Islote Farms ||Capay Valley
Eggs from Pasture Raised Chickens
Islote Farm sinks its roots back 100 years to when it was a thriving dairy supplying fresh milk to the neighboring communities. The farm obtained its current name, which means “Island,” when a new generation of farming family began to lovingly bring the land back to bountiful production using natural and sustainable farming practices. Taking advantage of the excellent soil and existing irrigation systems, both cattle and chickens share the green pasture surrounding this small family farm. The cattle are 100% grass fed and are slightly spoiled as can be seen when they move in for scratches from their owners or beg for a tasty pomegranate from a tree just out of their reach.
The hens roam the pasture during the day, eating, dust bathing, napping and scurrying up and down the ramp to lay eggs in their mobile home. At dusk, they all trot across the field to their home to roost. The door is closed after the girls are all asleep and “Dolly” the llama stands guard to ensure predators keep their distance. Every morning, the home is moved about 40 feet to ensure the grass stays green and healthy and the hens have a clean environment.
Several times a day, the eggs are hand gathered, cleaned, sorted, graded, packaged and refrigerated in compliance with food safety regulations. While this process is labor intensive, the result, according to those that have tried them, is the perfect egg.