Friends and family that come over to raid my fridge, looking for something to nibble, will vouch for me when I say I keep at least four dozen oval beauties in there at any given time. Why? Because eggs are one of nature's most delicious, nutritious, and versatile foods. From fried to soufflé; hard boiled to quiche, the possibilities are limitless. Let's not neglect to mention their much needed importance when making baked goods (The Brunette Baker…hello?) It goes without saying, one can never have too many on hand.
However, like many products on the market, not all eggs are created equal. I am very fortunate to have an amazing working relationship with a company that prides themselves on a strong sense of family as well as a strong sense of responsible farming practices (120 years and going strong). A company I believed in long before I even began blogging, a company oozing with rich history, and a company that made me feel like family from the moment we said hello.
Burnbrae Farms is a family owned and operated company that has been producing eggs for over 60 years. With farms in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, Burnbrae Farms is one of Canada's leading egg producer and thriving participant in its agribusiness. Their farm sells eggs and egg products to major grocery store chains, food service operations and bakery/industrial customers throughout Canada. With a tight family bond and strong farming ties for over 120 years, it not hard to understand why many Canadian companies use them as their leading egg supplier.
Growing up, I didn't have the profound respect for where my food comes from as I do today, despite the fact I grew up not too far from several working farms. I understood how hard farmers worked, but I never really put much thought into the actual process. While I often dreamed of leaving the small town far behind me for the thrill of the big metropolis, there was secretly something special about living in a small town where the sense of community was quite strong. On Friday night, we'd ride our bikes up to the local hang out (which was a large parking lot, connected to a mini golf course/ice cream shop) and watch local farmers bring in their produce, eggs, meats, and milk and prepare for the farmer's market the following morning. If the moon was positioned just right (also known as a super plentiful bounty), the farmers would let us ransack their fruit cart to add to our ice cream bowls. Even years after I fulfilled that city living dream, I find I pine for the small town way of life. In fact, I began visiting those same local farms I couldn't wait to get away from as a child, a few times a week, buying as close to nature as possible. Nothing is as good as fresh tastes.
Unfortunately, not everyone is or was privy to both a rural and urban experience. Many born and raised city folk I know don't understand the gate to plate concept, if you will. Food is simply put on the grocery shelves without a single thought as to where it comes from or how it was farmed. As Grandma always said, 'Knowledge is Power. The more you know, the more you grow'.
Next week, I will be joining twelve other Canadian bloggers to get an up close and personal tour of Burnbrae Farms in eastern Ontario. I'm excited to come away with a wealth of knowledge behind the workings of an egg farm, such as hen housing and egg grading systems as well as delving deeper into the nutrition and cooking aspect of it. A tour that will help even me fully appreciate all that goes into the farm to table process.
And I'm pretty stoked about it. Make no yolk about it.
C'mon, I couldn't post something without at least one egg joke.
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Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms Blogger Farm Tour program as a guest of Burnbrae Farms. All opinions are 100% my own.
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