Because of more nutrient-rich feed and stress-free living conditions, eggs fresh from small local farms can be much more flavorful than factory-farmed eggs. Keep your eyes peeled for hand-scrawled Eggs for Sale signs on the side of Northern Michigan’s country roads, or, for a sure-bet source near your town, try Michigan Land Use Institute’s fantastic farm finder, localdifference.org. It lets you seek out farms with your preferred farm-raising methods, such as free-range, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, and/or hormone-free.
A few places to fill your egg basket:Compass Mountain Farms
4626 S. Center Hwy.
Aspen Hill Farms93 Anderson Rd.
Green Leaf Farms04998 Loeb Rd.
Emily Betz Tyra is associate editor of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.[email protected]
Note: This article was first published in April 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.