Friday 27th May 2011
Years ago we decided it was time to make an effort and seek out free-range eggs. After seeing a program on tv about the treatment of battery hens both my wife & I thought that the very least we could do, being an educated, provenance conscious couple who can afford the slight difference in price, was source organic chicken and free-range eggs.
In our neighbourhood we have a huge indoor food market. It’s a beautiful wrought iron affair that dates back to 1892. They sell fruit & veg, all types of meat, cheese, fish & seafood and eggs, amongst other things.
Baring this in mind, It had to be our first port of call. ‘The egg man’ as he became know, had his wares all displayed in different baskets, each containing about 100 or so, maybe more, individual eggs. He sold only eggs, nothing else. We perused the different sizes and colours before asking the all important question.
“Are these eggs free-range?”
“Yes.” Came the reply and he showed us a newspaper cutting sellotaped to the wall that show the name of the farm where they came from and other details about the eggs. We were satisfied with this and from there on we made him our ‘egg man’. It was just before Christmas that my wife began to question the origin of the eggs so the next time we went to get our usual eggs, to reassure my wife I asked;
“They are free-range, aren’t they?”
“No…” Came the dead pan reply as he pointed to some prepacked boxes behind. “…But these are.”
To our surprise, we had been unknowingly buying battery eggs for years.
I guess it’s the thought that counts right?