The local suppliers that have cracked the secret to good egg production...
Good Food Guy
With Easter just around the corner, what can be more timely than a piece about eggs? You may not have much of an opinion on eggs – all too often they can be disappointingly unspectacular, seen as a form of fast food or a way to get your daily protein intake rather than a meal to savour, but let me tell you, there are eggs and then there are eggs
I recently had the good fortune to be introduced to Cacklebean Eggs in Stow-on-the-Wold. Now, I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but first appearances really can matter. Right from the outset, these looked different to the normal, standardised eggs you tend to bulk buy from the supermarket. From the beautifully-printed egg boxes, complete with the decorative Cacklebean Eggs logo, to the eggs themselves – the most exquisite white shells of the Arlington White… these eggs just looked special.
And I wasn’t wrong. With their vivid golden yolks and bright, almost grassy, flavour, these eggs are without a doubt the best I’ve ever tasted. They remind me of how eggs used to taste before they became homogenised to within an inch of their life, as is the case with so much food that is mass-produced today.
What is it that makes Cacklebean Eggs so good? Well, you can argue that animal welfare plays a part. Paddy and Steph who run Cackleberry Farm, the home of Cacklebean Eggs, are passionate about their ‘girls’. They also care about their ‘boys’ too and allow the cocks to lead their lives in peace rather than dispatching of them within an hour of being born as is sadly all too often the case. All the chickens are hatched and bred on the farm and given free range to forage in the farm’s pastures. Shelter is in the form of large sheds which contain perches and a large scratch area. Monthly visits from the local vet ensures that the chickens remain in tip top condition throughout their lives. These are genuinely happy hens indeed.
Does this commitment to animal welfare produce a better-tasting egg? Well, I’m not the only person out there who thinks so – Cacklebean Eggs are the top choice for a number of celebrity chefs (James Martin, Tom Aikens), as well as local and national restaurants, and you can even spot them on the ‘Great British Menu’ TV show.
If it’s been a while since you had a genuinely good egg or are wondering quite how anyone can get so excited about this unassuming food, I urge you to hunt out these exquisite eggs from this fantastic local producer. They may just be the best eggs you have this Easter.
Where to find Cacklebean Eggs in the Cotswolds
Sherborne Village Shop, Burford Garden Centre, Blockley Village Shop, The Hive in Stow-on-the-Wold, Otis and Belle bakery in Moreton-in-Marsh, UE Coffee Roasters in Oxfordshire, Coln Community Stores, Dunkertons Cider Shop. There are also deliveries to Bath, Bristol and London.
Make sure you enter this month’s prize draw to win a tour of Cackleberry Farm AND a hamper of Cacklebean Eggs!