Sometimes I wish I lived on a farm out in the country (or at least had the chance to spend a long weekend at one). I could bask in nature, enjoy a little quiet. (Ok, I know it’s only quiet until the animals start making noise…but I bet it beats the sound of sirens and car horns any day). I’d wake up to birds chirping, sunshine streaming in my window, and the smell of fresh-mown grass. Then I’d start my day with fresh milk and eggs, and maybe a loaf of country bread.
I know this idyllic picture is a little too good to be true (for starters, I know absolutely nothing about farming). Since I can’t live on a farm, I am always thrilled when I can eat fresh food that’s as close to the farm as I can get it. I recently had the chance to try From the Farm’s quail eggs and I was instantly smitten.
First off, they’re adorable (tiny!) and absolutely gorgeous. If you’re wondering if they taste like hen eggs, yes, their flavor is very similar. I’ve heard the flavor of quail eggs described by some people as gamey, but these eggs were mild flavored and not at all gamey. The main difference I noticed between quail eggs and hen eggs is that quail eggs have a slightly higher yolk to white ratio than hen eggs (delicious and perfect for the yolk-lovers like me!). And these eggs were incredibly fresh.
I have tremendous respect for our farmers and so does From the Farm; in fact, their mission is to support American family farms. Their all-natural quail eggs come from Zachary Turnbull’s farm in Bloomington, Indiana.
Zach comes from a long generation of Scottish-American farmers who first arrived in the U.S. in 1884. He is passionate about what he does and takes great care in providing these gourmet delicacies; his beautiful quail eggs come from birds that are raised naturally and have never received antibiotics or hormones. (And he harvests and ships them the same day so they arrive as fresh as possible!) Zach said many people who have allergies to chicken eggs can still enjoy quail eggs, and that hard boiled quail eggs are a great size for kids (4 quail eggs is equivalent to about 1 large hen’s egg).
So, what was the first thing I made with my quail eggs? Salmon Niçoise Salad, and it was a meal to behold.
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And now for the fun part – the giveaway! Zachary Turnbull and From the Farm are generously providing two dozen fresh, gorgeous quail eggs for one lucky reader.
- Leave me a comment telling me if you’ve ever tried quail eggs.
- Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to make with eggs.
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This giveaway ends Monday, August 27 at 9PM EST; after that the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. Good luck to all!
From the Farm is also providing a 10% discount on any quantity of fresh quail eggs! Use coupon code EDIBLEMOSAIC, which is valid through 8/27/12.
Disclaimer: I received quail eggs to try for free, and Zachary Turbull and From the Farm are also providing the prize pack for this giveaway. As always, opinions stated are my own.