Organic Welsh Eggs
Update: Like all producers, Ystwyth Valley Eggs have been affected by the measures put in place to prevent the spread of Avian Flu. What this means for us is that the hens that produce the fabulous eggs that we all love so much, have been housed since before Christmas. Although completely understandable this is not quite the spirit of what we all think of when we talk about organic eggs. It is with great relief that further to consultation with Welsh Government, and with increased preventative measures put in place, and all sorts of risk assessments undertaken ... the birds will be getting access to the range again from the end of February. We will keep you posted if and as things change.
Ystwyth Valley Eggs are a small egg producer, ten minutes from Aberystwyth. Run by mother and daughter, Janet and Gemma, they produce some exceptionally tasty eggs for us. Sheltered on the valley floor from the weather coming in off the coast the hens have a pretty charmed life. With access to plenty of clean pasture and much to amuse them they are able to focus on the job in hand of producing lovely eggs.
The farm is certified organic by the Soil Association and this guarantees several things for you at home. With some of the smallest flocks out there, the hens must not be beak-tipped and must be able to behave naturally. This means big pop holes so the birds get outside in the fresh air and not cooped up in inside. There is also plenty of room for dust baths and lots of ground to peck and scratch. Farmed in this more natural, less intensive way, allows for the hens to be kept longer and also means the land will sustain over many generations.
With bright shells and vivid yokes the eggs produced in the Ystwyth Valley are some of the best we have tasted.