butte County and Nevada City, and at Chico Natural Foods, in Chico (you must join this co-op to buy). 530/533-1676.
Eatwell Farm, Dixon, CA Most of the farm’s eggs go to its 900 CSA (community-supported agriculture) subscribers in Northern California; to join, fill out an application at eatwell.com (in some places, you’ll be added to a waiting list).
Everett Family Farm, Soquel, CA Eggs available daily at the farm stand and at Santa Cruz–area farmers’ markets. 831/566 0472.
Marin Sun Farms, Point Reyes Station, CA Buy eggs at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the Civic Center Farmers Market in San Rafael, and the farm’s store. 415/663-8997 (call ahead to check that eggs are available at the store).
Sea Breeze Farm, Vashon Island, WA Eggs sold at Seattle-area farmers’ markets and at the farm’s Vashon Island shop and restaurant, La Boucherie. 206/567-4628.