Eggs are a staple in diets across the world – especially in the United States. On average, Americans consume 287 eggs per year, and for good reason. Eggs are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and are a cost-effective source of protein and amino acids. 

But the nutrient profile of eggs varies enormously between hens. Hens that are fed a poor diet and live in dirty, cramped quarters produce lower-quality eggs than those that are fed well and treated humanely. 

Thankfully, increased awareness of the drawbacks of factory farming has generated a growing demand for farm fresh eggs. Community sustained farms like North Corner Haven have risen to the occasion, and provide a bounty of fresh eggs from happy, pasture-raised hens. Here are just a few of the benefits of eating eggs from healthy and nourished chickens.

Less Cholesterol

Conventional eggs contain more cholesterol than pasture-raised eggs. This is a great indicator of the health of the hens.

In conventional farming practices, chickens are fed a diet consisting mostly in grains, which results in higher cholesterol and higher saturated fat. Higher cholesterol in the hens means higher cholesterol in the eggs!

At North Corner Haven, we feed our hens a balanced diet, resulting in eggs that have a better lipid profile. If you’re watching your dietary cholesterol, farm fresh eggs are the way to go.

More of the Good Stuff

Our eggs have less cholesterol, but more of the stuff you do want. Pastured eggs contain up to 20 times more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional eggs. They also contain more beta carotene, vitamin E, and selenium. And of course, all that sunshine means more vitamin D.

Chickens that are allowed to roam freely have a more diverse diet. At North Corner Haven, you’ll see our chickens roaming around in the sun munching on grass and insects, just as nature intended.

Farm Fresh Eggs Taste Better

Of course a better diet for the chicken means a better diet for you. But what about the taste? 

Once we started raising chickens at North Corner Haven, we never looked back. The eggs simply taste so much better. The nutrient-rich yolks have a far richer flavor, and the higher level of beta-carotene is evident in their deep orange hue. 

If you’re used to the tasteless egg whites of your grocery store eggs, you’ll be impressed by the slight nuttiness of the egg whites from pastured eggs. 

We’ve done side-by-side taste tests, and North Corner Haven eggs are the clear winner, every time. 

Environmental Impact

At North Corner Haven, we’re committed to using sustainable agricultural methods to manage the land and build regenerative ecosystems. Our eggs are not only more nourishing for the body, they’re a better choice for the Earth. 

Your purchase of our farm fresh eggs goes a long way in ensuring a verdant and healthy local environment here in the Carolinas. 

To place an order, visit our farm shop. We offer free local delivery in the Charlotte and Lancaster areas.

Pork dishes taste great and can be an excellent source of lean protein for your diet but not all pork is equal. The way your pork is raised can have a big impact on things like flavor and nutritional content. Most of the pork products you purchase in a grocery store are raised on commercial farms under terrible conditions. Pasture-raised pork is a healthier and more ethical option. 

Here are four reasons it is important to choose pasture-raised pork for your next meal. 

It Benefits the pig

On a commercial pig farm, there could be upwards of 2500 pigs housed in one place. They’re packed tightly into barns and rarely, if ever, out in the light of day. Antibiotics are often used to fight off the deadly diseases that can occur from such crowded living conditions. This is not the case with pasture-raised pigs.

Pasture-raised pigs are happier and healthier with plenty of room to exercise, wallow in mud, and are free to roam around. In addition to the health and happiness of the pig, pasture-raised pork also helps combat the selective breeding in the commercial pork industry. Pasture-raised pigs are hardier and more resistant to parasites, and they yield a better flavor when they make it to your table as a pork chop or sausage.  

It Benefits the Environment

Allowing pigs to graze on grass uses much less fossil fuel than a feedlot diet given to commercially farmed pigs. Commercial farms create massive amounts of carbon emissions each year that contribute to global warming. Grazing lands for pasture-raised pork are a much-needed habit for wildlife, and they reduce water runoff. This helps keep our natural watersheds cleaner and safer for both wildlife and human use.

The waste created by pigs on commercial farms poses a significant environmental threat to soil and groundwater due to spillage and disposal. Pasture-raised pigs spread their manure over the soil where it becomes a natural source of organic fertilizer. This improves the quality of the grass, which harvests solar energy and holds on to topsoil and moisture. 

It Benefits Public Health

Antibiotic resistance is one of the top ten global public health threats as determined by the World Health Organization. Factory farming of livestock, including pork, is recognized as a contributing factor. The antibiotics required to keep pigs alive in the cramped conditions of a commercial farm can remain in their meat and contaminate the soil and waterways near their waste lagoons. Pasture-raised pigs rarely require antibiotics, making their meat safer and cleaner. 

It Benefits Your Body

Pasture-raised pork contains higher levels of nutrients than commercially raised pork. Pasture-raised pork can contain up to twice the amount of vitamin E and three times the amount of Vitamin D contained in confined pigs. These vitamins are essential to heart, skin, hormonal, and brain health, as well as immune function and inflammation control. Pasture-raised pork also contains higher levels of selenium, which is necessary for thyroid health. 

Try the Farm Shop at North Corner Haven

Skip grocery store pork and choose the healthier option from the Farm Shop at North Corner Haven. Our range of pasture-raised pork products is packed with flavor and nutrients and can be delivered right to your doorstep.