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The Eggman

July 23, 2012

Koo koo ka-joob!

I’m just going to go off half-cocked on eggs. Sorry, I can’t help myself. Eggs are awesome. They have been described for their cooking properties as being a miracle in a shell. And I love them to pieces, in all their forms.

I love them poached, fried, hard boiled, soft boiled, deviled, scotched, baked, scrambled, shirred, and basted. I like them both in sandwiches and on top of sandwiches. A beautiful poached egg (and some warm bacon dressing) can even get me enthusiastic about a salad. For savory dishes you can drop one in some soup, use it to bind fried rice, or salt the yolk and use it to batter whole fried shrimp.

And then there is the glory of the egg and cheese sandwich which will be vastly different depending on where you are in the country. Breakfast burritos, while they are not sandwiches, certainly count as a regional variant of the form.

But I hate what has happened to eggs. Our eggs are a national tragedy.

There is the issue of ethics. The disgusting and squalid living conditions of animals stacked in cages, enduring their days so that we can have inexpensive breakfasts. There are some sordid details about these practices that we can leave out for now.

Because ethics aside, these eggs taste disgusting.

“Well, wait, Daniel. That doesn’t make any sense. If conventionally raised eggs tasted disgusting, why would anyone buy them, much less everyone buy them all the time.”

Aha, great question! And it’s really got a fairly easy answer. People have simply forgotten what real eggs taste like, and what they look like.

I was reminded of all this after staying with ADS who has a very modest coop of backyard chickens, and every morning we ate some of the best poached eggs I’ve ever had. The whites were tender, and the yolks were rich and a deep golden orange. ADS told me that he could no longer order eggs out even at nice breakfast places, because they were just flat, dull and wholly unappealing.

Backyard eggs are the best. Farmers market eggs come next. Then come the local and more humanely raised ones available at some supermarkets. But it’s tricky to untangle claims and separate marketing from fact.

So what’s an egg lover supposed to do when they want an egg and cheese sandwich?

Well, I’ve got some pretty exciting news. All Good Bakers has started making them. What’s really exciting is that they started making them because of a suggestion made on this blog by irisira.

Their egg sandwiches are served with R&G’s smoked mozzarella or palatine cheddar. Britin recommends having them on a bialy because, “The savory onion and bialy consistency are perfect together with the egg and cheese..seriously.” But it is also avail on hearty multigrain, honey wheat, rye, country french sourdough. You can now get one there Wednesday to Friday from 8am to 11am, and all day weekends for five bucks.

Oh, and the eggs come from their friend Joanne who does yoga upstairs from the bakery. She has a flock of 30 hens that have a diet free of GMOs, are allowed to roam, and are fed other nutritious scraps. These sound a lot like how ADS raises his birds, and how the eggs I get from my new friend E get produced. E’s eggs are amazing.

Now here’s where I get to play Oprah.

Irisira, you are getting an egg and cheese sandwich! And YOU are getting an egg and cheese sandwich! AND YOU are getting an egg and cheese sandwich!

Actually, that’s all I’ve got to give away. Three. And irisira just gets one of them, because dammit, it was her idea. So congratulations to her. Now what to do with the other two? Well, they can be yours. Just tell me in the comments about where you bought your last dozen eggs, who made them, and why you got them.

Here’s are two examples:
Hannaford, Giroux Poultry, because they are local and not too expensive.
Price Chopper, Organic, because I hate the idea of GMOs and antibiotics with my eggs.

But to qualify, you need to give me all three pieces of information. Feel free to explain as long as you like. I’m not going to judge. Really I’m curious about who is buying what when it comes to eggs. And remember it’s your LAST DOZEN. So if you always buy eggs from the farmers market, but you just couldn’t make it last week, and you went to Stewarts, the answer is Stewart’s.

You’ve got until Saturday at Midnight to enter. Two winners will be selected at random, and they will each get one of these egg sandwiches.

Now get cracking. Ha!

43 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2012 12:15 pm

    My last dozen eggs came from my mom’s small flock of chickens, who live in Caroline, NY. I got them because my mom gives them to me for free when she comes to visit, they are humanely produced, and they taste delicious!

  2. July 23, 2012 12:22 pm

    So excited to be talkin’ good eggs! Oh the puns I see coming.

    We have been getting 3-5 dozen eggs weekly from our friend Nicole’s work mate, Jenny (and her husband, Bill) for over 6 months now. Jenny agreed to 4 hens and Bill came home with 24 chicks! They donate 1/2 of their excess to a local charity and sell the other 1/2 to us. Bill and Jenny’s chickens are raised in the same manner as Joanne’s (who is a new provider, we’ll get our first delivery this week on Tues or Sat, depending on when she goes to Yoga). R’eisen Shine Farms (who have their Albany CSA pickup in the shop’s backyard on Saturdays) is going to start bringing extra eggs for us as well as soon as they can. We’ve been filling in lately with Feather Ridge Farm eggs from the Honest Weight.

    I really look forward to reading everyone’s responses and hope we hit the bullseye with every egg sandwich served.

  3. Kerosena permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:25 pm

    The last dozen eggs I bought was from Price Chopper. I have no idea who made them, but I’d guess “some chickens who are employed by the Golubs.” I bought them because my regualr egg connection has run dry, which is a huge bummer because they were happy, delicious, and $2.00/dozen.

  4. July 23, 2012 12:42 pm

    The last dozen eggs I bought were fromt Honest Weight. The chickens that made them hang out at Feather Ridge Farms. http://www.featherridgeeggs.com/index.php I purchased them because me and my fiance ( @carolinedancing ) eat eggs about four times a week for breakfast and it’s important to us that any animal products that we eat are high-quality and antibiotic free. Plus, they’re delicious! We try out different kinds Honest Weight stocks and they usually range between $3.50-$4.50 per dozen pre-discount. I still feel like that price bargain though, to be able to have local, free running eggs for breakfast.

  5. renee permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:43 pm

    I would imagine I bought them at Price Chopper mainly because it’s the closest store to both my apt and also to my BF’s apt. So they were made by whoever Price Chopper gets their eggs from.I would guess we bought them about a year ago (the BF was going to a music fest/camping and he has a egg carrier they went in). I usually buy egg beaters for cooking at home.

  6. Kayla permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:52 pm

    Okay, I admit it: my last dozen eggs were indeed from Stewart’s, I couldn’t tell you who made them (other than a chicken), and I bought them because we needed eggs and Stewart’s is the closest egg-seller to my apartment.

    We used to get our eggs from Meadowbrook Farms Dairy, who bought them from Thomas Poultry farm. Yes, not only did they cook nicer (sounds dumb, but it’s true) they also tasted much better. Unfortunately, thanks to obnoxious student loans, we had to ditch the milkman (sorry, Meadowbrook…we still love you) and now get the cheapest eggs we can find, while dreaming at the pretty, cage-free eggs in the cooler. We could, and should, get our butts to local farmer’s markets. Perhaps this weekend after breakfast at AGB? :)

  7. Stevo permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:52 pm

    My last dozen eggs came from Shop Rite. Shop Rite brand (conventional). Because we were in Shop Rite, needed eggs, and they are super cheap.

    I buy organic and/or free range on occasion. But many times I just can’t stomach the price. If the price difference were less, I’d buy organic/free range exclusively.

    • Stevo permalink
      July 23, 2012 1:00 pm

      I will do this though Daniel. I’m going to make two eggs side by side, coventional vs organic/free range and see if I can taste the difference.

  8. Sarah permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:56 pm

    Honest Weight, Cornell Farms; least expensive option that doesn’t torture their hens.

  9. July 23, 2012 12:58 pm

    The last dozen I bought was from Price Chopper. They were 4Grain eggs. I bought them for two reasons; 1 – they never add hormones, antibiotics or animal by-products to the chicken’s vegetarian diet. 2 – they are on sale this week of only $2.50 a dozen. But honestly, I tend to buy what is on sale. BI prefer no hormones and antibiotics, but at $5.00 a pop, they don’t always fit into our budget :(

  10. Rich permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:59 pm

    Price Chopper dozen Large Grade A Farm Fresh – Great exp. date and on sale!

  11. July 23, 2012 1:42 pm

    My last few dozen came from Stewart’s. I’m kicking myself for not signing up for an egg share from my CSA. I didn’t realize that my weekly share would be doing so much to keep me from both Hannaford and the Troy Market. Now I find myself running out of eggs all the time since my old routines have flown out the window. I like that Stewart’s labels where their eggs came from and that they are fairly local. As to the conditions of the chickens; I don’t know. I will say that most of these still have a sad, thin shell – unlike farmer’s market eggs which always have that nice, thick shell.

  12. July 23, 2012 1:53 pm

    I’m trying to find out info about Thomas Poultry Farm, but all I can find so far is that there are 250,000 hens, they changed their feed recently due to the corn shortage (I have no idea of their stance on GMOs) and photos of big enclosed sheds….as much as we love Meadowbrook, we had to stop taking eggs from them, pretty much based on the number of hens at TPF and inability to confirm pertinent info (so far). Plus, we know a lot of farmers who sell responsibly produced eggs at the Delmar farmers market, but they sell out so quickly that we try not to take away from the farmers retail customers, and we have other smaller sources.

  13. AddiesDad permalink
    July 23, 2012 1:55 pm

    Saratoga Farmer’s Market, Elihu Farm, because their lamb is amazing, so how couldn’t their eggs be equally amazing?

  14. July 23, 2012 1:58 pm

    My last dozen were actually Giroux Farms from ShopRite, because they are local and cage free. I started buying better eggs a few years ago, because I can afford it and I like the better flavor.

  15. Mr. Sunshine permalink
    July 23, 2012 1:58 pm

    I get my eggs, including the last dozen, from Elihu Farm at the SSFM. They are quite simply the best.

  16. July 23, 2012 2:26 pm

    My last dozen of eggs came from my parents’ neighbor’s backyard chickens!! Hurray for happy hens and local eggs. :)

  17. Megan Kennedy permalink
    July 23, 2012 2:32 pm

    Hannaford, Hannaford brand (box says ZDA Brands), we were all out and I promised my son we would make chocolate chip cookies – so we needed eggs! They were the cheapest and based on what I gave read about “free range” and supposed organic eggs sold in supermarkets I was not willing to pay more $ for something I couldn’t trust to be as advertised.

  18. Colleen permalink
    July 23, 2012 2:43 pm

    My last dozen came from Brookside Farms. They are cage free and we get them through
    our CSA, Denison Farm. This is our 4th year getting the egg share and the eggs are really tasty!

  19. Chrystal permalink
    July 23, 2012 2:48 pm

    The last dozen eggs I bought were from the Troy Farmers Market. I’m not sure who’s they were, it was a produce stand on the south side of the Market past Nighthawk’s Kitchen(my first stop). I bought them because I love farm fresh eggs.

  20. July 23, 2012 4:15 pm

    Mary at Elihu Farms also. No wonder they’re always sold up when we show up late…. it’s you guys!

  21. Matt permalink
    July 23, 2012 5:29 pm

    I get a dozen every week through my Denison Farm CSA. Does that count as “buying” them? We paid in February.

  22. Ellen permalink
    July 23, 2012 5:51 pm

    The last batch I got was cage free (can’t remember if also organic) from Price Chopper. The dozen before that came from the Delmar Farmers Market. I love the taste of farmers’ market or Feather Ridge farm eggs from HWFC, plus, thinking about factory farm eggs makes me kind of sick.

  23. July 23, 2012 6:29 pm

    Another egg shopper at the Saratoga at the Saratoga Farmer’s Market and I too buy my eggs from Elihu Farm. I like her eggs because she has jumbo eggs that she says are hard to sell but they’re perfect for me because we eat a high protein diet and eggs are the cheapest source of good protein. BF normally scrambles 3-4 eggs for breakfast but with Mary’s jumbos, he only needs 2.

  24. Dina permalink
    July 23, 2012 8:14 pm

    I get mine from Homestead Farms in Brunswick, in Rensselaer County. We have a CSA there and they also sell eggs for $4/dozen. They’re amazing…great-tasting…and some of them are huge.

  25. July 23, 2012 9:03 pm

    We get eggs every other week from Meadow Brook Farms, Thomas’ Poultry Farm. The other week we get them from our business partner — Tilldale Farm. Tilldale’s are certified organic and a very small flock of laying hens.

  26. July 23, 2012 9:43 pm

    I still want to know why an egg and cheese is $5.00 in Schroon Lake and $.99 in Poughkeepsie. And under the heading of shameless self promotion, here’s where I get my eggs…http://northcountryrambler.blogspot.com/2012/06/farm-raised-free-range-eggs.html

  27. Taraneh permalink
    July 23, 2012 11:46 pm

    I like my food to travel the minimum distance before it’s in the fridge or on the table. I like Stewart’s for many of their products specially their ice cream and coffee but I regularly buy milk and eggs from them. I love their jumbo eggs variety. As already mentioned here, their farm source is 15 miles away from their dairy plant, all in the area. So there, our last dozen eggs were from stewarts. I’m egg-stremely egg-cited about the contest. Can I please win?

  28. Lily Rodulfo permalink
    July 24, 2012 10:05 am

    I drove out of my way to buy my last dozen eggs at the Honest Weight Co-op. The free-range roaming hens made them. I need the protein, but I also like to make frittatas, like my dad used to make them, with lots of garlic and onions and ketchup on top, on a fried corn tortilla.

  29. July 24, 2012 10:32 am

    Last eggs came from Hannaford – the store brand, large size eggs in the cardboard container. I have no idea where they come from. My lame reason for always buying these ones is because Hannaford sells them in half-dozens.

  30. Fuddley permalink
    July 24, 2012 12:28 pm

    Price Chopper. My palate need a bit of educating.

  31. Third Auntie permalink
    July 24, 2012 2:58 pm

    My last dozen eggs were picked by my husband when he visited his brother out in Bovina Center. The eggs come from free range organic chickens that are raised by his brother. THese eggs usually arrive with a few feathers on them. Fresh, fresh eggs with deep orange yolks, the egg whites are super tight. The eggs really do taste better because they are so fresh and because of the way the chickens have been raised .

  32. Kate C. permalink
    July 24, 2012 5:23 pm

    My backyard, made from my chickens, because . . . I have chickens. And they roam around pooping everywhere, so they totally owe me. (I have chickens because we have enough land and we eat–and bake with–LOTS of eggs. Buying local and organic would be way more expensive than keeping chickens.)

  33. Selena permalink
    July 24, 2012 6:16 pm

    The last dozen eggs I bought were Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs from Hannaford.

  34. July 24, 2012 9:34 pm

    My last dozen eggs were really a dozen and a half. I knew I was making a huge batch of challah for a family picnic up at Loon Lake, so I bought 1 1/2 dozen Price Chopper Brand eggs, large and in charge. My regular dozen from my friend Erica, who raises her hens on bugs and gives them medicine when they’re sick, were simply not going to be sufficient for my baking needs last week.

  35. July 24, 2012 11:53 pm

    I bought my last dozen(s) at Wind Drift farms in Poestenkill…I cooked them…to sell in delicious egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos and burger toppings at the Troy Farmer’s Market

  36. July 26, 2012 7:05 pm

    I’ve been out of commission with a nasty summer cold for the past couple days, but I’ll be collecting my “winnings” soon. :) I’m pretty psyched to try one on an onion bialy.

    Just because I want to play (even though I already have one), we get eggs from our CSA, Jus-Lin Farms (1 doz biweekly for 18 weeks). During the off-months, I usually get eggs either from Honest Weight, or from one of the vendors at the Troy Indoor market (whatever one I can find the best deal at, usually). Happy eggs taste sooooooo much better.

  37. July 27, 2012 12:02 pm

    I remember the first time I noticed a generic white supermarket egg tasting disgusting to me… I had been buying cage free, but was living in New York City and one day decided I just couldn’t afford the extra $2 anymore, and went back to the cheap white ones. Ugh. Disgusting. I will spend money on eggs. (But I’d rather have my own chickens).

    I buy my eggs at the Troy farmers market or the co op most of the time.

    My latest carton is from the co op. They’re Coopers Ark Farm, I believe. There were a fair amount of blue eggs in the carton which are my favorite. (Yes, I know they don’t taste different. But they’re pretty)

  38. Stephen Piorkowski permalink
    July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

    Bought my eggs at the Delmar Farmers Market.I bought fresh organic eggs. Baking at homei if I go tjrough al trouble I want fresh organic eggs. Bought from Mountain Winds Farm

  39. enough already! permalink
    July 28, 2012 9:44 pm

    Bought at delmar health food shop – eggs from weston hill farm westerlo. Always get them the because they have the most golden, thick delicious yolks.

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