OPTIONS FOR EGGS FROM SMALLER FLOCKS:
Direct From Farms:
Riverglen Biodynamic Farm, 230 Davidson’s Side Road, west end of Ottawa
Where: at the farm Thursdays and Saturdays (pre-ordered)
Black's Family Farm, 6588 Fallowfield Rd
Call to find out when/where: 613-831-2642
No website (found on the Just Food's Buy Local webpage)
Dunbrae Farms, 4900 Appleton Sideroad, Almonte
Where: at the farm available daily (certified organic)
Also at: Almonte Farmers Market
Castor River Farm, 2696 9th Line Road, Metcalfe (Flock of around 90 hens)
Where: at the farm Sundays
Some farms may include eggs in their CSA baskets as this can be seen as an extension of their "farm gate" but check directly with them before you sign up. At one point these farms did indicate you could get eggs with the CSA but they may have changed their policy:
Aubin Farms - Spencerville (south of Kemptville on 416)
Connaught Acres - Chesterville (southeast of Metcalfe)
Maple Forest Produce - Almonte
Phone: 613-327-9279 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (M. McEwen)
Rock-N-Horse Farm -1267 Rae Road, Almonte
Phone: 613-256-6117 Email: email@example.com
Covenant Farm - Clarence Creek (east of Ottawa)
You may be able to find more on Just Food's Buy Local webpage (you can query for organic, CSA's or specific products that you wish to buy) - check back there next spring!
Ottawa Organic Farmers Market, Heron and Bank on Saturdays from 10 - 2 pm
Currently they have seven farms listed that provide eggs to the market.
Does anyone know which farms sell at the markets in Ottawa?
Explore Your Own Network:
You may be surprised who has a connection to a farm. As mentioned before my boss at work had some hens at his place in Mechanicsville for awhile. And my friend's sister's farm was just out past Manotick and someone else I talked to got her eggs from a friend at work who had a hobby farm. Just start asking around!
Support CLUCK and DEMAND that the city initiate a backyard chicken pilot program. What about a chicken cooperative where a neighborhood shares in the joys and chores of taking care of chickens and benefitting from the eggs? More and more cities are allowing changes to their ordinances so that people can have laying hens in urban areas: Surrey, B.C. (1 year pilot), Vancouver, Victoria, London, Niagara Falls,
What about this option:
Or how about the Ottawa Foodie Group website? There was someone who started a thread about finding farm fresh eggs in the Ottawa South area. One farmer from just outside of Perth posted that people could contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to purchase their eggs in town.
Would love to hear about how others source eggs!
More on Sustainable Eggs/ Poultry Farms:
Preamble (March 2010) : The start of my search for humanely raised chickens
April 2011 Post: Where to Get Farm Fresh Eggs in the City - Part One
June 2011 Post: Saying No to Monoculture Poultry Farms - Part Two
October 2013 Post: A Happy Hen is a Health Egg - Part Three