Fried, boiled or scrambled, eggs are a nutrient-rich protein that make a great meal any time of day. Here are seven local sources for great-tasting eggs:
8000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 479-2328, beaucoopfarm.com
This rustic hobby farm is much more than simply a place to buy farm-fresh eggs. Beaucoop offers workshops on topics like coop-building, gardening and composting. An appointment-only petting park with bunnies, miniature donkeys and Nigerian dwarf goats is also on-site.
2151 Dog Kennel Road, Sarasota, (941) 504-9474, blumenberryfarms.com
Blumenberry not only offers free-range, non-GMO eggs, but also a colorful array of organic produce like black radishes, fennel and lemongrass. As a part of the farm’s mission to care for its produce in the healthiest way, it uses natural methods of pest control, such as physically removing insects and their eggs from the fields.
Duette, (813) 493-7921, circle6farm.com
Founded in 1982, Circle 6 is run by fifth-generation cattle ranchers. While the farm is located in Duette, you can find their premium quality pastured eggs, grass-fed beef and all of their other products at the Sarasota Farmers Market.
16010 Golf Course Road, Parrish, (941) 402-1628, four-daughters-farms.myshopify.com
Owned and operated by a couple with four little girls, Four Daughters Farm has all of your chicken-related needs—from farm-fresh eggs to all-natural, no-antibiotics chicken breasts and legs and even chicken feet and livers. Though it's a little early to think about Thanksgiving dinner, the farm also offers whole birds for the big day.
14950 Golf Course Road, Parrish, (941) 548-4805, gamblecreekfarms.com
Florida’s weather can be unpredictable. One afternoon it’s blindingly sunny and blisteringly hot, the next rain is pouring endlessly. At Gamble Creek, weather is never an issue. This indoor farm market not only provides customers with natural and organic eggs, produce and kombucha, but also air conditioning.
5690 Stallings Terrace, Arcadia, (941) 928-5891, groveladderfarm.com
With 12 acres of land and 1,000 laying hens, eggs are always on hand at Grove Ladder Farm, which also specializes in ethically raised beef and lamb. You can also expect to find bone broth, gourmet mushrooms, raw honey and handspun wool.
Venice, (941) 504-2714, venicefreerangechickens.com
Eggs are always on the brain at Venice Free Range Chickens. These pastured, free-range eggs can be found at the Venice Farmers Market every Saturday.