Natural, cage-free eggs with dreamy yellow yolks? Don’t mind if we do. Heck, make it a double dozen from the happy hens at MilkRun partner farms in your neck of the woods. Start every morning on the sunny side with these yummy yolks gazing up at you from the pan — and take pride in every bite, knowing your breakfast (or lunch, or dinner) is helping small farms flourish and building a stronger and more sustainable local food system in your community.
Changing the world is a mighty job. That’s why our mission is to start small — one home, one neighborhood and one egg at a time.
Now, imagine if every household in your city bought a dozen eggs from a local farmer through MilkRun every week for one year — all those small commitments would quickly add up to a whole lot more money going back into your local farmers’ pockets.
So whether you’re starting your MilkRun subscription today or are a longtime subscriber finally taking the leap on getting your weekly dozen delivered by us, we want to say thanks. Because when we all start small, together we can help small farms flourish and build stronger and more sustainable local food systems that will nourish the communities we call home for years to come.
The Farmers:Sam and Carolynn Moffett
Animals Raised:Wholesome beef, chicken, and eggs, they also grow oats, ryegrass, hairy vetch, turnips daikon radishes, various clover varieties, sorghum, sudangrass, cowpeas, sun hemp, native and exotic perennial grasses.
Farming Practices:A regenerative farm, Shirttail uses a no-till drill for planting, occasionally lightly discs a field, plants legumes and grasses, adheres to the Haney soil test (gives more info than standard soil tests, which tests water infiltration and soil structure; managed intensive grazing, hot fence, paddocks, rotating cattle at high stock density -- an abundance of grass rotating every week, every single day during the high season. No herbicides or pesticides or antibiotics are used, they try to produce as much forage on the farm as possible, and plan for dry seasons by making silage hay, wrapping the bales in plastic to retain nutrient value. Laying hens are raised on pasture and are supplemented with non-GMO soy-free feed.
Certifications: Pursuing Certified Humane for eggs.
Advice:“Customers should ask questions of their farmers and of the sources of their food. I would encourage customers to ask those questions, and get a direct response.”
The Farmers:George Trager and Susie, his Lab-border collie mix. She goes everywhere with George, even to MilkRun.
Year Founded:Around 2014-15. As George puts it, there was never an official start date, he just started buying chickens and the business steadily grew.
Animals Raised:Around 200 chickens. George’s chickens are not just one breed but many; he likes that he can produce a lot more than just all brown or all white eggs. 6 goats also live on the farm.
Farming Practices:These chickens are raised on a diet of six-grain scratch, protein crumbles, rolled whole barley, and oyster shells to supplement their calcium. No antibiotics or hormones are used. George adheres to sustainable, organic practices and lets hischickens out every morning to graze on open pasture; at night, they’re fenced off to about a quart of an acre.
Quote:Speaking to why he does it all, George says, “I like it, it’s a service I feel that I’m giving to people that can’t otherwise get fresh eggs.”
The Farmers:Dale and Amy Ringger, Jasmine Ringger and more family members.
Year Founded: 2002
Farming Practices: This farm’s vegetable farming practices are sustainable, meaning they only use organically approved insect and disease control and soil amendments, including compost and minerals. They also use tractor cultivating, hoeing, and hand weeding to control weeds. Crop rotations and cover crops naturally help build the soil and reduce insect damage.
Quote:Speaking in an interview some years ago, this is what Dale RIngger had to say when asked what sustainable farming means to him: “Simply doing things organically. We try to leave the land better than we found it.”
The Farmers:Mike Trent, his dogs, Rosie, Nicky, and Squeak, and a goat named Edgar (dubbed, the farm manager).
Year Founded:The family farm’s roots go back to 1889.
Animals Raised:Plymouth Barred Rock, Australorp, Leghorn, Buff Orpington, Black Star, Red Star, Rhode Island Red, Sussex, Wyandotte and Easter Egger chickens.
Farming Practices:Pasture-raised chickens fed on a natural diet of grass and insects with some supplemental feed.
Fun Farm Fact:Yes, blue or green eggs are produced at Trent Family Farms. These are produced by Mike’s Easter Egg chickens, a variety that doesn’t conform to a specific breed standard but is unique in producing these colorful eggs. Time to make your dream of Green Eggs and Ham a reality!
The Farmers:Bernie Nash.
Year Founded:2007, but Mad Hatcher has been Bernie’s moniker since he was 13 years old.
Animals Raised:Bovans Brown hens, Barred Rock chickens, North American Blue Footed Poulet Bleu chickens.
Farming Practices:These chickens are free-range and raised on a feed that Bernie grinds and mixes on his own containing corn, soy, barley, peas, canola oil, and mineral mix.
Fun Farm Fact:Bernie has been raising chickens since he was 13. He was awarded the 4H Poultry of the Year Award in 1973.