There’s nothing like the taste of a farm fresh egg, and we’re lucky enough here in Champaign-Urbana to have many ways to get them. If you haven’t had a farm fresh egg, then have you really ever eaten an egg? The yolks are richer and brighter, the taste is immensely superior, and best of all – they are fresher (days old versus who-knows-how-old at the typical grocery store). And with the growth of backyard chickens, there is more opportunity than ever to get eggs that have been raised near by, within days of being produced. (More on backyard chickens in another article.)
If you don’t know where to start your hunt for farm fresh eggs in or around Champaign-Urbana, don’t fret–chambanamoms.com and its readers have done the work for you. We haven’t tasted eggs from ALL of these places, so understand mentions are NOT endorsements. Of course, we would love to grow this list, so please send us additions.
Farmers’ Markets: Of course many vendors at area farmers’ markets sell eggs. At Urbana’s Market at the Square, vendors with fresh eggs include Moore Family Farms and Triple S. Our advice: if you want eggs, go early.
University of Illinois Meat Sales Room. This popular foodie hangout sells locally raised meats as well as eggs. Days and hours of service are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.White, brown and specialty eggs are available in large flats of 30 eggs each. These are “nest-run” eggs.
University of Illinois Poultry Farm: Open Tuesday mornings from 7 to 10 a.m. White, brown and specialty eggs are available in large flats of 30 eggs each. Only cash and check are accepted at this location. 3603 S. Race St., Urbana
Common Ground Food Co-Op, Urbana: Open Daily. Common Ground sources local eggs from as close as Mansfield, and always has several options available.
Bane Family Meats: Order eggs through the cufarmers.com purchasing program, and have eggs ready for you to pick up on Wednesday afternoons in the Research Park.
Do you know of other farms or locations where you can buy farm fresh eggs in the Champaign-Urbana area? Leave them in the comments, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.