Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bartering with Eggs

So March can be a rough time for egg sales. At the Wynn's Winter Market, the other egg producers hens have stepped into full swing, and the larger Fayetteville Farmers Market won't start until April. Coming home with 15 or 20 dozen eggs can be pretty disheartening, so I've had to get pretty creative in pushing the eggs.

This week, I barter a case of wet dogfood for the pups at the local feedstore for 7 dz leftover eggs. The old man who owns the feedstore is a Korean War Vet, so he and his family tend to hook me up, having fought a tour in Iraq and all. Still doesn't make up for the broken neck & PTSD! It turns out that the dogfood is pretty high dollar stuff - IAMS. You can see a little of the label that's been taken off. The pups will love it.The temptation is to go out and pick up a grocery store or restaurant account to supply eggs. However, once the markets begin, I'll have no problem selling, and would be forced to decide between market customers or the new grocery/restaurant accounts. At the local Organic food store/co-op, it seems like they change egg vendors every month. I don't want to be that kind of producer. I want my kids to grow up to be stable, so I figure the farm should be too.

1 comment:

  1. Cut the middle man and just feed the excess eggs to the dogs. That's what I've been doing. Fry them, boil them, mix them into oatmeal while it's still hot (scrambled eggs and oatmeal, YUM). My dogs love them any way they can get them. I don't feed them raw though. Too many raw eggs are not good for dogs. Besides I don't want to raise egg sucking dogs. I may end up freezing eggs and making scrambled eggs later for the dogs once the chickens have quit laying.