If you are looking for someplace to find a pretty darned good directory of “local” meats, eggs, cheese, milk, produce, and other farm-created local to you products, look no further than sustainabletable.com.
We just got our farm listed at the Eat Well Guide “www.eatwellguide.org, is a free online directory of nearly 9,000 farms, stores, restaurants and other outlets that offer sustainably-raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs in the United States and Canada. Consumers simply enter their zip or postal code, or take advantage of the advanced search feature, to look for animal products free of antibiotics and added hormones, as well as sustainable production methods that include organic, pasture raised and heritage.”
Yeah, we find our neighbors and other nearby farms offering many of the same or similiar products, but you know as well as I do, that they are not the same, and will not taste the same, and that is a GOOD THING! For instance, there’s a farm about a half-mile down the road, who sells brown eggs. We too, sell brown eggs. Both farms (theirs and ours) may price our eggs the same. We may attract certain other neighbors based upon our pre-established relationships, and we may based purely upon proximity ot roads, and traffic. All that aside, we have different chickens. Ours may be eating different foods, and are clearly in a different period of their life than that farm’s chickens. Let’s be very clear here, I am not saying that either one of our products is better than the other… what I am saying is that the product is like a brand, and they can happily co-exist… especially with such high-quality products like one of the most perfect foods out there — the egg.
Do you think that there is a flavor or quality difference between “brands” of eggs, or am I proving myself crazy once again?