Sioux City Farmer's Market shows "egg"cellent economy
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- With over half a billion eggs recalled, you may think egg producers around the country are about to "crack" from poor sales. But that's not true, at least for local farmers.
Whether it's fried or fresh. No "yoking" Sioux City's Farmers Market is selling lots of eggs and everyone has their reasons for buying.
"Because of the salmonella outbreak," says Anne Langlois.
"I'm upset that the incident happened in the first place," says Karen Heidman.
20 year egg farmer Jerad Ebert owns about 400 chickens. He says since the recall his sales have gone up, going from twenty-five dozen a day to more than 40.
"Mostly it's that they are interested in putting a face behind the product, I go through all the eggs and clean them myself and if I don't think they are good enough I don't bring them," says Ebert.
Eberts' not alone, every local egg vendor at the market is seeing an increase in numbers and demand. The market opens at eight but eggs are gone by noon.
"You can come down here, they can tell you if they put pesticides on it, if it's organic and so you can talk to them and know more about where your food is coming from," says Farmers Market Manager Dee Polak.
Ann Langlois just bought two dozen from Freedom Farms, she wants to know exactly where her eggs are coming from.
"I am going to do this for the rest of the season as long as I can get farm fresh eggs," says Langlois.
People like Karen Heidman are buying eggs not for safety but for protest against big egg producers.
"If enough people do what I did and buy local then maybe they'll be forced to change their ways," says Heidman.
"We've added at least a third more to egg sales, but it has just happened so I think as time goes on I think it will just keep going up," says Ebert.
Some are brown, some are white, but if you want either you better get here early because, eggs are going fast.
Now, whether you have affected eggs or not, the Iowa Egg Council says as long as you cook them to 160 degrees, any bacteria will be killed and your egg will be safe to eat.