We’ll I was right . Icy did find all the lumber we would need for the coffee bar tabe we are building. She found a beautiful piece of very old cypress her grandfather had given her. We plan on using it to make the table top, it will be so beautiful! Here is a picture of it.
Hello to all. Lately I have had friends and customers ask me about my eggs. I have a lot of different colored eggs that I sell. Well I have always heard the tale that green eggs were lower in cholesterol than any other egg. Well that is partly true. Their are a lot of things that have a lot to do with the healthy benefits of eggs. Some eggs are much better for you that others. I decided to do a study and find out what makes one eggs better for you over another egg. Well here is what I found out. All the things I found you can find too. I will post the websites and the articles I read to come up with my findings. I am working very hard to provide the best products I can for my family and you as well. That is why I have put in the time to find out what produces the very best egg. Well here is what I found out…
Testing done by “Mother Earth News” found that eggs from pastured free-range hens on average, contained one-third of the cholesterol and one-fourth of the saturated fat as conventional eggs. A sustainable Agriculture research and eduction study yielded similar results, with pastured hens producing eggs with 10% less fat and 34% less cholesterol.
Free-range pastured hens, What is that? Well the standard USDA definition is any hen that has access to the out doors, that are not confined in cages.
Free range-pastured hens eggs also contained 67% more vitamin A, than conventional hens confined in cages. Free range hens had triple the amount of vitamin E, from the ” Mother Earth Study” and double the amounts from a study at the Pennsylvania State University Research Team.
” Mother Earth News” study found twice the amount of omega 3’s and the “Penn State Study” found 2 1/2 times more. Free range hens in the SARE study at Penn State had four times the Omega 3’s as their caged sisters.
|A sample of the colors of eggs my hens produce.|
US Department of Agriculture: meat and poultry labeling terms. USDA website
Mother Earth News; Meet Real free Range eggs; Cheryl Long eta; October/November 2007
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education; Pastured Poultry Products; Barb Gorski; 1999
TOP 10 FARMERS MARKET TIPS
Do a little research about what’s grown in your area, and when it is in season in your area. This will help you know what farmers actually grow there produce and which farmers buy in bulk at the local wholesale markets in the area. Ask the farmer if you can come to their farm, and pick up things you might need I between market times. Also, plan ahead and know what will be available in weeks to come so you can have a general idea of what to cook in weeks ahead.
3. Bring your own bags, this way, delicate foods like tomatoes, peaches,strawberries weather the transport home.
4. Come early for the most choice in produce and go later for the best deals.
5. Do a walk through first and get an idea of what is available that day. Then go back through and make your purchases.
6. Be sure to meet the farmer. Ask him/her any questions about where they are located, do they allow farm visits and be sure to ask them if they are an organic farm. Ask them how to prepare the food you have purchased farmers are a great source for cooking tips and recipes.
7. Come with cash, small bills like ones and fives. Most farmers do not take debit and credit cards.
8. Buy in bulk. Buy a large quantity of what has been harvested at its peak. This will save you money and help you think of new recipes to try. Store seasonal foods for later in the year.
9. Experiment with available foods you have never tried. Try a new food every time you visit the farmers market. You may discover some new favorites.
10. Bring the kids, kids need to know where their food comes from. Allow them to buy a few things to try for themselves.