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Farmer's Eggs: marketplace and delivery??

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Sterling729

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Personally, I get an upset stomach from grocery store eggs, even free range ones. What people recommend is getting them at the farmer's market which not only go down easy but taste great.

I was thinking, not many people have time to go to the farmer's market or even know which supplier to choose from. So I was thinking, why not have a marketplace (website) that lists the suppliers, where you can also have the option to have a sampler from each supplier to see which is best for you. And than delivery to the door (think farmer's eggs should be ok to sit in front of your door without refridgeration).

Also eggs should be fairly easy to transport when i start delivering solo. Feedback appreciated as always.
 
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BigRig

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I actually can comment on this. My parents sell eggs and there are a couple farms around me that sell them.

What you have going for you is that farms who sell eggs often have too many eggs. They know they're desirable, but sometimes its easy to have a surplus and nowhere to put them. My parents give me cartons whenever I visit them.

What could be a downside is that often these farms decide to just leave them on the side of the road and let human honesty decide whether they'll get paid for them. (My parents have had people steal the full cooler before). I think people kind of love the simplicity of it “leave $5 please!”. Its not a huge deal if they get stolen because they have so many.

There is a company that started up in the UK that created an egg vending machine. My parents were interested but its kind of expensive and you’d need power to run it obviously.

One major downside is that if you’re selling eggs, you may already be running a CSA farmshare. Where the farmer supplies the eggs in a weekly bag of local farm produce picked up by customers. So it might be hard to compete with a CSA program.

Now, maybe you could just make a simple “egg finder”? but I don’t know the longevity of that.
 

Sterling729

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I actually can comment on this. My parents sell eggs and there are a couple farms around me that sell them.

What you have going for you is that farms who sell eggs often have too many eggs. They know they're desirable, but sometimes its easy to have a surplus and nowhere to put them. My parents give me cartons whenever I visit them.

What could be a downside is that often these farms decide to just leave them on the side of the road and let human honesty decide whether they'll get paid for them. (My parents have had people steal the full cooler before). I think people kind of love the simplicity of it “leave $5 please!”. Its not a huge deal if they get stolen because they have so many.

There is a company that started up in the UK that created an egg vending machine. My parents were interested but its kind of expensive and you’d need power to run it obviously.

One major downside is that if you’re selling eggs, you may already be running a CSA farmshare. Where the farmer supplies the eggs in a weekly bag of local farm produce picked up by customers. So it might be hard to compete with a CSA program.

Now, maybe you could just make a simple “egg finder”? but I don’t know the longevity of that.
That's interesting. I guess it would be quite viable to potentially get a bulk deal by dealing with the farms directly. At the farmer's market in Toronto, it's like 10 CAD for a dozen.
In my mind, eggs are very portable (can put stacks and cases in a van) and desired by pretty much everyone. Near where I live, the St Lawrence farmer's market only really sells eggs on the weekend when they have a fresh produce tent from the farms. I'm not exactly sure why they don't just keep them in the market vendors throughout the week though. I guess if I can help bridge the gap of farms having fresh eggs and customers who don't have time to go down to the market on the weekend, there's a good opportunity there.
 

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