It all started when I lived in Belmont. Who knew that 5 miles from the Prudential Center there were fresh eggs being laid with orange yolks that taste like liquid gold. I've met these chicken ladies through my blog and my classes and they have generously shared their glorious eggs with me. When we moved to Natick, I met another such kind soul who gifted me with a dozen of eggs from her back yard a few weeks ago. I would gladly pay as much as necessary to buy them. Unfortunately, it's not legal for these recreational chicken farmers to sell them to me and I can only accept so many freebies.
A few weeks ago, I noticed two very expensive egg brands at Whole Foods. Pete & Gerry's and Azuluna. The light blue color of their shells caught my eye and I decided to try them in spite of their high price tag. Both companies raise Ameraucana hens that are known for the blue-green tint of their egg shells and are supposed to be superior in flavor. Azuluna are a bit more expensive because they claim to be "free range" rather than just "cage free." It's hard to get straight dope on those terms, but from what I've read "free range" birds are the ones that actually get to roam outdoor while "cage free" birds don't. So how do they taste? Both are great! Not quite my back yard chicken friends' level of great, but still noticeably better than all the other supermarket eggs (including organic and local ones).
I have tried Pete & Gerry's side by side with Chip-in Farm and the difference was striking.
|Pete & Gerry's on the left / Chip-in Farm on the right|
Both are from Grade A Large Eggs
I'll have to try Pete & Gerry's side by side with Azuluna next time.
Here are the rough prices (from memory, so don't quote me on this).
Azuluna at Whole Foods -- about $3.50 for half dozen
Pete & Gerry's at Whole Foods -- about $3 for half dozen
Pete & Gerry's at Russo's -- about $2.50 for half dozen
When you really think about it, that's what you pay for coffee with foamy milk. Aren't 6 truly wonderful eggs worth one cup of joe?