Recall Boosts Interest in Local Egg Farm

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email
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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.

For more information on the egg recall, click on the link below.

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