Looking for ways to make an eco-friendlier and healthier Easter? Click here to find farms selling fresh, local Massachusetts eggs, and, for an even greener Easter, click here to check out these natural dye recipes!
DAR’s Megan Megrath says eggs are graded by measuring the interior quality of the egg by passing it before a candling light. The depth of the air cell (as seen on the top of the egg in the picture) along with the mobility of the yolk when the egg is spun before the light determines the interior grade. Larger air cells and greater mobility of the yolk indicate a lower quality grade. Grade A eggs should have an air cell no bigger than 3/16” in depth with little or no yolk movement. An egg cartoon with the USDA A shield signifies that those eggs were graded in a processing plant under the supervision of a USDA Poultry Products grader.
Eggs are sized in categories: jumbo, extra large, large, medium, and small. One large egg weighs 2 ounces. Eggs not weighed or candled are sold as ungraded and unsized or “nest run.” Click here for more information about how eggs are graded.
Eggs are high in protein and a great snack food to take along for all of your Great Outdoors adventures. Click here to check out some great egg recipes at the American Egg Boards website.
2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July posted on Jul 1
July’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed pickled green beans or dilly beans at Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara says that dilly beans, seen in the July photo, are one of her husband’s favorites. She takes advantage of canning and freezing …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July
Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition posted on Jun 18
Asparagus is one of the first spring crops we harvest here in Massachusetts. It found its way to Massachusetts in the late 1700’s by way of colonist from the Netherlands who settled in West Brookfield. In the late 19th century Concord began its agricultural focus …Continue Reading Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: June posted on Jun 12
June’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Liz West, who photographed two adorable dairy cows; a Guernsey and a Jersey at Stanley Farm in Boxborough. June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate and enjoy dairy products when milk production typically is at its …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: June