LocallyLaid Eggs

CLUCK CLUCK: we know you've just been walking on eggs for #PHL's Q & A on @LocallyLaidEggs. Have you brushed up on your egg idioms, egg-speak? In an eggshell, we know the first question that comes to mind: which came first, the chicken or the egg? It's still a hard egg to crack after centuries of disagreement, but the scientific community says a proto-type egg came first, of course from a non-chicken ancestor. To end what has been a vicious circle problem you really can't lay an egg on scientific consensus.


New 2018- The Trump administration is scraping organic regulations for "certified organic" cows and chickens to have enough room to spread their hooves and wings. 

Second question: who is the head Head Clucker and Marketing Chick behind LocallyLaid?

Meet Jason and Lucie Amundsen and family, co-owners operating a mission-based farm in Wrenshall, Minnesota.


Okay, now we're ready, you can begin perusing the perfectly poached fine print.. ..


PHL: Did the "backyard flock" alone or the combination of reading about environmental farming egg on the "Head Clucker?"

Lucie: I think it was really the unemployment that motivated Jason to find an open niche in the marketplace. He'd wanted to work with his hands and with animals, so when he saw there were no pasture-raised eggs available at all, that clinched it.

PHL:  Is the practice of seasonally foraging and engaging in instinctual behaviors, incompatible with large producers?

Lucie- Large producers would have to be willing to have smaller flock sizes to truly rotate birds onto fresh fields. That would mean sectioning off barns and employing a lot of labor to move chickens. It's not impossible, but it's probably not economical either. You really have to WANT to practice this kind of farming to do it.


PHL: Will you sum up the interrelationship of sustainability + foraging + better product = ?

Lucie: By having the chickens outside eating a fresh salad of eats - from grasses, to bugs, to seeds, they consume a more wholesome diet than just eating grains alone. Add in the exercising on pasture, the birds themselves are healthier - just like any person eating a varied diet and moving would be. That's why I call them Salad-Eating Poultry Athletes. I firmly believe a healthier bird will lay a better egg. We see it in our stronger, brightly colored yolks and our whites that fluff up for gorgeous meringue. Penn State U did studies that show that eggs produced this way have more Omega 3s and betacarotene, and less cholesterol.



PHL: What is Micro-Brood?

Lucie: That's the term we use when talking about our flock sizes which are less than 3% the size of a typical factory farm operation. It allows our birds to truly go outside (some barns of 100K birds will have a few pop-out doors - like a doggie door -but very small numbers of birds actually go out) and be rotated on fresh grasses.



What do LocallyLaid chickens eat? "Egg Mash," Lola's Layer Mix. There's an entire blog on Feed and Feeders


According to Lucie Amundsen, co-owner and Marketing Chick at LocallyLaid, the Egg Mash base consists of real food like non-GMO corn. What's good for the chicks is good for their kids, so the Amundsens add the same high quality vitamins to the mix that they give their girls.


Conscientious Food Shopping

Not to put all eggs in the same basket, Lucie translates supermarket speak into egg speak:
Egg-Speak- http://www.locallylaid.com/category/blog/egg-terms/


Finally, you can crack this egg open: are supermarkets and egg producers speaking a different language? Check out the URL above to find out what these words mean:

Cage Free
Free Range
Pasture Raised
Access to the Outside


Jason Amundsen is partnering to create "value chains," with non-GMO corn growers, feed mills, farm suppliers and grocers & restaurants. This effort is for the purpose of creating more earth and hen-friendly methods of farming, LocallyLaid is partnership goal is to foster a lower carbon footprint distribution and environmental stewardship. To find out more email Jason-

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