Wildwood Farm’s pasture ranged chickens enjoy life the way it was meant to be. Modeled after Joel Salatin’s egg mobile, Wildwood Farm also has an egg mobile that is home to 70+ hens. The premise for the egg mobile is that you have a mobile hen house that follows after the cattle disseminating cow patties in their never ending search for bugs and larva all of the while, fertilizing the fields as they go. During the day, the chickens graze in the fields entering the egg mobile at will for water, food and to lay eggs. The hens stay tucked away safely in the egg mobile at night and are let out again in the morning to happily scratch and peck another day.
Bugs and larva provide the hens with loads of extra protein. This boost to their diet, as well as the nutrients provided by the fresh green grasses, all result in a superior tasting egg. Our egg yolks are a beautiful “orangish” color and the whites will practically stand up in the pan! Studies show that eggs that are laid by free-range hens are lower in cholesterol and saturated fat. Those same eggs are also higher in Vitamin A, omega -3 fatty acids, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Our laying hens are also fed a special food ration that was developed by the poultry experts at The University of Tennessee Knoxville.
In addition to our heavy egg layers, we have two specialized breeds that we hatch here on the farm. The French Black Copper Marans is one of the rarest breeds in the United States. Always in pursuit of the highest quality ingredients, these eggs are revered by French chefs.
The French Black Copper Marans produce the darkest chocolate-brown egg known. The color is “painted” on the egg right before it is laid. As a result, you will often see scratches and markings that the nesting made on the egg before the “paint” dried. Spots are very common on these eggs. Look closely and you will see each egg is unique!
Eggs $6.00 dz.
We are scaling back on our egg production. Please call to check availability.