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I found the best organic eggs in manhattan

Just thought I should let you know about the best organic eggs by the dozen in Manhattan that I've tried so far: you'll find them right on the counter at Ottomanelli & Sons---the Bleecker Street butcher shop. The eggs in the fridge aren't organic and don't taste nearly as delicious. They're even better than the eggs at the Union Square Farmer's Market.

Has anyone else tried the organic eggs there?

They cost $4.50

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    1. how much do they cost

        1. re: nycguy20011

          Please feel free to try those eggs and report back if you like them as much as I do.

        2. Any idea who or what farm is the source of those eggs?

          It would be great to see if they can also be bought elsewhere.

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          1. re: was_bk

            Fox Hill Farm located in Sandisfield, MA

          2. Just a heads-up that the Ottomanelli & Sons are sold out of organic eggs until Monday or Tuesday

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            1. re: nycguy20011

              Appreciate the name & availability update! Thanks

              1. If any of you can find another place in NYC that carries eggs for Fox Hill Farm in Sandisfield, MA that would be great. I can't find any via a google search

                1. out of all the supermarket organic eggs I have been buying, I think Trader joe's has the best tasting eggs...I didn't know one egg can tastes better than the others but apparently can.

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                  1. re: Monica

                    Monica-eggs can definitely taste better depending on source-more specifically depending on what chickens are fed. Free range chickens produce the best tasting eggs-and you haven't lived till you tried a real good one!!

                    1. re: UES Mayor

                      As with all humanely raised livestock, any animal/bird that is specifically organically and "pasture raised" is far superior to a free range animal. Free range is defined as "has access to fresh air and sunlight", this could be a small enclosed pen that is accessed from the hen house/barn, etc. Pastured animals have grazing areas that are very large or rotated to allow the grasses to grow and seed out.

                      1. re: ospreycove

                        Ospreycove-respectfully you are not quite right:


                        adjective: free-range

                        (of livestock, especially poultry) kept in natural conditions, with freedom of movement.

                        •(of eggs) produced by birds reared under natural conditions.

                        -if you google the subject it will define in detail . Just because "it has access to fresh air and sunlight" doesn't make them free range-other wise we could say all our prisons are free range.

                        1. re: UES Mayor

                          l think ospreycove is getting this one right; it's not a dictionary definition of the term that we're concerned with, but the USDA's:

                          "Free-range. This label indicates that the flock was provided shelter in a building, room, or area with unlimited access to food, fresh water, and continuous access to the outdoors during their production cycle. The outdoor area may or may not be fenced and/or covered with netting-like material. This label is regulated by the USDA."


                          '“Generally, this does not mean that the chickens have a large, grassy ‘range,’ but that they are given access to a fenced area outside the chicken house,” explains Richard Lobb, spokesman for the National Chicken Council.'


                          1. re: UES Mayor

                            UES MAYOR..... a little added "sunlight" to the discussion.
                            The USDA Glossary of Definitions states for Free range or free roaming,
                            "Producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has access to the outside."

                            source USDA (Food Safety Inspection Service) Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms
                            The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requires that chickens raised for their meat have access to the outside in order to receive the free-range certification.[6] There is no requirement for access to pasture, and there may be access to only dirt or gravel . Free-range chicken eggs, however, have no legal definition in the United States. Likewise, free-range egg producers have no common standard on what the term means. So some folks only seek out "PASTURED ORGANIC eggs as well as meat, as defined by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Virginia.
                            The broadness of "free range" in the U.S. has caused some people to look for alternative terms. "Pastured poultry" is a term promoted by farmer/author Joel Salatin for broiler chickens raised on grass pasture for all of their lives except for the initial brooding period. The Pastured Poultry concept is promoted by the American Pastured Poultry Producers' Association (APPPA),] an organization of farmers raising their poultry using Salatin's principles.

                          2. re: ospreycove

                            Free range does NOT equal humane and refers to access to the outdoors- however the chickens are so tightly packed within the pens/sheds that it is almost impossible to actually get to said outdoor area they "have access" to.
                            Organic also does NOT equal humane, and often "organic" chickens are raised in the same stocking density per sq foot as generic factory farmed birds only their feed and treatment with medications is regulated.

                            "Certified humane" is the only designation that ensures the humane treatment of the chickens with more space, (1.5sq feet per chicken) and regulations for their day to day care and feed.

                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                              Agreed, that is why I ONLY buy pastured poultry, beef and pork, more difficult to find, usually very small farmers, higher priced, but well worth it as these folks are truly passionate about what they do, i.e. Joel Salatin!!
                              For more info on larger Humanely raised pastured operations:

                              1. re: ospreycove

                                (Vegetarian who avoids eggs here :) and stepping off my soapbox....

                          3. re: UES Mayor

                            Free range can amount to no more than a muddy fecal covered, fenced in pen.

                            1. re: ospreycove

                              And some yolks are bigger and have a deeply rich yellow/orangish yolk than others---I remember the eggs I had in Paris were like that. The ones at Ottomanelli and Sons remind me of those yummy eggs.

                              1. re: nycguy20011

                                I actually did once have a 'real' free range eggs at a small farm where they were raising chickens just for the family. The eggs were very small with almost orange yolks. They were indeed very delicious.
                                I also had duck eggs for the first time very recently. They were more 'eggy' and bigger in size too but for whatever reason, I was slightly grossed out by it.

                          4. re: Monica

                            Organic, free range, etc. eggs aren't necessarily better tasting than your industrially produced supermarket eggs:


                            1. re: Humbucker

                              Maybe, but no pesticide/GMO in the feed as well as no body part meal from by-products of slaughter lines, some feed is from China made with "feather meal". No chlorine bath, for eggs from small farms, and in factory produced eggs,in the 5 level high battery cages
                              the hens in the lower 1 1/2 X1 1 1/2 foot cages are so fecal covered one cannot see the feathers. I prefer my food not coming from these conditions. Just my preference though.

                              1. re: ospreycove

                                Those are all great reasons not to buy battery hen eggs, but apparently they don't necessarily lead to better flavor.

                                1. re: Humbucker

                                  For my tastes, I prefer eggs from pastured hens. Not to mention a lower risk of salmonella with non factory produced eggs.

                          5. Just picked up some organic eggs at Ottomanelli & Sons and noticed that there are only 4 or 5 more cartons of organic eggs left there.

                            Just a heads-up!