Feb 162013
 

 

brown eggsDid you know a hen’s natural cycle of egg laying is related to the number of hours of daylight? As the days become longer, the hens lay more eggs. :-) Our hens and pullets (young hens) are giving us more eggs every day and we have a few dozen to put in the cooler each day now. If you plan to come out and would like us to hold some for you let us know!

Not all “farm” eggs are alike. We’ve had several customers comment on the flavor of our eggs being better than some other farm eggs they’ve purchased. While we always think any egg purchased from a small farmer is better than a commercial egg, the difference in our eggs is in the hen’s housing. We move our hen’s house regularly – even in the wintertime – to give the hens a fresh paddock. If hens stay in the same spot all the time they will eat all the vegetation and all that is left is bare dirt. When the hens are moved, the grass is allowed to continue growing and the hens have fresh vegetation and insects in their diet which allows them to have eggs with a fuller flavor and theoretically these eggs are also healthier than any alternative egg.

When purchasing farm eggs you will notice that they often are not uniform in size, shape and color. This is because you are getting the eggs the hens lay as they lay them – not the perfectly sorted and culled eggs that you’ll get from  commercial factory farm. Farm eggs may also occasionally be imperfect on the inside as well. The Prairie Homestead has posted an excellent article on farm eggs explaining why you may sometimes find spots in farm fresh eggs. You may also enjoy reading the other articles there on farm eggs.

Enjoy the beautiful weather – spring is on the way! :-)

Apr 262012
 

Spring is poppin’ out all over the place! This is a delightful time of year with the weather warming, birds singing, flowers blooming…

We had a bit of a scare last week with frost predicted. One morning we did awake to a fairly heavy frost, but we were able to wash the frost off and there appears to have been minimal damage. Thankfully the temps didn’t get cold enough to produce frost the second night.

One of our biggest concerns was in the strawberry patch. The plants have been blooming their little heads off and a bunch of fruit has set. We really didn’t want to see the crop hurt and it appears that there was very little damage. Get ready… ripe strawberries will be available for You-Pick soon! Give Imogene a call at 620-336-3281 if you want to schedule a picking appointment. Or you may email farmers@mitchellfamilyfarm.us

 

 

 

Also, the hens have been laying their beautiful brown eggs and we have plenty in the cooler. Stop by the farm to pick some up for you and a friend. $3/dozen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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