Category Archives: Uncategorized

Kale and Eggs – Ordinary?

Someone asked me recently how I want to be known:

I replied: “Ordinary Larry from Orting.” In part that’s what inspired this poem.

Ordinary?

Let me take a turn
and listen…what might I learn,
what is current now one

day will grow out of favor.
Right now, some flavors cater
to familiar, ordinary and easy

Popular with so many,
not costing a pretty penny,
and so many good things to talk about it

that come with this wild bunch every day:
Loads of iron, Vitamin A, C and K!
Manganese! Carotenoids! Flavonoids! Oh my!

Of course we know it’s all true
I call out “pick me” as I’m “new.”
Go ask blueberry or broccoli, or spinach.

Does every superfood have to have its day in the sun?
Only to be overshadowed by what’s hip and fun.
I’ll still be of worth when I’m

no longer chic. Take a peek at
me green and light in the Dark Ages, that
part I played in Victory Gardens.

When you say I’ve had enough of this veg’
of your curvy stem and wavy edges
tired of broiling and crisping me to hear that crunch!

I’ll keep on growing and occasionally regale
because not even a good egg
can take on the ordinary yet mighty Kale!

Another Clean Fast Food Recipe

Short 2 minute video here: https://youtu.be/j18ej4WxcEk

Crispy Kale and Eggs (for 2 – scale as needed)

Prep and cooking time <15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch curly kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn into large pieces

~3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher or sea salt

Chopped parsley or chives

2 large eggs

½ teaspoon ground turmeric or your favorite curry

White or black pepper and lime wedges (for serving)

RECIPE PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400 deg F.

Rinse kale in water, de-stem Kale, tear into large pieces, spread out Kale onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. Olive oil. Massage leaves with oil and season with salt. Bake, tossing halfway through, until lightly browned around edges and crisp-tender, 5–7 minutes.

Divide crisped kale onto 2 plates

Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add eggs one at a time, shaking skillet between additions to keep them from sticking together. Cook, tilting skillet toward you and spooning oil over egg whites until whites are set, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, keeping skillet tilted, and add turmeric or curry to oil or sprinkle over fried eggs. Baste egg whites with hot oil.

Put one fried egg onto each plate and drizzle turmeric/curry oil over. Sprinkle chopped parsley or chives, sprinkle with a little pepper and squeeze lime wedges over and serve.

Deviled Eggs – Unique flavors and more

Hard Boiling Eggs

While boiling eggs and what not
I’ve often thought

Are we sometimes
Like deviled eggs?

Firm yet cold
On the outside

But on the inside
We are rich, alive

With unique flavors
Interesting twists

If only someone
Were to brave our exterior

Gently, listening, accepting
Understanding, and being kind

What a surprise
They might find!


I did a short video on my simple deviled eggs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib7eGsQMtAk&feature=youtu.be

Recipes and techniques below:

Hard Boiled Eggs Technique and Deviled Eggs Recipe

Customers ask:

WHY ARE FRESH HARD BOILED EGGS SO HARD TO PEEL?

With fresh eggs, like ours, the albumen (egg white) sticks to the inner shell membrane because the egg isn’t acidic. As the egg ages the acidic levels in the egg rise because the egg shell becomes more porous and releases more carbon dioxide. The more acidic environment makes the albumen stick to the shell less. Therefore, as the egg gets older the albumen shrinks making the egg easier to peel. I can hear my French food mentors now asking me: “Who’d want to eat old eggs?”

So…if your eggs are easy to peel then it may be an indication of older eggs. As we well know, fresh organic pastured eggs like Clean Food Farms’ are documented to contain the best nutrients and our customers tell us they taste great. Fresh is best!

So Farmer/Chef Larry, WHAT IS THE TRICK TO PEEL FRESH HARD BOILED EGGS?

An ice water bath! As soon as your hard boiled eggs are done cooking place them in a bowl with a mix of cold water and ice cubes to cool them rapidly (for 5 minutes). The rapid cooling of the eggs contracts the egg whites, releasing them from the shell and voila they are easier to peel.

Here are two of our favorite RECIPES FOR EASY AND DELICIOUS HARD BOILED EGGS!

Stovetop Method (Boiling)

  • 1 dozen Clean Food Farm organic pasture raised eggs (you can use more or less)
  • water
  • ice bath

Bring a large pot of water to a full boil. Gently ease the eggs into the boiling water (I use a large serving spoon or slotted Asian ladle to ease them in). Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let them sit for 2 minutes. While the eggs are sitting, place cold water and ice in a large bowl (see above). Take 6 eggs out at a time and place them in the ice bath. Give them 1 minute or so to cool allowing the egg white to shrink and then peel them immediately. Then repeat as necessary for however many eggs you have.

Instant Pot Method (Steaming)

Instant Pot (we use a 8 qt Instant Pot)

  • 1 dozen Clean Food Farm organic pasture raised eggs (you can use more or less)
  • 2 cup water
  • Instant Pot trivet/steamer basket/egg rack
  • ice bath

Place 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot then place your trivet/steamer basket/egg rack in the pot and put your eggs in it (I like the egg rack, it keeps the eggs in place and holds up to 14 eggs)…and no I don’t get any commission for mentioning it.

Close the lid and press the “egg” button (if your instant pot has that button) or the “manual” button and change the pressure setting to low and set the time for 7-8 minutes. Close the lid and start your pot. Once the pot is done cooking let it natural release for 5 minutes. Then open the pot and place your eggs in a bowl full of ice water, let them cool (as above) and peel immediately.

People tell me “I can get a dozen eggs at the Big Box store for dirt cheap because that fits my budget.” OK…what they might want to consider is the bigger picture of how much great taste, nutrition and the long-term health benefits come from properly raised eggs. For the cost of a couple deluxe lattes, you can buy a dozen eggs from Clean Food Farm that taste better, can be used in multiple meals, enhance your health, support the raising of happy and healthy hens and contribute to building a strong local economy.

Clean Food Farm Deviled eggs

1 dozen medium to extra large eggs

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard (can substitute yellow mustard)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature (optional – if you use pastured eggs they are creamy naturally)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or substitute Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon blended dry herbs (Mrs. Dash etc)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional if someone is sensitive to spicy food)
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper (black pepper is fine too)
  • Paprika

Follow our tips on how make fresh pastured hard-boiled eggs easy to peel.

Remove the yolks by squeezing or rub through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Add the mayonnaise, mustard and butter (add butter if you are using commercial industrial “supermarket eggs” ; mix with a fork until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice (or substitute apple cider vinegar) and cayenne. Season to taste with the salt and pepper; be a little bold here as the flavors dull slightly when the eggs are chilled. Place mixture in a pastry bag — a Ziploc bag with a corner snipped off works too. Fill the egg whites, sprinkle with paprika and chill until ready to serve.


Omelettes and Life

We are starting an irregular series “Clean, Fast, Food”. For my busy customers, this first short video is: How to make a fast classic omelette. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYkWwU0C1fI&feature=youtu.be

After I sat down to eat my quick creation, I thought: how can I expect to transform my life without any challenges?

Why do I think something is “wrong” with me when I find myself at a low spot in this life?

When I pause, breathe, and allow a moment of merciful awareness, I can be more patient with myself and others…taking it all in and remembering:

In order to transform myself I usually need to break a few eggs, or accept that there will be broken eggs around me, and that is OK.

Have you broken any eggs recently?

Good.

Now start working on your own omelette!

With Kindness,

Farmer Larry

Planting for the Future

CFF Blog 5-10-20

This week my team and I were planting native vine maples (video here) along our south farm boundary.

Why plant them? Shade, shelter, food for animals, sequestering carbon, holding soil, absorbing moisture…all good and necessary. Then I paused and heard some robins singing in taller trees near by, and recalled this Wendell Berry poem.

For The Future

Planting trees early in spring,

we make a place for birds to sing

in time to come.

How do we know?

They are singing here now.

There is no other guarantee

that singing will ever be.

Take a listen to Wendell Berry reading his poem here (only 20 seconds)

Our vine maples might grow into something that looks like this.

Kathleen Fruge Brown, New Vine Maple Leaves, 18 x 24”, oil on canvas, Copyright 2019. Used with permission.

Planting for Tomorrow,

Farmer Larry

Kindness and Connection

Last week as I finished washing, grading, and counting eggs, I discovered I was 14 dozen short of fulfilling my subscriptions for the following delivery day. It turns out our pastured hens are laying a bit fewer eggs in number, though the eggs they are laying are heavier “extra large” eggs. But what was I going to do now? I reached out to several of my farm customers, and every single one agreed to take a pro-rated refund, and one dozen less eggs for their allotment. I was taken aback at their generosity.

My customers’ consideration really makes a difference as I operate my farm under the current crisis. It makes me recall something my Dad (who has passed) told me about the Great Depression during the 1930’s. Sure, there was horrific 25% unemployment, and so many homeless—and most folks who had an available couch had someone sleeping there more often than not. People showed kindness, and I think many experienced closer community and connection as a result.


Looking out at the starry sky a few nights ago, these words from James Agee—written during the depths of the Depression—struck me as especially applicable today:

Photo: Orting Sky – Sunset © Vicki Frerichs 2019, Used with permission.

Sure on This Shining Night

Sure on this shining night

Of starmade shadows round,

Kindness must watch for me

This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.

All is healed, all is health.

High summer holds the earth.

Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night

I weep for wonder

Wandering far alone

Of shadows on the stars.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to this choral rendition of the poem, by Morten Lauridsen.

Asking for Help

“Nah, I Got This!”

A while back one of my team was operating our small tractor, getting ready for some construction work. He got the tractor stuck in the mud. I suggested we get outside help; but he said “Nah, I got this!” and continued to churn the back wheels–only to get stuck deeper.

He finally looked at me and threw up his hands. We called a farmer-neighbor who had the right equipment, knew just how to help, and had us unstuck in a jiffy.

Afterwards I thought how I sometimes say, “Nah, I got this!” More often than not I need to humble myself, seek out someone who has been in my shoes, and say “Help, please!” When I do reach out for assistance, advice, and a safe shoulder to lean on, then I can really listen and receive the help offered. I know, it seems simple enough; but I know I have some growing to do in this department.

We are at capacity for subscribers– Thanks for your help!

We are sold out of egg subscriptions until the winter. We will let you know when we have additional pastured organic eggs available.



Select how many eggs you may want every other week, and the pick up site location you want.

This will be a great value to organic pastured egg lovers everywhere. Please forward to your neighbors and friends — we need eaters support.

Send us any questions you may have.

Thank you for supporting small local organic farms. 

Larry Bailey
Clean Food Farm
Orting WA
larry@cleanfoodfarm.com




Clean Food Farm – solar power – featured in Conservation District Newsletter

Clean Food Farm completed a successful solar project to power our egg washer/grader, our brooding operation, as well as our shop and greenhouse.

We were also featured in a recent conservation district newsletter.

PCD NEWSLETTER_Spring2019_Draft2[42652] Clean Food farm Solar Project

A great overview of our solar panels--powering our chick brooder, our egg washer and grader and so much more!

A great overview of our solar panels–powering our chick brooder, our egg washer and grader and so much more!

PCDLarryFacing south solar array and farm

What’s the Difference Between “Organic” “Free Range” and “CFF’s Pastured Organic Eggs”

The Difference Between Organic, CFF Organic Pastured, And Free Range Eggs

Our thanks to Kim Lam, Holistic Health Coach for many tips and pointers.

Compare for yourself.

Clean Food Farm certified organic pastured eggs are richer in color and flavor, with a deep orange yolk. We grade our eggs per WSDA and USDA standards but you will find to your pleasant surprise that our eggs will wake up your taste buds.

Our organic pastured chicken eggs are the best choice and they will give you better value for the buck. They simply have more nutrients than conventional eggs, industrial organic eggs, or so called “free range” eggs where the hens have “access to the outdoors” but seldom [if ever] receive free access to real grass!

Organic Pastured Chicken Egg Nutrition

Eggs are probably among the best sources of protein. Egg whites contain a lot of the amino acids while the yolk is rich with vitamins and minerals. But not all eggs are equal in terms of flavor and nutrition.

According to a study from 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project, conventional store bought eggs are nutritionally inferior to pastured eggs. Compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture (Like at Clean Food Farm) typically contain:

1⁄3 less cholesterol

1⁄4 less saturated fat

2⁄3 more vitamin A

2 times more omega-3 fatty acids

3 times more vitamin E

7 times more beta carotene

4-6 times more vitamin D

Chicken feed may be your feed too!

 

Did you know that chickens are naturally omnivores, and should be eating bugs, insects, and grub, which in essence produces nutrient-rich eggs? Clean Food Farm hens are not vegetarians!

Chicken farmers may add soy and corn to their chicken’s diet, pumping them up with GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)! These ingredients are much cheaper than animal products.

The traditional method our grandparents and great grandparents used to raise chickens was ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the tastiest, most nutrient-dense eggs.

Inside hoop looking out to pasture

So What’s The Big Deal?

Conventional eggs

Industrial chicken farming and “organic” industrial too…in the Pacific Northwest there are large industrial organic producers maintain flocks of 800,000 to 1.3 MILLION laying hens who receive little real grass and little meaningful access to the outdoors. It translates to “Miserable Chickens: buy these eggs so we can make more money while you eat a lower-nutrient not-that-great-tasting egg.”

CFF Organic Pastured eggs

Our Organic Pastured eggs are laid by chickens that are raised on the green pasture, with access to the sun, bugs, and fresh air. The chickens eat a natural omnivore diet full of bugs, the way Mother Nature wanted them to do.

Cage-free systems are still not the best, considering they are still living in crowded hen houses. This means they are trampling around in their own feces and other chicken’s feces. They have no room to move or even spread their wings. No fresh air, no sunlight.


Free range?

You would think the next best thing is free range. You immediately visualize beautiful landscapes of hens wandering around a green bed of beautiful grass with the sun shining on them all day. In fact, free range is not much different from cage free, with the exception of a tiny door or ramp that leads to another tiny area. They must have access to the outdoors. With tens or hundreds of thousands of chickens confined in one area, do you think they actually use that door?

Certified Organic eggs

Organically raised chickens must be fed food that is free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics. That must be good news right? Not necessarily.

Vegetarian

This term may be used to imply that chickens are eating a “healthier” diet, when in fact they are eating corn, soybeans, and grain.

Omega 3 enhanced eggs

These chickens are fed a diet of flax seed or fish oils, but may be confined or in an industrial setup.

Trully, healthy chickens that are free to run around and eat grass, bugs, and greens just lay a much superior egg. No egg produced in a large industrial “organic” or conventionsl egg factory/operation can compare. Of course you could eat more conventional eggs to reap the same amount of nutrition, but then you are adding more calories to your diet.

Clean Food Farm can supply fresh pastured organic eggs from hens that are raised organically in a nice environment with a large open area. If you buy our eggs you might be lucky enough to purchase the eggs on the same day they are laid.

Email Clean Food Farm’s lead farmer with any questions about our organic pastured eggs laid from happy hens –>  larry@cleanfoodfarm.com

Clean Food Farm Ranked 9th in US for Organic Pastured egg farms

Last week the Cornucopia Institute published its comprehensive evaluation of  hundreds of certified organic egg laying operations nationwide. Our farm was graded 9th best in the US  (and second in Washington State) as a truly pastured organic laying operation. Real pasture makes the difference in the flavor and nutrition of our pastured organic eggs.  Know your farmer…know your food!

See for yourself. The full 2020 Scrambled Eggs report is located here.

CFF OS Mobile Hoop Coop facing North w4000 sf pasture w lectro netting SMALL