Eating Local is Tasty and Free Range Eggs are Fantastic

Gardening is a lot of work! Sometimes it seems like the rewards just don’t measure up to the effort it takes to grow food..until, that is, you taste it! This is the time of year for deliciousness- everything is ripe and ready to make it’s way into my belly! Last night’s supper was simple, inexpensive and the most tasty thing I’ve consumed in my life. Easy eggs in a nest with whatever was ready from the garden and eggs from my friend’s backyard barnyard.

You can find the basic recipe for Eggs in a Nest by clicking here.

The ingredients for this recipe were:

onion

garlic- two cloves from the garden

Rainbow chard- this year’s second planting, which is doing very well

Purple dragon carrots- These are a delightful vegetable to grow and eat. They really are purple! I got the seeds from Heritage Harvest Seed.

Tomatoes from the garden, chopped and seeded- a few different varieties have ripened all at once and they all taste sublime.

salt, pepper

Free range eggs  (I mean really free range, not just walking around in a pen). 

The meal itself, from garden to plate took about 20 minutes and total cost was about $3 to feed the whole family. But as they say on the Mastercard commercials, the taste “was priceless!”

Above, you can see the difference between a commercially produced egg and one from a free-range hen. Nutritionally, the dark free-range yolk means that the egg is rich in essential fatty acids- omega 3 to be exact. The modern North American diet does not have enough Omega threes- mainly due to the now normal habit of consuming processed nutrient-leeched foods. A natural free range egg has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 EFAs of 1:1. A commercially produced egg (where laying hens live in tiny cages with millions of other birds, exposed to artificial light, have no exercise and eat processed “enriched” grains) has seriously out-of-balance EFA’s at a ratio of 1:6. At some point I’ll probably write a whole post about Omega fatty acids but for now suffice it to say that if you eat a healthy, balanced diet- rich in local, organic and properly raised foods you will probably not suffer a deficiency. A great way to start is to friend a farmer and grow your own food. More work- absolutely! but your own good health is the greatest reward.

 

 

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