After reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma a few years ago, Lauren and I started looking closer at where our food (in particular meat and eggs) came from. We are fortunate to have a staggering number of farms in Washington state, and wondered if any of them had an approach like Virginia’s Polyface farm. We didn’t know where to start, but while we were searching online, Lauren also e-mailed Michael Pollan for advice. She actually received a response in just a few days (via his aide) that recommended Skagit River Ranch as a place with similar values and farming methods to Polyface.
Thus we were introduced to the best eggs I have ever tasted. They were creamier and “eggier”. Pasture-raised chicken farming doesn’t come cheap; at ~$6/dozen it was the most I had ever spent on eggs (at that time). That said, comparing Skagit River Ranch’s eggs to generic supermarket eggs (from chickens raised like this at best), is like relating Theo’s chocolate to a Hershey’s bar.
Every other Saturday morning we would pick up a dozen at the U-District farmer’s market, until last summer when they would sell out within minutes of the market’s opening. This morning we were able to resurrect our tradition. When we stopped by Skagit River Ranch’s booth they had dozens of eggs remaining – supposedly last year’s chicks have grown up to be “very prolific.” We also found out that they were given top marks this week by the Cornucopia Institute and got a few mentions in the Seattle Times.
We celebrated the farmer’s market bounty in the form of a chanterelle/leek/truffle oil omelet, topped with chives from Gio’s garden and our homemade bread. Yum!