I was recently one of the lucky ones to participate in the Summer Side Up Cooking Workshop with Local Conestoga Farms and one of my favourite ladies Erin MacGregor at the beautiful The Edible Story venue in Toronto. Erin is a registered dietician, co-creator of How To Eat and most importantly a mom. Erin hosted a workshop where we prepared unBEATable family friendly recipes to help make feeding our kids even easier this summer. Why is this so important? It turns them into happy, willing explorers of meals made at home.
Being a local farm to table advocate, a lover of eggs and a mom, I was really excited to be part of this eggs-cellent event. 😉
Conestoga Farms pride themselves with working with egg farmers in Southwestern Ontario which means supporting local egg farmers and giving you the freshest eggs. Conestoga Farms only partners with farmers who are passionate about what they do and committed to bringing quality, premium eggs to Ontario families. Why choose Conestoga Farms?.......
Because Local Matters
"When you choose eggs by Conestoga Farms for your kitchen, you are choosing wholesome, local eggs produced by proud Ontario farmers and their families. Our eggs are certified local by Foodland Ontario. Look for the logo on the carton so that you know you are supporting your local Ontario egg farmers.
Conestoga Farms is proud to work with Gray Ridge Egg Farms in the distribution of eggs to fine retailers across the province. We’re also proud members of Egg Farmers of Ontario and Egg Farmers of Canada, ensuring safe, quality egg production local.
It’s all about our farmers and our eggs. Our farmers are proud members of the Egg Farmers of Ontario and the Egg Farmers of Canada. Our eggs are certified local by Foodland Ontario. Look for the Foodland Ontario logo on your carton to know that you’re supporting local Ontario egg farmers.
For more information visit, www.conestogafarms.com "
Below I will be sharing the different types of eggs they offer as well as a farm to table collaboration; where I have created a delicious recipe for you to make and enjoy together with your family.
Photo Courtesy: Conestoga Eggs
Conestoga Farms have many egg options to choose from, Organic Free Range & Organic Fed, Free Range From hens with access to outdoor pastures, Free Run Omega -3 and Hard Boiled & Peeled Snack Pack for a quick snack or to enjoy in salads or even on the go! So let me share some facts about the variety and options.
Organic Free Range & Organic Fed
All of our organic laying hens are fed Canadian Organic Regime (COR) certified feed, made from non-GMO grains. These non-GMO grains are produced on prohibited substance-free land. Our organic feed is 100% vegetarian with no animal by-products.
Conestoga Farms™ organic eggs are laid by Ontario-raised, organically fed laying hens that live on free range farms, with access to outdoor pastures.
Free Range From hens with access to outdoor pastures
Conestoga Farms™ free range eggs are laid by Ontario-raised laying hens that live on open concept farms, with access to outdoor pastures. They can freely forage, scratch peck, perch and lay their eggs in nest boxes.All our hens are fed nutrient-rich, all-grain, registered feed formulas, made from approved ingredients, as required by the Canada Feeds Act.
Free Run Omega-3 (White or Brown)
Omega-3 polyunsaturates are essential fatty acids required for health. Omega-3 polyunsaturates aren’t produced by the body – they must come from the diet1. Conestoga Farms™ free run omega-3 eggs are produced by feeding our hens an all-grain diet, enriched with flax seed, a source of DHA omega-3 polyunsaturates. Each large free run omega-3 egg contains 0.4 g of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Conestoga Farms Free Run Omega-3 brown eggs are also enriched with 1 mg of lutein per egg. (The white eggs are enriched with omega-3 only.) Lutein is an antioxidant found in the eye that supports healthy vision. It has been shown to help reduce the risk of developing eye diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).2,3Lutein as added to eggs by adding lutein-rich marigold extract to the hens’ diet.
1Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/
2Canadian Association of Optometrists, https://opto.ca/health-library/national-nutrition-month-eye-food-info
3American Optometric Association, https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/diet-and-nutrition/lutein
Hard Boiled & Peeled Snack Pack
Conestoga Farms® Free Run On the Run™ eggs are cooked and peeled, then packaged in a convenient twin pack, for an easy, ready-to-eat snack – no peeling required.
One of the take aways from the workshop, was to create a family friendly recipe to share with all of you. I have chosen Conestoga’s Organic Free Range & Organic Fed to create a delicious and fun farm to table recipe that can be enjoyed by all.
Photo Courtesy: Josh Tenn Yuk
Since Conestoga Farms pride themselves with working with local farmers, using local farm fresh in season ingredients was a must. A healthy and nutritious powerhouse like spinach, was the perfect pairing to use as it is a local and fresh in season ingredient..
Photo Courtesy: Irene Matys
Spinach & Creme Fraiche Coddled Eggs are one of my families favourite. A delicious Conestoga Organic Egg nestled in creamy flavourful sauce with local spinach; baked and served with toast soldiers for little hands to have fun dipping. Click the link to enjoy. Conestoga Farms
Photo Courtesy: Irene Matys
What did I enjoy the most about this workshop, not only to support our local egg farmers but how this workshop brought together so many wonderful moms for a fun and delicious cooking opportunity together while we shared a meal and build friendships.
Photo Courtesy: Josh Tenn Yuk
"Food not only nourishes us but it connects us!" This statement could not have been any more appropriate at the Summer Side Up Cooking Workshop! Being surrounded by like minded moms and the importance of supporting local made this a wonderful and memorable event! The importance of supporting our local farmers not only gives us and our families fresh quality food but it supports our local farmers financially so they are able to provide for their own families. Thank you to Traci from Conestoga Farms and Erin MacGregor for teaching us, educating us and giving us the opportunity to work together to prepare family friendly meals to share with our own families! xo