Recall Boosts Interest in Local Egg Farm

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

With food scares like this month's massive egg recall, people become a little more aware of how the food they eat is processed and where it comes from.

"They feel and touch and make a connection to where their food comes from. Not just the food fairy," said Kellie McHugh. Three years ago, she and her husband, Craig, started their micro-farm in Black Forest with six chickens. Now, they have about 60, and they sell their eggs at farmers' markets around Colorado Springs.

"It's not really a business. We see it as more of an education to the community."

Kellie says that ever since the egg recall, she's had more questions from customers about where her eggs come from, and more interest that they are straight from the farm. At Thursday's farmer's market off Powers, she sold about 100 eggs in 45 minutes.

The McHugh's operation is a far cry from the large operations at the center of a massive recall from the salmonella outbreak. That also means the McHugh's farm is too small to fall under the same regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration, which are put in place to keep food safe. But, the McHughs say that farm fresh eggs may be coming back in style. Buying locally can cost you, though. A dozen eggs from the McHugh's farm are about five times as expensive as what you can get on a deal at your local grocery store.

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  • by GB Location: Colo. Spgs. on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:51 PM
    You can have up to 10 chickens in the city also.
  • by mom4truth Location: colorado springs on Aug 27, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    We also live in the city and have gotten some chickens. We will be selling them to interested peoples, particularly because of this reason. Ours are all free-range, cage-free chickens- happy and healthy!
  • by charlie Location: colo springs on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    I wish more farmers would offer fresh eggs, chickens. No better things to eat than a chicken that hasn't been pumped full of preservatives and, fresh eggs!
  • by Bob Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 27, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    With the size of the FDA already, you would think they would be able to monitor the safety of foods much better than they have. Unfortunately, they haven't and I suspect the FDA is like every other federal bureaucracy where there are a lot of employees dragging their feet and collecting their bloated paychecks. Have you begun to notice how often a very convenient "crisis" occurs these days, just as some new federal power enhancing legislation is about to come to the floor in Congress? A case in point is "The Food Safety Modernization Act" which has already passed in the House and is now being considered in the Senate (S.B. 510). This bill, if it becomes law will become such a bureaucratic paperwork nightmare that even people who own a cow of their own or a few chickens will be required to keep and submit records on their "livestock". The costs will spell the end for many of the few remaining small farms. Where does most of the food contamination occur? At the BIG processors.
  • by Fred Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 27, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    With all of the breakouts of Salmonella and Ecoli in our big national sized stores, why arent people realizing that at least in the summer months the farmers markets are a fresh alternative. Products that come fresh from the farm have been handled less, sat very little time in a cooler and you are supporting a local family in most cases. Fresh sweet corn that was picked so freshly it doesnt have to be chilled before sold to you is something you have to experience. I did at the Market on Powers and enjoy Miller Farms produce all week for just filling a $10 bag. And as a former farm boy those eggs are worth coming out for.
  • by my.02 on Aug 27, 2010 at 05:01 AM
    If you live in the county, even Secrrity of widefield, you can have 10 chickens,but no roosters...Backyard chicken's eggs are the best!
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