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tasting of local eggs: an unscientific experiment

al@Fairfax | Oct 3, 200501:09 PM

Over the past several years, I have usually purchased eggs from the Marin Farmers Market, which brings them from several Petaluma farms, or I have bought some of the commonly found area eggs labeled Judy's or Rock Island. Then I discovered at Whole Foods a Petaluma-located egg provider named Uncle Eddie's Wild Hen Farm. These were better than any other egg I had been able to get on a regular basis. I did some taste comparisons, and Uncle Eddie's won.

Still more recently, and following several rave mentions on this list, I tried some Marin Sun Farm eggs. Now, I was prepared to love these because I drive past the chickens that produce these eggs a couple of times a month when I head to Pt. Reyes beaches. (H Ranch, for any others who travel out Pierce Point Road.) They looked great hopping around their meadow with the beef cattle in a pasture nearby. But they seemed no better than the Uncle Eddie's although definitely superior to the others.

I had some Uncle Eddies eggs left from an earlier purchase and I got a fresh dozen of Marin Sun Farms. I tried a side-by-side tasting, soft boiling one of each in the same pot of water for the same length of time. Eddies has white shells, Marin has brown.They each had very healthy, firm and very dark yellow yolks. Both tasted equally wonderfully eggy. Then as I was had almost finished with the Marin Farms dozen, I got a fresh dozen of Uncle Eddies and did it again. Same results. Both were grade AA extra-large, by the way.

The only notable difference (aside from shell color) was that Marin Sun eggs were $6 per dozen and Uncle Eddies were $2.47. Hmm. Mabye for less that half the price, I will forgo the eggs from my buddies in the Pt. Reyes meadows and go to the one Whole Foods Market that carries the Uncle Eddies. (One of the WF Markets near me carries them the other one does not; they may be hard to find.) Other than the entertaining messages on the egg carton, I have found no information on Uncle Eddies Wild Hen Farm; they have no web site. Anyone know anything about them?

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