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I know there are a ton of posts about farmers market eggs but I don't plan that well often and it is raining out ... so what are your favorite supermarket eggs? And ... do any of the markets carry the fancy-smancy farmers market eggs?

What brought this up was I just made a salad out of Uncle Eddies cage-free eggs.

While I don't think there are significant differences in eggs, Uncle Eddies always make me stop and take notice. The yolks are brighter. I always notice when omeletes in restaurants use these eggs too. And for about $2.50 a dozen ... a real deal. I buy them at Berkeley Bowl.

Others I've tried that don't really seem all that different ..
Clover Organic (forgot where)
Organic Valley (Raley's ... not that much different, but what I buy if I can't get to Berkeley Bowl)
Judie's (Berkeley Bowl)
Chino Farm (Berkeley Bowl ... only note worthy thing is they are cheaper than all the other eggs)

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  1. Last time I bought eggs at Berkeley Bowl (a while ago), I was astounded by the selection of eggs catering to various forms of political correctness (organic, free range, vegetarian feed, etc.). Trader Joe's carries various kinds of eggs, including organic. I think the organic eggs have yellower yolks, too.

    1. We used to have our own chickens out in the country so I know free range eggs. When we moved to civilization I tried every kind they sold at the Bowl. I settled on Humane Harvest as I thought it had the best flavor. But then they stopped having it for a while and I switched to the brown Petuluma at the Monterrey Market for $1.83 or something like that. They are pretty good.

      1. Judy's and Uncle Eddie's are great. Rainbow used to carry the eggs from Eatwell Farms (3 Hens or something like that), but I don't know if they still do. Nothing, and I do mean nothing can compare to Marin Sun Farm's eggs. I have purchased them at their shop in Point Reyes, but most often at the Sat. Ferry Plaza Market. There is always a line early because they sell out. And at $8 a dozen, they are expensive, but I always say I'd probably pay whatever they charge just to get to eat those beautiful, orange-yolked eggs.

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        1. re: srr

          $8 a dozen! They used to be $6! I miss them though, and would pay whatever they are asking if I saw them anywhere again.. Bi-Rite and Rainbow haven't had them for months.

          1. re: rabaja

            They were $6 a dozen until this winter. I think the chickens produce less in the winter. Whatever... they are still awesome.

            1. re: srr

              I absolutely love Marin Sun Farms eggs. I tried them on a lark, not thinking that there was a difference in egg quality, and was surprised to find that they actually were different--rich, bright orange yolk and much fluffier when whipped.

              In the winter the hens produce less and they have a certain quantity promised to their existing clients. The extras they sell at the Ferry Building, but they sell out early. If I'm sure I want them, I arrive before 8.

              Probably in the spring or summer egg production will be up and they'll revert to selling more at the markets and to their traditional stores. Usually I can find them at Bi-rite in my neighborhood, but they can sell out there as well.

        2. I like Tacherra eggs. I switch between them and the Marin Sun Farms. But I get them at the Good Earth, and right now the Marin Sun Farms aren't available. They were the same price when they were both available, about six bucks.

          1. Here's the 2004 article from the SF Chron from 2004 with a useful rundown of all the local mainstream egg producers:

            http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

            I buy the Rock Island fertile eggs, because I like to support Petaluma Poultry and because I find Judy's and Uncle Eddie's shells can be thin and shatter when I crack them. Also because I'm guessing that there isn't a heck of a lot of difference between all the "features" such as cage-free vs. free-range, veg-fed vs. organic, in their operation. And because it's nice to think of the hens having roosters around.

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            1. re: heidipie

              My vote goes to Rock Island eggs too. And we have tried all the organic, cage free, etc etc brands.

            2. I buy Judy's and Trader Joe's house organic.

              1. The last couple of batches of Judy's eggs had very thin shells and broke too easily by the time I got home. I've liked the Eddies and they used to have them and Whole Foods San Mateo, but now I've been doing the Clover Organic. Lunardi's had them cheaper than WF. Trader Joe's only carries A rather than AA organic eggs. Doesn't make that much difference I suppose. For general baking I'll buy the cage free Trader Joes and they seem fine. My sis seems to like the Chino organic.

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                1. re: peppatty

                  What's the difference between A and AA?

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    It's a quality rating, but most people would probably not notice a difference.

                    "U.S. Grade AA eggs have whites that are thick and firm; yolks that are high, round, and practically free from defects; and clean, unbroken shells.

                    U.S. Grade A eggs have whites that are reasonably firm; yolks that are high, round, and practically free from defects; and clean, unbroken shells. This is the quality most often sold in stores."

                2. About Marin Sun Prices: $6 per doz at the Pt Reyes Station shop on Hwy 1 just south of town, open Thu-Mon. They are $8 per doz at Ferry Bldg Farmers Market. I do not know what they charge at Cowgirl Creamery when they are available there. Egg production is indeed reduced in winter weather.

                  Having said that, I posted here a couple of years ago about eggs, wondering why I (as RWOrange seems to have found) liked Uncle Eddie's best. Someone then posted, as Heidipie has done here, linking to the SF Chron piece which seems to say that Judy's, my fall-back, Rock Island and Uncle Eddie's all come from same Petaluma source. So I did an unscientific taste test with several kinds, found little flavor difference between my two faves, Uncle Eddie and Marin Sun, except that the color of Marin Sun was deep orange but not really deeper in taste. At least not more than twice the price different. I still get them when I stop by the store, however, in part because I am usually on my way home from Pt Reyes beaches and have just driven past Marin Sun hens frolicking in the pasture near Marin Sun cattle. And if you stop by their store, by all means get some of the fabulous meats.

                  1. Acyually I read the other day that JUDY and UNCLE EDDY eggs are NOT FREE RANGE as advertised. There is a satellite picture taken of the "farm" and there is 0 zero outside area for the chickens. The brnads are a faux "homey" merchandising trick by petaluma farms. As far as I know Marin Sun Farms, Clarkes and Trachera are the only real free range eggs! Thats why the bargin price is no bargain for the chickens--dont suppor the farce.

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                    1. re: poppywants

                      FWIW, the box on Judy's says "cage free", which is different then "free range".

                      I like Judy's. I get the organic omega-3 eggs, i.e., flax seed feed. I don't know if the omega-3 part makes a difference but at least you know what the feed is. Best taste and you can get them at Lucky's, although they're less expensive elsewhere.

                      Not that it's an authority but here's what Wikipedia says about cage free vs. free range: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-ran...

                      1. re: poppywants

                        The boutique lines from Petaluma Farms do taste better than a typical egg, to a noticeable degree.

                        I don't think a satellite picture would detail if it's an open air structure, or what the conditions are like. The truth is free range chickens are usually kept in-doors during colder months. If you look into their diets, the feed is controlled and few egg farms operate solely based on wild grazing.

                        1. re: poppywants

                          Not sure how it works with eggs, but according to Michael Pollan, chickens can be called "Free Range" if there is a patch of grass outside of the coup that they can, in theory, access. In practice, he says, the farmers open the door to the plot of grass a couple of weeks before slaughter, by which time the chickens, who have lived their entire lives in cages, have no interest in venturing forth. I think the correct term for eggs laid by hens who actually walk around outside of cages is "Pastured," but I don't know if that's a legal definition.

                          1. re: TopoTail

                            I think that's "cage free" as Judy's advertises on their box, not out on the range...but not caged either.

                          2. re: poppywants

                            The Cornucopia Institute ranks Judy's eggs in the bottom tier, due to a permanent exemption from having to provide their chickens any outdoor access%3

                            http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg...

                            ETA: whoops, I see someone else posted this down thread.

                          3. Ok, very slightly off topic but perhaps worth mentioning: Omnivore Books' owners (Cecelia Sack and her partner) often stop at a farm in Petaluma and pick up some incredible eggs, which they resell at their bookstore right up front by the register. So if you live in Noe/Castro area and adore free-range eggs, they're another (alebit unusual) source for fabulous eggs--firm, deep-orange yolks, clear whites and a deep, eggy taste. I like them slow-scrambled with chives....

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                            1. re: originalfig

                              Thanks for the tip. Do you happen to remember the price?

                              1. re: originalfig

                                I wonder where they get their eggs- do you know which farm?

                                1. re: rln

                                  Hi bigwheel042 and rin - Sorry for the late reply, I forgot about this thread & just saw that it had popped up again. I don't remember the price or know the farm - though there is a photo by the register of the chickens that, I believe, Cecelia took and was what inspired me to buy the eggs - a wide green hillside with a bunch of glossy, gorgeous, strong-legged brown hens dotting it. However, if you call the bookstore I'm sure they can help!
                                  Cheers, Mary

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                                  Omnivore Books on Food
                                  3885a Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA

                                  1. re: rln

                                    OK I just called Omnivore and got the scoop: Eggs come from a little farm on Dillon Beach Road run by a woman named Joyce Williamson. They're sold by the dozen or half dozen, $8 or $4. The owners pick them up when they go up to Sonoma to their weekend place and have them for sale the following week when Omnivore opens on Tuesday.

                                    This week they don't have any b/c a weasel got in the henhouse last week and the hens are traumatized (7 were killed) and not laying. :( However next week they should be available as usual from Wednesday (not Tuesday) forward.

                                    I googled the farm but couldn't find anything obvious- must be a teeny little operation.

                                    Cheers,
                                    Mary

                                    1. re: originalfig

                                      Mary- thanks!

                                      I've started buying my eggs from Toluma farms (friends). I tasted them for the first time in Dec and loved them. Reminded me of eggs I've had in Mexico and the Philippines. I will have to try the color impacting taste test.

                                      1. re: rln

                                        Do you get them at the farm directly, or are they sold elsewhere? (I am such a sucker for good eggs.....)

                                        1. re: originalfig

                                          originalfig,
                                          I just checked with them and you can get them from the farm. you can email them at at info@tolumafarms.com for info.

                                          they are in tomales. if you do get to try them, i'd love to hear how they compare to other favorites!

                                          http://www.tolumafarms.com/

                                2. Has anyone tried the eggs they sell at Omnivore books? Definitely free-range, and I thought I recall hearing something about them being used at SPQR...

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                                  SPQR
                                  1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                                  1. re: vulber

                                    Sounds like originalfig did 2 posts up from you or did I read that wrong?
                                    "fabulous eggs--firm, deep-orange yolks, clear whites and a deep, eggy taste. I like them slow-scrambled with chives.."

                                    1. re: wolfe

                                      The eggs at Omnivore are my personal favorite, even more so than Soul Food. They are $8 a dozen and not always available so call ahead. In fact, I have to pick some up today.

                                    2. re: vulber

                                      HI Vulber - see my comment above from 1/21. Cheers, Mary

                                    3. Speaking of eggs...organic cage free (?)...has anyone tried the organic eggs from Costco? They sell them in a flat and while I don't recall the price...they were a good deal. You just had to buy a lot.

                                      1. I have been getting Glaums' eggs from Whole Foods but will look for a few other brands instead now that I've seen this resource:
                                        http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg...
                                        Will not buy Judy's eggs now either. These dairies need to be honest about their product and practices. I can tell that expensive organic eggs do taste a LOT better so I don't mind paying more

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                                        1. re: srae

                                          I bought some Glaum organic eggs from Berkeley Bowl. They have Glaum non-organic as well. Both are Certified Humane.

                                          http://www.certifiedhumane.org/index....

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                                          Berkeley Bowl
                                          2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

                                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                            Taste?

                                          2. re: srae

                                            There was a recent thread that linked to an article/blog where blind taste tests were done with all manner of eggs and people couldn't tell the difference in taste. One test they even added some food coloring to all the eggs so the color wouldn't bias people. Pretty interesting.

                                            1. re: c oliver

                                              If you're talking about this one, half the people could tell the difference:

                                              http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/08/wh...

                                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                Actually if you read further down:

                                                "A few drops of green food coloring added to each batch of scrambled eggs should do the trick. Though they varied in shade from "Sour Apple Jolly Rancher" to "Overcooked Asparagus Soup"*** depending on the number of drops I added, the color now had absolutely no bearing on the provenance (or flavor) of the eggs. I re-administered the taste test, rearranging the order of the eggs.

                                                This time, most people could not taste any difference in the eggs. Those who did taste a difference picked a totally different batch of eggs—this time, there was no clear winner, and no discernible trends based on how the eggs were produced or levels of omega-3's."

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  Yes, you can confuse most people with food coloring, but that's true for just about any food.

                                                  If you really want to learn whether people can taste the difference between things that aren't the same color, you have to blindfold them.

                                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                    Hasn't it been shown that lack of sight effects the ability to taste accurately? I seem to remember that from grade school science and I'm 63 now :) But maybe you should do a test. I just thought it was interesting.

                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                      More like the other way around. People will often taste what they expect to taste, and sight has a strong influence on expectations. Add tasteless red coloring to white wine and serve it alongside a glass without coloring and most people will think they taste different.

                                          3. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned eggs sold at Japanese groceries yet. Having lived in Japan during my childhood, I've been searching for the deep yellow, delicious eggs that are so important to many Japanese dishes. I like Nijiya Market's Golden Yolk eggs, as well as a brand that Mitsuwa carries called "Jidori tamago". Nijiya used to carry Jidori tamago but they changed it for their own house brand. Both these brands sell for $3.99 a dozen, although you can also find Jidori tamago at Suruki supermarket in San Mateo for slightly more (forget how much) and also at Marukai in Cupertino for the whopping price of $6 (why?)!

                                            Maybe it's true that colour has no impact on taste, but I do know that when I make a soft boiled or gently poached egg and break into that orange yolk, I really feel that my meal is much better! Btw, if you want to eat a lot of raw eggs, you can do what I often do and pasteurize a whole batch of them in the shell. It takes very little effort and I feel fine about letting my kids eat raw eggs (on hot rice with soy sauce etc.) when I do that.

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                                            Mitsuwa
                                            675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

                                            Suruki
                                            911 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

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                                            1. re: rabbitrabbit

                                              Thanks for the tip on Japanese eggs.

                                              How do you pasturize the eggs?

                                              1. re: rworange

                                                Hm, I can no longer find the link online which I used, but I can post the whole article here (is that allowed? I'm new to Chow and this is my first post). Basically it's like pasteurizing milk though. Salmonella is killed at 140 F if held there for a certain number of minutes. Eggs actually cook at 160 F.

                                                1. re: rabbitrabbit

                                                  Well, welcome to Chowhound, great first post.

                                                  No, you can only post a few lines from an article. For a recipe you can only state the ingredients. The rest has to be in your own words. Here's the exact policy
                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3676...

                                                  I Googled and found a link on how to do it ... and another that said not to do it.

                                                  Anyway, since the topic isn't SF specifc I put the links on the General Topics board in this topic

                                                  Can you pasturize your own eggs at home and how?
                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760960

                                                  Maybe you can look at the link I found there and see if that's how you do it.

                                                  Again, thanks for the info. Looking forward to more. .

                                              2. re: rabbitrabbit

                                                The Golden Yolk xlg brown eggs/cage free/vegetarian hens from "nijiya market" comes from Chino Valley Ranchers in Arcadia, California. Hope this will help.

                                                1. re: wolfyklipklip

                                                  Thanks Wolfy! That's great info --how did you find that out? I was trying to figure out where they came from but it didn't say anything on the package...

                                              3. Sadly i would reject:

                                                Judie's: their eggs don't taste that great, and they don't offer a better living situation than other "organic" "free range" growers
                                                Organic Valley (in CA): Petaluma farms, who makes judies, uncle eddies, etc..., produces eggs for Organic Valley, so see reason above.
                                                Chino Farm: similar to Petaluma farms
                                                Glaum's: big production facility. Only recently starting offering "organic" eggs b/c of the market.

                                                The above egg producers allow at most 18 square inches per hen... and that IS above the industry normal, still doesn't make it a lot of room.

                                                Clover Organic tastes okay....but I don't know exactly their raising conditions.
                                                Alexandre Kids at Whole Foods and the organic/pasture raised eggs at Mollie Stones (sorry the brand escapes my mind at the moment, but they call them Rainbow Eggs) seem to have the best living environment and taste the best.

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                                                Mollie Stone's
                                                851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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                                                1. re: Cary

                                                  Do we know for sure if Organic Valley sources their eggs regionally? It could be that they pool from multiple regions before delivery.

                                                  Either way, they taste inferior to something like the Uncle Eddie eggs, which is still the best line of eggs I've found.

                                                  1. re: sugartoof

                                                    One source I've read from is Cornucopia Institute.
                                                    Normally Organic Valley is top notch...but not in CA for eggs.

                                                  2. re: Cary

                                                    Hey, don't lump Glaum in with Petaluma Farms et al. Their hens are not caged and they're the only producer in California that sells only Certified Humane eggs.

                                                    http://www.glaumeggranch.com/
                                                    http://www.certifiedhumane.org/index....

                                                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                      I was comparing Petaluma Farm's (Judy's)) Organic free range eggs and Glaum's Organic Free Range. In terms of raising, they are about the same. They offer ~18 squared inches per hen. No cage, but both "outdoor" access is pretty much a joke.

                                                      Also Certified Humane is a joke. Caged-hen-produced eggs are Certified Humane also.

                                                      To be fair, I like the taste of Glaum's on average more than Petaluma Farm's Judy's...but Glaum's is not by any stretch of the imagination pasture-raised, roaming the grass eating insects, etc.... Petaluma Farms and Glaum both debeak also.

                                                      Anyways, the farm at Mollie Stones which seem to be offer true pasture-range, organic eggs is RedHill Farms. $7.99 a dozen though. Of the supermarket eggs, they are the freshest, eggiest tasting I've found so far...and I've tried about all the ones one can buy in the Bay Area stores. Alexandre Kids eggs are great too.

                                                      1. re: Cary

                                                        Certified Humane's standards are much higher than the industry's. They prohibit debeaking.

                                                        I haven't seen pastured eggs in a supermarket yet. No Mollie Stone's near me. I usually buy eggs at the farmers market, but in a pinch I'll buy Glaum's as the best currently available.

                                                        http://www.certifiedhumane.org/upload...

                                                        http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/c...

                                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                          My apologies. "Severe beak trimming" is not allowed, but "beak trimming" is. Glaums does "beak trimming".

                                                          I do agree that Glaums Organic taste good for supermarket eggs. Until I read further about their raising practices, it was my supermarket egg of choice.

                                                  3. Not a supermarket, but the Marin Sun Farms shop has pastured eggs, so I have someplace to buy them on non-farmers market days.

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                                                    Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop
                                                    Rockridge Market Hall, Oakland, CA 94618

                                                    1. Since this thread was revived. More of a deal alert: Grocery Outlet carries Judy Family Farm medium AA organic brown eggs 18/$2.99. You get 6 extra for the usual price.

                                                      1. Sometime in the past year or so Francis Lam linked to this Organic Egg Scorecard, which I found interesting although it doesn't actually answer the question of what they taste like: http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg...

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                                                        1. re: indigirl

                                                          We have been eating more eggs at breakfast lately (trying to cut down on sugar we have switched away from cereal for breakfast). Recently I tried two different brands. Alexandre Family organic eggs (I am pretty sure I purchased these at Adronico’s in Berkeley) and Vega farms organic brown eggs (Purchased at the Davis food coop). We ate the eggs sunny side up, fried in olive oil for breakfast. Overall the Alexandre eggs were surprisingly bland. The yolks of the Vega eggs had more flavor. So in this comparison the Vega eggs won.

                                                        2. BiRite in SF carries pastured eggs as well. Soul Food Farm and another brand that I can't remember. There's a picture of some very happy looking chickens wandering about taped to the egg case.

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                                                          Soul Food Farm
                                                          6046 Pleasants Valley Rd, Vacaville, CA 95688

                                                          1. To add to the comment on Japanese eggs, my favorite are at Super Mira Market on Post St. I can't tell you what they're called because the name is in Japanese, but they're $5.99 a dozen and actually worth it. The yolks are as orange as a highway worker's vest.

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                                                            Super Mira
                                                            1790 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA

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                                                            1. re: the mess

                                                              I remember the eggs in Japan being very good. In one of the hotels I stayed at they were served at breakfast poached but very runny with a mild broth poured over them. The yolks were so dark I didn’t even know what they were at first. I asked the server “What’s this?” She replied politely: “Eggs”. I felt embarrassed. They were delicious-very rich tasting. I had them every morning I could. I wonder what the chickens in Japan are fed to make the eggs so good? Obviously the feed of most chicken’s in the US results in mediocre bland eggs. The Japanese eggs mentioned in the post are raised in the US so I wonder how their diet is different. I will keep a lookout for these eggs and will try to report back if I have the chance to try them.

                                                              1. re: Ridge

                                                                Chicken feed.
                                                                http://farmerschoice.blogspot.com/201...

                                                                1. re: Ridge

                                                                  Mess -- I suspect the eggs you saw were the same ones sold at Mitsuwa. The kanji says "jidori tamago" (free range chicken). That is the only Japanese brand I've found here, besides the Nijiya in-house one.

                                                                  Ridge --I hope you get a chance to try them and tell us how they compare. In Japan, eggs are a big staple that everyone enjoys, and there are lots of "boutique" egg producers. I do agree with you that somehow the eggs in Japan seem tastier! I read somewhere that they also feed the chickens marigolds for the beautiful colour.

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                                                                  Mitsuwa
                                                                  675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

                                                              2. The past few weeks I got to try 3 more brands of egg. All eggs were prepared simply soft boiled with a little soy sauce so I could get a good sense of the taste:

                                                                1. FRENZ -- Fresh Eggs New Zealand -- sold at Nijiya market. This is a ridiculously expensive, non-carbon friendly option ($6.99 for 6 eggs), but I was so curious that I thought I would try it once. Apparently these are pastured eggs flown in from New Zealand. Well, I have to say that it was pretty disappointing. Nothing special.

                                                                2. Vital Farms - pastured eggs sold at Whole Foods. $6.99 a dozen. Pretty good! I was pleasantly surprised by these eggs, although they weren't as golden as the Jidori Tamago, they were still pretty tasty. And the company gets a 5 egg rating from Indigrl's link above for organic/humane practices.

                                                                3. Marin Sun Farms - not a widely available egg, but I got a dozen from the Rockridge food center in Oakland and they are so tasty! I'm really impressed. Better than the supposed pastured eggs I can buy from the Mountain View Farmer's market (which had a strong smell and no particular taste). These would be my top choice, except it's very hard to get hold of them (for me). Otherwise, I would definitely buy the Vital Farm eggs again as well.

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                                                                1. re: rabbitrabbit

                                                                  In the past few weeks, I have also tried three different eggs. Fried in olive oil for breakfast. Chino farms omega 3 eggs, Marin Sun farms, and Growrite farms (from Solano county, purchased at the Davis farmers market. I would rank them:

                                                                  1) GrowRite farms
                                                                  2) Marin Sun
                                                                  3) Chino farms

                                                                  The Growrite eggs were by far my favorite of the eggs we have tried the last couple of months. They are really worth seeking out. Both the whites and yolks are particularly savory, flavorful and eggy. Truly an amazing egg.

                                                                  1. re: rabbitrabbit

                                                                    "Rockridge food center in Oakland"??

                                                                    Do you mean Market Hall on College Ave next to BART?

                                                                    1. re: Mission

                                                                      Yes -- couldn't remember the name ;)

                                                                  2. I love the taste of fresh eggs from chickens that actually scratch around, but what I really hate is paying $6 and more for a dozen eggs only to watch the white run like water over the pan. Last year I did a test of various eggs I could easily buy in the Oakland-Berkeley area. Clover, Uncle Eddie's and Judie's from Farmer Joe's market, Full Belly and Riverdog from the Berkeley Farmer's Market, Soul Food CSA. I did a simple fried egg, a soft boiled egg, whisked egg whites. Checked and ranked apparent freshness and taste. Full Belly was the best-tasting and seemed even fresher than Soul Food, which was way head and shoulders above the rest of them. But, especially for the convenience and price, the Clover supermarket egg consistently was pretty darned good. It was never the top egg, but regularly came in ahead of eggs that were several times its price and much harder to get.
                                                                    So we get Soul Food eggs every couple weeks, buy Full Belly whenever available at Berkeley Farmers Market (not that often) and usually supplement with Clover. Recently at Wayland's Meat Market I bought jumbo eggs from Sonoma, and at $2.85 per dozen they were pretty darned good as well.

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                                                                    Wayland's Meat
                                                                    3421 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

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                                                                    1. re: Kayde

                                                                      I usually buy from Kaki Farms at the Berkeley Farmer's markets. From the Ecology center website:
                                                                      FEEDING PRACTICES: Chickens are pastured throughout the farm and are free to eat whatever they find. Their diet is often supplemented with leftover fruit and vegetable scraps from the farm.
                                                                      And they taste great.