Choose Dare 2 Dream Farms
Humanely Raised, Pastured Hens
Our outdoor-based farming method means our chickens each have approximately 30-40 square feet of space of fresh pasture, compared with less than one square foot of space in commercial flocks. They forage on grains such as buckwheat, rye grass, and clover to provide a diet naturally high in Omega-3's, meaning you get bright orange egg yolks full of great flavor!
Hands, Not Machines
Our laying hens are tended to by humans, not machines. We raise them ourselves on the farm. They are fed by us, rather than by an automated feed booms. Their eggs are collected, washed, packaged, and delivered by our farmers...
all by hand.
Local Family Farm
Our eggs are sold at our farm stand, to our CSA members, and to retailers only in Central and Southern California. Our local eggs are as fresh as you can find, their quality isn't compromised by a lengthy nationwide shipping process, and your carbon footprint is greatly reduced. Choosing Dare 2 Dream Farms eggs means you're supporting a local California family farm.
It comes as no surprise that hens in a low stress outdoor environment, allowed to exercise, breathe fresh air, sun and dust themselves, and forage for bugs, grains, seeds, fruits, and leafy greens pack more natural nutrition into their eggs than indoor hens who are overcrowded, stressed, and debeaked.
According to research done by Mother Earth News, published in their April/May 2011 magazine, here's the big difference:
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 carotine
4-6 times more vitamin D
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Frequently asked questions
What determines the color of the egg shell?
The color of the eggshell is determined by the breed of chicken who lays it. Beautiful blue and green eggs come from Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and Easter Eggers. Dark brown eggs come from Welsummers and Marans. The gigantic white eggs come from Leghorns. The remainder of the chickens on our farm lay all different shades of brown, medium to large sized eggs. For a list of breeds and the colors of eggs they lay, see our Breeds Index.
What determines the color of the yolk?
The light yellow yolk seen in most store bought eggs is a result of the hens diet lacking in nutrients, mostly from their inability to free range. When a flock is truly free range, or pastured, they lay eggs with dark yellow or orange yolks because they can forage for leafy greens. Veggies such as carrots and corn can also contribute to the rich orange yolk. If a hen eats more than her share of green grass, or acorns, the yolk turns olive green or red.
What determines the size of the egg?
When chickens are first starting to lay, they squeeze out very small eggs... sometimes only the size of a nickel! As they grow, so do their eggs. The breed also plays a factor in the size of the egg. Cochins, for example, are one of the largest chicken breeds but lay only a medium sized egg because they have been bred to be a fluffy chicken for show, rather than for production.
What does it mean if my egg has more than one yolk?
You have twins! :D Just kiddin...
Double yolks are actually a fairly common mistake that happens in a hens reproductive system. When a hen ovulates twice before laying an egg, the double yolk occurs. Many times this happens when hens are just beginning to lay, and their system is still trying to figure out how it works. Laying double yolks can also be hereditary. The most eggs ever found in a single egg is nine yolks!
What does it mean if my egg has no yolk?
Eggs with no yolk are often called "wind", "dwarf", or "fart" eggs. This usually occurs when a pullet lays her first egg. Very rarely, if a piece of reproductive tissue breaks away in a hen, her system might treat it like a yolk and wrap it and lay it. If this happens you will see the small piece of gray reproductive tissue where the yolk should have been. This egg is also safe to eat. Consider it a naturally separated egg white!
What is the stringy white material in my egg? Is it safe to eat?
This is called chalaza! This structure holds the yolk in the center of the egg. There are two chalazae in a chicken egg, one on the top, and one on the bottom. The prominence of the chalazae is an indicator of the freshness of an egg. They are safe to eat; however many cooks choose to remove them to obtain a uniform look of their eggs upon serving.
How can you spot a fertile egg? And is it still okay to eat?
A fertile egg will have a very small white dot on the yolk that looks similar to a bullseye. All of our chickens are allowed free range of all our property, including the roosters who protect the hens against predators. Naturally, there are lots of fertilized eggs because the roosters and the hens coexist together. Not all of our eggs will be fertilized, but many of them will be. A fertilized egg does not change at all until it has begun incubation. The egg must be incubated with a very precise process (specific temperature, humidity, and number of turns per day for 21 days) before an embryo will develop in a fertilized egg. We collect our eggs 3 times daily giving the hens no chance to begin this incubation process with their eggs. Fertile eggs are completely safe to eat. And you can also put your mind at ease because you are not taking the life of an embryo in any way.
What does it mean to have a spot of blood in the egg?
The blood spot in the yolk is often confused with being an indication of a fertilized egg. In fact, the blood spot occurs when a small piece of tissue or blood is released while the egg is developing, and before the egg shell is formed. This can be genetic, or it can simply be an indication that the hen is deficient in vitamin A. An egg with this spot is completely safe to eat!
What does it mean to have a wrinkled egg?
There are many reasons for an egg to be wrinkly including: reproductive mistakes, watery albumen (egg whites), illness, age, and nutritional deficiencies. They are safe to eat, but just look funny. For a more comprehensive description of these kinds of abnormal eggs, visit our blog on Wrinkled Eggs!