Heirloom Varieties of Chickens

Food — By Crust on October 21, 2010

Some friends and I went to an estate sale this weekend in a small town 20 minutes outside of Saskatoon. The property where they had the sale had a bunch of beautiful chickens. They had the americana chicken that lays blue eggs. The last time I saw one of those chickens was at Ubuntu in California. I asked the land owner if she had any eggs for sale and she gave me a carton for free. She said she has so many eggs that she doesn’t know what to do with them, because her husband likes Safeway eggs so she ends up throwing a lot out. I told her I would buy all her eggs from now on. When we got home we cooked some and they were very good. The yolks were incredibly rich, and they stood very high in the pan, the taste was really clean. I find that factory farmed eggs have a strong taste that lingers in a bad way, I think this taste makes people think that they don’t like eggs. People raised on factory eggs probably don’t even notice this taste. I believe the harsh taste comes from the generic feed and medicine they feed the chickens in a factory farm. These factors may also cause the watery structureless yolk that generic eggs have. The chickens at this farm ran free and ate insects and seeds.

At the estate sale I got another tea cup and a strop for sharpening a straight razor or for finishing the edge on a japanese knife.


  1. Mum says:

    Wow, so glad you found this place. I love the blue eggs and gorgeous birds. I hope you can cook one for me 🙂 an egg, not a chicken…love mum

  2. Virginia says:

    Good on you Kristi!!! You are helping to save the planet!!! If only you could own even two of those beautiful heritage girls!!! We are fast losing our genetic heritage, and not many seem to be noticing as yet…….except Suzuki perhaps. Miss you in Vancouver, Stay the course!!!

  3. Crust says:

    Wow, Virginia it is an honor to hear from you. You are a trail blazer in what you do with Polderside. I don’t think I’ve ever met a purveyor who cares as much about their animals than you. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Douglas T. says:

    I find it very curious that the husband prefers store-bought eggs.

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