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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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  1. 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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    1. re: 13inches

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Herne

        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.

        1. re: jayt90

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

          1. re: jayt90

            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?

            1. re: Herne

              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

              1. re: jayt90

                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?

                1. re: Herne

                  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.

                  1. re: jayt90

                    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.

                    1. re: Herne

                      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.

                      1. re: jayt90

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

        2. 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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          1. re: shocked

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

            1. re: Herne

              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

              1. re: TorontoJo

                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.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  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.

                  1. re: jayt90

                    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.

              2. re: shocked

                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

                1. re: shocked

                  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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                1. 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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                  1. re: 13inches

                    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.

                    1. re: Herne

                      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.

                      1. re: Flexitarian

                        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.

                        1. re: 13inches

                          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.

                          1. re: 13inches

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

                            1. re: Herne

                              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.

                              1. re: 13inches

                                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.

                                1. re: Herne

                                  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.

                                   
                                   
                                  1. re: jayt90

                                    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.?)

                                    1. re: TorontoTips

                                      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).

                                      1. re: TorontoTips

                                        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.

                                        1. re: jayt90

                                          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.

                                          1. re: jayt90

                                            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?

                                            1. re: acd123

                                              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.

                                        2. re: jayt90

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

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

                                          1. re: Herne

                                            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.

                                          2. re: jayt90

                                            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

                                            1. re: paprika485

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

                                              1. re: paprika485

                                                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...

                                                1. re: TorontoJo

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

                                                  1. re: paprika485

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                      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.

                                                  2. re: TorontoJo

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