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Apr 26, 2008 08:04 PM

Local eggs in Sacramento? [Moved from Home Cooking]

Anyone know a good place to get these? I'd like to buy directly from the supplier so I know how the chickens are kept and to get the maximum freshness, but I have not had any luck finding any yet.

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  1. Try the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. They have a good selection of local items, including single egg purchasing. I do not know if they are local to Sacramento, but they are likely raised very close.

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    1. re: Sacto_Damkier

      Good to know about the single eggs 'cause then I could buy just a few to try out instead of committing to a dozen or half dozen; I think I'll check them out on Tuesday. Thanks!

    2. Try the farmer's market in the parking lot behind Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. But get there early; there tends to be a line for the egg guy, and he sells everything he brings.

      Disclaimer: I don't usually go to that farmer's market, and haven't been in a while, so the egg guy may no longer have a stall there. If somebody with more current information wants to correct me, please do.

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      1. re: alanbarnes

        The egg guy is still there. There are pictures taped onto the table of where he keeps his chickens. I personally think this farmers market is a hidden gem. Less complicated layout than downtown, less crowds, and still everything you need.

        1. re: Bcakes

          Yeah, I like it a lot, but I get to spend my Saturdays driving my daughter all over the state. Los Banos, Angels Camp, Lincoln, Stockton--all the garden spots, culminating with Kingsburg in late June. Can you say 110 degrees Farenheit?

      2. I always buy mine at the Sunday farmers market downtown. They tell me the eggs are two days old unlike the ones you buy in the grocery store whichare two to three weeks old.

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        1. re: dimsumgirl

          Where's the egg stand at the Sunday downtown farmer's market? Is it in the market that's under the freeway, or the one that's around the corner?

          1. re: alanbarnes

            Under the freeway and in the section of vendors away from everyone else (look for the baked goods vendors; the egg vendor is across from them or really close by, I believe).

            I'm going to try the CH farmers' market next Saturday (along with the food co-op AND Denio's). Will report back on what I find.

          2. re: dimsumgirl

            Thanks! I just bought some this morning from that vendor and did a side-by-side comparison between the farmers' market eggs that should be two days old and the ones I got from Trader Joes a week ago. The yolks sat up much higher on the TJ eggs than the FM eggs (the FM yolks spread out and were flat; however, the TJ eggs had been in the fridge for a week while the FM eggs had only been in the fridge for an hour so I don't know if that makes a difference). I couldn't taste anything different between the two (they were both good). Maybe I'll give it a shot again tonight after the FM eggs have been in the fridge for a while.

          3. It's been a while but I've seen them at Denio's. Outlying areas like Galt, Placer or El Dorado County may have individuals who sell eggs to supplement their incomes. You might want to check local publications.

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            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

              Thank you much! I think I will check out the local publications as I live just outside the Placer County border and work near the El Dorado County border.

              1. re: SoCalVal

                Well, you are in the perdect spot. The 49er farm trail is very close to where you live. Also I'd recommend trying Craigslist under farm and garden .


            2. The Davis Farmers Market usually has at least one local egg supplier, but based upon your location, it's quite a drive for you.

              Have you heard of Blossom Hill Farm eggs or Newcastle Produce? When I am nearby, I always try to make time for a stop at NP, I really like how clear their produce labeling is. OT, but I particularly like their spinach and arugula.

              Not sure if these articles are still accurate, but they were carrying Blossom Hill eggs

              I have not had them, but thought they sounded worth checking out. Will be interested in what you find.