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Sep 5, 2009 08:46 PM

Local, pastured, humanely-raised eggs, chicken and milk

Anyone know where I can find organic, pastured, humanely-raised eggs, chicken and milk in Los Angeles? Preferably from a family farm. I don't care how much it costs. No more caging and debeaking chickens and force-feeding corn to cows for me!

Please don't suggest Costco, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. If you dig a bit you'll find they don't actually meet these criteria.


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  1. Get thee to the farmers' markets. Lily's Eggs, Montebello Eggs... and you can ask questions (some markets you may need to ask in Spanish). Hollywood (Sunday mornings) and Santa Monica (Wednesday and Saturday mornings) will have sustainably-raised chickens as well, and maybe milk (don't remember about SM -- I know for sure Hollywood has it). You can also buy grass-fed beef and bison.

    Lily's eggs are in the $4-$5 range per dozen, $7 or so for a flat of 20 eggs. Down here in OC we have Five Bar grass-fed, sustainably-raised beef from Silverado Canyon, $6 for ground beef, $9 for steaks, $12 for fancy steaks and $15 for offal (all per pound).

    And in the meantime go to Co-Opportunity in Santa Monica. I vividly remember a fight during a membership meeting about where exactly the line ought to be drawn for sustainably, humanely-raised eggs.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      and when you are at co-opportunity check out their bulk foods dept,
      it's one of my favorites.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Santa Monica FM on wed. has all of this as well. For the most part, they are the exact same vendors.

      2. I m an avid SM FM shopper and I have found that 'Healthy Family Farms' organic eggs (they also have chicken but I haven't tried it) are the best. I know they are at the saturday mkt in sm and sunday mkt in venice and bh. You can join their CSA and get discounts and pre-order lamb, duck, beef, pork, goat milk, etc. --

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          1. re: Cinnamon

            that entire website is fantastic!
            thank you so much for finding it and sharing it!
            it gave information on several local farms, the products they sell, and the farmer's markets at which their products can be found..
            (i was astonished to find a listing for an egg farm in the midwest that raised chickens and DIDN'T kill any chickens, not even the roosters nor the old ones)

            1. re: westsidegal

              You're welcome! (I hope it at least partly makes up for my Dinah's fiasco!)

              1. re: Cinnamon

                there was no fiasco at dinah's, imho.
                you were trusting enough to try to a dish that i like, and it didn't work out.
                if anything, i should be apologizing to you for a bum steer.

          2. re: organic snob

            Organic Snob, may I ask when's the last time you saw this farm at a farmer's market or heard back from them by e-mail? I stopped in at the Playa Vista farmer's market Saturday hoping to see them but didn't... and then googled around for their actual Website again and ran across this late-2008 article about one of them being briefly jailed in a bust over suspicion of the crime of having sold raw goat milk or something without a license. Is that now ancient history or what?

            1. re: Cinnamon

              They were certainly at the HFM this morning.

              1. re: condiment

                Heard from the company that yes they are operating and going to multiple farmer's markets in the L.A. area.

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            1. I get fresh eggs biweekly from the Torrance Farmer's Market from La Bahn Ranch. They also see whole chicken, chicken parts (i.e. breast, legs, wings,) all separately and they have the innards too (i.e. liver, gizzards). The prices are actually very reasonable and although they are not certified organic, it is cage free, hormone free, etc. The eggs there are absolutely delicious and so much creamier than store bought eggs. I refuse to go back to storebought now (I actually want to raise my own chickens one day!)


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              1. re: kushnerom

                I buy eggs and whole chickens from them as well. They are delicious.

                There is an Organic Pastures raw milk stand at the Torrance FM, but I'll usually buy Claravale Farms raw milk at Whole Foods or Broguiere's (pastuerized and not certified organic) since they are local.

                1. re: annapurna7

                  I think you mean "pastured" here and not "pasteurized" since that involves heating. (?)

                  1. re: Cinnamon

                    Broguieres is pasteurized/heated to kill bacteria. I'll still drink it though. I'm not raw milk exclusive.

                    1. re: annapurna7

                      Oh yeah, that's right - had that once from Bristol Farms.

                2. re: kushnerom

                  Out of curiousity... have you talked to the folks to ask ensure that the chickens are pasture raised? I'm very paranoid now since cage free and free range labels really don't mean anything. I have seen their stand at the Torrance FM and would love to eat eggs again if they are truly from pasture raised chickens.

                  1. re: nkpham

                    I have asked if they really do roam around and they said yes, although we do have take the farmer's word for it... we can never really know what their vision of "roaming" is. All I know is that their chicken meat looks like chicken should (not crazy huge and plump, but smaller and lean). Their eggs are the creamiest I have tastest since my aunt's chicken eggs in France (that she raises on veggie scraps!) Also, I had to buy some eggs and couldn't go to the Torrance FM, so settled for the eggs at my local Mar Vista Market and the sizes of the eggs were very inconsistent, some were large, some were tiny which makes baking an issue.... but La Bahn's eggs are very consistent in size which is another plus for me.

                  2. re: kushnerom

                    They have the best tasting eggs. Nope, they're not certified, but who cares--the eggs are rich and delicious with a deep rich orange center. I only use La Bahn eggs for my sunny side up eggs!

                  3. I've noticed two egg vendors at the Santa Monica market the times I've visited, both on 1st Ave I believe. The one north of the intersection where there is a tent covering chairs sells lots of cheaper eggs, but when I asked the woman once if her chickens were pasture-raised she looked at me in horror and said no, they were kept off the ground, and did I want them off eating disgusting BUGS? (Uh... yeah, actually).

                    There's a smaller stand south of the intersection, a guy who sells eggs and chickens and possibly other things. He says his are completely pasture-raised.