Check out this video at the Star Tribune's Web sit : "A Good Egg."


 

Get thee to a nunnery. Or shall we say ... hennery!

For Omega-3, heart-healthy eggs


Every time you buy a dozen Omega-3 Heart Smart Eggs from Earthrise Farm, you are supporting a group of women who call themselves, "Birds of a Feather." We are Kristianna, Nancy, Jesse, Gretchen, Dr. Linda and Sr. Annette. All of us care for small flocks of brown egg laying hens known as bovans. We are the West Central wing of the Southwest Minnesota Poultry Coop. Our birds are given thanks, affection, freedom, comfortable hennerys and grains laced with flax from the Buckwheat Growers Association, a group of organized organic famers from Wadena, MN.

 

Our mission is primarily one of providing and eating food that has been grown in the same place that we work, go to school, breathe the air, drink the water and wave at passing neighbors. We believe that marketing as an organized group will ensure a financial margin to our mission, thereby making it attractive to other aspiring farmers. And maybe ... just maybe ... we can begin the great turning toward a one-Earth community. In the likely event of an oil shortage and all grocery stores, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and restaurants are mandated to sell and serve locally grown foods (a policy already established in Woodbury County, Iowa), "Birds of a Feather" is already in place to serve this area with Omega-3 eggs and Omega-3 chicken. We await the vision and leadership of such institutions to come calling on our hennerys. Already on board are Jubilee in Madison, Bergens Prairie Market in Milan, Bill's Super Value in Ortonville, Pomme de Terra in Morris, County Market in Montevideo, The County Butcher in Dawson, The Meat Center in Appleton and countless individuals who make a trip to Earthrise to see their grass-fed bovans dust bathing in the sun.

 

Just beyond the local border is Good Counsel Hill, Mankato, MN, where the School Sisters of Notre Dame have their "nunnery." They depend on a substantial delivery once a month to help and encourage the local food movement that is sweeping the country promoting environmental responsibility, agricultural sustainability and fair prices to those who grow our food. Earthrise Farm takes on the added mission of nurturing beginning farmers by buying and distributing their eggs, as well as centralizing the storage of feed and cartons, thus helping to eliminate the anxiety of going it alone.

 

Why is there interest in Omega-3 fatty acid?

For a long time, it has been known that polyunsaturated fatty acids play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. Current researsh findings suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids help lower blood triglyceride levels. Omega-3 are commonly found in fish and fish oils as well as canola oil, soybean and flaxseed. Our hens are fed a special diet that contains 10 to 20 percent ground flaxseed, which is higher in Omega-3 acids and lower in saturated fatty acids than other grains. We do not medicate, use hormones or geneticall modified corn in maintaining our flocks. We encourage you to vote with your fork for a local, safe and sustainable food system in our community, state and country. Thanks for being a local hero.

 

For more information about the Southwest Minnesota Poultry Coop, contact:

Mr. Joe Rolling, president at 507-487-5742, or Mr. Ray Teeter, Consultant, at 507-836-6220.

 

 

Veggie Frittata

Olive oil for pan

8 locally grown Omega-3 eggs

1/2 (raw, local) milk, if possible

 

Beat eggs and milk together.

Pour into oiled, oven-proof skillet over medium heat.

 

Add chopped kale, brocoli, asparagus, or spinach, depending on the season.

 

Salt and pepper to taste.

 

Add feta or local cheeses (optional). Promptly add vegetables and stir evenly in egg mixture. Add the cheeses.

 

Cook on low without stirring until eggs are mostly set. Transfer to oven and broil 2–4 minutes until lightly golden on top. Cool slightly before serving.

 

 

"Birds of a Feather"

Earthrise Farm

2580 250th St., Madison, MN 56256

 

Prairie Coteau Farm

19079 487th Ave., Astoria, SD 57213

 

Svec Farm

47024 SD Hwy 28, Estelline, SD 57234

 

Fowl Play

2430 290th St., Madison, MN 56256

 

Grade A Large Brown Eggs

Nancy Veldhuisen, 3333 Co. Rd. 11, Cottonwood, MN 56229

 

Happy Hen Farm

2320 251st Ave., Madison, MN 56256

 

 

At Earthrise Farm, we have available:

Omega-3 eggs, $2.30/dozen (wholesale)

Pastured frozen whole chicken (USDA processed and inspected), $2/pound (wholesale)

Flaxseed, $1.79/pound