Farm Fresh and Local

Green eggs and ham…not!

If you grew up in Kansas or Missouri, you’re probably accustomed to a fresh egg…at least you thought you were. I have discovered some pretty good eggs that are grown locally and taste exceptional. Now, I am not talking about those white eggs found in grocery stores or those green eggs found in Dr. Seuss’ book. I am talking about those beautiful brown eggs with a dark golden yolk. I am talking about Campo Lindo Farms’ eggs grown by Jay and Carol Maddick south of Lathrop, Mo.

Now, I must confess, sometimes I just buy Campo Lindo Farms’ eggs just for the little typed farm update inserted in each carton. For example, I found this quote in my carton this week:

“Hi from Campo Lindo Farms. The ladies are being a little finicky these days. Jay built some new nest boxes for them to lay eggs in, and we were sure they would love them. These are community nests–a cozy little hut with straw where they can settle in and lay eggs, and on the plus side for us, that are easier to gather eggs out of. I guess the ladies are not too worried about making it easy on us because so far, only a couple of hens have used them. Oh well, maybe they’ll grow to like them. We sure hope so!! Thank you for supporting local very-set-in-their-ways hens. Carol, Jay, Brandon & Isabel.” 

Now if that isn’t personal, I don’t know what is!

Campo Lindo Farms is a genuine family farm located about 35 miles north of Kansas City. The 280-acre farm is also the Maddocks’ home and workplace. They raise all natural, free-range chickens, turkeys, lamb and beef. The name Campo Lindo means “beautiful country” in Carol’s native Chilean language, and you can just imagine the landscape at this beautiful farm.

At Campo Lindo, they refer to their layer hens as “the ladies.” They have about 3,600, and they keep busy supplying the Kansas City area with Grade A large brown eggs. The ladies live in large barns, and they have pastures in which to roam and play. They often have to share the pasture with the local sheep and horses, but they don’t seem to mind too much.

Since the hens are free-range, they receive an all-natural feed ration, which is mostly corn and soybeans, in addition to the grass, bugs and critters they find in the pastures. And the Maddocks use no antibiotics or hormones. 

The Maddocks gather eggs by hand two or three times per day from straw-filled nests located inside the barn where the hens sleep and lay eggs. The ladies are funny in that they have their favorite nests and will almost line up in order to lay in a particular box. 

At night, the Maddocks lock the ladies in the barn so that they will be safe from nocturnal predators. Jay claims there is an abundant population of coyotes, foxes, raccoons and even opossums that are always on the hunt. At dawn’s first light, they open up the nest boxes and the barn doors. The ladies can’t wait to get outside!

The Maddocks say they feel privileged to provide locals with their eggs and poultry and want customers to know that when they sit down to a plate of their eggs, they are supporting local farmers. 

Here is my favorite childhood recipe using Campo Lindo eggs that I am sure you will enjoy. I know my brothers and I sure did!