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.
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.
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.