A growing number of communities across the Commonwealth are “a-cluck” with backyard chickens, as home hobbyists try their hand at raising small flocks of poultry. There are more than 100 recognized breeds from which to choose and six well-cared-for birds will usually lay four to five eggs per day – perfect for a hearty egg frittata or deviled eggs!
For those less ambitiously inclined to raise chickens for egg production, there are nearly two dozen egg farms in Massachusetts where the public can go to purchase fresh, local eggs along with other available farm products. One such egg farm is Chip-in Farm located in Bedford, Massachusetts. Besides eggs, Chip-in also has a farm stand, a general store and a petting zoo! To find other egg farms go to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (DAR) Mass Grown and Fresher page.
Speaking of wholesome locally produced food, Mass in Motion recently teamed up with DAR to produce a fun monthly newsletter featuring easy-to-make healthy recipes for families. Called ChopChop, the magazine features yummy recipes that use locally grown Massachusetts produce and products.
And what’s up for April’s ChopChop newsletter? The fantabulous high-in-protein egg of course! Click here to find fun facts and a great recipe for Baked Broccoli Frittata.
And for those looking for the Easter egg kind of fun, Bemis Farms Nursery is hosting its 12th Annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, 2012.