We discovered a new brand of eggs at our local Jimbo’s Natural Foods Grocer. We eat eggs daily and so want to make sure we are using the best quality eggs we can find. When it comes to the raw materials you provide your body through the food you eat quality really does matter!
We have been buying the Chino Valley Ranchers Soy Free Omega-3 Organic Eggs – their site says the hens can go outside (free range) and socialize but not specifically that they were pastured and so we were still looking for pastured eggs which are the ideal for eggs. We found some at our closest Farmers’ Market in Poway but soy makes up a part of their diet and we also can’t usually get there on a Saturday morning. When I saw the new Vital Pasture-Raised eggs at Jimbos we just had to try them. On their website they say that the hens are mainly pastured but their diet is supplemented with feed which includes soy – an ingredient we try to avoid where possible.
The main ingredient in our girls diet however, remains what they forage in the pasture which, along with all feed is 100% certified organic …made up mainly of organic corn and a small amount of unprocessed organic soybean meal. It’s the only way that we can insure that they get enough of the essential amino acid, lysine in their diet, without which, they simply won’t lay eggs. There are no GMO’s or any other non-organic ingredients in our birds’ feed. In speaking with a number of customers over the years with soy allergies, we’ve been told repeatedly that they’ve had no adverse reactions from eating our eggs.
Having tried the eggs, we feel that there is no qualitative difference between the Vital Farms eggs and China Valley Ranchers eggs. The yolks were as yellow and taste as good. The Vital ones are significantly more expensive so we see no reason to switch brands at this point.
If you do not have a Jimbo’s where you live, the Vital Farms website says they are available at Whole Foods Markets.Share