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ecwashere7 Jan 20, 2011 08:52 AM

I have a friend who lives in Brookline who is looking for local eggs. I live in NH and I get my eggs from my local farm (as well as Pete and Gerry's from northern NH). Right now, she goes to her local WF. She wants to find a more local source convenient to her in Brookline. Do you have any recommendations?

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    scotty27 Jan 26, 2011 01:42 AM

    Does the farm note both production and expiration dates on the packages? An egg farmer told me that the former is important.

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      celeriac Jan 26, 2011 04:43 AM

      Why is it important? I'm not sure which farm you're asking about, but in my experience some small producers don't bother with either. This is fine with me, because eggs from a small farmers will generally keep for months in the fridge, given how much fresher they are than supermarket specimens.

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      cpthandsome Jan 21, 2011 06:12 PM

      http://peteandjensbackyardbirds.com/d... located in concord near verrill farm but they do supply certain retail shops.

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        turleyandkatey Jan 21, 2011 06:28 PM

        My vote is for Wilson Farms. It may be my imagination, but my omelets with their eggs ... delicious.

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        Wilson Farm
        10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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          PinchOfSalt Jan 21, 2011 06:32 PM

          Those eggs are great but unavailable right now. Pete and Jen are overseas on vacation and their egg operation (as well as the rest of their ministore) is closed for the winter.

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            rlh Jan 24, 2011 11:15 AM

            Pete and Jen's are the best, but they are also $6 a dozen - Codman Farm in Lincoln is also excellent and lower-priced (but sometimes runs out) - Chip-In is good and reasonable, and I like Wilsons which is the lowest price point as well, but I would like to know more about the conditions for their hens and it's not obvious on their website - anyone know more?

            Also on a separate but related question, does anyone know if the fresh chicken they sell comes from their own flocks or elsewhere? It seems remarkably fresher and tastier to me than what's at Costco and the chain groceries.

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            porcospino Jan 21, 2011 01:22 PM

            Many of the vendors at the Wayland Winter Farmers' Market have eggs, all local and presumably of excellent quality. Saturdays from 10-2 at Russell's Garden Center on Rt 20. Also, and again a bit far from Brookline, but Codman Community Farm in Lincoln has their own eggs in a self-serve fridge, and when they don't have their own, they carry Chip In.

            1. Kirs Jan 20, 2011 06:12 PM

              It's a bit of a hike, and they don't always have them, but I love, love, love the eggs from Drumlin Farm.

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                tall sarah Jan 25, 2011 02:23 PM

                +1 for Drumlin Farm eggs. I'm part of their CSA (summer & winter) & always get their eggs when they have them for sale. They also sell the eggs from Brambly Farms as part of their farm share add-ons. Yummmmmm.....

              2. MC Slim JB Jan 20, 2011 05:10 PM

                Count me among the lovers of Bedford's Chip-In, a must if I'm making raw-egg cocktails, as well as the usual uses. Formaggio carries them.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                  y2000k Jan 20, 2011 10:12 AM

                  In addition to eggs from Chip n Farm, Russo's has started carrying eggs from Allandale Farm. They are from free-range chickens. $3.98/dozen

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                    galleygirl Jan 20, 2011 12:38 PM

                    Hmm, which makes me think one could procure those same eggs at Allandale Farm, considerably closer (as in, IN) to Brookline...

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                      Berheenia Jan 20, 2011 01:56 PM

                      Allandale is closed for the winter. Last weekend we went to Wilson Farms and got their eggs. Very fresh with gorgeous dark yellow yolks. PS, we live in Brookline and have been known to drive to Bedford for Chip-in eggs-[ much cheaper at the source than at Russo's

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                      Wilson Farm
                      10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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                        jjbourgeois Jan 20, 2011 06:22 PM

                        Love WIlson Farm eggs. I used th jumbos when making pasta. Comes out a great yellow color. ALso good fro breakfast.

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                          fesenjan Jan 22, 2011 09:06 AM

                          Just out of curiosity - what's the price at Russo's versus at the farm? thanks

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                            Jenny Ondioline Jan 22, 2011 10:19 AM

                            A dozen large Chip-In eggs at Russo's is $2.79 currently. They'd have to be pretty darn cheap at the farm to make it worthwhile to drive all the way out to Bedford!

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                              FoodDabbler Jan 22, 2011 12:26 PM

                              I've seen Chip-In at Darwin's (H^2 location) but don't know what they charge.

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                                fesenjan Jan 22, 2011 02:58 PM

                                Wow, that is not a bad price at all! I'm on the North Shore, tho, so might be almost as likely to get near Bedford (under the "Around 128 toward Burlington" rubric) as to Russo's. I tend to go to Seven Acre Farm in Reading currently.

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                                  Gio Jan 23, 2011 04:45 AM

                                  On the north shore... Tendercrop sells their own eggs.

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                                    fesenjan Jan 23, 2011 04:51 AM

                                    So does Green Meadows, and they're fantastic, and Valley View, which are also fantastic. Green Meadows also has duck eggs at least sometimes.

                      2. PinchOfSalt Jan 20, 2011 09:04 AM

                        Chip n Farm in Bedford, also Russo's carries their eggs.

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                          Bob Dobalina Jan 20, 2011 01:04 PM

                          Big fan of the Chip-in Farm eggs - http://www.chip-infarm.com/
                          Like tasting eggs again for the first time - so....eggy!

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                          201 Hartwell Rd, Bedford, MA

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                            Jenny Ondioline Jan 20, 2011 01:21 PM

                            Third on the Chip-In. Only eggs I'll buy anymore.

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                              little.tiger Jan 20, 2011 01:37 PM

                              Also a fan...I try to keep 4 dozen in the fridge at all times, because some weeks I go there and there are none left. I have to keep enough to last through the next week.

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                                stomachofsteel Jan 20, 2011 05:17 PM

                                We do the same thing!

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                              y2000k Jan 20, 2011 02:11 PM

                              Are chip-in-farm eggs free-range?

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                                mjg0725 Jan 20, 2011 02:25 PM

                                Their website says they are from "free running hens."

                          2. nsenada Jan 20, 2011 09:02 AM

                            Owens Poultry Farm in Needham

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                            Owens Poultry Farm
                            585 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02494

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