Glaum Egg Vending Machine and Dancing Chicken Show (Aptos)
One of the more entertaining visits was a stop at the Glaum Egg Ranch in Aptos to use the famous automated egg vending machine. http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/6293512313/
Insert three crisp $1 bills, and out pops a flat of 24 white, cage-free eggs. Not labeled, these looked like the extra large Glaum eggs we buy at Grocery Outlet for $1.99 per dozen so there is a discount by buying direct. And then the curtain opens and the dancing chicken robots put on a little show. Often decked out in holiday themes, here’s a youtube of the St Patrick’s Day show.
The egg vending machine is open everyday from 8 am - 7pm. The other Glaum eggs (brown, organic, etc.) are available from a clerk at the sales window from 8-4 M-F and Sat 8-10:30am.
Glaum Egg Ranch
3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos, CA 95003
I went Fri 11/25/11 and got to see Thanksgiving show, was too late in the day for the store.
They also sell organic compost. 1 bag (30lbs) $4; 10+ yards = $25 per yard; 1-9 yards=$30 per yard. Sign said they see free range organic eggs; cage free white eggs; & cage free brown eggs.
M-F 7:30-4; Sat 8-10:30am
Thanksgiving day 11/24 - Closed
Christmas Eve 12/24-Closed
NYE 12/31 - Closed
Egg Vendor (egg vending machine)
Heheh, I knew of it, but this was my first chance to see for myself. There was a big truck stuck on the access road the morning I was there. But one of the employees came down the hill in a golf cart to direct us up another way in.
You might want to save a couple egg cartons to bring with you. I did, since I don't like to transport eggs very far in the open flats.