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Mar 26, 2011 12:17 PM

Humane eggs?

Does anyone know of a farmer's market or other place in the Boston area to purchase eggs that are 100% cruelty-free?

By this I don't mean the "cage-free" nonsense you get in Star Market -- rather, a farm that raises their roosters (rather than gassing all the males to death) and lets all their chickens live till natural age.

I'm aware that this would make the eggs $8+ a dozen, but it's indeed possible and that's what I'm looking for. If there's a mom-and-pop farm somewhere that sells this kind of thing at a farmer's market, that's exactly what I'm looking for.


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    I usually get Chip-in farm eggs from Russo's. Sometimes I get the Allandale farm eggs (pricier than Chip-in). Chip-in is ~$2.70/dozen, Allandale is $1 more.

    Occasionally I get Wilson farm eggs if I happen to be there. They're about the same price as Chip-in.

    You can read about how they treat their chickens on their websites:

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    1. re: y2000k

      I couldn't find anything on their websites (maybe it's there) addressing the specific concerns of the OP. I would guess almost all farms would cull their hens at some point, and I don't know any personally that don't cull most male chicks -- but it's an interesting question. I personally don't have a problem (being a carnivore) with culling of male chicks etc. Calling the respective farms might shed some light. Would be interesting to hear back if anyone can confirm/ clarify.


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      1. Stillman's farm sells their eggs at the farmers markets. They're $7/dozen.

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        1. re: MrsCheese

          I really like Stilman's philosophy and their meat products are good stuff, but really $7/dozen seems like such a crazy ripoff, when so many other local farm's prices hover in the $3-5 range.

            1. re: MrsCheese

              When I picked up my CSA from Stillman's today they were selling eggs for $5 per dozen. Maybe they dropped their price?

              1. re: chefematician

                I didn't buy them this month but last month they were 7 (and have been for at least a year). That would be awesome if they're 5 now.

                1. re: MrsCheese

                  Hens lay fewer eggs in the winter. Decreased supply = higher prices.

                  1. re: tdaaa

                    Got it. They were $7 last summer.

        2. You'll have to drive to Lincoln, and they're not always available, but Drumlin Farm's eggs are the best I've had around (and I've tried them all, believe me), and are delightfully only $4.50/dozen. Pastured eggs, from chickens moved around the farm in the chicken tractor. Yolks as orange as, well, an orange. Drumlin, being an Audubon property, is also concerned about the well-being and happy lives of all of their animals, whether they're raised for food (pigs, lambs, goats) or raised to provide food (chickens).

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