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This week we have eggs from both Echo Valley Farm and Walker Farm Foods.
There is a world of difference between supermarket eggs and the pastured eggs we get straight from local regenerative farmers. Even the commercially produced "free-range" ones don't come close to the health benefits you'll get from truly free-range, pastured eggs from healthy chickens who live their lives in fresh air, under the sun with all the grass and bugs their hearts' desire.
Regenerative farmers move their chickens on their land so they always have fresh grass and bugs to eat and the land reaps the benefits of the animals' foraging behaviour and manure. It's a method of farming that builds the soil, sequesters carbon and has benefits far beyond our generation.
What's more, these farmers don't wash their eggs which keeps the natural 'bloom' intact, increasing the shelf life of the egg and retaining it's nutritional benefits. Commercial farmers wash their eggs in a chemical solution. As eggs are porous, those chemicals are getting inside! Apparently, the industry has realised that this process reduces the shelf life of the egg so after washing, many are now coating the eggs with a petroleum based oil. Yep. Those eggs aren't necessarily just eggs.
Echo Valley Farm, Goomburra (2 hours south of Brisbane)
Juanita and Randall are young farmers with a passion for holistic, regenerative farming. Inspired by the work of Farmer Joel Salatin from Polyface Farm, USA, they use a rotational method of farming, moving chickens, pigs and cattle across their land. This is having an amazing impact on the quality of their soil which not only produces a better quality product, it also helps make the land resilient in times of drought or flood.
Their chickens are the healthiest you'll ever see. Free to roam and carry out their natural instincts with all the chemical-free grass they could wish for. They are supplemented with top quality, locally produced organic grain.
The eggs are delivered to us every Friday so you can be guaranteed they are always fresh and straight from the farm!
Why are Echo Valley egg cartons plastic?
Juanita and Randall did a lot of research before deciding on recycled egg cartons. Their egg cartons are sourced locally from a company in Virginia, Brisbane. The egg-packs are produced from recycled PET bottles and other post-consumer PET waste.
Research shows the Carbon Footprint of R-PET egg-packs is 15% lower than that of pulp egg-packs and the Life-Cycle Energy Demand of R-PET egg-packs is 14% lower. Another advantage is being able to visibly see the eggs inside to ensure they're not broken.
Unfortunately due to food safety standards we can't reuse the egg cartons, but please ensure you recycle them yourself.
Walker Farm Foods, Cambroon, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Because more people are realising just how great pastured eggs are, Echo Valley Farm can't always meet our demand so some weeks, we get a top up from Walker Farm Foods.
Kacey and George Walker also follow a regenerative model of farming, rotating laying chickens, beef cattle and dairy cows across their land.
They are healthy, truly free-range birds who always have fresh grass to eat. They are supplemented with a specially formulated grain which is free of artificial yolk colourants, and other nasties such as steroids and antibiotics.