Quack Eggs Discovered During Food Foraging at Local Farmers’ Market

Yes,  there are places to find food other than huge grocery stores housing tons of packaged processed products. Yesterday I visited one in a nearby parking lot and found something not available in any local corporate operated grocery store–Duck Eggs. Yes, Duck Eggs.  Eggs are one of the foods most taken for granted. People are generally unaware of the horrid boxed living conditions of chickens that produce eggs for many major commerical providers. Say ‘chicken’ and ‘hen’ and images of crowing roosters flustering finicky hens around a quaint barnyardd come to mind. Well, unless you’re buying eggs from a cage free chicken keeper supporting free range egg layers nothing could be further from the truth.  But the hideous lives of corporately raised animals for food consumption is not the issue at hand.  At the moment it’s buying food from local producers.  As for moi, since I can not consume chickens I also avoid consuming their unhatched offspring.  It’s called an allergy–one of many. It’s been a blessing in disguise.  It has forced me to read food labels since long before activists started demanding for informative ingredients lists.  Now view my discovery of Duck Eggs from the vantage point of someone who can not eat chicken eggs and you’ll get some notion of my glee regarding eggs of ducks.  Immediately I purchased a carton of these non-standard sized duck shells. They’re not uniformly sized but they’re huge compared to even jumbo chickie eggies.  I couldn’t wait to fry a couple and taste test them. They did not disappoint with their good strong flavor, lots of yummy yolk for whole wheat toast to soak up, and beautiful orange hued yolks.  Delicious. Yes, absolutely delicious were these Duck Eggs. They were so delicious that in the evening I whipped up a couple more for a dinner omelet complete with spinach, mushrooms, onions, cheddar cheese and ham (sadly, not Krakus ham).  Several Duck Eggs are slated for poaching today. My supply is steadily disappearing down my gullet.  But I know where to get more–as long as Rachel’s freely wandering ducks aren’t vaporized in this broiling pan of midwestern heat.  If you’re foraging for locally produced foodstuffs in the Kansas City Metro area you can taste test her cage free duck, and chicken, eggs for yourself. Just discover Rachel Helman at the Wednesday/Saturday Farmers’ Market in Liberty, MO.  Contact can also be made via www.TalynShears.com  or  816.264.2787

Ducks just wanna swim

@wojcik                                        Me too!

PS. Beyond Meds has a great post on the connection between nutrition and mental health —>http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/adhd-diagnosis-linked-to-western-diet-implications-for-childhood-bipolar-too/

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