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The following is a flyer my Mom and I created for her farm, Grace Acres, in Bealeton, Virginia.  Photographs by Dustin Addair (my genius brother).   If you’re in the area go visit, but even if you’re not this is good information.

the grace acres girls

Grace acres believes that the lifestyle of the chickens and their environment directly affects the nutritional value of the food they provide.  Our organic chickens freely roam our two acres and the surrounding land, foraging for their natural diet.  No pesticides or herbicides are used on the property, insuring chemical free eggs.

Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. The 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

  • 1/3 Less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene

The difference in nutrient levels are most likely the result of the contrast in environment, lifestyle, and diet of the chickens. True free-range birds eat a chicken’s natural diet — all kinds of seeds, green plants, insects and worms, along with grain or laying mash. Factory farm birds never even see the outdoors, let alone get to forage for food. Instead they are fed the cheapest possible mixture of corn, soy and/or cottonseed meals, with all kinds of additives (mother earth news 2009).

We currently raise several breeds of chickens, the color of the eggs is determined by the breed of the chicken.  You will find a variety of egg colors in your cartons:

rich dark brown: rhode island red

light brown: red star, wyandotte, orpington

blue: ameraucanas

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