Harvest Season vs. Seasonal Egg Decline

It’s harvest season on the farmers’ markets are packed. Hooray! Hey, where did all the eggs go?

Last week, for the first time this year, I ran out of eggs before the farmer’s market closed.

One of the sad things about being in the free-range egg business is that the seasonal peak in egg production (April and May) is horrendously mismatched with the seasonal peak in farmer’s market customers (August and September).

This is a hard problem without a very good solution. (Telling people that they should buy a whole fryer instead of eggs, because a chicken is nothing but an experienced egg, doesn’t work!) It’s made even more difficult because demand slackens after September, and it’s hard to engineer a two-month egg peak in the wrong season. read more...