Add local, pastured eggs to your order this week! 1 dozen brown eggs from Eben-Haezer’s Happy Hens Ranch in Ramona
What are pastured eggs? They’re eggs from chickens that 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.
Mother Earth News conducted an egg testing project in 2007 and discovered that eggs produced by truly free-ranging(pasture-rasied) 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!