Farmer's Markets' Trending in the Culinary World

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City Chicks - Taking eating local to a new level at Livingston Farmers Market

A new trend, raising chickens for fresh eggs, is now popular within the city limits. Concern about factory farming practices has urban dwellers taking their shopping to local farmers markets or better yet, their own backyards. From the suburbs to the city centers, chicken coops are springing up everywhere.

The trend is typically with younger families with small children or younger singles. Reasons range from personal health to teaching their kids about food supply – but mostly they simply want to live more sustainably.

Only a couple hours of work per week are required to clean the coop, feed and water the hens, which lay an average of 12-18 eggs per week. Retailers are fueling this inclination with coops that are easy to build or easy to purchase. Coops are available at Walmart and through popular catalogues like Williams & Sonoma.

Moving coops are espoused by many organic farmers as a way to protect “free range” chickens from predators such as foxes and coyotes, while allowing them to forage naturally, eating fresh grass and bugs each day. A stationery coop needs to be cleaned regularly, but chicken waste is one of the highest-nitrogen fertilizers available. It’s so nitrogen-rich that it needs to be composted for nine months before use or it can burn plants with an excess of the chemical.

The breed of chicken you choose to raise can make a difference in the success of your project from interaction with the kids to laying habits. It’s easy to misjudge a breed and even the sex if you don’t go with a reputable source, and it takes a specialist to tell if they are roosters or hens.

You can order day-old-chicks on line; one of the best is or purchase one dozen farm fresh eggs at the Livingston Farmers Market.

Find out more about Livingston Farmer’s Market at

And to read more on having chickens in your own back yard, visit

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