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Greenmarket Eggs - Has Anyone Done a Comparison?

small h Jun 15, 2008 07:39 PM

I generally stick to Knollcrest, occasionally Tello. NYMag (in a recent story on breakfast - hardhitting news, that) extolled Flying Pigs. Do you have a favorite greenmarket egg purveyor? Am I overlooking the quintessential egg experience?

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    small h Jun 16, 2008 01:00 PM

    Thanks, all. Knollcrest eggs are $3.25/dozen, which makes them a good every-week choice for me. But I'll give Violet Hill a try.

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    1. re: small h
      MMRuth Jun 16, 2008 01:01 PM

      One thing to note about their eggs - they are not graded, in terms of size. So might be an issue for baking, etc., but with fresh eggs, I just like to poach them.

      1. re: small h
        winterthur Jun 16, 2008 07:30 PM

        I bought the Knollcrest JUMBO eggs at $4.25/dozen; the eggs are so huge that a 3 egg omelette only requires 2 eggs and one scrambled egg and a slice of provolone cheese or cheddar cheese will fill a breakfast pita pocket.

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        craig_g Jun 16, 2008 06:45 AM

        I've always like Northshire Farms' eggs (Saturday only).

        1. erica Jun 16, 2008 06:35 AM

          I will just mention the Amish farmer who is now at the Wednesday UN Plaza market...the eggs I bought from him last week were amazingly fresh. $2.50 for 6.

          I think Flying Pig charges about $8. for a dozen eggs..ouch! Violet Hill has excellent eggs for a lower price..

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          1. re: erica
            small h Jun 16, 2008 01:04 PM

            It's interesting that you give the per half dozen price for one farmer and the per dozen price for another. $5/dozen is pretty expensive, also.

            1. re: small h
              MMRuth Jun 16, 2008 01:07 PM

              I think the Violet Hill ones are $5.00 for six, but I don't mind paying that for wonderful soon to be poached eggs.

              1. re: MMRuth
                small h Jun 16, 2008 01:10 PM

                Good lord. Well, it's not like $5 is that much money. It just seems like a lot of money for six eggs. But if they're really, really good eggs...

                Anyway, I'm off to drink some $15 martinis, so you see how seriously I take this budgeting business.

                1. re: small h
                  MMRuth Jun 16, 2008 01:11 PM

                  Yes, the $15 Martini puts it in good perspective. Not saying those eggs are cheap, but making a perfect poached egg, vs. a mediocre one - priceless, per Mastercard commercials!

                2. re: MMRuth
                  erica Jun 16, 2008 01:12 PM

                  I thought about this after I posted this morning...I realize that when compared to other forms of high-quality protein, the cost of these eggs is pretty low. A dollar or two more for great quality eggs will not break the bank for many of us.. And I may have confused the prices of Flying Pig and Violet Hill..

                  I gave the half-dozen price because some farmers post that and some only post the price for a dozen..

                  1. re: erica
                    small h Jun 16, 2008 06:01 PM

                    You're absolutely right about eggs being a relatively low-cost "luxury." I'm just a little obsessed with comparative pricing and the reasons behind it, e.g. oysters priced by the piece, by the half dozen, by the dozen. Obviously I don't have enough to occupy my thoughts. Anyway! On Wednesday I will be off to Union Square to score some fancy-ass eggs!

                    1. re: small h
                      foodonlygood Jun 16, 2008 08:29 PM

                      I am with you on the pricing, Small h.

                      Even before this last spurt of crazy food inflation, it is expensive. Even assuming they are better, how much?
                      And just because so many other items are overpriced doesn't mean these eggs aren't.
                      Anyway, the fairy dust of Union Sq market works its many wonders of selling.


                      1. re: foodonlygood
                        MMRuth Jun 17, 2008 10:24 AM

                        The reason I like the eggs that I buy there is that they are very fresh, making them perfect for poaching, as opposed to being "better", per se. There's a noticeable difference between those eggs and super market eggs when poached.

                        1. re: MMRuth
                          foodonlygood Jun 17, 2008 10:30 AM

                          Agreed. My point is $10/doz eggs is quite a sum, no matter how you cut it. And it was like this a year ago, not do to recent huge spike of food costs rising. That is all.


            2. MMRuth Jun 16, 2008 04:15 AM

              I buy duck and pheasant eggs from Quattro Farms, but am less impressed with their chicken eggs - they seem less fresh to me. I usually buy them from Violet Hill instead. Haven't tried any of the farms you mention.

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              1. re: MMRuth
                jasmurph Jun 16, 2008 05:51 AM

                I'm a Violet Hill guy too.

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