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Herne May 3, 2012 05:16 PM

Where can I buy farm fresh eggs in or near the GTA?

A short drive in the country is no problem.

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    13inches RE: Herne May 3, 2012 05:23 PM

    I just passed a fresh-eggs sign yesterday in front of a home on Heritage Road, just north of Steeles in Brampton.

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      Herne RE: 13inches May 3, 2012 09:17 PM

      Thanks. It sounds like the egg place is near the Ferri apple farm.

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      Herne RE: Herne May 4, 2012 10:22 AM

      Looks like I'll be passing by this place next week and the idea of comparing fresh white eggs with range fed eggs leads me to the Farm Gate.

      http://www.homesteadeggs.com/

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        jayt90 RE: Herne May 4, 2012 02:14 PM

        In my experience farm fresh free range eggs from enclosed barns can be very fresh, but taste inferior to free range hens getting grass, weed seeds and bugs. There is a rich, bright flavor to darker yolks from grasslands, but not many farmers will accommodate this.

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          Herne RE: jayt90 May 4, 2012 07:44 PM

          Well I have no experience with free range eggs so its a learning experience I guess.

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            Herne RE: jayt90 May 7, 2012 10:49 AM

            Well the eggs were very fresh and appropriately priced.

            Can anyone direct me to a source for Free Range eggs near or in the GTA?

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              jayt90 RE: Herne May 7, 2012 11:57 AM

              I'm still recommending Jenny Svetec's farmgate eggs, (north of Oshawa) although you have to call first to avoid disappointment. They also sell eggs at Sick Kids market once every two weeks, but I would call the farm first to see if those are also pastured.

              http://svetecfarms.com/our-products.php

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                Herne RE: jayt90 May 7, 2012 12:45 PM

                Thanks jayt90. Checked the website and its says they are free range. They also say they have graded eggs. Do you know what the issue is?

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                  jayt90 RE: Herne May 7, 2012 03:19 PM

                  The farmgate eggs may be ungraded. CEMA allows a farm to have 100 unregistered laying hens for ungraded farmgate sales. The graded eggs sold at market have to come from a CEMA registered flock, with a quota or licencing fee on each hen. I don't know where Svetec is on this issue, but I like the free range fowl pasture which I observed last year.

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                    Herne RE: jayt90 May 7, 2012 05:48 PM

                    Ok sounds good to me.

                    What did you mean by "I'm still recommending Jenny Svetec's farmgate eggs". Is there some sort of controversy that I have missed. I'm planning to go to the farm in the near future but want to know what, if anything, I should know.

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                      jayt90 RE: Herne May 7, 2012 06:26 PM

                      A year ago I drove to the farmgate three times and could not get eggs. The excuses were lame, and now I would definitely phone first, regardless of how optimistic the website hype.

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                        Herne RE: jayt90 May 7, 2012 08:58 PM

                        Got it. I think you managed 2 times than I will.

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          shocked RE: Herne May 8, 2012 02:49 PM

          I recently read in the Star that you can order free range Mennonite eggs from Lazy Daisy cafe (Gerrard at Coxwell) They get their eggs from Alysa Golden and Eggy Weggs. They have a monthly eff depot run by Golden. Eggs are $6.50/dozen and must be pre-ordered (May 14 is next run)

          That might save you a drive to the country!

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            Herne RE: shocked May 8, 2012 08:51 PM

            OK I'll look into it. Don't really mind a drive in the country but not driving around is a better idea.

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              TorontoJo RE: Herne May 9, 2012 03:43 AM

              Have you asked Fresh From the Farm on Donlands about their eggs? I know they are raised by Mennonite farmers, but I don't know any details beyond that:

              freshfromthefarm.ca

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                Herne RE: TorontoJo May 9, 2012 04:37 AM

                I haven't asked FFF yet about their eggs But I will. Quite a few suggestions to follow and quite an education about types of eggs in just a week or so.

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                  jayt90 RE: TorontoJo May 9, 2012 04:49 AM

                  FFTF's website www.freshfromthefarm.ca says free run, $4.15/dozen, but they would have clarify just what that means. Burnbrae, for example, has a premium 'free run' egg package that is from factory hens on an open floor, probably a grating for sanitation. We might expect better from Mennonite farms, but some photos or information about pasturing would help.

                  The egg situation in Ontario is not helped much by CEMA or by CFIA who would like all hens indoors to avoid avian flu, a scare that never really developed.

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                    earthygoat RE: jayt90 May 9, 2012 05:11 AM

                    I completely agree with you, jayt90. The marketing boards make it very difficult for any farmer who wants to make a bit of money on raising hens on pasture. Meaning that it is quite hard for consumers to find true, pastured eggs where the hens can roam outdoors on grass. Also, the more hens outside, the more delicious they look to predators, and therefore they are locked up.

                    My suggestion, not the easiest one, for anyone who wants to find true, free run/pastured eggs is to go on that Sunday drive in the country and either look for those hand made signs, or more often, those hens pecking around outside. There are an amazing number of hobby farmers who have a backyard flock, never advertise, and are overrun with fantastic eggs at this time of year. I can think of a half dozen within a couple of kilometers of me right now. Once you meet this person and build a relationship, you will likely have a source of eggs for quite some time. It just takes a bit of work.

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                shocked RE: shocked May 14, 2012 01:03 PM

                I tried the eggs from Eggy Weggs this weekend, and they were amazing. Quite big eggs, and super yellow centres. Easy pick up system too.

                Here is the website if you want to be added to their distribution list:

                http://www.eggyweggs.com

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                  childofthestorm RE: shocked May 17, 2012 11:44 AM

                  Yeah I just recently joined up, super convenient and great eggs. Really happy to be off the supermarket "free range" schneid.

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                13inches RE: Herne May 11, 2012 12:06 PM

                This topic seems to have diverted a fair bit, but I found another farm that's offering fresh eggs for those in the Caledon/Brampton area.

                Kennedy Road and Mayfield, North-East corner, entrance off of Kennedy.

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                  Herne RE: 13inches May 11, 2012 02:50 PM

                  Actually I think your post is bang on topic. Can you give any additional info so someone looking for it would know they found it--Name for example.

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                    Flexitarian RE: Herne May 11, 2012 03:54 PM

                    I'd like that too. I've been on about 3 wild goose chases (no pun intended) for farm gate eggs in the last couple years and never was able to find the farm people spoke about as the whereabouts were too vague.

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                      13inches RE: Flexitarian May 11, 2012 05:01 PM

                      It's the only farm there as the rest is all subdivisions. You can see it from the overhead on Google Maps. You go North on Kennedy from Mayfield and it's on your right. If you hit the 410 overpass you've gone too far. I think there's a big red barn.

                      I'll try to get a name/number next time I drive or cycle past there.

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                        13inches RE: 13inches May 16, 2012 01:41 PM

                        12097 Kennedy Road

                        There's another farm with an eggs sign in a similar location (NE corner) of Dixie and Mayfield. 12012 Dixie Road (Approx)... you can see the sign on Google Street View.

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                          Herne RE: 13inches May 19, 2012 08:12 AM

                          Thanks. I will put the address into my GPS. I assume this is the Kennedy road in the Brampton area?

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                            13inches RE: Herne May 19, 2012 09:34 AM

                            That's correct.

                            The Dixie Road farm is 12035 Dixie Road. They also advertise milk, yogurt and manure/compost on their sign. Hopefully they put them in separate bags.

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                              Herne RE: 13inches Jun 16, 2012 09:04 AM

                              Finally bought some free range eggs, after a few missteps, at Fiesta Farms. Came from a farm near Alymer and were not excessively expensive--for medium eggs.

                              But I detected no difference from free run eggs. Both had relatively strong shells but taste seemed very similar to me--a non egg connoisseur.

                              Still there is something to be said for how the chickens are treated compared to those that produce the usual supermarket eggs.

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                                jayt90 RE: Herne Jun 16, 2012 09:51 AM

                                Unfortunately you have to know source details, and small, ungraded, grass-pastured, farm gate operations are best. That may be what you are looking for.
                                Here is breakfast, yesterday, from my Kerwood source.

                                 
                                 
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                                  TorontoTips RE: jayt90 Jun 16, 2012 11:11 AM

                                  Jay, you seem like quite the expert, so let me ask you:
                                  When I visited the UK, I had the best rich, naturally buttery eggs of my life, and yes, they had that deep orange yolk, not the pale-yellow we normally see from supermarket eggs.
                                  I've read that "european eggs are better" because of the hens, and in other places I've also heard it suggested that great tasting eggs come from pasture-raised hens - with the dark yolks due to grass, insects, feed, etc.
                                  Are the eggs in England/Europe largely pasture-raised, or are their other factors at work here also? (genetics of hens, etc.?)

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                                    earthygoat RE: TorontoTips Jun 16, 2012 12:14 PM

                                    The breed really does not matter. It is the food and conditions under which the hens are raised. You can take a commercial white leghorn hen and a heritage breed hen and as long as they are raised under the same conditions, their eggs will be identical. In Europe, the animal welfare standards are different than here, but I don't think all of the hens are raised in a pastured environment. The richest flavour of eggs comes from the hens that can eat a wide variety of food outdoors. This includes grains, plants and many things that move, like insects and even frogs (I've seen it happen).

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                                      jayt90 RE: TorontoTips Jun 16, 2012 04:58 PM

                                      I haven't been to Europe recently, but I suspect there are lots of old school egg producers, vs. the streamliners in EU headquarters.

                                      Herne, you should look for a bright, almost aggressive flavor from grass and insect fed hens' yolks. It is more intense than pale yolks, and whenever I think the flavor of darker yolks is influenced by my perception, I'm proven wrong as soon as I go back to a pale yolk, where perception equals taste.

                                      Earthygoat has described the farm conditions I look for very accurately. I have two local sources in S.W. Ont., both farmgate at very attractive prices. The one closer to me has enclosed hens and the eggs are not nearly as rich, even in winter, as the other source, grass-pastured at 1516 Napperton Dr., Kerwood.

                                      I am mentioning the address again because the young couple have just processed 20 White Rock grass-pastured roasting hens, for their own use, but I bought one on Wednesday, and suggested they sell some as they're tender and full of flavor. I had to suggest a price, as they had only a butcher's incomplete estimate of their cost, $2/lb. I suggested they follow pricing at www.freshfromthefarm.ca which has Heritage roasters at $5.35/lb. If anyone is west of London, the farm gate eggs and the inspected roasters are worth getting.

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                                        Herne RE: jayt90 Jun 16, 2012 05:46 PM

                                        Thanks jayt90. I think the eggs I bought at Fiesta Farms are supposed to be as you described. I'll try again tomorrow am and see what I find.

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                                          acd123 RE: jayt90 Aug 20, 2012 06:33 AM

                                          Thanks Jayt90. I pass by there sometimes on my way to detroit. Can I just show up at 1516 Napperton or do I have to call first?

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                                            jayt90 RE: acd123 Aug 20, 2012 06:43 AM

                                            Just show up. If no one is home, go across the road to the alpine nursery. There is some pastured chicken available too, from their freezer, inspected, at supermarket prices. I am pretty sure they will pack a chicken in ice.

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                                        Herne RE: jayt90 Jun 16, 2012 12:55 PM

                                        This is where the eggs came from. Looks like it meets your criteria.

                                        http://www.choosecagefree.ca/news/hop...

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                                          Herne RE: Herne Jun 17, 2012 07:51 AM

                                          Tried 2 more free range eggs and one was close to what has been described by others here. Both had tough shells. One was very much like a supermarket egg. The second was a bit different. It had a darker yoke and a stronger taste. Not really floored by it but it was "better" or at least different.

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                                          paprika485 RE: jayt90 Aug 18, 2012 05:42 PM

                                          jayt90, you seem to be very informed about great eggs. Looking at your photo, WOW!! that is just how I like my egg to be fried. I am hoping that I can find some orange yolked eggs in the Hamilton area. I am so tired of store bought eggs, they just don't taste like I remember them from Mexico...thanks

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                                            jayt90 RE: paprika485 Aug 19, 2012 01:27 PM

                                            There should be farmgate eggs in Haldimand-Norfolk, a short drive southwest from Hamilton, and a hotbed of new style farming.

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                                              TorontoJo RE: paprika485 Aug 20, 2012 09:55 AM

                                              Ridge Meadow Farms just tweeted that they have eggs at their gate today. They are in Beamsville, so don't know how far you want to drive from Hamilton.

                                              http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ridge-M...

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                                                paprika485 RE: TorontoJo Aug 20, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                Thanks toronto Jo, I will check Ridge meadow Farms but are their egg yolks orange? Parika485

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                                                  TorontoJo RE: paprika485 Aug 20, 2012 03:23 PM

                                                  I wonder if you realize that the color of the yolks is almost entirely dependent on what the chickens eat? Commercial producers have even been known to add food dye to the feed to make the yolks more yellow/orange.

                                                  So the color is not an indicator of the taste. However, in your case, it's quite possible that the chickens that were laying your eggs in Mexico had access to plants or insects that local chickens here don't. Just wanted you to be aware in case you are on a hunt for something that doesn't exist. There will likely be quality eggs here that will not look like what you expect.

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                                                    paprika485 RE: TorontoJo Aug 21, 2012 02:02 AM

                                                    Hello Jo, I do realize that some producers add a dye to the feed, however, there is a distinct taste that I have tasted here in On. from a farm that no longer exists and the yolks were orange because as you know the plants and insects were a part of their diet. Thank you for the info. but I will further my hunt.

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                                                  paprika485 RE: TorontoJo Aug 20, 2012 02:46 PM

                                                  Very interesting jayt90, thanks for the info, Beamsville is not so far for me at all.

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                              hungryjoanne RE: Herne Jun 16, 2012 03:52 PM

                              I know the OP was over a month ago, but now that seasonal farmers' markets are open again, you may be able to buy eggs straight from the farmer at your local market.
                              I'm in Dundas, but I'm sure you don't have to drive that far. Just ask around a little at your market, and I'm sure you'll find some.

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                                Flexitarian RE: hungryjoanne Jun 17, 2012 08:26 AM

                                I did so just this past week at the Riverdale Farmers Market. A lady there was selling, among other things, farm fresh eggs from her farm for $6/dozen. She was very knowledgeable and spent a lot of time talking to me and answering my questions. She said her hens run around outside as much as possible eating insects, foraging around, etc. All eggs that are not sold at the farm gate (and I think there is a maximum restriction on how many hens you can have when you sell them that way) must be taken to be graded if they are to be sold outside the farm, such as at the Riverdale Farmers Market, and hers were too.

                                When I said that I was going to do a blind taste test with her eggs and store bought conventional eggs, she replied that the best way to tell the difference was to eat eggs like hers for a couple months and get used to them but then switch back to conventional eggs. In that way she said I would likely taste the difference right away. That seems to make sense, but now that I think of what she said I am thinking that since I have been eating conventional eggs for so long I should notice the difference in her eggs immediately when switching to them?

                                The last time I did a blind taste test I did not notice the difference. I am going to try it with hers this week.

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                                  paprika485 RE: hungryjoanne Aug 20, 2012 03:02 PM

                                  Thanks hungryjoanne, but i have been to many local markets and have not found one single orange yolked egg.

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                                  Herne RE: Herne Aug 20, 2012 01:09 PM

                                  Tried to buy some from a farm north east of Oshawa but the owner said a fox had killed of most of the laying hens--about 3 months ago. So I've been buying them at Costco 18 for the price of 12 at regular supermarkets. I plan to try again this fall to identify a nearby source but frankly so far it would only be out of concern for the chickens and their owners.

                                  1. justxpete RE: Herne Aug 21, 2012 06:28 AM

                                    They usually have fresh farm eggs at the Liberty Village Farmer's Market. They have them every week, and they're delicious!

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                                      rwfinley RE: justxpete Aug 28, 2012 06:17 AM

                                      I live in London, ON....can't find anyone on the web selling directly from the farm. if anyone out there knows of any, please advise. Thx-Rick

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                                        paprika485 RE: rwfinley Aug 28, 2012 01:48 PM

                                        rwfinley, I am sure if you drive around the back roads outside of London, you will find signs that that local farmers are more than happy to sell to you. When I lived up around that area, I found I had no problems buying from farmers. Good Luck

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                                          1sweetpea RE: rwfinley Aug 28, 2012 02:01 PM

                                          http://www.mcsmithsorganicfarm.com/pr...

                                          These people are in St. Thomas. I haven't tried their products yet, but am contemplating making an order and driving to St. Thomas from Windsor to visit the farm and pick up some chicken, eggs and anything else that sounds good to me. If you buy anything from them, please report back.

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                                            jayt90 RE: 1sweetpea Aug 28, 2012 02:59 PM

                                            Those eggs are $4/dozen and the frozen chickens $3.75/lb.
                                            My source at 1516 Napperton, Kerwood, is $2/dozen and $3/lb for meat.
                                            And you can observe the hens eating grubs!
                                            (They are on vacation until Tuesday, but go across the road if you are there, 1603 Napperton, or email www.wrightmanalpines.com )

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                                              rwfinley RE: jayt90 Aug 28, 2012 07:52 PM

                                              Very helpful responses. I will investigate all of your suggestions. Thx everyone!

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                                                Herne RE: jayt90 Aug 28, 2012 09:00 PM

                                                OK jayt90 I'll be off to Kerwood this week or early next. I had hoped to find someplace closer but didn't except for local Farmers markets and I don't really trust those folks.

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                                          paprika485 RE: Herne Jul 18, 2013 01:29 PM

                                          Thanx for all the info on fresh farm eggs. What I am looking for is not only fresh but with orange yolks. Dundas sounds good because it's a short drive, any farther than the Hamilton, Caledonia, area is not worth the drive for me.

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                                            jayt90 RE: paprika485 Jul 18, 2013 01:41 PM

                                            I suggest you ask a local person early in your drive. When I moved to SW Ontario it took me a year to develop 6 sources at $2./dozen, some enclosed, some outside, in the most unusual places. Now that one of them increased to an astounding $2.25, I still have options!

                                            Incidentally, I needed 2 dozen eggs for a breakfast recently, and bought the Costco-Gray Ridge X-large package, sealed, at $5.29. This avoids the usual mess in the egg display, and all 24 eggs were fine, no cracks.

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