Sonoma County Egg Hunt: I Brake for Fresh Farm Eggs
Over the past year or so, I’ve made a point to stop whenever I see a roadside sign offering “Eggs” along the back roads of Sonoma County. I’m spotting them with increasing frequency and more will be coming on line in the future, I’m sure. Many are individual homemakers rather than commercial farmers who are sharing a dozen or two from their pets. Because of this, supply can be variable or they sell out quickly on weekends, so I might not make a special trip just for eggs. But as you’re exploring the farm trails and wine roads of Sonoma County, this is one more agricultural product to add to your local foods shopping list.
They’re all on the honor system, so far, with a cigar box equivalent to leave cash payments. Prices range from $3 to $6 per dozen. Help yourself to the eggs from the refrigerator, and recycle your empty cartons for re-use.
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Dateline: March 21 and Jan 19, 2013
Corner of Minnie St and Geyserville Ave on Geyserville, just a couple blocks from the tasting rooms. Go up the stairs to the second story to the fridge on the porch.
The eggs are all various shades of brown. The size of the eggs has increased between January to now. With 30+ hens, supply is greater here than many. There were four cartons of eggs in the fridge when I stopped by yesterday.
$4 per dozen
Dateline: March 9, 2013
Rancho Bella Vista, 3900 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa
I was driving northward from Bud's Custom Meats, saw the sign on the other side of the road, and made a u-turn. This is north of the Crane Melon Barn and not too far south of the Santa Rosa city limits sign. The watch dog barked loudly from behind the gate and a woman came out to greet me. I didn't get to see the hens, but she assured me that they go outside during the day and stay in a coop at night. She also suggested that I call ahead, 707-535-6075, to reserve eggs. The hens are producing about four dozen a day currently, and she expects to have about 10 dozen daily by summer time.
This is also a blackberry farm. My carton is the prettiest array of egg colors I've run across. Just in time for Easter.
$4 per dozen
Dateline: February 10, 2013
Grandma's Pumpkin Patch, 17740 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg (off Lytton Springs Road exit from 101)
The most reliable source of supply. The eggs are also sold at local stores and the Windsor farmers market on Sundays. My post from 2009.
The eggs were mediums in February.
$3.50 per dozen
Dateline: January 26, 2013
Coleman Valley Ranch, 17220 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental
Quite far east from the town of Occidental, we stopped here on the way back from Bodega Bay. My friend was actually taking me to 17875 Coleman Valley Rd where she's purchased eggs before. But we drove by and there was no sign nor cooler by that driveway.
Luckily we spotted an egg sign at another property a little farther up the road and stopped to take a look. The property is beautiful, a historic ranch with three buildings designated as landmarks. Take some time to admire the main house, barn, and adjoining schoolhouse when you have a chance to visit.
The small cooler was empty but I went up to the house and asked if there might be more eggs. The caretaker said she'd check the henhouse and I asked if I could go with her. The laying box had exactly one dozen eggs. They were still warm, the freshest I've ever found, and I asked to take them as is, not washed.
The hens were already inside for the night. She said that they're outside when she works outdoors and that they have to be protected from coyotes and raptors.
The plant starts for a garden were in, and the caretaker said they're thinking of putting up a farmstand this summer with vegetables and their own meat.
$5 per dozen