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    With the subtraction of grains, naturally eggs would be the next staple of my diet. Lately I've found myself eating as much as 6 organic eggs a day to satisfy my caloric needs. That's about 3.5 dozens a week, 25$ just in eggs. Obviously I can't afford organic much longer (I'm a college student.) So my question is: should I opt for non-organic eggs, or am I better off with no eggs at all? Same with milk.

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    I believe you can do away with milk. But can you cut down on something else to ensure you get your organic eggs. Btw, I hope you mean pastured eggs. Organic eggs (from hens that are fed Organic GRAINS) shouldn&#39;t cost you that much.

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      The brand is Eggland&#39;s Best.

      http://www.egglandsbest.com/home.aspx

      Seven dollars for 2 dozens at costco.

      What do you think?

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        It says "Organic Vegetarian Feed", which means Organic Grains - not the natural diet of chicken. I think the price is steep. I pay about $4/doz for pastured eggs - from hens that are free to roam on a pasture and eat grubs and insects. Do you have access to a farmer&#39;s market or a farm. You could work out a deal, you can say you&#39;ll buy 3-4 dozens every week and see if they can give you a discount.

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          There are many markets around NYC but I doubt they are organic. It&#39;s still worth taking a look at I guess, especially at Chinatown (very cheap). But then again, this IS New York. The next farm must be about 2 thousand miles away.

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            Wow, that&#39;s really expensive. I think our EB eggs are like 1.60ish per dozen... I don&#39;t love that they&#39;re from vegetarian (read: grain-fed) chickens... but they&#39;re what&#39;s in our store.


            No help on the bad eggs vs. no eggs issue... though I guess I&#39;ve made my choice - we eat the EBs all the time, 3 dozen a week for the 2 of us. (1.5 doz each approximately though I think my husband eats more than I do of course).

            Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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              rphlslv,

              I live in Brooklyn and work in SoHo. The greenamarkets (farmers&#39; markets) at Union Square, Fort Greene, Carroll Garden and Grand Army Plaza all feature farmers selling eggs from chickens that are at least partially pastured. I buy dozens of jumbo-sized eggs for $4 a carton.

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                The farms aren&#39;t that far from the city. Most of the farmers are from upstate New York.

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                  FNW, that&#39;s a price of a couple of dimes more than conventional eggs. Is that a commissary price?


                  EB here costs about $3, IIRC.


                  Maba, sure pastured eggs are the best. Also the hardest to find. I imagine especially in NYC. And, grains are most certainly a part of the normal diet of chickens. The addition of bugs and critters make a better diet, but to expect to buy eggs without having grain put into them is not realistic. Just because grains are bad for us doesn&#39;t mean they are for birds.

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                    I know for a fact Dan Barber has a farm real close to NYC (http://www.bluehillfarm.com/) with accompanying restaurant, so it&#39;s not impossible that there are farms there. I know I&#39;ve heard of people buying raw milk from Connecticut where it&#39;s legal.


                    Eggland&#39;s Best only cost me $3 for 18 at Sam&#39;s, so I guess that&#39;s just the NY premium to charge you $3.50 for the same thing I get for $2 even at a warehouse store.


                    I&#39;m going to be picking up 12 dozen eggs from my egg guy tomorrow. He does $5 per 18 pack, so $3.33/dz, which is less than you&#39;re paying for Eggland&#39;s Best (which is produced in large factory barns in California), and mine are genuinely pastured with chickens at around 100 to an acre.


                    I&#39;ve read articles talking about how there are farmers markets now even in NYC and Washington, D.C., so maybe try to find one and see if you can get a good price on quantity. But you need to learn how to interrogate farmers about their practices and what they feed the hens and so on.


                    The EB eggs are at least supplemented with ALA, so their O6:O3 ratio maybe isn&#39;t as bad as the cheapest of eggs, so there&#39;s some reason to pay the premium if you can&#39;t get anything else, but pastured would be better.

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                      Rahchis, I have been told something about that in Brooklyn. What days of the week are they operating? Could you please tell me more about it?

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                        rphlslv,

                        I&#39;ll do you one better. Here&#39;s the site. You can search for farmers&#39; markets by day and neighborhood:


                        http://www.cenyc.org/

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                          Rahchis, thank you so much! I&#39;ll be down there sometime this week.

                          That will save my diet.

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                            Also, you can get grass-fed beef from there. There&#39;s one farm called Grazin&#39; Angus. The family who owns it is wonderful. I&#39;ve had many conversations with them about primal eating. They love me, because I buy organ meets galore and kidney fat to make my own tallow for cooking.


                            Grazin&#39; Angus even has a website. You can e-mail or call them in advance to ensure they bring what you want to the market. They&#39;re at Union Square on Friday and Carroll Garden on Sunday.

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                              Wow thank you, I thought that I was lost in NY. Is there anything going on tomorrow at Union Square? Or anywhere else in Brooklyn?

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