As many of you know, there has been a massive egg recall due to countless reports of salmonella poisoning. Over 228 million eggs were recalled, including brands such as Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Sunshine, Farm Fresh, and Kemps.
I occasionally talk about eggs, and have stressed the importance of buying your eggs from a local farmer if at all possible. There are many benefits to eating eggs from chickens that eat grass and roam freely (read more about it here), including an extremely low risk of salmonella. A recent article in the Denver Post stated that due to the egg recall, local egg demand has increased beyond supply. This is great news!
We get our eggs from Grant Family Farms, who also provide our CSA box each week full of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have to admit, it was nice to know that despite the huge egg scare, we could still soft-boil our eggs or cook them over easy without worrying about getting sick.
Grant Family Farms has had 30 more people sign up for an egg “share” in the past week and a half, and other farms are actually increasing egg production for next year because demand is greater than current supplies. There is a local woman who holds classes on how to raise your own backyard chickens, and she has even seen a surge in class enrollments in the past week and a half! I’m not sure if local egg demand is increasing in other cities, but I encourage you to look into this option. The eggs will likely be a little bit more expensive, but they taste much better, and most importantly they are safer and healthier. Not to mention the satisfaction you’ll feel when you decide to support a local farmer!
To see more photos about how the chickens at Grant Family Farms are raised, go to the Denver Post’s album here.
I’ll be taking Thursday, Friday and Monday off to spend time with family. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and eat well!