Best Deal on Eggs

If you've spent any time looking at the torturous conditions that conventional egg producers keep their laying hens in—one photo is scarier than most J-horror flicks—you'll appreciate the value of spending a couple of extra bucks on free-range eggs. But there are limits. A few weeks ago, my sister reported that a stall at her local farmers market was selling a dozen eggs for eight freakin' dollars. "Well, they're extra extra large," the farmer snipped when she gaped at the price. Outside of keeping hens in your backyard, the cheapest deal you'll find on fresh, cage-free, antibiotic-free eggs is at Madison Market. The market buys brown-shelled eggs from South Alderwood Egg Farm in Lynnwood and sells them for 19 cents apiece (or $2.28 for a dozen), cheaper than conventionally produced eggs at your local supermarket. All you have to do is bring your own carton.—Jonathan Kauffman 1600 E. Madison St., 329-1545, www.madisonmarket.com.

 
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