We love eggs here in this house. Hardboiled eggs in salads, scrambled eggs for breakfast, eggs worked into main dishes for dinner, you name it. In recent years, I've stopped buying them at the grocery, though. I get local eggs directly from a farm or during the off-season, I'll buy organic. Why?
Taste - Farm-fresh and organic eggs just taste better. It's easily noticed when eating them plain, and I can taste the difference it makes in my cooking as well. Far from being bland, fresh eggs have a wonderful flavor. It's fabulous when eating them on their own and dishes like pound cake really showcase it. Even though the shell color doesn't affect the taste of the egg, I also just get a little thrill out of seeing the variety of God's creation here.
Nutrition - Studies have shown that organic eggs are more nutritious. They are higher in Omega 3 fatty acids. They are also reportedly higher in Vitamins A and E.
Local Economy - Some of you out there in blogland live on farms, so you already know that farming is hard work. It's not easy to make a living on a family farm, and I've seen too many people have to leave farming in my area. I like being able to support our local economy by buying eggs locally when possible. Also, when I buy eggs directly at the farm, I can see something about the conditions under which they are produced and I am happy to buy from neighbors who seem to be working hard to be good stewards of God's resources.
Allergies - For years, I would sometimes find myself getting really blotchy and flushed after eating eggs and dairy. I tested negative for allergies to eggs or to dairy, so my allergist suggested that I try buying local or organic products. He explained that the eggs and milk at the grocery came from animals treated with antibiotics and that some people had reactions to the residual medication that made it into our food. When we switched over to eggs and dairy from local farm and organic sources, this stopped happening.