When leaving a fund-raiser for the Agricultural Stewardship Association this past Saturday at American Masala Farm, the beautiful Washington County farm belonging to Suvir Saran and Charlie Byrd, they gave my wife and I a variety of eggs from their wonderful collection of chickens, guinea fowl, ducks and geese, including many heritage breeds. As you can probably tell if you have been reading this blog for any length of time, I love eggs and I love a variety of eggs. Our special gift consisted of eggs from a variety of chickens, guinea hens and ducks including one from the heritage black Cayuga duck breed that originated around Cayuga lake in new York State. The breed is considered to be threatened by The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The birds are prized for both their meat and their eggs. The eggs in the photo above are all chicken eggs produced by a wide variety of breeds. The color of the egg shells is determined by the chicken breed, while the internal yolk color is determined by what the birds eat. These have a nice, rich, dark yellow color.
Speckled brown chicken egg
Guinea, Cayuga duck and speckled chicken eggs