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Les and family share the work load of looking after their free range hens, situated east of Durham. Many trees have been planted by the family to give shelter and protection for the birds.

The farm has a specific Bio-diversity Action Plan which helped identify the right species. The tree planting scheme was specifically designed to reflect the composition of the local mixed broadleaf woodland.  Trees planted include Ash,  Dowdy Birch and Rowan, with a small selection of  Sessile Oak, Bord Cherry and Alder. Shrubs include Hawthorne and Hazel and Goat Willow with one or two fast growing trees like Hybrid Poplar and Willow for quicker cover and a few pine and spruce to give cover in winter.

The area is rich in wildlife – with Barn Owls, Pipistrelle Bats and Black Grouse who really appreciate the berry produciung tree species.

About Us

Barn 2 buyer free range egg production is set in the rural area of Weardale, County Durham in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The farm began in 2013 as a new venture, and our free range egg business has continued to flourish since then.

Free as a Bird!

All our hens are free to roam in the grass lands and tree lines of our land, giving shelter and safety to our birds. A newly planted tree range encourages the birds to venture further afield and forms part of their natural environment.

Our birds have access to an extensive range that also provides cover from air born predators and encourages their natural behaviour.

Barn 2 Buyer is audited regularly by local environment officers, DEFRA egg inspectors and the RSPCA. This ensures that a high standard of bird welfare and egg quality is maintained.

 

We are credited with being Lion Code and we are RSPCA assured.

We meet all required welfare standards, hygiene levels and traceability.

Salmonella testing and good environmental practices are in place, and these are monitored carefully.

Our Producer Code is   1 UK 22339.

Egg Facts

Carbon Footprint

Did you know that last year the UK consumed approximately 10.5 billion eggs? That’s an average of about 178 per person.

Have you ever thought about where they come from?

Unfortunately not everyone has the space/time, or indeed the desire to keep chickens. If you buy your eggs from your local supplier or supermarket you may rightly think that the eggs have been sourced from the local farms around your area. This isn’t always the case.

The Egg Miles tool will allow you to enter a code that is found on each egg you buy and will tell you which part of the country it has come from.

Click here to find out how far your egg has travelled.

 

 

Egg Traceability Explained

 

Egg sizes

Got a recipe with egg numbers instead of sizes? Our handy guide will help you convert them.

Eggs are now sold in four different sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Very Large (these replace the old sizes 0 to 7)

New Size Weight* Old Size
Very Large 73g +over Size 0
Size 1
Large 63 – 73g Size 1
Size 2
Size 3
Medium 53 – 63g Size 3
Size 4
Size 5
Small 53g + under Size 5
Size 6
Size 7

*Each size band starts at the minimum weight and includes eggs up to, but not including, the maximum weight, for example a large egg can be 63g-72.99g.

The British Egg Information Service recommends using large eggs in recipes that specify the old size 3 egg, for example, scrambled eggs, pancake mixture, cakes, soufflés and meringues. However, recipes often vary, so some trial and error may be required for certain dishes.

For some of our fantastic recipes using eggs please click here.

Egg nutrition and health

The answer to the question ‘are eggs good for you’ is a resounding yes! Eggs are one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods and fit into many diets and lifestyles. You’d be hard pressed to find a food that contains such an ideal mixture of nutrients. Along with high quality protein, eggs are also naturally rich in vitamin D, B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, iodine, selenium and other essential dietary vitamins and minerals.

Egg nutrition information

Eggs are highly nutritious – they contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals and are one of the best sources of high quality protein.

Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium and iodine. They also contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline, and other essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus.

Egg nutrition breakdown.

Nutrition Information Per Small Egg (48 grams) Per Medium Size Egg (58 grams) Per Large Egg (68 grams) Per 100 grams
Energy kcal (calories) 54 66 78 131
Energy kJ 227 277 326 547
Fat (g) 3.7 4.6 5.4 9.0
Saturates (g) 1.0 1.3 1.5 2.5
Monounsaturates (g) 1.4 1.7 2.0 3.4
Polyunsaturates (g) 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.4
Carbohydrate (g) trace trace trace trace
Sugars (g) trace trace trace trace
Protein (g) 5.2 6.4 7.5 12.6
Salt (g) 0.16 0.20 0.23 0.39

Eggs and cholesterol

In the past it was thought that people should limit the number of eggs they eat because they contain cholesterol, but current evidence suggests that dietary cholesterol does not increase the risk of heart disease in most healthy people. Recommendations on limiting egg consumption have now been relaxed by all major UK heart and health advisory groups, including the British Heart Foundation and the Department of Health.

Eggs and weight loss

As with any food, the method you use to prepare and eat eggs can have an impact on the overall effectiveness of your approach to weight loss.

Whether you’re frying or scrambling, the amount of fat or oil you use to cook your eggs will have an effect on your food’s final calorific content. To minimise the amount of added fat, use spray oils or just wipe the pan with a tiny amount of oil and opt for a non-stick pan.

Whilst eggs are relatively low in calories and can be a valuable part of a reduced calorie diet, it’s the total balance of the diet and a generally healthy lifestyle, including increased exercise levels, that is important if you want to lose or maintain your weight.

Try to eat your eggs along with other nutrient-rich foods, such as vegetables, salads and whole grains.

Eggs and fitness

As they contain high quality natural protein and many other beneficial vitamins and minerals, eggs are an ideal dietary component when eating for exercise. Whether you’re aiming to build muscle, lose weight or generally get fitter and healthier, eggs can play a key role within a balanced diet to help you achieve your goals.

Why are eggs so good as part of a fitness regime? Here are a few facts …

  • Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy
  • Eggs are rich in high quality protein
  • A medium egg contains fewer than 70 calories
  • Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12 and vitamin D
  • Eggs contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline
  • Eggs contain essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus, iodine and selenium
  • The previous limits on egg consumption due to their cholesterol content have now been removed

 

Sales

All of our eggs are packed on the day of  laying. This ensures that our eggs are fresh and give you 27 days of shelf life.

All of our eggs come from hens that are free to roam our extensive range.

We provide  local deliveries, within our own region. This means that we are keeping  food miles much lower than  our competitors, and we reduce our carbon footprint in the process. 

 

We already supply a network of outlets including  farm shops, restaurants , and bakeries.

Any business with a use or a market for high quality free range eggs should contact us using the form below.

We will be happy to hear from you!

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Sales Enquiry Form