13 Dozen Eggs

Do you buy brown eggs because you think they are healthier than white eggs? Free-range? Or cage-free? How many of you buy omega-3 eggs because well, they contain omega-3?

The egg. The most perfect food. It has shape, style, versatility not to mention it is an excellent source of vitamin K, B vitamins, including biotin, thiamine, and vitamin B12, protein, selenium and vitamin D. The egg garners a food category all of its own, in my opinion, yet why have we complicated such a simple, honest food?

As the saying goes, no two eggs are the same, but there was a time not so long ago when I could grab a carton of eggs and didn't have to stop the cart. Today, I walk by the dairy section and I have to not only stop, but stand back in order to inspect the multitude of egg cartons as if I was deciding upon which hen to take home as my own.

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Where do I begin?

Wouldn't it be nice to have fresh eggs everyday? No stress over the vernacular of free-range, cage-free, soy free, Grade A, AA, all-natural, no hormones or antibodies, vegetarian fed, fertile, etc. I feel both helpless and hopeful at the same time.

Until I embark on the exciting thought of having my own chickens and fresh eggs, I'll be sourcing my eggs from the Oak Hill Farm CSA in which I participate. Eggs from pasture-raised hens ($7 per doz, $3.50 per 1/2 doz). Eatwell Farms CSA also offers eggs ($8 per doz, $4 per 1/2 doz).

Faberge in price, but well worth the stress-savings of mulling over the somber meaning of cage-free while staring at the 13 dozen egg options.

A Health Return

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Carrots or Baby Carats?

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Think about the fascinations of our fruits and vegetables. I marvel over the intricacies of an apple's "star" core when cut horizontally, or the politely compartmentalized sections of a grapefruit. Why do avocado pits yield a red, milky substance and bananas turn brown (and not blue) when greeted by oxygen? These whims of Mother Nature fascinate me. Today's man-made, mass-marketed Baby Cut Carrots do not.

Manicured 2 inches long, rounded tips, water-bathed, and blemish-free, the Baby Carrots we think of are a plant-altered novelty. A cleaver way to satisfy California farmers in the 1980's who were "unhappy at having to discard carrots because of slight rotting or imperfections, and looking for a way to reclaim what would otherwise be wasted product." - Wikipedia

Packaged Baby Cut Carrots, as vain as they are in my opinion, do offer convenience that cannot be dismissed - especially when the marketing goal is to increase consumption of vegetables in our diets. At the end of 2010, nearly 50 carrot growers united to roll out an "Eat More Baby Carrots" campaign rivaling junk food.

A commendable effort, but $25 million to encourage people to eat more carrots? I wonder what Mother Nature could do with all those carats?