and i thought i might could stop by a house where they have a sign out that says they have eggs and stuff for sale. i know the people; the woman is a church organist at a nearby church and we are friendly.
so i pull up in the driveway and i ask what she's charging for a dozen eggs.
...which is a dollar a dozen more than what i'm used to, but these are special organic really, really free range eggs. that's what she says.
but then we go up into the house to get the eggs - and you have to picture this place, because back behind their hedgerow they live in a log house with stone paths and a barely tame garden spilling out in wild green abandon all over the place and there are not just free range chickens, but ducks and geese and peafowl and a turkey running around with a brood of new chicks -
so anyway, we go into the house, which is full of violins and cellos and potato sets and jars and jars of honey and maple syrup and we're talking about eggs and stuff and she asks if i like duck eggs and i say i've never had duck eggs, so she tosses one of them in my box and i mention that i used to barter soups and ice creams for my eggs but the guy let go of his flock and she says she likes barter and she knows i make bread which she can use, but then she asks me what i use for sweetener because they don't eat processed sugars and when i tell her that i do use white sugar, she hands me a quart of grade c maple so i can use it for baking things i can trade back to her for eggs and then on the way out we stop at the garden and she throws in a bag of kale, spinach, and chard just because.
that's a lot of value for my four dollars.
today (that's last week to you) i fried the duck egg and a chicken egg side by side for lunch just as a taste test.
quite frankly, if you're eating chicken eggs out of a lot of yards and a lot of breeds with different feed you don't get used to any one particular flavor of egg because they're all pretty much egg-flavored and even though there are differences in taste, good free range eggs are good free range eggs and i don't notice much of a difference between the duck egg and the chicken eggs.
if you'd 'a' put either of the eggs next to a supermarket egg i would have been able to taste a difference, but to me the variation between duck and chicken wasn't any bigger than the difference between different kinds of chicken and since the boxes i buy tend to be all a mix, i'm used to variation.
if you are not an eater of real free range eggs, it boils down to this: when the chickens get to run around free and eat what they please, bugs and grass and whatever looks good to them, the eggs have a richer flavor.
and oh, baby! these things were rich and delicious. i am thinking that if this woman wants to trade things, i will just put her on my list and drop some of whatever i'm making off at her house whenever i have it.
|duck egg on the right.|