Egg-xtraor­di­nary day for egg farm­ers

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY GLEN WHIFFEN glen.whiffen@thetele­gram.com

Egg pro­duc­ers get a lit­tle ex­cited on the sec­ond Fri­day of Oc­to­ber each year — it’s the day they take a crack at jointly pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of buy­ing and eat­ing lo­cally pro­duced eggs.

As part of World Egg Day on Fri­day, egg farmer Alex Small­wood and Kelly Baggs, of­fice man­ager for the Egg Farm­ers of New­found­land and Labrador, set up a dis­play at Sobeys in Par­adise to in­form cus­tomers about the ben­e­fits of eat­ing eggs. Of course, a coupon for a free dozen eggs helped hatch a con­ver­sa­tion.

Small­wood, man­ager of Russ­wood Poul­try on Roaches Line, said he en­joys telling peo­ple about the health ben­e­fits of eggs and ex­plain­ing the farm­ing process.

“We are just try­ing to get the in­for­ma­tion out about how eggs are lo­cally pro­duced, fresh, and a high-qual­ity nu­tri­tious food,” Small­wood said. “Con­sump­tion is up in New­found­land and the in­dus­try is grow­ing. We’ve had a few new farms start up in the last cou­ple of years.”

Eggs are touted as a top-qual­ity protein food at an affordable price. The pro­teins con­tained within eggs are said to be highly im­por­tant in the devel­op­ment of the brain and mus­cles, have a key role to play in dis­ease pre­ven­tion and con­tribute to gen­eral well-be­ing.

GLEN WHIFFEN/THE TELE­GRAM

Egg farmer Alex Small­wood of Russ­wood Poul­try on Roaches Line and Kelly Baggs, of­fice man­ager of the Egg Farm­ers of New­found­land and Labrador, talk to cus­tomers at Sobeys in Par­adise Fri­day about the ben­e­fits of eat­ing eggs that are pro­duced lo­cally.

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