We already purchase our organic grass fed meats from the local butcher and our veggies come from the local organic farms. However, we have still been buying Organic, “farm fresh ” (or at least I thought they were until now) eggs in the grocery store.
Eggs are cartoned using a special “code” that follows something called a julian calendar, which is much different from the standard yearly calendar we are used to. On each egg carton, there’s a number printed from 1 to 365. This number represents the day of the year the carton was filled: 1 being January 1st and 365 being December 31st. Using the code, you can tell when the eggs were placed in the carton.
So I ran to my fridge to check the eggs I JUST purchased yesterday and sure enough, theres that code. The number on our carton read 353. Meaning the eggs I just purchased have been sitting in the carton for 38 days! I just paid $4.69 for a dozen eggs that by the time we eat them will be over a month and a half old. I know according to the expiration date they are still ok. But is it OK for the manufacturers to label these eggs as “farm fresh” ?
After this video above went viral it was surprising to see how some people didn’t really seem to care much that the eggs they were buying might be 30-45 days old.
So Fresh Eggs Daily did a follow up article and compared farm fresh eggs to store bought eggs. Turns out Fresh IS better. On average, farm fresh eggs contain a third less cholesterol, on quarter less saturated fat, two-thirds more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, three times more vitamin E and seven times more beta carotene. See full article Here