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I love poached eggs and all the dishes made with them. In this recession I'm going to start poaching my own but the process requires FRESH eggs,

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  1. I have to say, i really like poached eggs and I find that Trader Joe's usually has pretty good eggs that are fairly cheap, In addition to that I find that most of the big farmer's markets have egg vendors at them.

    1. I'd like to add to SG's request.

      Does anybody know of an egg delivery service in L.A.? When I was a kid, I remember having milk delivered to our home (hey, I'm not THAT old!), but that only lasted a short while. But we had an "egg man" that delivered to several houses on our block for years. Then he retired.

      Those were, by far, the freshest eggs I've had in my life. From the ranch to your door in just hours. Any leads?

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      1. re: Joe Blowe

        Wow Joe, me too. I remember our egg man - right after the milk man. A back East thing. Ancient history. Of course major markets will deliver. I think there's a minimum order. Otherwise, the local farmers markets are your best bet. Try a google search for your area for egg producers.

      2. Just went to Americana's Farmer Market (on Saturdays) and there was an egg vendor there.

        1. The guy at the Pasadena Saturday farmer's market is very cheap and I can't imagine they wouldn't be fresh. The ones at the Atwater FM are pretty good too.

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          1. re: Chowpatty

            And the Sunday Hollywood Farmers' Market has four or five different egg vendors.

          2. I echo a lot of the other posts here. Try your local farmers markets. Santa Monica (Wed/Sat Arizona Ave), Mar Vista (Sun Grand View) and Hollywood (Sun Ivar/Selma) all have them. I would imagine most do.

            1. Google will find lots of places in the countryside for you, but I've had good luck at:

              Nichols Egg Ranch
              5537 Peck Rd
              Arcadia, CA 91006
              (626) 452-9110

              They offer various sizes, grades, and package amounts.

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              1. re: Mel Gee

                I have been driving past that "Ranch" for more years than I will admit and every time I seem to notice someone in that parking lot with a flat of eggs in their hands walking toward their car.. I think the chickens are there someplace but not sure. I think I have noticed a sign saying they have brown eggs also. Since you made this rec I will stop in --thanks.

                I have also bought very fresh brown eggs at Broguiere's. They are on the counter of the drive-thru dairy. Last time I was there (two weeks ago) they were filling quart glass bottles with that great chocolate milk. The sound of that old milk machine, the clanging sound of the glass bottles, seeing the milk being pumped into the bottle, seeing the white frost covering parts of the machine, feeling the ice cold bottles coming out to the counter display, the taste of that milk and those eggs -- all senses confirm that everything is fresh at Broguiere's.

                Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy (Milk in old-time Glass quarts and half-gallon bottles)
                505 S Maple Ave
                Montebello, CA 90640-5404
                (323) 726-0524
                One block South of Olympic almost on the Rail Road Tracks. About five blocks North of Washington Blvd.)

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Now that's seriously important information! I didn't realize that Broguiere was located in the city -- I will certainly stop by for their chocolate milk (which is great heated up with a cinnamon stick).

                  1. re: JeetJet

                    Nichols' eggs are quite good. Not as spectacular as farmers market vendors like Lily's or Kendor perhaps, but more than acceptable. And you can get them at local markets, Howie's for one.

                    Still, the best, freshest eggs I've run across are the smallish ones sold at the Tuesday Culver City market - I don't remember the name of the vendor, but the yolks really stand at attention.

                    1. re: condiment

                      The vendor at the Sunday market in Long Beach is Gama. Do you know anything about them?

                  2. re: Mel Gee

                    FWIW, Nichols Eggs are sold at Marukai.

                    1. re: Mel Gee

                      Hold on a sec.

                      I've bought egss from Nichols before, and from what I understand they are a wholesaler, which doesn't necessarily guarantee fresh eggs per se.

                      I'm not saying they have bad eggs, just not sure why they would necessarily have the freshest eggs.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I'm pretty sure they don't "necessarily" have the freshest eggs, ipsedixit, only that "I've had good luck" with them, as reported. I do prefer a tiny front-yard farm stand way out of everyone's way near Mentone but only because they also occasionally have the sweetest tangelos that I've ever found. The Nichols eggs are just as good as theirs in my morning omelets, however.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Nichols is the wholly owned wholesale outlet/packing house for Chino Valley Ranchers. And, yes, they are very fresh. If you buy the loose eggs at the counter, the ladies there usually go though them and make sure you have the freshest eggs they have.

                          http://www.chinovalleyranchers.com/

                          1. re: heckonwheels

                            If you're in the Ontario/Chino area, there's Voortman's. I get my eggs from there...and they are fresh considering the chickens are in the back. Jumbo flats run for $2.50, Extra Large for $3.00. If you need them, they also have double yolk eggs, as well...those are $3.25 or $3.50 a flat. They are open Monday - Saturday from 8AM - 5PM and are closed on Sundays.

                            -----
                            Voortman's Egg Ranch
                            13960 Grove Ave, Ontario, CA

                      2. i think the eggs at the Farmers Market at third and fairfax from one of the chicken vendors is fresh- i always notice a difference when i buy them. this is the vendor that is near singapore's banana leaf, just north and to the east. just south of little johns toffee.
                        i have a question actually about the eggs from the weekend farmers markets- i've seen eggs sold at various ones however i never bought them b/c they are sitting out and not refridgerated. is that an issue? should i buy them sometime?

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                        1. re: Clyde

                          No, it isn't an issue. You can buy eggs at the farmer's markets with confidence. However, the USDA does suggest that you pop them in fridge when you get home.

                          1. re: Clyde

                            Eggs do not need to be refrigerated for health or safety reasons. Refrigeration WILL prolong their shelf life. Fresh eggs sold at a farmers' market that have sat out for a day without refrigeration are perfectly fine. Keeping them in the fridge when you get home from the market will preserve their quality longer, but it is not a safety issue. The whites of unrefrigerated eggs will lose their elasticity faster than refrigerated ones, but in many parts of the world, eggs are never refrigerated.

                            1. re: Clyde

                              Of the two at the Farmers' Market, Puritan Poultry in eggs, as other things they both carry, is far and away the best. I have been trying both for 40 years through several changes in ownership, and Puritan is currently, and usually in the past, the best.

                            2. Love the ones from sunday farmer's market @hollywood

                              1. Peter Shaner, on Wednesdays at SM Farmers Market on 2nd north of Arizona. Also turkey eggs, duck eggs. All laid within hours. The richest dark golden yolks ever. LA's finest chefs agree-best in LA.

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                                1. re: luhkee

                                  What about eggs from *pastured* chickens? Fresh and cage-free/free-range eggs are easy to find at farmers' markets, but I believe that these chickens merely have access to an outdoor area (dirt, concrete, etc.). I'd love to find eggs from chickens that run around in meadows eating weeds and bugs and stuff--like the ones I've had in the European countryside with yolks so dark orange they're almost red. Anyone have a source?

                                  1. re: happycat

                                    Shaner's chicks have plenty of roaming outdoors and weeds and bugs. Probably not pastured as well as Joel Salatins in his mobile chicken coop at Polyface farms, but he might be able to direct you to someone in CA that does take it to that extreme. Growing up in NorCal I could drive to a friends for those eggs...A bit different in the SoCal dessert.

                                    http://www.polyfacefarms.com/

                                    1. re: luhkee

                                      Thanks for the suggestion and link. I'm familiar w/ Salatin's operation, sure wish he had a clone in SoCal!! Probably couldn't afford the land OR the water to keep it in green pasture, though...

                                    2. re: happycat

                                      here, here....i'm looking for eggs from pastured chickens too. I live in Pasdena so the SM farmers' market is too much of a haul but Hollywood on Sunday might be doable.
                                      I'm lucky to have a friend who raises a few in her backyard but they're corn fed and don't produce that many eggs and can't rely on it all the time. I would LOVE a tip on where I can get pastured eggs. I was just at Whole Foods and the only thing I saw were eggs from...NEW ZEALAND! Unbelieveable. They were $4 for a half dozen, and there's no way I want to support eggs flying in from anywhere.

                                      1. re: happycat

                                        >>Fresh and cage-free/free-range eggs are easy to find at farmers' markets, but I believe that these chickens merely have access to an outdoor area (dirt, concrete, etc.).<<

                                        It's kind of presumptuous to assume that people who are selling eggs that are advertized as free-range or cage-free at a certified farmers market are not offering you a product that meets your perception of what that means. I think your best bet would be to talk to the particular egg sellers at the farmers' markets where you see such products advertized about how their chickens are kept before making negative assumptions. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

                                        1. re: DanaB

                                          Well, there IS a difference between "free-range" and "pastured"; the rules governing what you can label as "free-range" do not require access to actual pasture, just access to the outdoors, which can be a dirt yard or even a concrete one. And although I admit I haven't questioned all the vendors I've encountered, the ones I have talked to do, indeed, meet my perceptions/presumptions, which I don't think are negative (I gladly eat free-range eggs, after all), just realistic. it's much easier to keep free-range or cage-free hens than pastured ones, for a variety of reasons. And "pastured" has become such a selling point that producers who do raise pastured hens, in my experience in other cities, advertise the fact overtly.

                                          Gragegrl, I recently discovered that there's a new vendor at the Thursday South Pas market, Healthy Family Farms, that sells pastured chickens and their eggs (and, yes, advertises them as pastured). Other pastured meats as well. Delicious products all. So, I guess my search is over.

                                          Oh, and I just remembered that Whole Foods (Arroyo) is now carrying a domestic brand of pastured eggs--I think the name is "Vital" or something like that--haven't tried them, though.

                                      2. re: luhkee

                                        luhkee, what's your reference on "all laid within hours" and "LA's finest chefs agree-best in LA"? It would be tough for me to get over to Santa Monica on Wednesdays, so I'd like some concrete information if I'm going to make the attempt. Thanks.

                                      3. FWIW poached eggs do not required FRESH eggs; regular fresh eggs will do fine, unless of course you like your eggs practically raw.

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                                        1. re: phlin

                                          After reading dozens upon dozens of poached egg how-tos and countess videos, I have never heard not using fresh eggs. All recipes appear to stress freshness as being a requirement to keeping the whites from dispersing in the water.

                                          You may be mistaking the method with hard-boiled eggs wherein the eggs are better if they are not absolutely fresh.

                                          1. re: phlin

                                            phlin, while one can make poached eggs from older eggs, pretty much the main egg preparation that benefits from fresh eggs is poached eggs; this is because the albumen (the white) is tighter in fresh eggs. When poaching a very fresh egg, you do not need vinegar or an egg poacher for the white to hold tight to the yolk.

                                          2. For what its worth, I buy flats of 20 eggs from Jon's markets for $2.99. They have a fast turn over in a busy store, so I guess they're pretty fresh. It takes me quite a while to get through all 20 and they have never been bad when I get to the last ones.

                                            1. Trader Joe's has the freshest eggs I've ever cracked.

                                              1. Lily's at the Wednesday Farmer's Market in Santa Monica and at Saturday Farmer's Market at Pico and Cloverfield. These are the freshest eggs in L.A. (IMHO).

                                                1. Lily's eggs! at Hollywood Market Sunday and Santa Monica Wednesday and Saturday.

                                                  1. Most of the eggs discussed certainly are fresh but none of the ones available at the stores (I haven't been to the farms and that dairy off Washington) compares to eggs gotten at people's homes. I'd love to find those. The ones at the farmer's markets, for ex., aren't anything like the eggs my friends get from their chickens.

                                                    They got rid of their chickens and now I don't know what to do.

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                                                    1. re: epop

                                                      Walmart in Chino has high Omega 3 eggs that have the dark yolks, they also usually have some crud stuck on some... maybe because of free range?

                                                      1. re: epop

                                                        >>The ones at the farmer's markets, for ex., aren't anything like the eggs my friends get from their chickens.<<

                                                        I couldn't agree more. Most people who have chickens that serve double-duty as egg-layers and pets usually get treated extremely well, are fed incredible diets, and therefore produce amazing eggs. My parents have some friends who live out in Norco - they have a veritable farm of pets that are typically found in the barnyard, including quite a few varieties of chickens. The eggs they produce are by far the best I've ever had.

                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                          The ones I've had are from chickens that are treated decently. They eat fine but certainly aren't massaged and fed heirloom asparagus.
                                                          Rather frightening therefore to imagine what the rest are fed.

                                                          I thought about getting chickens but really can't.
                                                          The question remains -- so what do we do?

                                                          1. re: epop

                                                            I'm in the Westside. I've seen from time to time where a family sets up a chicken coup with hens (and occasionally a rooster - nutcases) which is against a city ordinance about restrictions on farm animals within city boundaries. They rarely last long for obvious reasons. Probably the longest one that I know of lasted for two to three years. I observed the three hens to be very well-behaved, the owners kept their coup and surrounding area very clean, and the neighbors seemed to be very tolerant of the situation. The owners were renters and moved their coup with them about a year ago. This was on a tiny walkstreet in Venice where surrounding neighbors are literally separated by a few feet. I'm guessing that given the right circumstances - tolerant neighbors, happy and well-behaved hens, tidy owners, and just enough space to house a coup and a surrounding area to scratch and roam - one could consider having a source for incredible eggs.

                                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                                              Just as an FYI, bulavinaka, Los Angeles does allow people to keep chickens in many parts of the city, so long as they meet distance requirements from neighboring property:

                                                              http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unlea...

                                                              http://ucanr.org/blogs/losangelesagri...

                                                              1. re: DanaB

                                                                Thanks - I've heard that as well. But I think in most urban areas around here, particularly where space is at a premium like in Venice, those distance requirements would nix just about anyone's plans of legitimately having chickens.

                                                      2. The best eggs I've found are sold by Healthy Family Farms at just a few farmers markets (sunday main st. s.m. and sat arizona st. s.m. etc,). More importantly, they usually have a few fresh chickens which are BY FAR, the finest we have ever tasted anywhere.

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                                                        1. re: Bruce Kerr

                                                          I agree that the fresh chicken sold by Healthy family Farms is quite fabulous.

                                                        2. Been getting eggs from Billys Egg Farm on East End in Chino not sure about the place across the street seems less hygenic

                                                          1. Bumping this thread. Any current info on the best fresh eggs? I know Kenter Family Farms sells great ones, such that they are often sold out by 8:30am at the Wednesday SaMo farmer's market. Where else?

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                                                            1. re: mollyomormon

                                                              Recently got around to buying some La Bahn eggs:

                                                              https://www.google.com/search?q=la+ba...
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/650326

                                                              They did not disappoint! Deep yellow yolks, firm whites, quite eggy flavor. La Bahn gets around to quite a few farmers' markets, so they shouldn't be too hard to find.

                                                              1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                Another thread for reference: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917906