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I recently had eggs fresh from the chicken coop for the first time. What a treat! The only problem is that now, all other eggs (one of my favorite foods) are kind of unappealing to me. Any thoughts on the best fresh eggs in Manhattan? A favorite farmer's market stand perhaps? And is there anything I should know about selecting fresh eggs? Thanks hounds!

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  1. Greenmarket Eggs - Has Anyone Done a Comparison?
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    1. Thank you Kathryn!! Can't wait to get crackin'!

      1. I like flying pigs the best, then tello, then knoll crest. Sometimes I buy whatever random farmers' market eggs I can find and they are always far far superior to supermarket eggs. Supermarket eggs kinda skeeve me out.

        1. Another vote for Tello's at the Grenmarket farmer's market

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          1. re: Jack_

            I'm a loyal fan of Tello's but they're not at Union Square during the winter, so I have to cast my net farther afield until April. I like that Knoll Crest has jumbos but I think Flying Pigs edges them out on flavor. They didn't have eggs today so I bought a very pricey ½ dozen from Violet Hill Farm to hold me (haven't tried them yet). I once bought eggs in a pinch from the Amish guy (Millport?) but was kind of underwhelmed. I guess this is a roundabout endorsement for Tello and Flying Pigs.

          2. I buy Knoll Crest eggs at the Tuesday market at Saint Mark's Church. I haven't yet compared them to Tello's or Flying Pigs, only because Knoll Crest wins for convenience in the East Village. They're good but they don't knock my socks off.

            1. I like Norwich Farms eggs much better than Tello and Knoll Crest.

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              1. re: polimorfos

                I like their flavor, but I've found that they're not always consistent with "high shoulders" - i.e. the whites are sometimes a little flatter than I would expect from a farm fresh egg. I'll buy some tomorrow at the Tuesday Saint Mark's greenmarket and try a poached egg for lunch... Maybe I've gotten blase and leave them in the fridge too long.

                1. re: hungrycomposer

                  Got a dozen Norwich extra large eggs today at the Saint Mark's Green market. brought them straight home and poached them. They were delicious, fresh, fairly high-shouldered. Their flavor was rich and not too different from other eggs: gentle, no hint of the sulfuric flavor that can creep in.

                  The fish monger at the market was selling BIG whole albacore for $10 a pop. Too bad it was a little too large to handle in my puny East Village Kitchen.

                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                    Norwich Farms doesn't have a stand at the St. Marks market as far as I know. Maybe I have the name wrong (Norwich Meadows perhaps?) I buy them at the Tompkins Sq. market...

                    1. re: polimorfos

                      Good catch - you're right. I buy "Knoll Crest" at the Saint Mark's greenmarket. Sounds kind of like Norwich. Too late to edit the posts above, but I meant "Knoll Crest", who sells baked goods and eggs, not "Norwich". Maybe that's why they didn't knock my socks off!

              2. Quattro Farms @ the Union Square Greenmarket, but only on Saturdays. $3.50 for a dozen chicken eggs. You can buy half a dozen, but I don't know what that costs, and they almost always also have duck eggs, sometimes pheasant and turkey eggs.

                I have compared, and these are by far the best and the best qpr, imho.

                However, they are all better than ANY (including Egglands Best) that you can get at a supermarket. You really have no idea how fresh any of those are.

                1. Thanks everyone! I started the taste test with Tello today. Got home from the farmer's market and immediately poached one and ate it with some asparagus that I got in Chinatown. It took shape in the water immediately, unlike most sore bought eggs, and the yolk was rich and sweet. Looking forward to trying all the others.

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                  1. re: luckiestduck

                    i like the eggs from the guys at the greenmarket who have their stand pretty close to the subway entrance and also sell tomato soup. not sure what their name is cause i don't think they ever have a sign, but they are definitely there on mondays and a dozen eggs cost $4.

                    1. re: jon

                      I went recently to a guy close to the subway entrance on the southwest side of Union Sq. His eggs were $10 a dozen!!! I told him he was crazy!

                      1. re: UES Mayor

                        That was probably Violet Hill Farms. Were they being sold in half-dozens?

                        1. re: MacGuffin

                          . . . y'know, that might've been Grazin' Angus Acres. I've never bought their eggs but I do buy pretty much all of my dairy from them. They even have churn buttermilk!

                          1. re: MacGuffin

                            Grazin's eggs are excellent. I'm also a fan of Violet Hill.

                            1. re: Nancy S.

                              Are they better than Flying Pigs and Tello's? Because $10/dozen is a lot of money and yet, people ask for eggs (which aren't always available) when I'm buying milk. It was exceedingly painful to put out $5 for one of Violet Hill's "halves." :`(

                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                They are excellent -- very "clean" tasting.

                                1. re: Nancy S.

                                  Good to know! I make omelettes and fried eggs on a regular basis so I always want excellent eggs in my fridge.

                  2. We always make sure to pick the carton with the best expiration date, meaning the longest away in the future.
                    Also beware of buying grade AA , most are mislabeled because a grade AA is less than a week old, ie..farm fresh ,and are rarely available except at the farm or a good market.
                    If you see AA's with an expiration date a few weeks down the road, they WERE AA's and should be repackaged a grade A.

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                    1. re: Raffles

                      I don't recall ever seeing a grade on any of my Greenmarket eggs and most of them (with the exception of Tello's and Knoll Crest) aren't even sized. I like to think our market is "good." I've been buying eggs there for years and have never gotten any that were bad, or even "off." And according to this http://www.aeb.org/foodservice-profes... (see #s 3 & 5), grading is based on quality, tied to the USDA, and purveyors aren't allowed to label eggs with a grade unless a USDA grader has made the determination. I'm guessing most of our Greenmarket vendors don't have large enough production to justify getting the Fed involved.

                      Do you live in the Manhattan?

                      1. re: MacGuffin

                        I used to live on Stranded(Staten) Island. I used to raise chickens and sell the eggs .
                        I used to love going to Union Square and Albi Square markets.

                        1. re: Raffles

                          Oh, you're SO lucky to have had chickens! Your own eggs in the City and I hear they can actually form attachments to their owners. Murray McMurray customers post how sweet and affectionate some of their chickens are. :))

                    2. I usually get eggs at Saxelby Cheese Mongers in the Essex market, usually cause I am there anyway to by Kefir or cheese etc. I have always found the eggs fine, but I am not really a connoisseur, but Im curious if anyone with a more refined palate has an opinion on their eggs? I imagine they get them from one of their vendors upstate, so have always assumed they are fairly fresh?

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                      1. re: Hey19

                        Despite buying cheese from Anne (or whoever's behind the counter of late) pretty much every week during the school year, I've never bought eggs. No label on the cartons?

                        1. re: MacGuffin

                          There is some label, I have some in the fridge, Ill have a look. I imagine the turnover isnt very good, since I feel like I am probably the only one who buys eggs there, so maybe that is a concern.

                          1. re: Hey19

                            I buy from Saxelby occasionally. I've never had a problem with the eggs (nor have they impressed me overmuch). I'm giving up on Knollcrest after my second subpar dozen and switching to Quattro until Tello returns to Union Square.

                            1. re: Hey19

                              I doubt you're the only person who buys eggs! I can't imagine they'd continue to carry them if that was the case. There's not enough room there to keep stocking items that don't sell.

                        2. My update to this 4 year old thread... Any eggs from the green market are far better than supermarket eggs. Most recently I bought a dozen from Millport and they were very fresh and rich tasting. I often buy from Tello or Knoll Crest, but found Millport to be a delicious change, I would buy them again. It's fun to support all of the farmers and compare them all. (after checking the price, of course. I stay away from the expensive blue eggs!)

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                          1. re: hungrycomposer

                            I like Millport alright, but their eggs are often very small. If you're a scrambler, this likely isn't a problem, but I'm a soft boiler. I need a grown-up size egg.

                            1. re: small h

                              I not only wasn't all that impressed with Millport's eggs (not that they were bad, mind you), the guy who works there made a vicious (and totally untrue, as it happened) remark about one of my favorite sellers. I can't even imagine where that was coming from.

                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                The Amish guy? Yikes. I didn't know the vendors talked smack about one another. There goes my innocence.

                                1. re: small h

                                  It's the only time I've ever heard such goings on in many years of several times/week Greenmarket shopping.

                                2. re: MacGuffin

                                  I don't mind the eggs being small if they're cheaper - I usually poach them and decide on one or two. I've bought eggs that weren't as fresh from both Tello and Knoll crest, but it may just be the luck of the draw. Strange to hear the Amish guy was nasty, he was nice to me but kind of a hard sell, come to think of it. I sometimes get eggs from the vendor on the south end of the Tompkin's square green market.

                                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                                    He's very nice and I've never found him to be a hard sell although I know he gets sick of people making a meal of his samples and not buying anything (as would I). It's just that he made some comments about another vendor having to do with salmonella. I verified that they weren't true. I don't know if he was passing along something he'd heard or if he was responsible for fabricating the story.

                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                      The last dozen I bought from Millport revealed a chicken feather when I removed the last egg yesterday... I thought it was kind of sweet, but my partner said "ewwww." I don't know how that reflects on the farm's sanitary conditions but it didn't bother me.

                                      1. re: hungrycomposer

                                        It does not reflect on the "goodness" of the egg at all. The egg has a natural antibiotic coating on it from the hen. Commercial eggs are washed in some chemical. Often small farm producers will use an abrasive pad to remove "poop" etc so as to not destroy the natural barrier and a clean egg looks better. Standard precautions about cross contamination with the OUTSIDE of the shell apply.

                                        1. re: Raffles

                                          I'm reminded of Lenny Bruce's reminiscing about work on a farm and selling roadside eggs. He said the farmer had him smearing chicken droppings on random eggs to make them look farm-fresh authentic (I seem to recall that they might have been augmenting the chickens' output with store-bought).

                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                            LOL, I thought of that but was vetoed by the boss.

                                            1. re: Raffles

                                              ROTFLMAO

                                              Between you and hungrycomposer, I'm laughing myself silly.

                                            2. re: MacGuffin

                                              It crossed my cynical mind that somebody tucked in that adorable farmy feather for the same reason. But the eggs tasted buttery and fresh with or without the feather.