The other day I drove to the parking area of Ikea. One of the Egg EggPress stops is over there. Exciting!
I had heard the queues could be quite long. I didn’t see any queues anywhere. I didn’t see groups of people hanging around, back-slapping camaraderie haven't-seen-you-for-a-while, I didn’t see people swapping egg recipes and egg peeling hints. Apparently, that’s all done on-line. There was one lady looking around, like she was waiting, close to where I parked. Waiting for eggs? I nearly asked her. As it turned out, she was waiting for eggs. The white delivery van came and, suddenly, there was queue, people appearing out of nowhere. Five cartons, three cartons, six cartons – these are 30 egg cartons I’m talking about. I bought one carton only; starting small.
Food Safety Authorities being food safety authorities, at one point there was a danger of the farmer having to park his van in the farmyard for good. Bureaucracy; red tape; paper work; EU regulations. The authorities’ view was that the farmer was driving a shop-on-wheels and needed permits for every single stop on his routes. Finally they understood that there was no shop-on-wheels. He was just delivering eggs people had already bought. No need for separate permits. Common sense won!
These are free range eggs (as per Finnish regulations). The chicken get to roam inside, outside, within the confines of a large fenced area, every day of the year. We have to remember that chicken are meat eaters, they don’t live on feed alone. Worms and creepy crawlers are an essential part of their diet. Friidas, as the ladies are called, get to peck their worms and creepy crawlers to their heart’s content and the eggs (also called Friida) they produce are much tastier! They aren’t organic as far as nit-picking regulations and bureaucracy and official stamps are concerned. But I do think they are organic in the way nature intended things to be.
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