“Ethel’s Finest” CSA Information

2014-02-24_QueenEthel02How does it work?
You sign up with Crystal for a half-dozen or dozen per week.

What if I need to skip a week or get more than my usual amount?
If you need to skip, just let me know. If you need more, just ask and I can possibly plan for it.

When is the egg pickup?
Crystal will bring them to Downtown Hillsboro every Tuesday.  Pick up time is 12:00 noon; arrangements can be made for an alternate time.

How much are they?
$6 per dozen or $3 per half-dozen

How do I pay?
You can pay by the week or month, by cash. I have a spreadsheet to keep track, so if you bring extra cash, I’ll just apply it to your future egg deliveries.

Why are the eggs different sizes?
The hens are different ages and have different laying habits. Some eggs will be medium-sized, and some jumbo. It just depends! Color varies, too.

What if the egg has icky stuff on it?
You know where eggs come from, right? :) I carefully wash dirty eggs, but I might miss a spot once in a while. The shell itself is a protective layer, so a little dirt don’t hurt.

What if the egg has icky stuff inside it?
Some eggs (fertilized or not) may have a very small blood spot on the yolk. This is caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct. It is completely safe to eat, but you can remove it before cooking if you wish.

Do I need to refrigerate my eggs?
Yes. At the moment, I have to wash the eggs (due to mud), and this removes part of the protective “bloom” on the egg. If this changes, I will let you know. Eggs should last a month or more in the refrigerator.

What are the hens called so that I can name my omelet?
We are at the too-many-to-name point, but some do have names: Ethel, Strawberry, Buffy (the Vampire Slayer), Goldie, Beak, Tina Turner, Athletic Girl, etc.

Are eggs from pastured flocks healthier than store bought eggs?2014_11_03_tinyeggs
“Yes, and a number of studies can prove it. A recent study from the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems found that hens raised on pasture, meaning they eat a small amount of grain but get most of their diet by foraging in the grass for bugs, have 2.5 times more omega-3 fatty acids and 2 times as much vitamin E than chickens raised in concentrated, industrial hen houses. Another 1998 study found that the omega-3 content of pastured eggs was as much as 10 times higher than conventional eggs (i.e. the store-bought kind). And, although not a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the magazine Mother Earth News conducted its own nutrient analyses of pastured eggs and found that they contained a third less cholesterol, one fourth less saturated fat, and seven times more beta carotene than what the USDA estimates is found in conventional, factory-farmed eggs. What’s more, they found that pastured eggs contained up to six times more vitamin D, which nearly all Americans are deficient in and which can ward off multiple forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and depression while also boosting your immunity” (

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