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nomdeplume Sep 15, 2008 08:39 AM

Anyone know where to get local fresh eggs from pastured chickens? I would consider a CSA type arrangement or just happy to stop in a store that stocks them reliably

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    bearzie Sep 15, 2008 07:40 PM

    I agree with gregarious, the eggs from the Seven Acre Pountry Farm in North Reading are really good. Also bought a whole chicken from them and roasted it. I think it was even better than a Bell and Evan chicken and it was much cheaper.

    There is a new Market Basket in North Reading so you can hit that store on your way home.

    1. steinpilz Sep 15, 2008 05:39 PM

      There was an egg purveyor at the Brookline market on Thursday, I think they're a regular.

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        Allstonian Sep 15, 2008 07:30 PM

        Yes, the woman with the cheddar cheeses sells eggs from Johnson's Egg Farm. However, those are NOT from pastured chickens - she gets a bit surly when people ask, but she does admit that the chickens are caged.

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        wonderwoman Sep 15, 2008 05:22 PM

        dave's fresh pasta in davis square sells chip-in for just under $4/dozen.

        also in davis square, the dairy barn (next to kickass cupcakes) carries coll's farm (new hampshire, naturally produced frin free running hens, pure grain fed, no additives) for $3.29/dozen.

        i'm pretty sure harvest in central square also carries coll's.

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          smtucker Sep 15, 2008 01:28 PM

          Now that I reread your message, and know you aren't looking for eggs from pasturized chickens [yes, this confused me], I can suggest the Monday market in Central Square. The Bolton Meat folks also have organic eggs. Quite a bit more expensive than Wilson Farms, they are very tasty. I figure that if I drove to Wilson just for eggs, I am at the same price point.

          That said, if I am doing a larger shopping trip, I head to Wilson Farms. I have had great success with the freshness and quality of their eggs.

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            BostonZest Sep 15, 2008 02:22 PM

            I don't know if they would fit your requirements but Silverbrook Organic farm brings wonderful eggs (some of them blue!) to the Farmers' Markets they visit. I know they go to Copley on Tuesdays and Fridays.

            Here's a link to their site- the markets they attend are there.
            www.silverbrookdartmouth.com

            Here's a photo of their eggs.
            http://www.bostonzest.com/2008/05/blu...

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              Allstonian Sep 15, 2008 04:02 PM

              According to the schedule on their website, Silverbrook only goes to the Copley market on Fridays. Tuesdays they go to the Harvard University market next to Memorial Hall.

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                BostonZest Sep 15, 2008 06:05 PM

                Thanks! I appreciate the correction. I should have checked the schedule. I was going by memory- never a great idea.

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            celeriac Sep 15, 2008 11:53 AM

            Noticed that Formaggio in Cambridge had a few varieties of fresh, local eggs.

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              galleygirl Sep 15, 2008 04:14 PM

              They sell Chip-in, but about $4 for a half dozen...they're twice the price, or more of other outlets...

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                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Sep 15, 2008 04:21 PM

                Four bucks for a HALF dozen Chip-In eggs? Rip-off! They're $2.39 a dozen at Russo's, and that's about 40 cents a dozen more than they were when we first started buying them!

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                  galleygirl Sep 15, 2008 04:45 PM

                  IIRC, that's what it was...

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                    greygarious Sep 16, 2008 08:45 AM

                    Seven-Acre in North Reading's are $2.50/doz for jumbo. The same or slightly higher than supermarkets, but far superior.

              2. Gio Sep 15, 2008 11:17 AM

                If it's not too far afield:
                I believe Wilson Farm in Lexington sells their own farm fresh eggs as does Tendercrop Farm in Newbury.

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                  galleygirl Sep 15, 2008 04:13 PM

                  I've tried,but I've never actually been at Wilson Farm when they had fresh eggs....

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                    bear Sep 15, 2008 05:10 PM

                    gg, are you sure you've been looking in the right place? Wilson often has a cooler full of eggs laid that morning at the main entrance, and always in the dairy section they have several different sizes of their own eggs. I've never been there when they didn't have their own eggs, which we really enjoy, and have always been fresh.

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                      galleygirl Sep 15, 2008 05:16 PM

                      Well, I have to admit, I've often gone on the weekend, but I've never seen their own back in the dairy section...will check again~

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                  janzy Sep 15, 2008 09:43 AM

                  There is a house next to the entrance to the Blue Hills Cemetary in Braintree, Ma that has chickens and sells eggs.

                  1. greygarious Sep 15, 2008 09:39 AM

                    Seven-Acre Poultry Farm in North Reading - a mile east of Rt 93 on the Concord Road exit (the second exit past 128). Closed Monday, open till 6pm Tues-Sun. They have different size eggs, pay on the honor system for eggs and vegetables. If someone's around, you can get poultry and products like pot pies and turkey sausage. The eggs are not refrigerated, but know that they have a natural protective coating so it's okay (supermarket eggs lack this, having been washed). At home, put them in the fridge.

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                      macca Sep 16, 2008 05:40 AM

                      And the turkey tips at seven acre farm are great!

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                      emilief Sep 15, 2008 09:20 AM

                      Owens Poultry farm in Needham has fresh eggs. There is also a place near Verill Farm in Concord that sells eggs- you just go in and pick them up and leave your money- backyard ?something- however, we have been several times and there are never any eggs. They must put them out at a particular time and I have inquired but never fot an answer.

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                        chicken pot pie Sep 15, 2008 08:46 AM

                        Chip-in Farm in Bedford, MA has great fresh eggs from their chickens. You can pick them up in Lexington at Busa Farms too.

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                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps Sep 15, 2008 11:06 AM

                          Russo's sells Chip-In eggs as well, although sometimes they're out of stock.

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                            rlh Sep 15, 2008 11:19 AM

                            Verrill Farms in Concord also sells Chip-In eggs.

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