Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Whole theses have been written on this topic, but we are clear: on Sunshine Mesa Farm, the chicken always comes first!
Where can I buy your eggs/meat?
Our eggs are available at retail markets in the North Fork and Roaring Fork Valleys of Colorado. Broilers are available directly from our farm.
Can you ship your eggs?
Unfortunately, no. We are committed to providing food locally, and demand is well beyond our supply. Also, we are a licensed egg dealer only within the state of Colorado. We absolutely encourage you to buy pastured eggs at your local grocery or farmer's market. Better yet, raise some backyard chickens of your own!
How many chickens do you have?
We currently have about 400 laying hens, and raise around 100 meat birds each year. We plan to grow our operation to around 2,500 birds (this is the number that can be sustainably supported on our pasture).
Do you dye your eggs?
Nope! Different breeds of chickens lay different colored eggs, and we have about 20 breeds. Read more about the chickens.
Do different egg colors taste different?
No, there’s really no difference in taste based on the eggshell color. However, because our girls get lots of greens and good stuff, our eggs are richer in flavor and contain more nutrients and less fat/cholesterol than a factory farmed, cage-free egg.
Some people think that the dark brown Marans eggs are richer in flavor. Fun fact: in the novels by Ian Fleming, James Bond would only eat Marans eggs!
Are your eggs organic?
Not at this time. We make our own feed at our mill, The Delta Elevator. Unfortunately, most organic feed ingredients come from China, and we don't have enough locally-sourced organic ingredients here yet.
In addition to what the chickens find on pasture, we feed our hens a ration of custom blended, locally sourced, 100% non-GMO feed, as well as our home grown, baled alfalfa, and calcium for shell building.
Can I visit your farm?