Chicken Eggs are available for pick up from our ranch, from our Bellevue office for our Seattle area and Puget Sound customers, and from our supportive Ellensburg vendors:
Better Life Natural Foods at 111 West 6th Avenue
Daily Bread & Mercantile at 306 South Main St., Ellensburg
Maggie's Pantry at 416 S 2nd St in Roslyn
Testimonials don’t get any better than this:
Dear Workers on the Windy N Ranch,
I’ve been so enjoying your eggs which I get at Delana’s Better Life store (Better Life Natural Foods at 111 West 6th Ave, Ellensburg). But I never knew just how good these eggs were for us….’til I read Joel Salatin’s interview in the Sun magazine. Now I know why they taste so different, so good…..Your chickens get to walk around on our earth in a pasture…..happy! Your chickens are not jailed with thousands more chickens in a cubicle without fresh air, without exercise, without company, without happiness. After reading Salatin’s 15 pages in the Sun, I read your label and said, WOW! Right here in Ellensburg we can enjoy chickens raised in Mother Nature’s world. Mr. Salatin tells us how much better they are for us. They sure taste great! Thanks for doing the extra farm work it takes to produce these good eggs.
Gratefully, Bee Bonow
We have Free Range (real honest to goodness, no nosense Free Range layers) meaning they are out roaming around the barnyard, garden, orchard and pasture eating fresh grass, worms, and insects in addition to our supplemental feed. Our chickens will eat up to 30% of their calories in grass. They come in at night so our local Wiley Coyotes don’t get too many of them and our Guardian dogs have made us less attractive. Check out and compare our eggs to those purchased at the grocery stores and you can see by the yoke color that ours are a rich vibrant orange and not a pale yellow as well as standing higher in a pan when cracked. The color comes from what they eat and the firmness comes from freshness. Per Mother Earth News: “Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That's the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:”
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
- 3 to 6 times more vitamin D
When free range eggs can be purchased, there is not nearly as much reason to limit our egg intake. They contain many valuable nutrients and are a good protein source. Moderation is the key to all things, but eggs certainly don’t deserve the bad rap they’ve been given if the hens are raised the way they were intended to be.
“I’m confused!” It is no wonder. When shopping for eggs you will see various phrases such as “free range”, “naturally nested”, “omega-3″, “humanly raised”, and “cage free”. In attempting to decipher these code words check out Laura Sayre’s article How to Decode Egg Cartons in Mother Earth news. To try to make the point of what we sell our cartons say “real honest Free-Range, No Cages”. Our chickens have the ability to range over 100’s of acres though they stay within a couple hundred yard of the coup otherwise Wile Coyote will have some lunch.
Something which make us VERY unusual in the industry is our feeding of Fodder which is Organic Barley Sprouts fed to our slaughter animals in the winter when fresh grass is not available. This allows us to keep the animals plane of nutrition at a high level allowing butchering in the winter when our grasses are not growing and still have an outstanding product; if the animals are not “on the gain” the meat will not be optimal. Fodder is fed to our slaughter cattle and pigs as well as our layer chickens in the winter so that the can continue to get their “greens”. Consistent with all offerings, our animals are never fed antibiotics, growth hormones or ionophores and our fields do not receive herbicides or pesticides bringing you a healthier product and a sustainable ranching operation. Our has WSDA Organic Certification on its pastures which means the eggs from the new layers in the spring of 2014 will be WSDA Certified Organic.
The truth about your eggs:
Curious Egg Questions:
How can I tell if an egg is fresh? Put it in water. If it sinks and rests flat on the bottom it is fresh, if it rests vertically with one end up it is a couple weeks old, and if it floats throw it away.
How long will an egg last in the refrigerator? 65 to 80 days is not be a stretch but are better if consumed sooner. Do not store them in the refrigerator door as the draft when opening and closing will dehydrate them and shorten the shelf life.
What is the white stuff in my egg? This is called the chalaza and secures the yoke in place in the center of the egg. This is not an imperfection and is not an embryo. The more prominent the chalaza, the fresher the egg; this is a good thing.
Why are so many eggs in the grocery stores white? White chickens produce white eggs; white chickens eat less than chickens laying brown eggs thus large producers want the cheapest most cost effective chickens.
How do I determine if an egg is hardboiled? Easy; spin it on a counter top. If it spins easily it is hardboiled and if it spins slowly with a wobble it is not boiled. Alternatively, put it on end on a counter and let it fall. If it rocks back and forth it is hard and if the rocking is dampened it is not boiled. Try a hard and soft egg with both tests and this will be very evident.
Why are chickens de-beaked? Chickens in a high density environment, be it group cages or in a henhouse, will cannibalize/peck other chickens. We do not trim our chicken’s beaks because we have a wonderful low density environment.
Terminology: There are some incorrectly used terms when asking for free range pastured eggs. “Free range” is a term used primarily in the egg industry indicating a certain degree of non-confinement. The degree of confinement is the question which can vary a great deal. Our layers are the ultimate expression of “free range” as they are free to roam throughout the day. Our Guardian Dogs protect them from Wiley Coyote. “Natural” is a term typically meaning farming and ranching using no chemical or manufactured products including synthetics and is a couple notches below our WSDA Certified Organic designation. The best way to see how freely ranging our animals are is to come for a visit which we strongly encourage. Poultry’s ability to source bugs, grubs and grass will make a huge difference in taste and nutrition.
Email us to let us know how many you want then swing by to take them from the Ranch refrigerator and leave your funds. Alternatively our Bellevue office typically well stocked. Either way they are worth a special trip for a special treat. Our ranch offer a wonderful rural experience!