Thursday, April 1, 2010

"Green" Eggs

In honor of "Earth Day" month (yes, it is still April even if we have a fresh foot of snow here in Cache Valley) I am going to try to post about ways in which I am trying to "go green" and why.

We have recently started buying our eggs from a local farmer who raises "happy" free-range chickens. My grandma Nora always had chickens, so it has been really fun to expose my girls to a great part of my childhood. Millie and Ivy love our trips out to the farm and we usually end up spending half an hour (or longer) out there.

Now if you're wondering how this is considered going "green" all you need to do is watch Food, Inc. and you will understand how much better a sustainable farm is for the environment in comparison with the disgusting conditions factory-farmed chickens are raised. (Please at least watch the Food, Inc. trailer it's really good.) And not only is my decision better for the environment but it is also better for my health and that of my family's. Organic free-range eggs are higher in vitamins, lower in cholesterol and never contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella-contaminated eggs come from sick chickens, and sick chickens come from factories. And when it comes to "going green" it is always better to buy locally! Oh, and please don't be fooled by the eggs in the grocery store that read "Free-range" or "Cage-free"; they are not any "greener" than the white eggs!

Another highlight of our trips is the dog! Millie loves Quincy (Protector of the Chickens). His owner, Barbie, has been teaching Millie how to be a dog trainer. However Ivy was jealous there weren't any doggie treats for her!

Anyway, I get warm fuzzies when I do my part to "go green". Not only am I doing my part to teach my children but we're making great memories while doing it.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

ooh, their site makes me want to move to Hyde Park.

The Browns said...

I love that your doing that good for you! I grew up having chickens, so I always had fresh eggs. I have occasionally thought about finding a local farm to get fresh eggs from but never acted upon it. You have inspired me I just might follow your lead :)

kates said...

Way to go, Tamber! That farm looks awesome. My girls would love it, too!

Katie McCaul said...

How fun! I remember going to my grandparents house to get the eggs from the chickens...wish my kids could get the experience along with the vitamins. way to go girl!!!

Grandmother Pennie said...
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Grandmother Pennie said...

You are such a good mom! We just purchased 16 chicks so when Millie and Ivy come to visit grandma and grandpa they can have fresh eggs for breakfast. We also purchased a Bosch and grandpa is home making bread so he will be practiced when you guys come to visit.

Ann said...

They look so cute and happy. They remind me of their dad when he used to visit Grandpa's farm.