Marla Gets Cracking! Egg Farm Tour {& Giveaway}

by Marla on March 5, 2010 · 27 comments

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My folks are very supportive.  They generally hop on board my whimsical ideas and offer up token parental guidance.  They are fans of my blog ’cause I’m their kid.  My dad likes the “pictures” and my mom thinks my recipes are “interesting.”

Growing up we would spend each summer together as a family on my aunt and uncles dairy farm in the UK.  My dad would beam with joy as we stepped off the plane after  a frustrating and exhausting relaxing 7 hours squashed  on an airplane with his two children.

With eyes half closed we would clear customs, collect our bags, rent a car and drive the 3 plus hours southbound to the green pastures of Devon.  For the next eight weeks my dad dropped his title of “NY Dentist” and became a farmer.  Each day he jumped out of bed before dawn to milk the herd of Jersey cows.  He moved fences, dug holes, fed chickens, gardened, made hay & tirelessly milked the cows again in the evening.  He was dedicated.  My dad should have been a full time farmer.

When I told him that my food blog endeavors were noticed by the American Egg Farmers, he nearly jumped out of his skin.  An all expenses paid visit to an egg farm was a feather in my “professional” bloggers cap.  His daughter had finally made the big time folks. Forget about making huge dollars, his kid was heading back to the farm.

Here it is: the post that reveals my experience on an egg farm in Phoenix.  Dedicated lovingly to my dad.

As a mom we all need some down time.  We stayed at the Wigwam resort located just outside of Phoenix.  It was great to wake up at my usual 4:00am, brew up a pot of steamy coffee, blog and hit the gym all before our 7:30am breakfast.  I turned on all the lights & make as much noise as I wanted without waking my family.  A true party for this gal!

FFC Gets Cracking!

About a month ago Foodbuzz asked its featured publishers if they were interested in learning more about the the Farm to Table process as part of the Good Egg Project sponsored by the American Egg Board.  This project is creating community awareness by educating us about farmers so we can better understand where our food comes from.  It also encourages folks to reach out to their local communities and help feed the hungry.

I am thrilled to better understand the full circle of farming and egg consumption.  The Good Egg Project is building public awareness to get folks to make healthier food choices.  Sounds a lot like the exchange we have here on FFC.  We need to get clean, healthy, whole foods on our tables.  This tour helped reinforce eating fresh, unprocessed foods.

I love eggs.  I eat so many each day and thankfully my kids love them too.  I love ‘em because they are an excellent source of lean protein, they are versatile in recipes, inexpensive, found everywhere & simple to prepare.  Eggs are natures fast food. (Just to think it has it’s own little “to-go” container!)

The other bloggers I had the pleasure of meeting on this trip were:

There were presentations by a very informative nutritionist, Mary Lee Chin and two of the Incredible “Eggs-perts,” spokesmen Jeffrey and Howard.  These guys are super charged dynamos when it comes to cooking up some good looking and great tasting eggs.  They share a bunch of great recipes here.

Jeffrey has operated and owned many restaurants and he was runner up for season five of “The Next Food Network Star.” Chef Howard Helmer is the Guinness World Records “World’s Fastest Omelet Maker.”  These guys have loads of simple & tasty tips to get us cooking our eggs.

Chef Jeffrey has his own foodie blog:

This was a passionate group of folks uniting to create awareness for americans to get it together with eating whole/high energy good for us foods.

Hickman’s Family Farms

The farm that hosted us is located just outside of Phoenix Arizona.  We spent a nice chunk of time getting to know the Hickman family.  There are three Hickman brothers.  We spent the most time with Clint and Billy.  They answered all of our questions with honesty and wit.  It was a fun bunch to spend time with.

The Hickman egg farm has been going strong since 1944.  In Arizona their hens are caged and in California they own a free-range Organic farm.  They speak freely and are knowledgeable about both sides of the fence.

Going Green

“Hickman’s Family Farms utilize stringent methods of conservation and recycling to remain as environmentally-friendly (“green”) as possible. Wash water is recycled and reused, and manure is dried, ground, and turned into high quality fertilizer. By the time we are through at even our largest facilities, we actually discard into dumpsters less waste than the average apartment building does in a day.”

Fresh Benefits

Egg-cellent stuff to know:

“One egg has 13 essential nutrients in varying amounts – including high-quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc – for  70 calories. Eggs also play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more.”

To learn more about this low fat, awesome source of protein click on this link:

Incredible Edible Egg

Facts I learned about Eggs:

  • The size of the egg is determined by the age of chicken.  Younger chicken=smaller egg.  Older chicken=larger egg.
  • Brown eggs are not nutritionally superior to white.  They both have the same nutritional profile.
  • Brown chicken = Brown egg
  • White chicken = White egg
  • The older the egg gets the more watery the white gets when we crack it open.
  • Different states have different “sell by” time periods.
  • Egg farmers can be really good lookin’!

Egg-cellent Family Fresh Cooking Recipes

Eggs are natures “Fast Food.”  From a quick poach, to a scramble or fried egg…it’s so easy to get a high energy meal with eggs.  A great addition to custards, casseroles & baked goods, eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients out there!

I have some awesome egg based recipes coming you way, but in the mean time enjoy these FFC Egg-cellent Recipes!  They all use eggs in some way, again proving their versatility!

Thanks for joining me on this virtual tour.  We all want you guys to enjoy your eggs.

A great giveaway awaits….click HERE.

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