At Little House, we source local, pastured eggs because we believe there is a big difference between these eggs and "supermarket eggs"- the first thing you will notice is the rich deep color of the yolk, not to mention the rich taste of that yolk!
Our eggs come from three different producers. Harmony Hill Farm, Promiseland Pasture, and Frog Bottom Farm. Because we have a connection with these producers, you can return your egg cartons to us for reuse by the farmers, how cool is that?
So, What does pasture raised mean, and what's the benefit?....Grass-fed/pastured hens are raised on pasture, as opposed to being kept in confinement and fed just grain. Pasturing is the traditional method of raising egg-laying hens and other poultry. It is ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the tastiest, most nutritious eggs.
Eggs from pastured hens contain more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than those of factory hens. Pastured hens' diets are naturally complemented with bugs and earthworms, and this gives their eggs a huge nutritious oomph. Pastured eggs also have 10 percent less fat, 40 percent more vitamin A, and 34 percent less cholesterol than eggs obtained from factory farms.
What about the price?...In the winter, when bugs and greens are in short supply, the pastured hen's diet is supplemented with grain. The hens also produce fewer eggs. These factors raise the price of the eggs for the producer, and for us. Luckily, the price will lower with the return of spring and bugs!
We hope you will enjoy these eggs as much as we do!