Happy Chickens Make Happy Eggs


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One of my favorite things to have for breakfast is fried eggs, which Bill makes for us about once a week. And nothing’s better than eggs from chickens that range freely on organic grass.

Ever since The Year of Food began, I’ve been on a quest to find the best happy local food. So this summer, Bill and I began buying eggs from Grassfields at the Holland farmer’s market.

A fifth generation, family-owned farm, Grassfields has been in operation since 1882 and certified organic since 2007. In addition to fresh eggs from grazing chickens, they offer organic cheeses and natural meats in their on-farm retail cheese shop.

Run by the Meerman family, Grassfields is located near Coopersville, Michigan–definitely a hike from Holland–which means we won’t be dropping in to pick up eggs on a frequent basis. Luckily, they sell to many stores in Michigan, including Nature’s Market in Holland and Harvest Health in Hudsonville, both places where we frequently shop, so we’ll have options for getting our eggs after the farmers’ market is done for the season.

Nonetheless, we thought it was time for a visit to the farm because it’s so important to see where your food comes from.

The Meermans own 200 acres, where they raise poultry, cows, sheep, and pigs. All the animals have access to certified organic grass. The meat chickens, ducks, and turkeys are raised in movable pens of varying sizes which are moved to new grass about once a week or when otherwise needed. And the laying hens lay their eggs in semi-permanent buildings, but range freely around the buildings. Eggs are hand gathered, hand washed, and hand packed once a day.

Here are some of the happy sites from our visit to Grassfields:

Happy chickens!

Happy chickens!

Happy pigs!

Happy pigs!

Happy calves!

Happy calves!

Happy cows!

Happy cows!

We’re glad to have a local farm that provides such healthy food!

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2 responses to “Happy Chickens Make Happy Eggs

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    • I was actually thinking about doing a blog post about the USDA email subscriptions because I’m sure most people don’t even realize they can get first-hand info from the government that way. The ones I subscribe to are: Food and Nutrition, Economic Research Service, Food Safety and Inspection, and the FDA. I also subscribe to CDC emails because sometimes they have global food information. I especially like the Safety and Inspection ones because of the recalls. I probably get at least one of those a day, whereas if I waited to read about it in my Sunday paper, I could have already been affected. (Luckily, because we don’t eat much processed food, most of the recalls don’t impact us.) There is so much salmonella, listeria and E. coli out there, it’s unbelievable!
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