A basket full of colorful eggs with decorative daisy flowers. In the corner, text that says "National Egg Day".

Yesterday was National Egg Day, according to those fun “unusual holiday” calendars.  A basket full of colorful eggs with decorative daisy flowers.  In the corner, text that says "National Egg Day".

We celebrated by gathering up this week’s eggs in a basket to take a picture of their awesome variations.  Our ducks lay eggs with shells that are different colors from each other, which is pretty cool to see! This doesn’t impact the taste or color of the egg itself at all, and is mostly related to the bloom on the egg.

The eggs are also still coming out with some variation in size, since the ducks are young and only recently started laying.  Buttercup is the first duck to lay consistently — basically all “extra large” size white pretty eggs.

We also gave the ducks a bouquet of trimmed arugula flowers as a treat!

In honor of National Egg Day, I’d also like to pass along a recommendation for my ideal method of making scrambled eggs.  Such an easy food, but it’s so easy to make bad scrambled eggs.  Follow these instructions and it’ll be perfect.

 

Meghan and her sister Hannah are at a farmers market, in front of the sign. They are wearing masks.

Yesterday, my little sister Hannah and I had a booth at the Hingham Farmers Market, officially marking our very first day at market for Stargazer Hollow!Meghan and her sister Hannah are at a farmers market, in front of the sign. They are wearing masks.

Due to COVID-19 and state precautions, the market is running as a pre-order, pre-paid market.  We had all the customer orders pre-bagged and labeled, and the customers drove up to pick up their orders.

This meant our table was pretty bare (just gloves and sanitizer) and we were wearing face masks, making for a pretty unusual-looking market day!

I am so happy that we got to start at market, and so grateful to everyone who decided to try out our food — I hope everything was great! Our very first order ever was for 6 duck eggs, on the same day that we finally woke up in the morning to have 1 egg from each duck in the coop!

The Hingham Farmers Market runs 9AM-12PM every Saturday, and is currently at the Station Street Lot at 95 Station Street in Hingham.  

Radish & Arugula Quiche

An easy, delicious quiche that tastes like early spring!
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 288kcal

Equipment

  • Large saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1 Pie Crust, frozen
  • 6 Radishes thinly sliced
  • 2 C Arugula fresh, chopped
  • 6 Duck Eggs
  • ¼ C Milk
  • ½ C Feta Cheese
  • 2 T Cream Cheese
  • 1 T Herbes de Provence Seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
    Ingredients of Quiche
  • Set aside ¼C feta cheese, and a few pieces of arugula and radish, for garnish
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter and sauté radish and arugula for 8 minutes and remove from heat
  • Beat together eggs, milk, cream cheese, feta cheese, and herbes de provence
  • Mix together vegetables and egg mixture
  • Pour into frozen pie crust
  • Top with remaining feta, arugula, and radish
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes
  • Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center

Video

Duck eggs, varying in color from white to blue

Duck eggs are a lot like chicken eggs, and can be used in all the same applications.  Cooking and storing duck eggs is also exactly like cooking and storing chicken eggs.

So, what’s so special about duck eggs?

  1. Duck eggs are bigger
    Our ducks are Indian Runner Ducks, a small breed of duck, so their eggs are about the size of an Extra Large chicken egg. 
  2. Duck eggs stay fresher longer
    Due to the thicker shell, duck eggs are able to stay fresh longer in the fridge. 
  3. People with allergies to chicken eggs aren’t typically allergic to duck eggs
    Always be careful with food allergies, but egg allergies are normally species-specific. 
  4. Duck eggs contain more protein
    A chicken egg has 6 grams of protein, and a duck egg has 9. 
  5. Professional bakers swear by duck eggs
    Due to the higher protein content and richer yolk, duck eggs make rich, moist, airy baked goods.  Duck eggs are very commonly used by wedding cake bakers! 
  6. Duck eggs have more healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and extra vitamin D
    This can vary based on diet, but our ducks forage in our garden every day and are fed high quality organic food.