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Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

We now sell free range eggs laid on our Flumserberg farm at our new market in the Viadukt in Zurich and it is unlikely you will find better eggs anywhere (in my opinion of course). All of our chooks are completely free range and, although we don't have official BIO status for our farm, all of their feed is BIO and none of our land is sprayed with pesticide or artificial fertilisers, meaning the grubs and insects they eat are also free from any nasties.

We have a mixed flock of Pro Specie Rara Appenzellar Barthuns (the black ones on the photos) together with some hybrids. Because they have a high corn and insect diet the yolks are amazingly deep amber in colour.

We have less than 100 a week so it's first come first served and we sell them for 70 raps each at the moment which is pretty cheap for the quality.

One thing about fresh eggs that causes some confusion. In some eggs (from any farm) you will find a small spot of blood, it is an urban myth which says the egg is therefore fertilised which is not true. About 1 in 10 very fresh eggs will have a small spot of blood and this is very natural, as the egg ages the blood disappears... therefore blood is a sign of a very fresh egg.

The basket of eggs is at the back of my cheese stall, opposite the Pie Shop. The market is at 231 Limmatstrasse, 8005 Zurich and is open from 10-8 Mon-Thurs and 8-8 Fri & Sat. Trams 4 and 13 stop outside at Dammweg and there is plenty of short term parking down the side of the Viadukt on Viaduktstrasse.









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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

I made a cake with 4 of these eggs and it got delicious. Was quite obvious I used different eggs.

Will buy new ones next week
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

Mountaineering chickens - the eggs must be good!
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Old 23.09.2011, 14:51
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

That black one looks like a fur coated lady in the bracing winter of Seefeld. Awesome. Will you stock them at HB or just the viaduct?
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Those are wonderful scenes, it's just how I imagine free range organic chickens should be living!
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That black one looks like a fur coated lady in the bracing winter of Seefeld. Awesome. Will you stock them at HB or just the viaduct?
My chooks do have attitude. Even our 2 Rottweilers won't mess with them.... sorry, we only have them at the Viadukt
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Old 23.09.2011, 14:57
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

Your hens must live the life of Riley! Any chance of finding some of their eggs in the Valais?

Is your Rottie lost, or is he doing a crash course on how to lay eggs! Lucky pussy cat too!

Some time back, our local Placette was selling eggs which looked super healthy, unboxed, etc. along with the slogan "support your local farmer". Eager to do so, I asked an assistant if the eggs came from hens "elevé on plein air". Not surprisingly, she did not know the answer, but asked a colleague. It transpired that these were not free-range eggs! So I declined the offer, telling the assistant that if I did buy the eggs, I would indeed be supporting my local farmer, but not my local hens!
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Your hens must live the life of Riley! Any chance of finding some of their eggs in the Valais?

Is your Rottie lost, or is he doing a crash course on how to lay eggs! Lucky pussy cat too!
Eggs by post? Hmmmm... I might have to think about that one.
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Another reason why I should take a day off and go to the Viadukt Market!!!
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

Awwww, gorgeous chicken pix! <melt>

Grumpy, you know how my dear husband complained loud and long that Marston's Pedigree was the one thing, the only thing, that kept him homesick for England?

Well, real eggs are my Marston's Pedigree.



(Angela, I'm stopping by the viadukt after work this afternoon and I'll be in Basel on Monday - want some eggs?)
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Awwww, gorgeous chicken pix! <melt>

Grumpy, you know how my dear husband complained loud and long that Marston's Pedigree was the one thing, the only thing, that kept him homesick for England?

Well, real eggs are my Marston's Pedigree.



(Angela, I'm stopping by the viadukt after work this afternoon and I'll be in Basel on Monday - want some eggs?)
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

I have eaten eggs straight from your farm I have to agree! They are delicious.

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We now sell free range eggs laid on our Flumserberg farm at our new market in the Viadukt in Zurich and it is unlikely you will find better eggs anywhere (in my opinion of course).
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

'specially pickled.
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Old 23.09.2011, 16:46
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

As a chicken lover and former keeper your photos made my day - the girls look so healthy and happy.
The photo with your rotti reminds me of when I used to feed my staffie and bulldog outside. They would be eating and some of the chickens would just dig in and eat out of their foodbowls at the same time!!

Those pictures tell the reason why everyone should only buy free range eggs...
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Old 23.09.2011, 16:49
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

Well that was quick. I've just sold out but I will be bringing more in tomorrow.

I hope the photos make people understand why I get upset about folk moaning here about the price of a 9 chuf chicken in Coop. You wouldn't get one of mine for 100!
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My sister had chickens in the US (until her kid left the gate open and one of the beagles got in and went after them. Very sad). They were cool chickens with personalities.

Most delicious eggs ever though. Hope you're still selling them when we get to Zurich next year.
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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

Can you get Duck eggs? No really . . I`m serious!
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Another reason why I should take a day off and go to the Viadukt Market!!!
Make it a Thursday, so we can have a few drinks together (and some of us who enjoy your posts and would like to meet you in person can actually do so)

Back on topic: Grumpy, the bagel was delicious, thanks. When you have more eggs from your farm I'll buy some, and I can even offer a special "arguing in Italian" performance. Paging Venice...
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Seeing your photos made me feel so nostalgic - we kept free-range chickens in our large UK garden, totally free-range, and they followed me everywhere. Amazing how they have totally different 'personalities' too.
We have plenty of space here, and it it so tempting, but as we travel a lot, and have so many foxes, badgers, polecats and beech + pine martens- it would be a constant fight. The taste of hens that feed on all sorts of kritters and fresh grass is just out of this world.
My colleagues used to fight for them!

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Re: Probably the best eggs you are ever likely to eat.

Great pictures. There are free range and free range. Yours are what one always hopes to find. Outside Switzerland one may not be so lucky.
If ever up your way will be sure to call by.
I am so happy to see your post, as the first time this year visiting my husband paid 75 rapen each for 6 eggs, was amazed when cooking them.
The good quality eggs in Switzerland I have not had for many many years/decades, almost had to relearn how to cook such good quality eggs.

Hope you do well and have great success in your farming techniques
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