Bringing your free-range eggs directly from the family farm to your plate. When we say directly we mean directly. This item is Shipped directly from the Teramachi family to you. The order box will arrive separately from other contents of your order. Please note that the family can only dispatch orders on Tuesday and Friday. Thank you for your understanding. We'll tell you everything you need to know about free-range eggs below. One box contains 10 eggs.
The Teramachis live with their 3 young children in Mino, in the Gifu prefecture of Japan. Mino is known for Washi, Udatsu roofed houses and friendly neighbors. They own and literally live on a large field producing one of Japan's finest rice and a handful of vegetables. What started as a hobby became a small business over time. Currently, all their vegetables are sold out throughout the year to friends, family, and local customers in the area.
Their small scale egg farm is a new extension to their family business and is directly placed on the field next to their all-wooden house. The whole family takes part in the business - even the little ones help out whenever they can or want. The hens have roof shelter but no walls, space to freely roam around, climb and carry out natural behaviors such as nesting, roosting, and foraging. See images. The feed consists of a variety of non-GMO, including rice and green vegetables either self-produced or sourced feed (everything is listed below). It goes without saying that the hens are never force-fed and never is their beak clipped.
Things you need to know about eggs:
About yolk color: The egg’s yolk color is affected mainly by the hen's diet. Hens at the Teramachi farm are not fed a diet for the sole purpose to darken the yolk but are rather fed a healthy and well balanced and sustainable mix. (see more below). Therefore the yolk color is lighter than your usual caged egg.
About differences in nutritional value: There is a misconception about outer shell and yolk color and its effect on nutritional value. It is important to point out the current science's standpoint. There is none to little nutritional difference between caged eggs, free-range eggs, and organic eggs, white eggs, brown eggs, small eggs, and big eggs unless the eggs have been enriched or modified. Vitamin-enriched eggs are popular in Japan and these are obtained by feeding the hens much higher doses of feed containing vitamin E or D which will show up as residues in the egg.
About pasture-raising: In Japan, due to avian influenza (bird flu) and wild predators such as foxes, it is very risky for small farms (or chicken farms in general) to leave the hens roaming outside freely on pasture as it is very likely they might get infected or eaten. This and the scarcity of space are the main reasons why pasture-raised chicken is a very rare sight in Japan. Nevertheless, we strongly believe that the ability for hens lay their eggs in nests, run and spread their wings are basic requirements for ethical farming. For this reason, we have selected the Teramachi farm which shares our beliefs and concept.
||1 pack contains 10 eggs.
||Weight and size varies between eggs from 55g - 65g
||One pack serves 5-10, depending on serving style.
Shipping & Handling
||Shipping and delivery are chilled during the hot summer months.
||Keep chilled in the fridge below 10°C (45°F)
||Safe to be consumed raw, boiled, stirred or use as an ingredient.
||10 days from the date of arrival. The expiration dates for eggs are much longer but depending on the storage temperature and cooking method the expiration date varies heavily. The 10 days is the safest method.
|Country of Origin
||Environmentally friendly recycled and molded paper pulp.
||Directly from the Teramachi family to you. The order box will arrive separately from your meat order. Please note that the Teramachi family can only dispatch orders on Tuesday and Friday.
||Unfortunately, delivery date requests can't be guaranteed. Delivery time-frame requests, however, are possible.
||During the warm and hot months between April and October, your order will arrive chilled.
|Size and Shape
Free-range eggs vary in size, shell-color, and shape. Free-range eggs yolks vary in color throughout the year.
✔ Small scale micro-farm with less than 200 hens.
✔ Chicken manure is used as fertilizer - sustainable farming.
✔ All year round free-range, cageless hens.
✔ The hens have roof shelter and no walls, space to freely roam around, climb and carry out natural behaviors such as nesting, roosting, and foraging.
✔ No antibiotics, no growth hormones - ever
✔ No GMO-feed. The feed includes home-grown rice and home-grown green vegetables as well as a healthy mix of mostly locally sourced rice meal, fermented leaves, mushroom beds, soybean skin, fishmeal, seaweed, and oyster shells.
✔ One farm, one family - delivery directly from the farm to your house. 100% traceability.
✔ Probably one of the few happiest and healthiest hens that you can find in Japan.
✔ These eggs are so safe that they can be eaten raw!
At A Glance
||Goto Momiji, a breed specially bred for Japan's climate changes.
||Mino, Gifu Prefecture
|All year free-range, cageless. No walls but roof shelter.
||Nahoko Teramachi (Wife)
Madoka Teramachi (Husband)
|Egg Farming Experience
||Brown rice (home-grown)
Rice meal (Gifu prefecture)
Fermented leaves (home-grown)
Mushroom beds (Yamagata prefecture)
Green vegetables (home-grown)
Soybean skin (Aichi prefecture)
Oyster shell (Hiroshima prefecture)
All feed is non-GMO.
||100% fully traceable from hatchery to the farm to your plate.
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