10 Restaurants Serving Free Range Eggs 2


eggsWe all know the benefits of choosing free range eggs, for ourselves, for the planet and of course for the chickens sparing us their eggs for breakfast! And if you want to throw in climate change as well, I was interested to learn at the Africa Climate Reality with Al Gore earlier this year, that factory farming is one of the greatest contributors to the global warming phenomenon. Eeek, solutions please!

So, who wants to miss out on a yummy breakfast (that you don’t have to cook for yourself!) because you’re not sure of the origin of the eggs! You don’t have to, here is a list of ten South African eateries who are committed to serving free range eggs. Do you know of one that’s not on the list? Share the love and recommend them on Eco Atlas, click here. Or, even better! Take a selfie at the restaurants and share them with the #iLoveECO competition and you could win a luxury weekend for 2 at an eco star lodge in the Drakensberg (where, of course, your breakfast eggs will be truly free range!)

 

bramonBramon is the only Wine Estate Restaurant slap bang in the middle of The Garden Route! Enjoy an afternoon of local wines, cheeses, oysters, meats, pates and more all served with freshly baked homemade breads and polished off with a decadent dessert. Set in the vineyards and overlooking the Tsitsikamma mountains, this family run estate offers organoleptic fare for the entire family. Besides serving free range eggs they have made many other ethical commitments. Find out more.

 

 

dear meDear Me is a brasserie, pantry and event space in Cape Town CBD. They are committed to using local, ethical and sustainable produce as far as possible. They also accommodate many specific dietary requirements, such as vegans, food intolerances and allergies. Their menu changes on a regular basis and showcases artisanal methods & produce. Dear Me is committed to serving free-range meat & eggs, and only use sustainable seafood as well as Fair Trade coffee and chocolate. Could it get any better? Find out more.

 

 

fynbos estateNatural beauty and outstanding cuisine combine to make Fynbos Estate near Malmesbury an ideal venue for all kinds of gatherings and celebrations, as well as workshops and retreats. Fynbos Estate caters for up to 20 people in the farmhouse and up to 90 in the Pavilion. They use all their own vegetables, seasonal fruits, fresh fish and free range birds, as well as farm sourced meats. The small winery runs on organic principles, the olive, honey and lemon products are also all organic. Find out more.

 

 

grand cafeGrand Café in Plett, for alfresco dining in a grand style! They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a unique style and magnificent views of the bay . They strive to follow as many green initiatives as possible to minimise their carbon footprint and to help create awareness to preserve the planet for future generations to come. Find out more.

 

 

 

la cafeteriaLa Cafeteria is a cool & casual eatery situated on Plett’s main beach. They offer a simple menu of breakfast and lunch with focus on quality and freshness. You have to try their thin based pizza smothered in rocket! They also serve Fair Trade coffee. Find out more.

 

 

 

le fournil2Le Fournil de Plett, Bakery and Café offers a wide variety of slow-risen artisan breads baked daily using organic stone ground flour, as well as pastries, desserts and croissants. They use fresh, simple and local ingredients wherever they can and their almond croissants are to die for. Find out more.

 

 

 

 

the kitchen2The Kitchen is a bustling eatery in Woodstock, Cape Town. Open during the week, they serve their legendary Love Sandwiches (possibly the best sandwich you will ever have), a host of exciting salads and all manner of delicious things for coffee or lunch. They are particularly proud of their salads. They are fresh and unusual and excite their loyal customers with new, fresh flavours daily. They are committed to sourcing local products wherever possible and many of their ingredients are organically grown. Find out more.

 

 

the tableThe Table Restaurant is all about simple food with serious taste. Everything they make from their thin-based, crispy pizzas, handmade pastas and signature dishes, to their lunchtime  Harvest Table, is lovingly prepared using only the freshest ingredients for a whole lot of yum. Simple, warm and modern – a place for families, friends & foodies alike. They use salad ingredients from their own veggie garden when in season and otherwise support local growers. Gluten free pastas and pizzas are also available. Find out more.

 

 

thyme and againThyme & Again on the Garden Route offers its customers a variety of scrumptious savoury and sweet home-made delights from its very own bakery as well as carefully selected, local delicacies and an excellent collection of fine wines mainly from the Western Cape. You can browse around the farm stall or relax in the garden cafe whilst enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee, accompanied by their treats or home-cooked meals. Kids can explore the magical castle and furry friends are most welcome too! Find out more.

 

 

holaHola Café in Plettenberg Bay is a friendly family-run business and a great local hub with a Spanish flair. They are famous for their gourmet coffee and they cater for those in a rush with mobile coffees to take away. Delicious health and freshly squeezed juices are available and kids and dogs are welcome. Find out more.

 

 

 

Know of any more great green restaurants serving ethical produce? Suggest them here.

 


About Rhian

Rhian Berning is on a journey is to find and document ways of living that are gentle on the planet and beneficial to all people. She loves telling the stories of the incredible people and places that are actively building a future beautiful and created the online Eco Atlas platform to bridge the gap between active citizens and regenerative, socially just businesses so we can all be everyday changemakers and vote with our wallets.


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    Rev. Angora van Doorn

    Free range eggs, when they are the genuine article are the best thing you have ever tasted BUT ….. Just imagine this ….. You see the Nu-Laid delivery truck go past on the highway. On its side it says “our eggs are really fresh because they are delivered daily.”….. now ask yourself excactly what it is they are saying.

    Fresh does not mean that these eggs were laid today, last week or even last month. There is no way a chicken farm can make money this way. It is simply not viable. In summer chickens lay more eggs than in winter when some breeds even simply stop laying (I am talking about free range eggs here with no lights on to extend their day!). Then how is it possible for large companies to deliver constant huge quatities of eggs to all those supermarkets?

    Simple – they cold storage them in the summer and in the winter most of the eggs you get are ‘fresh’ from the cold storage. An egg loses its food value after just 1 week in the fridge and some of these large companies have them in storage for 6 months. So yes they may have been free range to start with but by now they have less food value than cardboard.

    Then consider another aspect of this so-called ‘free-range’ sales spiell……. to make a large business e.g. Woolies, free range eggs viable, the farmer needs to keep 1000’s of chickens. If you have ever witnessed chickens doing what they like best = scratching up the garden and taking dust-baths, then you will also have noticed that in a confined area there is very soon not a single stalk of green left.

    They ate and scratched it all. So these large farms have their chickens running around large camps – up to 1000 chickens in a camp. There is absolutely no grass left there so these chickens are still fed laying pellets (Nova pellets by the way are decent with no additives) and hopefully a mixture of grains – mostly maize (GMO?). They eat the same food a battery hen does except they get to see the sun. In these large enclosures chickens often have serious physchological issues because there simply are too many of them, so they peck each other’s feathers, some even become cannibalistic – not the happy chickens you are made to imagine but highly stressed birds. Chickens are apparently not able to identify more than 25 of their fellows, which is also the largest single flock size one should keep.

    Sure it is an improvement on the battery system but really there is no difference in the taste of the eggs or for that matter the meat of these hens.

    So next time you want good eggs – ask the seller how many hens they keep? If the answer is anywhere over 50 you have the above scenario. So do yourself a favour and find a smaller homesteader with fewer hens and get talking to them about how to keep chickens. You will soon ‘hear’ between the lines and know. Better still keep just 5 of your own hens – no cock necessary for them to keep on laying. Then taste the difference…… chickens eating real vegetation and yes if you want regular eggs, do give them some Nova laying pellets as well. Put down a 15cm layer of sawdust in your runs and dump in all your food waste/weeds and they will make your 100% organic compost for you as well.