Whenever you see the local daffodils in the ditches here in Arkansas you know two things. 1. It is time to get your potatoes in the ground, and 2. The chickens are laying eggs again! Let that yellow flower remind you that it is once again time to get the most nutritious eggs in the world, farm fresh!
Wind ‘n’ Wood’s free-range, farm fresh, organic eggs are nutritionally superior. Several studies have shown that there are very real advantages and benefits to choosing organic, free-range eggs over commercial-caged eggs. Free-range eggs like ours have:
To order Eggs from Wind ‘n’ Wood, just call or text 870-279-2724. If we are on the mountain we are out of call range so just leave a message. You never need to come out to the farm. We deliver in Mount Ida, Sims, Hot Springs and several other surrounding areas free of charge. You can also arrange to pick them up at the Mount Ida Visitor’s Center. For February & March 2019, eggs are $2.50 a dozen. Limit of one dozen per family or household per week at this time.
Our ladies are a spoiled lot. Every morning when “Red” (the rooster) lets us know that the sun is about to breach the horizon, we let loose the horde. They are given a small
On very cold days we make them a bit of warm “cornbread” for breakfast in the cast iron skillet with organic stone ground cornmeal, Keifer, organic whole oats, flax seed, calendula flowers (a great source of beta carotene), sometimes some cranberries or blueberries, and a ton of love. Otherwise, we provide them with just a bit of supplemental organic layer crumble to make sure that they have all the nutrients they need and the rest of the day they do their own chicken thing.
They spend most of their mornings patrolling the garden beds and then take their afternoon dust baths in their favorite spots that has a fine clay soil (which we generously dose with extra diatomaceous earth on a regular basis). As twilight approached, “Red” coaxes them closer to their barn and they go to bed all on their own. We tuck them in at night and lock them up against predators.
The flock is about 45% Rhode Island Reds, 45% Plymouth Barred Rock, and 10% other mixed heirloom breeds including Silver Lace Wyandottes, Copper Marans, etc. We are strong advocates of heritage breeds. They are strong, hearty, healthy, intelligent birds. Our ladies lay brown eggs, and the size of the egg depends on their age. The gals that are over a year old lay extra large to jumbo eggs and the younger crew have medium size eggs. Your dozen will be about a half and half mix of the two. As this summer progresses you will notice mostly large to extra large and jumbo with few to no medium eggs in your dozen.
Red ensures that every egg is fertilized. Although the USDA claims there are not nutritional differences between unfertilized and fertilized eggs, this topic is hotly debated. Several studies have shown that fertilized eggs may contain slightly higher quantities of important nutrients such as lecithin, which may help the body process fats and cholesterol. No matter what viewpoints we have, Red thinks it is a good idea to make sure they are fertile.
The eggs you order from Wind n Wood are very fresh and are clearly dated (we choose not to use the industry standard of Julian dates that very few people understand). The date on your carton will look like: Collected May 21st & 22nd, 2019. We collect them daily and only wash them right before they are sold. No single egg in your dozen will ever be over three days old. Washing is required by law for all eggs sold in the U.S. Washing does remove the protective cuticle (known as a “bloom”) and makes it easier for bacteria to move through the shell to contaminate the eggs. Fortunately, our eggs have much stronger membranes than commercially produced eggs, and that membrane helps to keep that bacteria out.
Eggs will last 4-5 weeks in the refrigerator. If you choose to keep yours on the counter, use them within a week. Egg quality declines over time but with Wind n Wood eggs, you will notice that even after a month they seem fresher than those you buy in the store. As eggs age, the air pocket inside the shell gets bigger and the yolk and whites become thinner. It is more common for a properly produced farm fresh egg to dry up rather than go bad!
That said, do not try to boil your eggs from Wind ‘n’ Wood until they are at least a week old. They will be nearly impossible to peel. Once the air pocket inside the shell has expanded, you can go ahead and make your boiled eggs and egg salad. I personally like to wait for at least14 days or more to make sure they come out of the shell clean.
Wind ‘n’ Wood eggs are nutritionally superior!
Oh yeah, and one last thing. We do not use hormones on our chickens or any other animals at Wind ‘n’ Wood. That said, hormones are never used on any layer chickens in the U.S. no matter where you buy them.