It wasn't until I started dating my boyfriend over a year ago that I started to think about it more and more. He bought organic eggs from a local farm where the chickens are always cage free. I thought that was really great of him, but I didn't immediately go and toss out my presumably caged hen eggs.
He didn't make me feel bad for buying my eggs, he didn't pressure me to buy organic eggs, but just seeing those eggs in his fridge every day made me feel a tiny bit guilty about my eggs. The organic eggs were maybe a dollar or two more and, honestly, I'm not a struggling, poor student who eats ramen everyday. I've got it pretty good. I make a fair bit of money and I save a lot of it, so what's my excuse for not buying organic eggs if it means the hens are being taken care of and treated right?
After about 6 months of being indirectly guilt-tripped, I started buying the local organic eggs. Since then, I have never bought any other eggs. That means every egg you've seen on this blog has been a free range, organic egg. I go through eggs pretty quickly with all the baking I do. Sometime I have to buy a carton of eggs every week, sometimes more, and I only use the eggs for baking. The extra cost doesn't even cross my mind anymore.
The eggs I buy are from Rabbit River Farms, a farm in Richmond, which is only about a 30 minute drive from where I live. All the hens on their farm are free range, meaning they are not confined to cages, and are fed a vegetarian diet. Chickens shouldn't be eating meat, after all! The hens spend one third of their life outside the barn. The chicken feed does not contain any antibiotics, synthetic chemicals, or genetically modified organisms. The egg cartons are also made of 100% recycled material! Rabbit River Farms sell their eggs in B.C. and Alberta, but if you're outside those provinces, I'm sure there are lots of organic free range farms near you!
I was not asked to do this by anyone and I'm certainly not being paid to write all this. I just wanted to create a little thought about where your eggs come from. I'm proud to say that I buy cruelty-free eggs from hens that can romp around the farm and are not fed chemicals or other animals. The quality of the hens life affects the egg and the eggs affect the food you're making with them. So be sure to take care of your chicks!
Rabbit River Farms Website