Our eggs at a glance:
- Hens are pasture-raised (free-range within a large fenced area with shrubs, grass, weeds, and insects)
- Supplemental feed is non-GMO, unmedicated, and soy-free
- Flax seed is included in the supplemental feed to boost omega-3’s
- Eggs are unwashed and unrefrigerated
- $5/dozen for a carton containing a variety of sizes ranging from medium to jumbo
- We do re-use clean egg cartons, so any random labeling from donated store-bought egg cartons can be disregarded. The main thing you’ll want to pay attention to is the date on our sticker. That’s the day the eggs were collected. You can help keep our prices down by returning clean egg cartons for re-use.
- Never tried our eggs? Get your first dozen half off by mentioning the discount when you place your first order!
Our eggs are available by pre-order only in the same places and at the same times as our CSA shares. For the 2017 CSA season (late May through October), our hours at the farm are Tuesdays 3-7pm and Saturdays 9am-noon. Before the season starts, we will be at Champion Family Chiropractic in Clive on Tuesdays from 4:30-6pm, and at the farm by appointment.
Orders or changes to orders can be sent by email, text, phone call, Facebook message to Heirloom Farm, or face-to-face as you pick up in anticipation of the next week’s order. You can use whatever communication method is easiest for you. Please do let us know if you don’t need eggs or if you can’t make it so we can make the eggs previously reserved for you available to someone else.
- Cash is fine. We always carry change.
- Check payable to Heirloom Farm.
- Pre-paid egg account: This has been a popular option on both sides of the transaction. If carrying cash and writing weekly checks is a nuisance for you, consider writing one check or making one larger cash payment monthly (or whatever time frame works for you). We keep a log of each customer’s deposits and withdrawals. As you pick up your eggs, you initial your egg account sheet so you’re always aware of the balance remaining.
What are “pastured” eggs?
This NPR story does a good job of explaining what egg label descriptions mean.
If you don’t wash the eggs, are they dirty?
Don’t you have to refrigerate eggs?
You may be surprised to hear that in Europe, it is illegal to wash eggs and they are sold on the shelf right next to the bread, not in the refrigerator case. Hens like to lay eggs in nests, and if the nesting boxes are kept clean by the farmer and collected regularly, the eggs stay clean for the most part. We don’t sell the ones that are visibly soiled. Eggs will maintain their freshness for at least 4 weeks at room temperature. You can refrigerate them once you buy them to extend freshness by another 2-3 weeks.
When a hen lays an egg, it comes out of her body with a protective layer called the cuticle or bloom. This layer seals the tiny pores in the shell, preventing bacteria from entering through the shell. If the egg is washed, the cuticle is removed. Commercial eggs sold in the US must be washed in warm water containing a detergent, sprayed with a sanitizer, dried, and refrigerated. Because we sell our eggs directly to consumers, we are allowed to do it the European way, saving us time and saving all of us money.
Can I wash or refrigerate the eggs after I buy them?
Yes, if you prefer, BUT for your safety, you must wash the eggs in water at least 20 degrees warmer than the egg and dry it thoroughly. Once it is refrigerated, it needs to stay that way. A cold egg left out in a warm room can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria.
Are brown eggs more nutritious?
No. Different breeds of hens lay eggs with different colored shells. The nutrition found inside the eggs is determined by the diet of the hen. Our hens have various heritages, so you’ll find that there are many colors and patterns on the eggs in each carton.