Have you ever stopped and looked at the vast amount of eggs stacked on top of each other at the mainstream grocery market, carton upon carton, and REALLY wondered when all these eggs were laid? 🤔
We check the expiration date, sure, but do you actually know the rules or regulations on the eggs you buy and eat?
Now, don’t even get me started on the living conditions or treatment of the chickens that are deemed “satisfactory”...
”cage free” 🤦♀️... yeah, I’ll show you TRUE cage free, happy chickens anytime you want!
This is mainly about how we just don’t know where our food comes from or how fresh it actually is.
So, I promised these posts would not be novels, so I’ll give you the short (and I’m happy to really dive in deep if you want to continue the convo at a later point 😉).
On average, the eggs you are buying are up to 2 months old. That’s 60 days. And that’s just an average. They are even constantly found to be up to SIX MONTHS old by the time they are in your fridge 😮
The eggs that I sell are at MOST three days old. Most of them are laid the day before or the day that you pick them up from me. Just think about the difference there.
A few facts:
🥚By law, an egg can be sold for up to 30 days after the date it is packaged.
🥚Farmers have up to 30 days to sell an egg from the time it is laid to the time it is in the carton.
🥚Eggs are up to 60 days old by the time they are hitting the shelves in the grocery store.
🥚The FDA does not require an expiration date (though states can have their own regulations on that).
Now, what do you think that means as far as nutrition? We are taught that fresh equals healthy, nutritious. But what if what you are buying as “fresh” really isn’t... “fresh”.
It’s a little unnerving to REALLY think about this kind of stuff, because we assume the FDA has our backs, but again, we really don’t know where our food is coming from when we leave it all up to others.
Yes, I purchase food from the market, yes I try my best to buy ethically sourced, but we can’t 100% of the time, or we CAN, it just entails a lot more work. Which is yet another reason why I prefer to grow more of my own if possible.
I’m also one who strongly believes that starting small ripples will makes waves.
We can all start small with one change. One ethically sourced, locally raised, buy from the hands of the farmer item. Yes, I want all my friends to buy eggs from my happy chickens, where they can meet each hen, learn their names, see where they live, and know EXACTLY where each and every egg comes from. But more importantly, I want it to be more mainstream to buy from the small farmers.
That $5 you spend on one item from that local business goes to feed that family. It helps them buy seed to sow an acre of crop. It goes to buy another bag of feed for their goats, every dollar builds and grows that tiny garden patch in to a legacy.
So. How fresh are your eggs?
I hope the next time you see you are low on eggs, you will think of this and you’ll find the closest chicken farmer near you, who has the happiest chickens you’ve ever seen, and you hit them up for a dozen or 2 of TRULY FRESH eggs! Your local farmer (and your taste buds) will be thankful. 😉
Live Truly. Simply.