Meet The Hole Egg and a Giveaway

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We’ve had some awesome giveaways so far. I loved this one and this one. But I must say, I am over the moon about today’s freebie. It comes from Anders Rae and his company, The Hole Egg. Read below to find out how to win a dozen eggs.

I only had my first really fresh egg a few years ago. So after our weekly What’s Fresh series began, I tried for a days to hunt down a carton of eggs from The Hole Egg at  Jackson Whole Grocer . Their designated spot was always empty. One day, on a whim, I stopped by and saw one lone carton of eggs just waiting for me. The beautiful blue-green shells looked like they had been dyed for Easter.

There’s just something so wonderful about farm fresh eggs. The flavor is more robust. The egg yolk is thicker and has a richer color. They make creamier scrambled eggs. And I swear, I really do think that baked goods turn out better when using farm fresh eggs.

I hoarded my eggs, using them judiciously to make omelets, to fry up with toast or to poach for salads. And then they ran out. And the Whole Grocer shelf sat empty. But then I heard that the 28-year-old Rae is only selling his eggs at the weekly Farmer’s Market for the summer. So I strolled by his booth at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“Sorry,” he said. “You’ve got to get here by 8:30.”

With about 90 chickens on site on Spring Gulch Road, Rae can bring anywhere from 20 to 30 cartons of eggs to each weekly market (each carton has one dozen eggs). The oldest of those eggs is guaranteed to be just 7 days old. Some could have even been laid that morning.

“I want to meet the actual customer,” he said. “That’s why I am doing the market.”

The Buffalo native grew up participating in 4H, and his mother had chickens. Last year he built a hen house.

First he used his eggs for bartering. Now it’s a full-scale commercial operation (and someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think Rae is the only commercial in Jackson selling farm fresh eggs).

The way he raises his chickens is what sets his eggs apart from the run-of-the-mill grocery store variety, he said. For detailed information, read here.

His chicken feed comes from Montana, and it’s a barley-based feed. There’s no corn or soy in it.

“I have a big problem with soy,” he said. “Animals don’t eat soy. And corn isn’t in their diet either. Animals aren’t meant to eat corn”

And when they are not eating their feed?  Rae takes his birds out every day.

“They run through the grass all day and forage instead of being locked up,” he said. “They’re eating grass, worms, insects bugs. They have a really good life.”

His pride and joy are French copper Marens, which lay a chocolate-brown colored egg. But he also has Araucanas, which give light green, blue or even pink eggs. He also has Speckled Sussexes, Bantams and Red Stars.

Don’t fret if you try to get a carton of eggs and can’t. Production will pick up in a few weeks when 25 of his Red Stars begin laying eggs, which should yield an additional 14 dozen a week.

One dozen eggs are $8, but if you bring back the carton to recycle, Rae will offer a $1.50 discount.

So….who wants to win one dozen eggs? Simply tell us what you would do with your eggs in the comment section below. We will announce a winner Wednesday morning. Me? I’m going to be out the door at 7:55 a.m. Saturday to get some eggs for a frisee salad.

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Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.

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